The inaugural round of the Enduro World Series (EWS) North American Series got underway in the big mountains of Colorado earlier this month and this weekend it switches to the dusty trails of California for round two.
Traversing rolling valleys, navigating lush forests and scaling the vertiginous Alps of the fairytale-like Valais region, riders’ will be rewarded for their hard efforts with magnificent, sweeping singletrack.
With just over five minutes separating the top three men’s teams on the general classification it was full gas from the gun on Stage 5’s 39km time-trial in Wellington.
Despite winning the Queen Stage on Thursday 21 March, Centurion Vaude’s Daniel Geismayr and Nicola Rohrbach still find themselves in fourth place on the general classification – five minutes behind Canyon Topeak.
As the 2018 slopestyle season prepares to kick off at Crankworx Rotorua the world's best Slopestyle riders are beginning to emerge from the long, cold nights of winter. Like most others, Thomas Genon spent the off-season training – or as Tommy G says: ‘Just riding my bike, like I would normally do anyway.’
Stage 3 of the Cape Epic 2018 took the riders from Robertson to Worcester. The transition day marked the longest distance of the 2018 Cape Epic and athletes had to face challenges like the Porcupine Trap, a flat-out section through sandy fynbos trails toward the Saggy Stone Brewery.
On paper, Stage 1’s 110km/1900m course looked scripted for the marathon riders but as we discovered yesterday the Untamed African MTB Race is filled with surprises – and that’s exactly how the day played out. The racing set off at a blistering pace that was described as “dangerous” and “intense” by Karl Platt who struggled in early parts of the stage.
Four stages and several novelties for the Italian Cross-Country MTB circuit, whose 2018 season will be opened in Nals on April 15th. Conclusion in Chies d’Alpago on June 30th
Jennie Stenerhag and Esther Suss (Meerendal CBC) extended their lead in the Hansgrohe Women’s category after Stage 4 of the Absa Cape Epic, while Nino Schurter and Matthias Stirnemann (SCOTT-SRAM MTB Racing) took a decent bite out of Manuel Fumic and Henrique Avancini’s (Cannondale Factory Racing XC) lead in the men’s race.
The melting pot of Whistler was once again turned up to 11. There is one thing this venue never fails to provide and that is intensity. With a 70km loop packed into one boiling hot day over five stages, it was always going to serve up some surprises and challenges, the riders probably didn’t think there would be quite as many as there were.
After an intriguing week's racing in the Sasol Women's category, Ariane Kleinhans and Annika Langvad are now three-time Absa Cape Epic champions; the Swiss-Danish duo joining Karl Platt (who earlier on Sunday won his fifth title) and Stefan Sahm as three-time champion pairings.
Northwave also celebrates in Luxembourg thanks to Vanthourenhout brothers of Sunweb-Napoleon Games, on Sunday October 25th. Equipped with Extreme Tech MTB Plus shoes, Diether clinched victory at GP Contern ahead of Michael, whilst the Frenchman Steve Chainel (Cofidis) completed the day's podium.
The full movie will be released in just over a month, featuring and following Myriam Nicole, Rémi Thirion, Thibaut and Gaëtan Ruffin and Gaëtan Vigé as well as the rest of the crew throughout the 2015 race season.
A few weeks ago, after World Championships, we came to Rémi's place in Les Vosges in the north east of France, where he was born and has lived for 25 years. He showed us his home enduro trails on the META AM V4.
The Crankworx Whistler Pump Track saw a serious battle Thursday evening with Adrien LORON (FRA) coming in, game face on, to carve out a name for himself as the first Pump Track Series winner.
Loron and Joost WICHMAN (NED), the Pump Track Champion from Crankworx Rotorua, went head to head in the quarter finals, eliminating Wichman, one of the top three Pump Track competitors in the world, by mere millimetres well before the end of the night, and leaving Loron to face a Crankworx legend.
Despite organizers' attempts to mix it up for the Garbanzo DH, fans of the iconic Crankworx race likely felt a little déjà vu Wednesday as Claire BUCHAR and Marcelo GUTIERREZ VILLEGAS stepped atop the podium.
The premium Italian resort Livigno is still peppered with a thin layer of snow. But by mid-June the final snowflakes should have melted away and Italy's "Little Tibet" will be ready to start its 2015 bike season. Mottolino Bike Park will open its tracks and the extended flow trail network at Carosello 3000 will be groomed and ready to ride. Lower down a new pump track at the Bike Skill Centre will open as well. Livigno is ready to welcome bikers from near and far. Special bike hotels, customized tours and services round out the experience.
Crystal blue seas and white sandy beaches are closer than you think.
Looking for a quiet island retreat? A place to ride bikes and soak up some Mediterranean sun, yet away from the hustle and bustle of sunburnt tourists?
Well look no further than Formentera. Its white sandy beaches and crystal blue seas may look like something from the Maldives, but this island paradise is a lot closer than you may think...
After an exciting weekend at the Riva BIKE Festival the 2015 mountain bike season is under way and leading the charge is the Italian bike destination, Livigno. To mark the start of the season, Livigno invited Danny MacAskill's Drop and Roll Tour to put on amazing live shows at the bike festival. In between the shows, fans could meet the riders in person at the Livigno booth and learn more about the region's biking opportunities. Needless to say, everyone enjoyed "la bella vita" last weekend.
Every year, once the snow melts away and trees start to blossom – thousands of bike fans are eager to discover what new bike, shock, apparel and bike trail is available. The place to be to learn all of this is the BIKE Festival in Riva. To celebrate the best of biking, Italy's "little Tibet", Livigno, invited the YouTube sensation, Danny MacAskill and his Drop and Roll Team to the festival. Together, Danny and teammate Duncan Shaw were the hit of the week!
It was a Scottish one / two in the women's race at The 2015 British National Mountain Bike Marathon Championships, supported by EventScotland, staged in Selkirk in The Scottish Borders on Saturday 02 May.
Kerry MacPhee (28) - Rock and Road Cycles, the 2014 Scottish National Cross Country Mountain Bike Champion, a top 15 finisher at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, took the British title after a very closely fought race that saw her complete the 75km course, with 2300m of climb, in 04:31:08. Lee Craigie (35 - Inverness) – Cannondale UK, the British XC MTB Champion 2013, took second place, two minutes behind MacPhee, in 04:33:20. Melanie Alexander - Contessa Scott Syncros – matched her 2014 third place finish in a time of 04:50:09.
With progression at the top of mind, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park at Whistler Blackcomb is excited to announce plans to significantly transform the riding experience at the world's top rated lift accessed mountain bike park. This summer the Whistler Mountain Bike Park is renewing its commitment to offer progressive riding experiences that appeal to returning park riders, welcome new riders and stay current with the latest developments in bike technology and riding preferences. From starting fresh on brand new trails to redesigning what's already there, to offering complimentary bike park tours for newcomers, the 2015 season will mark the beginning of the next stage in the evolution of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Here is what is on tap for this season:
Back-to-back Enduro World Series champion Trek Factory Racing returns with with eyes focused on an unprecedented three-peat in 2015. The team's European-based squad consists of 2013 and 2014 series champion Tracy Moseley (GBR), Rene Wildhaber (SUI), and Justin Leov (NZL). American enduro power-couple Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) and Heather Irmiger (USA) round out the team. The Americans will compete in a number of Enduro World Series events but will focus their efforts primarily on North American races.
After eight days of thrilling racing, 748km of distance and 16.000m of altitude, Christoph Sauser (SUI) and Jaroslav Kulhavy (CZE) won the general classification (MEN) of this year's Cape Epic by 10 minutes and 41 seconds from Topeak Ergon's Alban Lakata of Austria and Kristian Hynek of the Czech Republic. After a tough week in beautiful South Africa with many mechanical problems the German/Swiss duo Karl Platt and Urs Huber from team BULLS ended up third at the world's toughest mountain biking stage race.
Starting February 13th, the mountain bike off-season becomes a thing of the past. Twenty freeride athletes will come to Leogang, Austria for White Style, the first FMB World Tour event in 2015. If that was not exciting enough, the 2013 White Style winner Pavel "Cherry bomb" Alekhin will return to the snow after a long injury break. His impressive combos and fearless riding is certain to 'WOW' everyone! For the first time, also spectators can prove their riding skills during the Big (Shr)ED – Fat Bike Battle.
Pivot Cycles is pleased to announce the addition of Aaron Chase to their roster of riders. Chase, a master in the world of freeride, is best known for pushing boundaries and for his technical and creative style, both on and off the bike.
KONA TEAM DIVIDES TO CONQUER
New for 2015, the Kona Team splits into two separate groups: Kona Gravity and Kona Endurance. The move is designed to further the focus and brand reach of what was once the Kona Team. Kona Gravity includes both our big mountain athletes and our World Cup Team, while Kona Endurance includes our cross-country, marathon, cyclocross and endurance road athletes. Each group will be running different sponsor groups, with the Gravity team very excited to continue with a new contract with SRAM components and RockShox suspension, and another year on Stan's No-Tubes wheelsets. The Endurance squad will be running Shimano drivetrains and wheels, Fox suspension and Pro Cockpits, and clothing from Champion System. Both teams will be running Maxxis tires, WTB saddles and FSA headsets.
Biking.ie has today announced that Carrick Mountain in County Wicklow is the venue for round two of the 2015 Enduro World Series.
The Chain Reaction Cycles Emerald Enduro will take place in the diverse terrain of Carrick Mountain, one of the most scenic parts of Ireland. With stunning views across the Wicklow hills to the Irish Sea and a landscape that changes from open rocky mountainside to rooty, flowy woodland singletrack, Carrick is a classic Irish venue.
Finally we are hitting the road and the legend returns to Nuremburg on September 6th. After a three-year break the Red Bull District Ride is back in the historic city of Nuremberg. Not only 24 of the world's best riders are eagerly awaiting the mountain bike event of the year, but also the 75,000 expected fans to go wild between Nuremberg's Kaiserburg and the City Square.
The 2016 edition of the Superenduro Powered by SRAM Series has just wrapped up its third round here in Canazei. The round was valid as an Enduro World Series Qualifier Event and it offered a spectacular race, fiercely fought and full of unexpected changes, with almost 400 riders taking part to the Special Stages and dropping from the foot of the dolomite massifs down to town.
Continued rain opened a sweet opportunity for the Crankworx Les Gets Slopestyle where the athletes opted in for one epic best trick jam in lieu of a full competition.
The sun shone and Dual Speed & Style hit its stride in Les Gets on Friday as first-time Crankworx athlete Daryl BROWN (GBR) earned one epic opportunity to shake a champagne bottle atop the podium.
The deluge making headlines across France brought new game to the European Whip-Off Championships presented by Spank in its inaugural trip to Les Gets. Starting up a mud-slick hill and heading toward a wooden ramp and gap jump, the riders had their work cut out for them, and the winners rose to the challenge.
The FMB Gold Event 26TRIX is proving to become a true talent factory. Well-known pros and many newcomers signed up for the pre-qualification round, making it the biggest pre-qualification ever.
New Mexico’s Chris Boice, 31, has proven nothing can hold him down in the second round of the North American Enduro Tour, the SCOTT Enduro Cup presented by Vittoria’s race at Angel Fire.
As last year both record breakers fought for every hundredth of a second at the UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup in Leogang and awarded the crowd with yet another race for the history books.
Soon Whistler Blackcomb will wrap up the winter season and kick off summer operations, but for a short time the winter and summer worlds will collide with skiing and biking available at the same time. In honor of this transition, Whistler Blackcomb and Kokanee will hold the annual Crud 2 Mud race on Saturday May 21.
Getting huge through the big hitting slopestyle course at FISE in Montpellier, France, even extreme winds couldn't stop Canyon Factory Freeride Team rider, Thomas Genon, from riding his way to the win. Watch his final run after the jump.
Swatch Rocket Air was electrifying! The first FMB Gold event of the season took place in Thun, Switzerland and 15 finalists battled it out on a jungle themed course.
Banger tricks filled Leogang's 26TRIX contest at Out of Bounds Festival in 2014. Riders showed combos, which are hard to describe, close to impossible to ride but simply amazing to watch. Two of the tricks were never even seen before! Young guns Nicholi Rogatkin (1st) and Matt Jones (3rd) made it clear at 26TRIX that they mean business this year. Top dawg Thomas Genon's usual precision and consistency landed him in second. Just missing the podium, Antoine Bizet bagged the prize money for the GoPro Best Trick.
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he Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and Red Bull Media House today announced an extension of their exclusive media production and rights partnership. The long-term partnership secures coverage for the 2019 through the 2021 racing seasons.
There is one name within the German Slopestyle scene that you simply cannot ignore: Erik Fedko. Over the last three years, the 20-year-old has rapidly improved in his riding and has now made the decision to sign with Munich-based sports marketing agency rasoulution GmbH, run by former mountain bike pro-rider Tarek Rasouli.
The 2018 Enduro World Series (EWS) finished much as it started, with Cecile Ravanel and Sam Hill as its World Champions.
The 2018 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships presented by Mercedes Benz got off to a great start for the host nation as Switzerland took gold in the Cross-Country Team Relay, followed by Germany in second and Denmark in third place. The Parade of Flags featuring the 57 participating nations officially kicked off the biggest mountain bike event of the year.
At just 18 years old, Swiss rider Lucas Huppert's slopestyle star is quickly rising and if his 2018 season is anything to go by, he's going to be knocking on the doors of the Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle World Championship sooner rather than later.
Exactly 7 days after finishing second at the Big White Invitational Slopestyle and winning an FMB Wildcard to Red Bull Joyride at Crankworx Whistler, ROSE Rad Squad rider Torquato Testa climbed the top step on the podium of GlemmRide Slopestyle, held in Saalbach Hinterglemm, Austria, beating defending champion Thomas Genon.
The Enduro World Series (EWS) announces the next step in its short - but action packed - history as it today reaches a historic agreement with the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).
I invite you to a new adventure that will take place in the province of Cáceres, specifically in the Monfragüe National Park and El Valle del Jerte. Maybe for many it is still an unknown area as far as cycling is concerned. Its potential is very high and if you accompany me I will show you places, trails and environments that you will find it hard to forget.
In just over two weeks, the biggest stars of Downhill will once again head to Bikepark Leogang in search of those precious seconds.
Four time UCI World Champion, and winner of almost every kind of bike race you can think of , Brian Lopes has partnered with Ibis Cycles to launch a US domestic enduro racing team, along with support from DVO Suspension, G-Form Protection, WTB Tires and Saddles, ODI Grips, Wolf Tooth Components, Fox Racing, and Dynaplug.
The Trek Factory Racing Enduro team is proud to announce its roster for 2018. Coming back to race a full program is Katy Winton, with Casey Brown also racing a number of events. New to the team for 2018 are former Junior DH World Champion Ruaridh Cunningham of Scotland and developing talent Pedro Burns of Chile.
The 2018 Enduro World Series (EWS) season may not have started yet, but organisers are already announcing the details of next year's calendar.
The IRONMAN Foundation® today announced that the 2018 IMF Mountain Bike Team at the 2018 Absa Cape Epic® will be led by 2014 IRONMAN® World Champion and two-time IRONMAN 70.3® World Champion triathlete, Sebastian Kienle, and Ben Hoffman, six-time IRONMAN Champion and two-time IRONMAN World Championship Top Five finisher.
Norco Bicycles is thrilled to announce that Caro and Anita Gehrig are joining the Norco family as part of the newly formed Norco Twins Racing.
The COMMENCAL VALLNORD Enduro Team is happy to welcome Theotim Trabac as their new rider! The young French rider showed his potential by winning in U21 category the Enduro World Series in Millau last year. This season, he will race in the same category and we're happy to support him in his chase for more podiums!
The Enduro World Series (EWS) is coming to a race near you as the list of official Qualifier events grows to 50 races spread across 25 countries and four continents.
Many sporting professions boast having certain talents that reach the pinnacle of their game at an early age, winning titles and progressing the sport they have so much passion for. Even though many Slopestyle athletes are pretty young in most cases, this year’s World Champion raised the bar even higher, or should we say lowered it age wise.
Before October, there is Biketember. The Bike Region Saalfelden Leogang once again showed its mountain bike racing expertise this weekend by hosting the Biketember Festival.
Emil Johansson has quickly turned out to be a true MTB prodigy. He started his international competition career last year with 26TRIX in Leogang, only a year later he was crowned FMB World Champion.
Winner of the Cape Epic, winner of 6 out of 6 World Cup races, winner of the World Championships- Whoever thought it'd be impossible to top last year's season with an Olympic- and World Champion title, has to think again after this weekend's MTB World Championships.
On Thursday September 7th, French Loana Lecomte, 18-year-old biker equipped by Northwave with Extreme XC shoes, took a wonderful silver after a head-to-head with the new World Champion, Austrian Laura Strigger. Swiss Nadia Grod completed the day’s podium.
This course is a beast! The legendary event Red Bull District Ride will see 20 world-class slopestyle athletes battle it out in the old town of Nuremberg on September 1-2.
he weather had something against the re-activation of racing at Schöckl mountain last year. The premiere of Enduro Gradec was greeted with apocalyptical rainfall and lightning. Still 116 riders stuck to it and raced the extremely slippery stages in pouring rain.
Street trials, downhill or enduro bike – give the Austrian a set of handlebars, and he's got it. With his viral videos, crazy stunts and success in the competitions, Fabio has become a household-name in the bike scene. Now he's stepped up his game even more, riding with a Red Bull helmet and recently partnering up with Saalbach Hinterglemm.
Nino Schurter stormed to victory again at Nové Město to open the 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup cross-country season.
The long awaited countdown to the first chair of the 2017 season will come to an end on May 19, when the Whistler Mountain Bike Park officially opens.
Leatt is proud to announce that three North American bicycle athletes have joined the #LeattFamily! Aaron Chase, Lauren Gregg, and Teal Stetson-Lee will be kitted in Leatt’s high-performance DBX bicycle line for the 2017 season.
2017 mountain bike season is about to hit it off with a new strong unified force by ROSE Bikes. Six top riders have teamed up under the German bike brand, to showcase their skillset, push the sport and drop some jaws, while hitting the slopes and sending it at the competitions. We had a chat with all the team riders about their new bikes and their thoughts of being part of the ROSE Rad Squad.
Star-studded field includes Olympic gold medallists and Tour de France winner
Both the men’s reigning Olympic champions, a Tour de France winner, a host of world champions and several previous Absa Cape Epic winners will be in the South African stage race’s strongest field yet when it kicks off on Sunday.
During the 2016 race season, we had the top man and woman leading the DH World Cup Series and our top 5 Rampage athletes on orange 40s, along with the man leading the EWS on an orange 36 - now these forks are up for grabs.
The Enduro World Series (EWS) is delighted to announce it’s coming to a TV screen near you thanks to a new partnership with IMG for mainstream television distribution of its race highlight shows.
German Manuel Fumic and Brazilian Henrique Avancini lit up the 2016 Absa Cape Epic with a thrilling win on the Grand Finale – the prestigious final stage.
BC Bike Race has released the finalists for the Kazlaw Community Foundation Award, and it includes five great people from our province that contribute to local cycling.
Intense Cycles proudly announces its 2017 Factory Race Program. Returning to the team this year are Australian riders Jack Moir (22) and Dean Lucas (21) along with top American Junior, Nik Nestoroff (17). New to the team this year is American, Charlie Harrison (19).
The North American Enduro Tour is excited to announce the 2017 Tour schedule will bring back the old favorites, but add some exciting new twists—including a venture to the East Coast.
With one and a half month to go to the first race of the new season, on May 4th in Verona, the Internazionali d’Italia Series’ organizers exposed their ambitious programme during the Italian Cycling Federation’s presentation on the offroad activity on Wednesday January 18th in Milan.
Swiss mountain biking maestro Christoph Sauser has come out of retirement in a bid to win the Absa Cape Epic for a sixth time, so what was it that persuaded him to get back in the saddle?
It’s actually a great honour and with huge pride that we will count ACC as part of the family again.
Trek Factory Racing announced new rosters today for its downhill, cross-country, and enduro mountain bike teams, redoubling its efforts to win at the elite level in all disciplines.
The YT Mob is excited to announce that 23 year old Neko Mulally of the USA will be joining Aaron Gwin and Angel Suarez to make up our 2017 line up.
As Specialized Gravity enters its second year on the World Cup circuit, it proudly announces a partnership with renowned suspension leader Öhlins for the 2017 season, with all team riders using exclusively Öhlins suspension, including an all-new downhill-specific fork.
Perhaps it was obvious to everyone that COMMENCAL and Yoann BARELLI could go a long way together and now it’s official!
Thank you Rémy, for your professionalism, your taste for style and your management of the perfect image.
Graham Agassiz needs no introduction, though he may be better known as Aggy at this stage in his career.
The Canyon Factory Freeride Team finished the season with a bang, bringing home gold with the 2016 FMB Factory Team World Championship Title.
Riders and fans can get closer than ever to the Enduro World Series action thanks to an innovative new analyser with partners Quarq.
I never tire to repeat that one of the best things that you can do in this life is to travel, and if it is to travel with your bicycle, the thing rises to exponents never before imagined.
The film is the life story of three-time world champion surfer Andy Irons who died at age 32 from a heart attack with the secondary cause being an acute mixture of drugs. Andy and brother Bruce came from humble beginnings on the small Hawaiian island of Kauai.
Brandon Semenuk’s winning 2016 Red Bull Rampage run took just a little more than one minute and nine seconds for him to complete, top to bottom.
Most of the time our messages to you usually revolve around ripping descents and blasting berms, this one comes to you with deeper thought and words of heavier meaning. Last December, the mountain bike community lost an incredible person when Buddy Newman, graphic designer for WTB, passed away in a car accident.
Only two weeks after launching his first autobiography, Danny is already adding to his legacy with his next unreal two-wheeled expedition. Unique from anything he’s released before, Danny jumps on his Santa Cruz 5010 CC this time and takes mountain biking to another level.
We’re thrilled to announce Connor Fearon has signed a two year extension of his contract. The young Australian gravity shredder has been piloting a Kona since 2010 and will continue to race his Operator DH machine through the end of 2018.
Do you know Danny MacAskill? No, let’s rephrase that. Do you really know Danny MacAskill?
IRONMAN announced today it has reached an agreement to acquire the highly regarded Cape Epic® mountain bike race in South Africa. In addition to operating The Motatapu and The Pioneer multiple stage mountain bike races in New Zealand, the purchase of Cape Epic marks IRONMAN’s biggest step into the mountain biking market, as they aim to grow this race format substantially across the globe.
David Cachon show us what was once the most dangerous path in the world is now just amazing.
What a thriller in Lenzerheide! Danny Hart (GBR) wrote history in front of thousands of spectators, when he crossed the finish line just a split second ahead of Aaron Gwin (USA).
5 Special Stages and 4 uplifts in the hearth of the Dolomites, with the last PS, known as the 'Show', that finishes in town, straight in the middle of the paddock area. Free practice will open on Sunday 19th, while the definitive race tracks will be confirmed by Saturday 25th.
“With celebrating our 10th anniversary this year we are thrilled to be partnering with such an innovative company as Pearl Izumi, and also one that holds the same philosophy of quality and customer satisfaction that we at BC Bike Race do,” says BC Bike Race President, Dean Payne.
A five-day trip-of-a-lifetime to see the Crankworx World Tour wrap in Whistler awaits the lucky fan who can assemble the winning team in the Crankworx Les Gets Fantasy Contest.
The brand new online fantasy sports contest will run from June 16 to 19, during Crankworx Les Gets, at fantasy.crankworx.com.
It was time for the Enduro Series to get back to the North-Est of France - the second cradle of Enduro discipline.
Years ago when I first started skateboarding, knee pads were the size of small countries. I still have a pair of Pro Designed pads while designed for vert, are large enough that my cat can hide inside them. Those days, designers followed the mantra that more is better.
While skiers and snowboarders are still enjoying spring snow on Blackcomb Mountain, mountain bikers are gearing up to hit the dirt in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, which opens for the season on Friday, May 20.
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