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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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This is Peaty Season 3 Episode 1

May 7th, 2014 · No Comments

He’s back!  This is Peaty is back on our screens for 2014.  Put on the kettle (or grab a cappuccino like Steve) and hit play to be whisked to the land of 40 year old Downhill World Cup stars.

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Yoann Barelli – How to become a Pro rider

May 7th, 2014 · No Comments

French rider Yoann Barelli of Team Giant France Enduro gives you his err… tips on how to become a pro rider.  Health warning – NSFW!  You might want some headphones.

How to become a pro Rider by Yoann BARELLI from CORROSIVE PICTURES on Vimeo.

PS – That’s so Enduro!

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Fabien Barel Presents S3E1 – Petanque with Grandma and Jey

May 6th, 2014 · No Comments

Fabien Barel and Jerome Clementz do a bit of riding in the South of France.  Not jealous at all.  Not even a little bit….

Fabien Barel Presents S3E1 – Petanque with Grandma and Jey from Mavic on Vimeo.

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Inside the ride – Orica-Green Edge at the Liège-Bastogne-Liège

April 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Orica-Green Edge rider Simon Gerrans won the 100th edition of the Liège-Bastogne-Liège on Sunday.  The Australian rider won a sprint finish in style.  This intriguing video includes footage inside the team cars, rider interviews and behind the scenes footage.

Watch out for Dan Martin’s unfortunate crash on the last corner while in serious contention to retain his 2013 title.

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Ticknock to host XC NPS#2

April 29th, 2014 · No Comments

The Mountain Biking Association of Dublin (or MAD for short) are organizing the 2nd round of the Irish cross country NPS series on Ticknock mountain on the 10th of May. Registration is now open here and the short video below gives an idea of the course.  Miss it at your peril!

2014 Cross-Country NPS Promo from Cormac p on Vimeo.

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Trailer – Montenbaik EWS 2014 Chile

April 28th, 2014 · No Comments

Following a weekend of abysmal conditions in Cairns for World Cup Downhill #2 (be expecting the carnage to drop this week in the ususal team vids), here is an altogether different experience from the first round of the Enduro World Series in Chile.  Round 2 in Scotland is rapidly approaching!  We’ll be reporting live from the trail there.

Trailer Montenbaik EWS 2014 from Montenbaik.com on Vimeo.

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Single Speed European Champs this weekend!

April 25th, 2014 · No Comments

Castlewellan in Co.Down is the venue for the Single Speed European Championships this weekend with hundreds of racers due on course for the main event tomorrow, Saturday at 10.30.

For those that don’t know Single Speeding is exactly that, mountain biking without gears.  It’s as hardcore as it sounds but with the added incentive that Single Speeders tend to be a little unhinged – fancy dress is nigh on compulsory!  Races are loud and racous and great fun.  Well worth a look if you are around!  Full details here - www.mountainbikeni.com/SSEC2014/

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Track Walk and ride – This is Peaty

April 24th, 2014 · No Comments

Steve Peat walks us down the Cairns World Cup Downhill course ahead of this weekends action.  Steve was then laid up with a bad back so Josh Bryceland takes us on board. It’s errr slightly wet which could have a big effect come race day as new roots and rocks are being uncovered already.

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XC NPS 2014 Round 1 this weekend

April 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

This Sunday sees the first round of the Cross Country National Points Series in Slade Valley.  Run by the IMBRC, this venue has been course of the year on multiple occasions and with the good weather this is set to be a classic.  The course is well weather proofed and provides a fantastic test for rider and machine.

Online entry is open till Friday evening with entry available on the day for an extra €5.  Go to this link to sign up – http://fs17.formsite.com/offroadeventsreg/XCNPS/index.html

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How to make a Sick MTB Edit from nsmb.com

April 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

Yo Bro, check out how to make a banging edit!  <Insert more appropriate phrases here>  Enjoy!

How to Make a Sick Mountain Bike Edit from nsmb.com on Vimeo.

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Johan Bruyneel banned for 10 years

April 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

Lance Armstrong’s former Directeur Sportif Johan Bruyneel received a ten year ban from cycling yesterday over his role in the organised doping within the various teams he was involved in.  He has released a statement on the matter which makes for interesting if uncomfortable reading.  We’ve reproduced it in full below.

Bruyneel is correct in that he is being made a scapegoat but then he was running a team with a seven time Tour winner (now discredited) and also subsequent wins with other riders.  He needs to take his punishment.  He does raise a fair point about USADA in so far as where are the UCI?  We know that Bruyneel’s teams were not the only ones doping, where are the rest of the scandals?  Much like the Festina affair was used to herald “a new cleaner cycling” (and usher in the Armstrong era) are we in danger of doing it again, ironically with Armstrong?

STATEMENT BY JOHAN BRUYNEEL REGARDING THE AAA DECISION

Today, the American Arbitration Association (the “AAA”) has issued a “decision” which purports to ban me from any participation in sport for 10 years.

I do not dispute that there are certain elements of my career that I wish had been different. Nor do I dispute that doping was a fact of life in the peloton for a considerable period of time. However, a very small minority of us has been used as scapegoats for an entire generation. [Read more →]

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Specialized and Lapierre at DH World Cup Rd.1

April 17th, 2014 · No Comments

Here are some more edits from the Downhill World Cup last weekend in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.  First up Specialized followed by the Lapierre Gravity Republic team.

Lapierre Gravity Republic – WC1 2014 South Africa a Mountain Biking video by Creative Concept

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Gravity Enduro Round 1 video

April 16th, 2014 · No Comments

The race season is back in full swing with the first round of the NPS XC series only a week and a half away and the round 2 of the Gravity Enduro on Ticknock all but sold out (don’t say we didn’t warn you!).  The weather seems to have gotten the memo too.  Here is the excellent recap video from round 1 that really shows what Enduro is all about – just get out and ride your bike!

2014 Trek Gravity Enduro Ireland Round 1 – Ballinastoe Woods, County Wicklow from Biking.ie on Vimeo.

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#OnTheHunt 2014 CRC/Nukeproof in Pietermaritzburg

April 15th, 2014 · No Comments

The first edit to drop from last weekends South African World Cup DH opener – Team CRC/Nukeproof featuring Sam Hill.

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This Is Peaty – Pietermaritzburg 2014 World Cup Helmet Cam

April 13th, 2014 · No Comments

Let’s set the scene a little.  Here is Steve Peat’s headcam from Pietermaritzburg, World Cup DH 1.  Strap in and enjoy the ride!

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Inside Specialized Racing: Preview – Pietermartizburg

April 13th, 2014 · No Comments

So how opportune is this?  Without giving the game away completely (sod it, Gwin won and won well) here is a preview produced by the Specialized team.  Racing season is back underway, expect some edits to drop in the next few days.

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RockShox announce RS-1 29er fork

April 10th, 2014 · No Comments

After weeks of teasers RockShox have revealed details of their latest XC fork – the RS-1.  Literally turning the fork world on it’s head (sorry for that) the RS-1 promises massive improvements in small bump sensitivity through it’s inverted chassis.  While they are not the first manufacturers in the MTB world to try it they do appear to have had a break-through with regards to stiffness.

Traditionally the issue with inverted forks has been maintaining a stiff axle and avoiding wheel deflections.  Traditional forks do this with a brake arch over the wheel but that doesn’t work with inverted forks which try to flex through the hub.  RockShox have developed a specific hub and mounting system that is a progression from the standard thru axle which provides the required stiffness. [Read more →]

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A day with Steve Peat

April 7th, 2014 · No Comments

Shimano are producing a video series of a day in the life of various cycling professionals.  First up Mr Steve Peat!  An interesting vignette into his daily life away from the buzz of the World Cups.

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Santa Cruz launch a new 650B Nomad

April 4th, 2014 · No Comments

Santa Cruz’s do it all Enduro steed, the Nomad, has been redesigned and built in Carbon for 650B wheels.

The bike has been completly updated with an aggressive 65 degree headangle and an upper link inspired by the one found on the V10 Downhill bike.  Travel increases to 165mm along with the bigger wheels with a claimed increase in small bump sensitivity. [Read more →]

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RockShox Culture shock – Russell and Chris – RS-1

April 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

Here is another teaser video for the RockShox RS-1 inverted fork featuring Russell Finsterwald and Chris Dewar ripping arouind the trails in Palm Springs, California.  Enjoy.

Different dudes. Same agenda. At least sort of, anyway. Bring XC champ Russell [Read more →]

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