Part three of the Dudes adventures. This time we are off to the good ol US of A. Mosey on over with us as we lift the lid on the life of an EWS racer with top Chief Joe Barnes and co.
December 3rd, 2014 · No Comments
November 28th, 2014 · No Comments
The second round of the Cyclocross World Cup took place last weekend in Koksijde, Belgium. CX is a religion in Belgium attracting huge crowds and a carnival type atmosphere. This weekend sees the CX World Cup roll into Milton Keynes in the UK where 5 Irish men and 1 Irish lady will line out in the Elite race. Meanwhile here is a some atmosphere from last weekend courtesy of Shimano.
More info about Milton Keynes here.
November 26th, 2014 · No Comments
The Dudes board the landship and head to Europe for some bike riding. Take it away Dudes!
November 25th, 2014 · No Comments
What happens when you give Dan Atherton a chunk of hillside, a bunch of tools and diggers and willing workers? Red Bull Hardline is an exclusive invite only event that had it’s inaugural running this year near the Atherton’s home in Wales. In subsequent pieces we’ll see a bunch of World Cup riders battle it out but in this video we go on board with course designer Dan Atherton. Hold on tight!
November 24th, 2014 · No Comments
American MTB riders Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski and Heather Irmiger have been racing XC for over 15 years. Currently they live the dream in the race season in this Airstream camper. Jealous us? No….
November 20th, 2014 · No Comments
Off to Indonesia with Jérôme Clementz and Pauline Dieffenthaler for some amazing riding. Beautifully filmed by one of our favourite cameramen Jérémie Reuiller. Bet you want to go riding now!
“Sometimes a project gets stuck in your mind. It can makes no sense, but you can’t stop thinking about it, until that time comes and you make the dream a reality.” [Read more →]
November 19th, 2014 · No Comments
It’s exciting times! The annual Dudeumentary has just dropped, here is part 1. Soo Enduro!
The Dudes of Hazzard have had a great year of traveling, racing and riding bikes. Going off the success of the Dudeumentary series in 2013 the boys have taken it a step further in 2014 and made the full length “Business as Usual” movie. Split into 5 parts for release, here is part 1 as the boys ride bikes at home and get ready for the races in the only way they know how. Packed with all the usual hilarities and wild riding. We hope you enjoy…
November 18th, 2014 · No Comments
How could you not like Joe Barnes? A seriously nice guy, top Enduro shredder and friend to Ireland, Joe has raced over here in the Gravity Enduro series on several occasions. He is also one of the most approachable riders on the World Series and we expect to see him over here quite a bit in advance of the EWS race in May ’15. Ahead of the release of the Dudes of Hazzard’s new video (Joe’s a core Dude) here is a video of him riding his new Canyon.
November 17th, 2014 · No Comments
Endurance racer Michael McCutcheon recently rode the World Endurance Mountain Bike Organisation (WEMBO) 24 hour World Champs in Scotland. 24 hour racers are a breed apart with serious levels of fitness and endurance and a dedication that is incredible to perceive. We’ve raced in teams at 24hour events before and the compound fatigue is insane, we can’t imagine riding one solo! Huge congrats to Michael on a serious achievement. You can read about his experience below!
After a lot of organisation and logistics, it was time to travel to Fort William for the World Endurance Mountain Bike Organisation 24 hour world champs. It was a race on a lot of riders calendar when Scotland was confirmed as a venue, previously it was in Italy and Australia. The journey up was an experience, I forgot how sparse and wild all the landscape looks up in the Highlands. My two travel companions and pit support (Al and my gf Shawna), were surprised at how big Fort William was after passing through very little for about 2 hours previously. Side note – there were some really impressive locks beside the hotel we were staying in which I had never seen before, about eight in a row. [Read more →]
November 12th, 2014 · No Comments
Following the success earlier this year of the urban Cyclocross event in Rathfarnham organised by Expert Cycles we thought we’d share this little video from Red Bull.
November 11th, 2014 · No Comments
Take a ride down the Top of the World trail with team GT at the Whistler EWS. Dan Atherton, Martin Maes, Cedric and Cecile Ravanel all feature including a look back at the injury that wrecked Dan’s season.
November 4th, 2014 · No Comments
Never has the future looked brighter for Irish Enduro mountain biking. With the Gravity Enduro Series entering its fifth year, a new Northern Ireland series under the careful watch of Glyn O’Brien and of course the cherry on the cake the first visit of the Enduro World Series to Ireland next May for the Emerald Enduro!
2015 Vitus Bikes Gravity Enduro Series
November 3rd, 2014 · No Comments
2014 Enduro World Series champion and all around nice guy Jared Graves takes us on a spin in the Kootenays in Canada on his Yeti SB6c. I’m not jealous or anything….
There are core experiences that define a mountain biker. Like venturing into unfamiliar mountains to find amazing trails chiseled into the landscape, and then pushing your limits, against all common sense for the pure thrill of it. [Read more →]
October 30th, 2014 · No Comments
The team from SRAM took to the roads of New Zealand’s South island in search of an epic trails and this was the result.
We always dream about journeys to places like this, but for most mortals these reveries rarely become a reality. When it was decided that a group of us would spend seven days on the roads and trails of New Zealand’s South Island, hovering largely around the Craigieburn and then Nelson area, most of us were in disbelief until the moment we landed on Kiwi soil.
October 23rd, 2014 · No Comments
Possibly the best video series this year comes to a close in Finale with the last episode of On Track. It’s been a roller coaster year for Curtis Keene, here he signs off for 2014. Enjoy!
October 20th, 2014 · No Comments
Here is a season recap from Specialized Racing’s Downhill squad.
October 16th, 2014 · No Comments
Here’s a nice look back to the Mavic-Trans Provence race. I don’t know about you but after watching this I just want to go and ride my bike! Job done well so.
October 14th, 2014 · No Comments
Think you have what it takes to be an Ironman? How much training do you think you need to do?
October 13th, 2014 · No Comments
Trek World Racing check in from Meribel and Norway including that incredible chain-less run from Neko Mulally at Worlds.
October 9th, 2014 · No Comments
What an incredible weekend, we were on the ground in Finale Ligure to witness Jared Graves and Tracy Moseley crowned 2014 EWS champions. We also got to see an emotional Fabien Barel return to racing after what should have been a career ending injury to not only take part but take the win. Enjoy the daily edits below from DirtTV. The next time they film in Europe at an EWS it will be in Ireland!
October 8th, 2014 · No Comments
Curtis Keene is one of our favorite racers on the circuit. He’s not the fastest but he is one of the nicest. We have had several long discussions with him this year and his enthusiasm for the sport, appreciation for the amateurs and all around attitude is hard to beat. He’s also a member of the EWS board so when you talk to Curtis, you get a real insight about where the sport should go. Here is the crowning moment for his season – EWS Whistler.
October 7th, 2014 · No Comments
5 months after the Giro d’Italia hit Irish shores the 2015 route has been announced. Check out the route in the video below.
October 2nd, 2014 · No Comments
Danny Macaskill is back with another killer edit, this time on his mountain bike as he takes on Cuillin Ridgeline on the Isle of Skye. Titled #TheRidge, there were times we didn’t want to watch!
October 1st, 2014 · No Comments
This is Peaty is back for the last time from the World Cup circuit in 2014 with a monster edit that includes Meribel and that insane Worlds! You might want to put the kettle on!
One more episode is left to drop in November. Stay tuned!
September 30th, 2014 · No Comments
Here is your 2014 winning run from Red Bull Rampage – Andrew Lacondeguy from Spain. While his run did not contain the most tricks it was one of the most challenging with a seriously crazy steep natural line that only one other attempted. That big drop in the middle is 76 feet!
September 30th, 2014 · No Comments
Yesterday saw the delayed finals for Red Bull Rampage from Utah where the worlds best freeriders took on the intimidating canyon course. Last years thrid place Cam Zink put together a run that saw him move up a step to second overall this year. Here we ride on board with Zink, the GoPro doesn’t do the elevation justice but you get the idea.
September 26th, 2014 · No Comments
Details are emerging concerning the Chain Reaction Cycles Emerald Enduro which will take place next May in Wicklow, Ireland. The race will be the second round of the 2015 Enduro World Series, the first in Europe following the opening round in New Zealand. Race day will be Sunday 24th of May with practice opening on the Friday before hand.
The race venue is now confirmed as Carrick Mountain in County Wicklow. With stunning views across the Wicklow hills to the Irish sea and a diverse terrain from open rocky mountainside to rooty flowy woodland singletrack, Carrick is a classic Irish venue. Having played host to downhill and enduro racing in the past it’s a warren of trails. While enduro racing has been moving towards bigger, longer, gnarly downhill stages, the course in Carrick will take us back to the roots of enduro, utilising a variety of trails to suit a rider with more finesse than brute force, shorter travel rather than longer and good physical conditioning.
Event organiser Niall Davis of Biking.ie had this to say – “The bike trails here are technical, fast and fun, which should make for some incredible racing as riders have to be great bike handlers as well as very physically fit. Competitors will ride through Ireland’s famously beautiful scenery, and sample some of the country’s world renowned hospitality.”
Registration will open on the Friday morning with practice opening shortly after and running all day Saturday. Racing will take place on Sunday the 24th over seven stages. Racers are expected to face a total elevation gain of 1700 metres with a total distance of roughly 45 kilometres. The winning total stage time is expected to be 25 minutes. The number of competitor places will be announced in the coming weeks. With this being the first European round of the 2015 Enduro World Series, it is anticipated to sell out in minutes.
The headline sponsor has also been announced as Northern Irish online mega retailer Chain Reaction Cycles. Damien Duggan, Head of Marketing at Chain Reaction Cycles said: “We’re so proud to be sponsoring the Irish round of the Enduro World Series, which will once again put us on the map as one of the best mountain biking destinations in the world and I’d like to congratulate Biking.ie for securing such a premier event here in Ireland. Our company has a proud tradition of sponsoring cycling events from the grass-roots to the world stage, so to support the Chain Reaction Cycles Emerald Enduro is a real honour and we can’t wait to welcome the world’s best racers to the country.”
While the event is set to attract several World Champions on the start line, the Irish riders are no stranger to this high level of competition. The highly successful Gravity Enduro series (www.gravityenduro.ie) is set to enter its fourth year with many of the top pros expected for the preceeding round as they look to get an insight into Irish trails. Details on the 2015 series are due soon and we’ll be sure to update as soon as we get them. Several Irish riders race on the world stage including Greg Callaghan and Dan Wolfe in the pro ranks, both of whom have had an outstanding season, and Conor Lavelle in Juniors who has been enjoying a breakout year with a podium at the Scottish round of the Enduro World Series earlier this year. Gravity Enduro series winner Leah Maunsell was too young for the EWS this year but will be eligible to race in Carrick. Former cross country national champion Cait Elliott has been enjoying some success in Europe this year and Michelle Muldoon spent a full summer on the circuit culminating in a win at the Irish round of the Bluegrass Enduro series.
See www.emeraldenduro.comfor details on the event. Social media can be found here -
September 25th, 2014 · No Comments
Curtis Keene’s excellent series continues with a trip to Winterpark in Colorado for round 5 of the EWS. The elevation is punishing and many riders struggled especially with fatigue.
September 24th, 2014 · No Comments
This feels like an April fool but it’s not! Louisville, Kentucky has a huge underground Limestone cavern under it’s zoo and an operator is currently building an enormous bike park on site. It’s currently planned to be 320,000 square feet in size with an ambient temperature that doesn’t change year round. With an opening date of New Years Day 2015 it might be time to book those tickets!
September 23rd, 2014 · No Comments
Jerome Clementz is back! The 2013 Enduro World Series champion is back racing Enduro and prepping for his return to the top level at the final round of the 2014 EWS in Finale Ligure the week after next.