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Riccardo Chiarini tests positive for EPO.

  • Chris Armstrong
  • News
  • Jun 11, 2014
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Italian mountain biker Riccardo Chiarini, who finished fourth overall in the 2014 Absa Cape Epic with partner Roel Paulissen of Belgium (Team Torpado Factory), has tested positive for unusually high levels of EPO.

The former road professional was tested out-of-competition on May 7 this year by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). The finding of excessive EPO (erythropoietin) was made in terms of the biological passport system. Torpado, the Italian bicycle manufacturer and team sponsor, confirmed it had been informed of the positive test results and had suspended the rider with immediate effect pending any appeal.

SGC gives bike camp scholarship to Connor.

  • Chris Armstrong
  • News
  • May 26, 2014
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"I've been watching Connor ride and progress since he was about 8 years old. These days it's obvious to see that he's impressive on a bike, but the stuff that has always impressed me the most is his positive attitude, love for bikes, and dedication to becoming a better rider. The SGC scholarship is more about these things than anything else and any rider who brings these qualities to SGC will have a blast and see a huge boost in their riding. I can't wait for summer".
- Cam McCaul

Richmond Regional Ride Center is the third winner in the Bell Built contest

  • Chris Armstrong
  • News
  • May 23, 2014
  • 3694

The Richmond Regional Ride Center, headed up by RVA MORE, will split the $100,000 in grant money with the two other regional winners. With help from both Bell Helmets and those at IMBA, this grant money will help secure the funding to rehabilitate 15 miles of existing mountain bike trail and construct an additional 20 miles of trail.

25 countries took part in CycloFemme day, May 11th

  • Chris Armstrong
  • News
  • May 19, 2014
  • 3774

With the statement "We Ride Together," bicycle riders worldwide united for the third annual CycloFemme to honor women's cycling. Celebrations ranged from small rides with friends, mothers, and daughters, to riders exploring cities with special Bike Share collaborations in eight US cities, to community rides with more than 100 participants focused on empowering women and young girls, to professional athletes racing in the Amgen Tour of California.

Almost a 7 Nation Army getting Whistler Bike Park ready for action.

  • Chris Armstrong
  • News
  • May 13, 2014
  • 3653

Downhill mountain bike enthusiasts have been eagerly awaiting the opening of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park and this week the anticipation comes to an end. On Friday May 16 the Whistler Mountain Bike Park will open for the season thanks to the hard work of an army of trail crew. The trail crew battled snow, weather, drainage, and other obstacles to dig, pack, and shape the berms, jumps, and trails. This work will allow for the opening of the majority of the Fitzsimons Zone Friday including popular trails A-Line, B-Line, Crank It Up, Easy Does It, among others. Here is how the work in the park breaks down by the numbers:

SRAM releases trickle down X1 groupo.

  • Chris Armstrong
  • News
  • May 2, 2014
  • 3924

From SRAM X1 comes the integrated drivetrain engineered in Germany for every rider and every trail. The simple, smart and synchronized design delivers confidence in the face of any terrain—from cross-country racing to all-mountain adventure. With our super-wide 10-42 gear range and multiple chain ring options, it's the universal drivetrain for experienced or new-to-the-trail riders. Featuring our X-SYNC™ chain rings, optimized MINI CLUSTER™ cassette and dependable X-HORIZON™ rear derailleur, X1 puts the power of the SRAM 1X philosophy into every ride. SRAM X1. LIMITLESS.

 

Chris Tutton purchases Easton Cycling, seen pressing fingers together saying "Excellent".

  • Chris Armstrong
  • News
  • Apr 26, 2014
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Easton had been on a big selling spree recently, with Baseball & Hockey sold off a little while ago, and Riddell previously up on the blocks. It seems that they have wanted to shed all of the brands other than Bell & Giro. Nothing wrong doubling down and being focused, knowing what you want to go for. But I was a little surprised when earlier this week the press release came out that Chris Tutton had stepped in and bought Easton Cycling.

 

Paul Bass signs up to use X Fusion Shox.

  • Chris Armstrong
  • News
  • Apr 24, 2014
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X-Fusion is pleased to announce the signing of slopestyle champ Paul "Bass" Basagoitia. Since bursting onto the scene with his back-to-back 2004 and 2005 victories of the Whistler Crankworks slopestyle competition, Bass continues to compete at the top levels of freeride mountain biking. In 2012 Paul continued to push the envelope in his riding by landing his life time goal trick, the double back flip, in the backcountry terrain of Utah, followed by his return to the Red Bull Rampage in 2013 after a severe wrist injury in late 2012. He was the winner of this years Sea Otter Pump Track Challenge in Monterey.

Whistler Bike Park opens May 16th, or as I like to say the happiest day of the year.

  • Chris Armstrong
  • News
  • Apr 15, 2014
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While spring skiing and riding is still going strong at Whistler Blackcomb, mountain bike enthusiasts are gearing up to take over Whistler Mountain for the opening of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, scheduled for Friday May 16, 2014. As of today, dirt lovers and mountain bike enthusiasts are able to get one step closer to riding, flowing, jumping or pumping their favourite trail as Early Bird Season Passes, Twilight Passes and Triple Play Cards go on sale.

 

First Multi-Bike Park Pass released

  • Chris Armstrong
  • News
  • Apr 12, 2014
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The first and only online guide to North American bike parks—releases its MTBparks Pass today, giving riders access to an unprecedented collection of North America’s Best Bike Parks for the summer 2014 riding season.

 

Cannondale / Northwave go one two at Internazionali D'Italia

  • Chris Armstrong
  • News
  • Apr 11, 2014
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Cannondale Factory’s bikers keep on dominating at Internazionali d’Italia MTB, as Manuel Fumic led a strong 1-2 finish in Nalles ahead of Marco Aurelio Fontana. The two riders, both equipped with Northwave Extreme Tech MTB shoes, dominated the race from the early going, with the Italian holding the lead until a puncture forced him to give way to the German teammate.

 

Rockshox releases fat fork: Bluto.

  • SRAM
  • News
  • Apr 10, 2014
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You’ve probably observed more and more riders are on bikes that look “different” on your trails. Bikes that have wheels and tires of gigantic proportion – and we’re not talking about 29ers here.

Red Bull Joyride: Athletes revealed.

  • Chris Armstrong
  • News
  • Mar 27, 2014
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Fusing elements of slopestyle, dirt jump and North Shore mountain biking, Red Bull Joyride will once again culminate into one gravity-fed, season-defining freeride mountain bike competition on Saturday, August 17 in Whistler, BC. Eighteen of the world's best riders have been officially invited to battle it out for a chunk of the $50,000 in prize money and historical bragging rights.

 

Danny MacAskill hits the road.

  • Chris Armstrong
  • News
  • Mar 19, 2014
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Danny MacAskill – Quite possibly the best known bike rider in the world has teamed up with top trials riders and good friends, Duncan Shaw, Ali C and young gun Fabio Wibmer, for the all new Drop and Roll Tour! Strapped in, they will travel across Europe in a custom made Drop and Roll tour bus, pulling a 3.5 ton trailer with all the equipment they need to amaze and impress the live audiences!

Two more riders kicked out of ABSA Cape Epic due to doping.

  • Chris Armstrong
  • News
  • Mar 14, 2014
  • 2994

Two South African mountain bikers are out of the Absa Cape Epic after failing anti-doping tests. One of the riders has been provisionally suspended by the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) and in the meantime is not eligible to take part in any races sanctioned by the International Cycling Union (UCI) - including the Cape Epic. His case is currently being reviewed by SAIDS.

Join Trek World Racing for a week.

  • Chris Armstrong
  • News
  • Mar 12, 2014
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Trek World Racing is once again running its popular "Local Support Crew" program. The Local Support Crew program was first created in 2001 with one of our earlier teams, as a way for fans to join the team as support crew when the team visited a race near to where they lived.