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Santa Cruz Demo weekend in Djouce

June 28th, 2014 · No Comments

Bespoke Cycles are running a Santa Cruz demo day this weekend in Djouce Woods, Co. Wicklow.

With a large range of Santa Cruz bikes available this is well worth checking out including the new Nomad 27.5″.  These bikes will be popular so make sure that you arrive early to ensure you get to ride your chosen steed.  Here is what the guys have to say about the day! [Read more →]

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On Track With Curtis Keene – GMT Pt 2 – Ep 5

June 27th, 2014 · No Comments

We had the pleasure of spending some time with Curtis Keene at round 2 of the Enduro World Series round in Peebles, Scotland in May and was very impressed.  Keene was on unfamiliar ground in Scotland which couldn’t have been further from his native Californian trails.  A few familiar faces join him in this episode of his excellent On Track series, including our own Greg Callaghan!

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Cedric Gracia Through My Eyes S2 EP2 – Valloire EWS#3

June 26th, 2014 · No Comments

Wild man Cedric Gracia had a great race at Vailloire to pull of a 4th place.  Here we catch up with his weekend.

CEDRIC GRACIA THROUGH MY EYES S2 EP2 – VALLOIRE EWS#3 from Cedric GRACIA on Vimeo.

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EWS Valloire day 2 video

June 24th, 2014 · No Comments

Back to the mountain with the Dirt team for day 2 of the Enduro World Series #3 from Valloire.  If you haven’t read the preceding article from Justin Leov, now might be a good time!

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Victory within sight! Justin Leov’s EWS diary

June 24th, 2014 · No Comments

Former Downhill World Cup regular Justin Leov made the jump to Enduro racing last year and following a winter of serious training is begining to establish himself as a major contender on the circuit.  Here he checks in after a mighty weekend in Valloire.

Words by Justin Leov and photos by Jérémie Reuiller.

It has been a busy few weeks since the last EWS round in Scotland. I have been on the road with Trek World Racing helping the Downhill guys go fast at the World Cups. Coming from Leogang, Austria I was excited to get back into my own racing after watching fellow Kiwi riders Brook Macdonald and George Brannigan both step onto the podium. I learnt a lot from being on the sideline of the Downhill World Cup and much of it I wanted to apply to the French round of the EWS in Valloire. [Read more →]

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Day 1 Enduro World Series Valloire video

June 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

This  years Enduro World Series is an absolute cracker.  Here is day 1 from the DIRT team to give you an idea about Alpine style EWS racing after the woods of Scotland.

DirtTV Enduro World Series Round Three Valloire | Race Day One a Mountain Biking video by dirt

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Team Lapierre Gravity Republic – Leogang

June 20th, 2014 · No Comments

A mixed day for the team in Leogang.  Watch out for Blenkinsop pedaling in the air as he comes into the finish.  Bruni’s crash to deny him what was looking like a maiden World Cup victory was tough but that’s racing!

Team Lapierre Gravity Republic : Leogang #WC4 from PureAgency on Vimeo.

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European Marathon MTB Champs Saturday video

June 19th, 2014 · No Comments

Last Saturday saw the support races for the European Marathon MTB Champs take place in Ballyhoura ahead of the main event on the Sunday.  Over 200 riders took to the trails for a superb race.

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Injury update – Fabien Barel

June 18th, 2014 · No Comments

Three time downhill World Champion turned Enduro rider Fabien Barel is recovering from a horrible crash that resulting in several damaged vertebrae.  Having seen his x-rays he is a very lucky man.  Here’s a little catch up as to how he is doing.

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Inside Specialized Racing: Ep. 5 – Fort William

June 14th, 2014 · No Comments

Specialized’s Troy Brosnan took a huge win in what was a thrilling race in Fort William last week.  This video from the team gives a great behind the scenes view of race day.

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On Track With Curtis Keene – Time, the Great Motivater – Ep 4

June 13th, 2014 · No Comments

Here we check in with Specialized’s Curtis Keene from the second round of the Enduro World Series in Scotland two weeks ago.  This was the most technical EWS yet and a little outside the comfort zone of the Californian – “Dude I’m just hanging on!” was his comment to me.  Despite this Keene pulled off a great result to finish 13th.  Watch out for his mention of riding with 5 Irish riders and there is even a small cameo from this writer.

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#OnTheHunt – Team CRC/Nukeproof Fort William

June 10th, 2014 · No Comments

Sam Hill spearheads the Team CRC/Nukeproof assault on Fort William last weekend, claiming an excellent 2nd place along the way!

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Fort William race run on board with Josh Bryceland

June 10th, 2014 · No Comments

Here is Josh Bryceland’s race run from atop his helmet.  The British rider uploaded this to his channel on Youtube with a “comedy” tag…  Nothing funny about the speeds he hits!  Crazy stuff.  Bryceland finished 13th overall.

 

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This is Peaty S03, Ep 02

June 6th, 2014 · No Comments

Ahead of this weekend’s World Cup in Fort William, This is Peaty 2014 is back for Episode 2 in Sheffield and Cairns.  Enjoy!

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Enduro World Series Scotland video

June 4th, 2014 · No Comments

Here are the daily video recaps from Singletrack magazine, the official media partners for the EWS#2 from Tweedlove in Scotland.  It was an incredible weekend of riding and racing on tough physical tracks that demanded the best of all competitors and was the toughest the series has seen yet.  For the Scots and the Irish it was a chance to shine!

Tweedlove Enduro World Series Race Day One from Singletrack Magazine on Vimeo.

Tweedlove Enduro World Series Race Day Two from Singletrack Magazine on Vimeo.

Junior Conor Lavelle finished in 3rd overall with Greg Callaghan taking an excellent 8th place in Elites.  Tons of other notable performances from Irish riders including Dan Wolfe who posted the 4th fastest time on the last stage and Junior Scott Wallace who placed 4th on the last two stages.  Well done to all.

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Giro enters decisive few days

May 29th, 2014 · No Comments

After the drama of Tuesday’s stage and the red flag controversy the Peloton heads again into the mountains today, tomorrow and Saturday for what will be three of the toughest days on this year’s race.

Today’s stage 18 is already well under way [Read more →]

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Fast Finishes and Huge Crashes – UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Czech Republic

May 28th, 2014 · No Comments

Here is a nice little highlights summary for the UCI World Cup Eliminator last weekend.

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Nino Schurter in the dessert

May 26th, 2014 · No Comments

We’re gearing up for this weekends Enduro World Series race in Scotland so when this video popped up on our screens we took note.  Swiss XC World Champion Nino Schurter has proven he is a bit more than your average lycra rider when it comes to the more aggressive side to riding.  A decent performance at the final round of the EWS last year showed his bike handling is right up there.  In this video for Oakley he takes a spin around some of the legendary trails of Southern Utah’s Gooseberry Mesa and Guacamole aboard his Scott Genius LT.  Happy Monday!

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Battaglin takes magnificent stage win, GC hots up

May 24th, 2014 · No Comments

Enrico Battaglin (Bardiani CSF) hung in up the 11 km climb up to Oropa to catch Dario Cataldo (Team Sky) and Jarlinson Pantano (Team Colombia) seemingly when the finale was down to the two of them with an amazing late sprint.

The sprinter isn’t exactly known for his climbing but made the most of being in the break to catch and pass many other riders who would have been expected to distance him considerably on the climb.  Speaking afterwards he outlined his day - “I suffered on the climb, and on the hardest section, I couldn’t keep up. I had to go full gas in the last 500m and, when I got across to Cataldo and Pantano, I had to breathe for a second because I’d had to ride at 100% to catch them. Thankfully, they lost speed and I did a great sprint and managed to get past them in the final 30m. I looked around to make sure I had really won, and to see if anyone else was coming from behind.” [Read more →]

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Gravity Enduro Round 2 video

May 24th, 2014 · No Comments

Put the kettle on, sit back and enjoy the video from round 2 of the Gravity Enduro!  World class racing on a simply superb course over looking the capital.  Round 3 is selling out fast so make sure you have your entry!

2014 Trek Gravity Enduro Ireland Round 2 – Ticknock, County Dublin from Biking.ie on Vimeo.

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The Formula for Success – On Track With Curtis Keene – Ep 2

May 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Specialized rider Curtis Keene continues his interesting video diaries as he take son the EWS.

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Endura introduce new Enduro specific Singletrack lite range

May 21st, 2014 · No Comments

Purveyors of ultra-durable and affordable biking gear, Scottish brand Endura have just announced a new range of jerseys aimed at the Enduro crowd.  Shying away from traditional road cycling designs, they are designed to be comfortable on the bike and work with body armour in particular.  Most Enduro riders use backpacks anyway so removing the traditional three rear pockets is no disaster.  It also means you look a bit more normal in the beer garden post-ride too!  Full details below.

Livingston, Scotland, 21st May 2014 – Let summer begin! To become an all time favourite, a MTB jersey needs to be fast wicking, good looking, compatible with armour, affordable, and – most importantly – comfortable. As usual, Endura ticks all the boxes with the new summer weight Singletrack Lite Jerseys and Tees. Whether you aspire to be an Enduro World Series champion like Tracy Moseley, a freerider like Chris Smith, or you simply enjoy a variety of trail riding, you will love these new Singletrack Lite tops!

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Davagh Enduro entries open

May 20th, 2014 · No Comments

The Davagh Enduro takes place over the weekend of the 28th and 29th of June at the trail center in Northern Ireland.

Designed to be a laid back day out, the Davagh Enduro features five timed stages within a loop of the Davagh forest mountain bike trails.  Stages can be anywhere from 2 to 10 minutes in duration depending on pace and electronic timing is used to give you your race results on the day.

Expect a cracking day out on the bike on one of the best trail centres on this island.  Event Classes are Male and Female Under 21, Open 21-34 & Vet 35+. [Read more →]

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Street riding with Danny MacAskill

May 19th, 2014 · No Comments

Danny MacAskill goes for a ride around the streets of Glasgow.  Just him and  a GoPro.

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Carnage at the Giro results in massive shakeup to GC

May 15th, 2014 · No Comments

Stage 6 was supposed to be not that difficult.  Sure it was the longest stage in the race and had a kick to the finish.  The climb is approximately 8.5 km long with an average gradient of 5% touching a maximum of 9% and was expected to be entertaining but nobody thought it would result in the shake up it did with Joaquim Rodriguez forced to withdraw and Ireland’s Nicolas Roche losing 15 minutes on GC.

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With 11 km to go before the finish, and 3 km to the climb, the Peloton was involved in an enormous crash at a roundabout at speeds approaching 60-70 kilometres per hour.  So large was the carnage that only eight riders came through unhindered.  At the head of affairs was the Pink jersey of Michael Matthews of Orica Green-Edge and Cadel Evans.  Matthews sat in his compatriots wheel bidding his time as Evans kept the pace high to stay ahead of the chasing groups that included pre-race favourites such as Nairo Quintana, Rigoberto Uran, Pierre Roland and Ivan Basso.

Coming into the final slopes Evans kicked for the line but Matthews, who had said from early on in the race that he was targeting the stage, passed him to take the win with ease.  Evans finished third behind Lottos Tim Weelens. [Read more →]

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Inside the sprint – TOC Stage 1

May 14th, 2014 · No Comments

Ever wondered what the rider’s eye view is inside a sprint?  Here we ride on board with Team Giant-Shimano’s John Degenkolb at the opening stage of the Tour of California.  Watch out for Mark Cavendish on the right at the finish!

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1st Round Montenbaik Enduro World Series – Nevados de Chillan – Chile

May 13th, 2014 · No Comments

Here is the full video from the first round of the Enduro World Series in Chile.  It has us chomping at the bit for round 2 in Scotland which is coming up fast!

1st Round Montenbaik Enduro World Series – Nevados de Chillan – Chile from Montenbaik.com on Vimeo.

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Orica GreenEdge Backstage pass – Giro stage 3

May 12th, 2014 · No Comments

It’s been a dream start to the Giro for the Orica GreenEdge team, in fact it’s been a dream last month for them winning Liege, in Turkey and now taking the opening TTT at the Giro and holding the pink leaders jersey.  This video gives a nice look inside the team during the three days they were in Ireland.

Our Giro coverage has been a bit sparce as we have been on assignment with Red Bull in Belfast & Dublin.  You can take a look at our race reports here but we’ll be bringing you plenty of galleries over the coming days of what was a magnificent event on Irish shores.

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Giro Stage 1 TTT tonight

May 9th, 2014 · No Comments

Today marks the start of the 2014 Giro d’Italia as the riders face a Team Time Trial on the streets of Belfast.  The action kicks off at 17.45 tonight but the teams will be training this morning for anyone that is around between 10 and 12.  Riders have been training around the city for the past few days leading to videos like the one below.   Full stage details below that.

Our insiders tip on where best to view is the hill up to Stormont or the fan zone area around the start.  This is the best chance to get a snap of your favorite rider as they will be warming up on turbo trainers before the off in the Giro Paddock. [Read more →]

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Bluegrass Enduro Tour Round 2 – Glencoe

May 8th, 2014 · No Comments

Round 2 of the Bluegrass Enduro series took place in Glencoe, Scotland last weekend.  Local’s Joe and Hannah Barnes topped their respective podiums with Irish Nukeproof rider Greg Callaghan an excellent second place.  Round 4 is in Ireland on the 16th and 17th of August.

Bluegrass Enduro Tour 2014 round #02 – Glencoe – Scotland from Bluegrass on Vimeo.

 

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