The last round of the Enduro World Series and also the Italian Super Enduro series finished last weekend in Finale Ligure in Italy. Enduro World Champions Tracy Moseley and Jerome Clementz finished the season with yet another amazing win, cementing their reputation as the best of 2013. Jared Graves finished second in the race and the EWS less than 3 seconds behind Clementz over the two days showing the high quality of the racing. Youngster Martin Maes finished third on the day with fourth placed Fabian Barel taking third overall in the EWS. Ireland’s Greg Callaghan finished an excellent 25th ahead of such big names as Cedric Gracia, Josh Bryceland and Joe Barnes.
For the ladies Moseley was followed home by her major rival Ann Caroline Chausson returning from injury with just 10 seconds seperating them and Cecile Ravanel in third. Cait Elliot finished in 23rd, another serious result in a quality field beating the likes of Hannah Barnes.
With that the curtain comes down on a fantastic season of racing but fear not the 2014 season will be upon us before you can bat an eyelid. Bring it on!
Sunday sees the inaugural Irish Downhill Road Blitz in Wicklow. Entries are still available here. Check out the video below from a race a few weeks ago in Colorado featuring race director Janos Kohler.
This weekend sees the final round of the Super Enduro and the World Enduro Series (EWS) in Finale Ligure in Italy. This is definitely one for the bucket list and reflecting the growth in Enduro, it is hugely popular and has been sold out for months. The start list is pretty epic too with many World Champions from multiple disciplines lining out.
Check out these crazy runs from the Red Bull Rampage last weekend. First up eventual winner Kyle Strait’s run which has a few hair raising moments. Strait is the only person to have won the event twice.
Next up is second place Kiwi Kelly McGarry who’s run we actually think is better! The backflip canyon gap is simply epic.
Last up is Cam Zink who’s monster 360 is incredible. Zink was prevented from doing his second run by the wind and we were prevented from seeing what would undoubtedly have been a race winning run had he been able to keep it together.
Check out the full video from the Red Bull Foxhunt in Rostrevor! Is this the future for mountain bike video in Ireland (and worldwide)? We think so!
Red Bull had a serious film crew on site on the day with a helicopter, camera placements at key points on the track and loads of helmet mounted footage from a wide cross section of riders from Gee himself to first time racers. The results are pretty good, we think you’ll agree!
The weatherbeaten slopes of Slieve Martin, County Down teem with hundreds of scarlet clad figures. 400 mountain bikers think they can outfox Gee Atherton in the 2013 Redbull Foxhunt which turns the fear and ecstasy of a hunt in on itself, making prey of the hunters. From decorated pros to weekend warriors, the pack will tear down the three and a half miles of unforgiving downhill course encompassing wind bleached moorland, mud-spattered forests and hair-raising sprints, each adrenaline pumped biker tirelessly battling to cross the finish line before the advancing fox.
Biking.ie have released dates for their phenomenally successful Biking Blitz series for 2014. The race series is aimed at beginners with it’s Baggy shorts category which has been instrumental in introducing many to racing.
The dates are as follows -
Round 1 – Ballinastoe, Co. Wicklow, 2nd February 2014, 14km or 28km options.
Round 2 – Ballhoura, Co. Limerick, 16th February 2014, 17km or 36km options.
Round 3 – Derroura, Co. Galway, 2nd March 2014, 16km or 32km options.
Round 4 – Ticknock, Co. Dublin , 16th March 2014, 14km or 28 km options.
For those that have some experience there is always the Super Pro category. Entry is now open at this link.
Biking.ie also operate the Gravity Enduro series in Ireland and [Read more →]
In 2009 American award winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney was hired to make a film about Lance Armstrong’s comeback to cycling. As the doping scandal erupted the project was shelved but post the USADA verdict he returned to it with a new critical eye.
The Armstrong Lie picks up in 2013 and presents a riveting, insider’s view of the unraveling of one of the most extraordinary stories in the history of sports. Gibney repeatedly asked Armstrong about doping at the time, which the American was quick to deny. However post-USADA Armstrong gave him a long interview which forms some of the backbone of the film. As the first major documentary about the saga it is set to ignite the flames again in advance of several Hollywood blockbusters which are in production. The film is scheduled for a limited US release on the 12th of October. No news on whether or when it may hit these shores but it does have a major distributor in SONY so it is possible we may see it yet. We’ll keep you up to date.
Here is the first video from the Red Bull Foxhunt which took place last weekend in Rostrevor. A cracking course greeted the 400 riders with World Cup racer Gee Atherton facing his biggest challenge yet. Elbows out as we ride along with a variety of racers in this excellent Point Of View edit! Plenty of footage from Gee himself (he has a big Red Bull logo on the front of his helmet!)
Boasting video resolutions up to 4k the new Hero3+ from GoPro marks another step in the company that has a firm foothold on the adventure sports market and beyond. Now 20% smaller and lighter than the excellent Hero3 it is also neater and comes with 30% better battery life a wifi connection that is claimed to be four times as fast and an auto low light mode that automatically adjust to get the best picture.
Full release below -
SAN MATEO, CA (October 1, 2013) – GoPro today announced the availability of its new HERO3+ line of cameras, featuring a 20% smaller and lighter design and 30% better battery life than previous models. These upgrades combine with an improved lens and convenient new video capture modes to produce the most advanced and easy-to-use GoPro, yet. In addition, GoPro announced several new mounting accessories that further enable immersive content capture during any activity. The HERO3+ line of cameras and accessories are now available at GoPro.com and at select retailers worldwide.
GoPro is enabling people to capture and share life experiences in a way that was never before possible. Prior to GoPro, it was very difficult for anyone to capture content of themselves doing anything without having the help of someone else to film them. GoPro has enabled a new era of self-documentation whereby people can now easily wear or mount miniature ultra wide-angle GoPro cameras to record themselves doing just about anything, anywhere. The result is a surge of immersive user-generated and professional content made possible by the versatility and affordability of GoPro’s cameras and accessories. An average of three GoPro “tagged” videos are uploaded to YouTube every minute, and GoPro is used by the world’s leading production companies to help produce some of today’s most engaging film and television content.
Shimano provide a neutral service facility in races for riders. This becomes crucial in breakaways and in between groups who may not have immediate access to a team car and has got many riders out of jail. Another advantage is that they are often at the business end of the race and can see what is going on. Here is some footage shot during the UCI Mens Road World Championships yesterday in Florence where the heavens opened causing chaos for the riders and the poor Shimano techs who must have been in and out of the car every five minutes by the looks of things.
Okay so it’s miserable outside, the bizarre heatwave of last weekend is a distant memory as we woke up this morning to fog and rain. This mornings commute was not pleasant. However here is a little video to wake up that MTB hunger in your belly. The weekend is almost here people! Just get out and ride…
It’s official, the Foxhunt has sold out with 400 riders set to challenge Gee Atherton in Rostrevor on Sunday the 6th of October in a winner takes all dash to the finish. Last year Greg Callaghan took the crown from Gee but can he do it again or will another rider emerge to take the chequered flag?
Next week, 400 riders will feel the thrill of the hunt as Red Bull Fox Hunt returns for its third year; this time to the picturesque surroundings of the Mourne Mountains in County Down at the Rostrevor Mountain Bike Trails.
Downhill mountain-biking legend, multiple World Cup winner and contender for the 2013 title, Gee Atherton returns to Northern Ireland for the innovative downhill-pursuit challenge where the hunters become the hunted! [Read more →]
The Downhill Road Blitz takes place on the 20th October on the Red Lane down the side of the Sugarloaf mountain in County Wicklow. Organised my multiple Red Bull Road Rage champion Janos Kohler it is set to be an all out war to crown the first Irish Downhill Road blitz champion. Entries are strictly limited and with several international stars set to travel it will fill up quick so get your name down fast!
Superstar Mongoose trials rider Chris Akrigg rips it up in his latest edit. Long time readers of the site will remember his horific injury while shooting a video a few years back, newer readers might want to check out some videos here including that crash.