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Kelly Blunden & Ross Chafe killed by car that crossed the centre-line.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Jun 4, 2015
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On Sunday May 31 two members of the Whistler Cycling Club were killed by a driver that crossed the centre line on a highway north of Pemberton. The passenger in the vehicle was also pronounced dead.

The day started off innocently when Kelly Blunden & Ross Chafe picked up a third rider and set forth riding from Whistler to Joffre Lakes up on the Duffey Lake Road. A long ride, but not out of the ordinary for this group of three.

Dirt Diaries are back at Crankworx Whistler.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Jun 2, 2015
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Crankworx Dirt Diaries contestants.

Crankworx and Whistler Blackcomb will celebrate the creative spirit and storytelling culture of mountain biking for the fourth year with Dirt Diaries.

Six mountain bike athletes have been invited to assemble a team of riders and videographers to produce a video showcasing their passion for their sport. Intended to inspire others to get on a bike and ride, the four to six-minute videos will be created over the next two months and be screened on Tuesday, Aug. 11 on the main stage in Whistler Olympic Plaza during Crankworx Whistler.

 

The gods have listened. Whistler Bike Park Opens Early.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Apr 20, 2015
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Photo by: Robyn O'Neill.

The Whistler Mountain Bike Park will open for the 2015 season two weeks ahead of schedule on Saturday, May 2. With skiing and snowboarding still going strong in the Whistler Blackcomb alpine with a 182cm base, low snow levels in the valley have allowed trail crews to get to work on the lower section of the Bike Park to prepare the Fitzsimmons Zone for an early opening.

 

If you build it, they will come.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Apr 10, 2015
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2015 addition of Bell Built campaign is nearing vote time.  There are three different regions, West, Central & East with three finalists in each region.  Voting opens on April 13th, with one grand prize per region to be won. 

Local engineering student doing pretty good on Enduro World Series tour.

  • Chris Armstrong
  • News
  • Apr 3, 2015
  • 3063
Photo by: Matt Wragg

AFter a long off season always comes the fun.  As soon as the tream was back together we felt like Finale Ligure was yesterday.  How exciting it is to be in New Zealand for the first race of the season?  None of us has ever traveled so far!  The happiness of being back together was soon joined with a huge willingness to grab our bikes and smash the soft dirt of Rotorua's jungel for practice.

Kid from Boston lawn darts his way into Diamond Series.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Mar 24, 2015
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Photo by: Christoph Laue

In 2014 the new kid on the block, Nicholi Rogatkin from Boston (USA), created ripples in the FMB World Tour scene – this year, he is pre-qualified for the FMB Diamond Series and ready to make waves. Riding with the support of new partners, in 2015 we could be witness to another rider joining the ranks of the top dawgs on the scene.

2015 ABSA Cape Epic: Stage 4 Report.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Mar 21, 2015
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South Africans Philip Buys and Matthys Beukes notched up the first South African win in the 2015 Absa Cape Epic after an audacious early break on Wednesday's rugged 111km Stage 4.

The looped route – starting and finishing in Worcester – included some back-breaking climbs and rocky surfaces, giving rise to many tyre problems throughout the field. The sun also made conditions difficult for some of the backmarkers.

 

2015 ABSA Cape Epic: Stage 2 report.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Mar 18, 2015
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The women's race of the 92km Stage 2 of the Absa Cape Epic came to a dramatic conclusion late in the day at the Oak Valley Wine Estate race village.

Although finishing the day in a blistering time of 4:37.31.1, Team RECM Specialized's Ariane Kleinhans and Annika Langvad had to wait until the very end of the day to hear their race fate, this after they took an unintentional detour close to the finish line and in doing so cut almost 5km off their race distance.

NA Enduro tour going To California with an aching in my heart.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Mar 16, 2015
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As the popularity of enduro racing continues to grow, so too does the North American Enduro Tour, with new stops in California, Colorado and a new race date for Whistler.

The 2015 tour has added the Northstar Enduro, a race held in Northstar California Resort in the California Enduro Series, and the Enduro X at Steamboat, a race held in Steamboat Springs, Colorado from the Enduro X Series.

 

ABSA Cape Epic ready to go, despite early March fires.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Mar 13, 2015
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In 2009 the Absa Cape Epic Prologue was staged across the face of Table Mountain, in the Table Mountain National Park, but in the days before the event a fire swept across the slopes and much of the course.

After a few nervous days the organisers were, however, able to stage what became known as the "Dash through the Ash" as they had planned.

 

Start gate is fat with talent for Crankworx Rotorua.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Mar 5, 2015
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The invites are out for the first Slopestyle event of the Crankworx World Tour, launching the quest to secure the Triple Crown of Slopestyle in its inaugural year.

The coveted Triple Crown has been created to recognize the perfect trifecta of athletic performance, a win at every round of the Crankworx Slopestyle Series. Only 20 top athletes, and three alternates, will have the opportunity to compete for the new title.

 

Danny MacAskill transcends biking world, nominated for Sportsperson of the year.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Mar 3, 2015
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Danny MacAskill's wild ride on the Isle of Skye went viral on YouTube and has rewarded him with a second nomination for the Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year Award. In just two weeks after the release of the Scotsman's latest video clip "The Ridge", it quickly reached over 20 million views and now sits at over 30 million views. In an interview Danny MacAskill admits: "I never had any expectations of those kind of figures."

 

French kid does well, gets more sponsors, blah blah.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Feb 27, 2015
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Photo by: Bartek Wolinski

It all began when Tomas Lemoine, in his zebra pants, stood on the podium at Swatch Prime Line Munich. His podium result at the FMB World Tour Gold Event opened doors to the season's big FMB Diamond Events. He later finished sixth at the Bearclaw Invitational (CAN) and Red Bull Joyride at Crankworx Whistler (CAN). Back in Europe, as the youngest rider in the field, he travelled to Nuremberg for Red Bull District Ride. His performance was just shy of a top ten result amongst the world's best athletes.

Gracia now sliding his feet into Northwave shoes.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Feb 23, 2015
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Another cycling superstar has joined the Northwave family: Cedric Gracia is not only an extraordinary athlete in offroad's disciplines on the World stage, in Downhill and now in Enduro, but also represents an exceptional icon thanks to the unconventional style that made him so popular among thousands and thousands of fans all over the World.

 

Tomas Lemoine joins Canyon.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Feb 23, 2015
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Photo by: TDG Photography.

What's better than having three of the most exciting slopestyle talents in the business riding together? Having four of them is what. More is always better and the Canyon Factory Freeride Team (CFFT) is excited to welcome new rider Tomas Lemoine into the ranks for 2015.

There's more than beer in Milwaukee.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Feb 20, 2015
  • 1791

As of Feb 8th, 2015 Uncle Dick's will be selling consumer direct at wholesale pricing. This means a 3 ounce tin of Uncle Dick's Bead Slip sells for $10.50 plus shipping to you the buyer instead of the lofty $20.99. Brush bags, as UD likes to call them will also sell at the discounted pricing. "In our first year, distributors were the focus and we only picked up a handful of distributors in the US Market. With marginal sales growth and a host of end-users turned off by the high over the counter retail price it's a good time to go direct," stated Rich Travis, founder of Uncle Dicks Bike Shop.

Dealer Service Centers, love the product because it's a behind the counter product intended to help them get tire service out the door, fast. The product is rarely sold over the counter in the retail setting. Shops can continue to buy from distributors or uncledicksbikeshop.com and end-users can now buy direct. A host of bike businesses have been going direct for years. "I think this is going to increase sales and end-user interaction 2 fold, both of which will enhance my abilities to follow customer needs and grow the business," says Rich.

If you are new to Uncle Dick's Products it's designed to assist bicycle mechanics with tough tire installations. Such as seating beads and slipping a stubborn tire over a rim. The product allows quick and much safer tire installations for fat bikes and tubeless systems as well. Time is money for everyone so having a tin of bead slip at your bench is money and time made. Just whip the slip with a brush and apply to tire where needed.

Kleinhans & Langvad set to enter the ABSA Cape Epic pain cave.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Feb 10, 2015
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SPORTZPICS. GREG BEADLE. CAPE EPIC

Ariane Kleinhans is under no illusions about the challenge that will confront her and partner Annika Langvad when they defend their Absa Cape Epic title next month: "We will definitely face the toughest competition ever at this year's Cape Epic," she said. The Swiss/Danish duo won in compelling fashion from Esther Süss of Switzerland and Briton Sally Bigham in 2014. This year Bigham will ride with Slovenian Blaza Klemencic and Süss with Belgian Alice Pirard.

 

Riding Israel: Lost in the Holy Land

  • David Cachon
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  • Feb 6, 2015
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All Photos: Ismael Ibánez

Israel is a country which completely tore up any preconceptions I had about it before I visited. It showed me that the people there have a real love and feel for mountain biking. From the north of the country to the south, we found vibrant local bike shops stocked full of the latest kit. The government had recently closed a lot of mountain trails, making them mountain bike only with the country's best riders behind the project from the outset.It's an incredibly historic place and Jerusalem is one of the most captivating places I've ever visited. There was an incredible mix of religions, cultures, flavours and smells, the like of which I'd never experienced before.

 

Let's get the Canadian Open Enduro to sell out in 2 mins.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Feb 3, 2015
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Registration for the SRAM Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized opens 9 a.m. PST Wednesday, February 4 for those ready to crest the "Top of the World" in Whistler.

Riders signing on for 2015 will need all the energy of the Crankworx crowds to take on Whistler's rooty forest single-track and scree-marred alpine; however, the organizers are prepared to concede it will not be the "Crankzilla" of 2014, as athletes notoriously dubbed this race.

 

Outerbike is coming to Whistler. About time.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Feb 3, 2015
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Western Spirit Cycling is bringing Outerbike to Whistler British Columbia June 4-7, 2015. Outerbike is a consumer bike demo event and everyone is invited to come ride the new bikes on Whistler's famous trails. Western Spirit has partnered with Whistler Blackcomb, Whistler Bike Guide, Whistler Trail Solutions, Bear Back Biking, Resort Municipality of Whistler, Tourism Whistler and the Whistler Off Road Cycling Association.

 

Gunn-Rita going to take on the ABSA Cape Epic.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Jan 30, 2015
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She might be the world's most-decorated women's mountain biker, but Norway's Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå is playing down her chances of a win in her debut Absa Cape Epic. "'Survive and enjoy' is the motto for Kathrin (Stirnemann, her partner in Team World Bicycle Relief) and I," said Dahle Flesjå. "We are approaching it as a great adventure ... and, of course, as experience for next year's participation in the Absa Cape Epic." Switzerland's Stirnemann, the cross country eliminator World Champion, revealed though that they do have some ambitions: "Our goal is to fight for a stage win. And I hope Gunn-Rita and I have a great adventure together."

 

Oh those crazy euros and their Cyclocross.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Jan 29, 2015
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The Belgian athletes are two of the favourites of the Elite and U23 races with Extreme Tech MTB Plus shoes

2014/2015 cyclocross season draws to a close, and Northwave's athletes are prepare to face World Championships' weekend that to be held in Tabor (Czech Republic), Saturday January 31st (Juniores and Women Elite races) and Sunday February 1st (Men Elite and U23 races).

Kyle Strait signs with Commencal for two years.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Jan 29, 2015
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His two victories at the Red Bull Rampage, his natural 'freeride' spirit and overall involvement in our sport seduced us. We are very proud to have him with us and we look forward to him lining up with our bikes at forthcoming events.

 

Niner bikes on a roll, signs Rebecca Rusch.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Jan 25, 2015
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Niner Bikes is excited to announce the addition of Rebecca Rusch to our family. Rebecca needs no introduction to most of the cycling universe with national and world titles in whitewater rafting, adventure racing, orienteering, and cross-country skiing. Where those titles subside Rusch's cycling career keeps on rolling strong. National wins and record setting victories at ultra-endurance events like Leadville Trail 100 or the Dirty Kanza continue to bolster Rebecca's palmares.

 

In a surprising twist, Crankworx Rotorua enduro sells out in 3 min.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Jan 22, 2015
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The Giant Toa Enduro is shaping up to be a fascinating race with a field of competitors from all mountain biking race disciplines set to take on the course at Crankworx Rotorua.

Selling out in under three minutes, the event secured a new Enduro World Series registration record yesterday, with a rich field of New Zealanders and internationally-based amateurs set to join the professional riders for race day this March.

ABSA Cape Epic 2015, pro riders announced.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Jan 21, 2015
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Photo by: SPORTZPICS. SAM CLARK. CAPE EPIC

This year the Untamed African stage race takes place from 15 to 22 March 2015, and will once again take 1 200 riders through some of the Western Cape’s most unspoilt territory. The race commences with a prologue on Table Mountain, starting from the University of Cape Town, and finishing eight days later at Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville.

2015 World Enduro Series set to have record number of teams.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Jan 15, 2015
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Photo: Matt Wragg

The countdown to the 2015 Enduro World Series is gathering pace – and this year a record number of teams will be fighting it out for the title.

Twenty nine official teams have been selected to compete for the coveted team world title – up from 24 last year. With new teams joining the series and some big changes to their rosters, the upcoming series looks set to be the most exciting to date.

ABSA Cape Epic Tribute to South African Legend Burry Stander

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Jan 7, 2015
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It will forever be remembered as a dark day on the South African cycling calendar: 3 January 2013 - the date one of the sport's greatest talents was killed.

Today the Absa Cape Epic joins the mountain biking family in paying tribute to the great Burry Stander and reflecting on what might have been had fate not snuffed out the light and promise that shone from this young star.

Commencal went and build themselves an Enduro Team.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Jan 5, 2015
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"We've been loving enduro for more than 20 years! It started with the first MEGAVALANCHE in the 90's, we were partners with Georges EDWARDS, the famous organizer. It is a real story of passion that binds us with this sport.  With the Enduro World Series, this sport definitely got more professional, so it was important to us to be present through a perfectly organized structure.  We were naturally attracted to Cécile and Cédric team, because they are looking for a long-term partnership, and so do we. I also really appreciated Cécile's victory at the Whistler Enduro World Series. It is a place I love, and winning there is a sign of true talent!  There is also the fact that Cécile and Cédric are really close to Nico QUERE (They coach him). Together, they will form a great team.  I am really happy about this new partnership, which is already planned for 3 years." - Max COMMENCAL

 

Flying on a fatty.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Jan 2, 2015
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We have to admit, we were hesitant about the fat bike trend that's taking the bike industry by storm (pun intended). There were definitely a few raised eyebrows in the office when we started designing and testing one.

Wade Simmons was an instant convert though; "everyone thinks they're so f*cking cool and serious, but It's really just about having fun on your bike anyway." And soon enough, the other guys stopped returning their test bikes on time.

 

Norco doesn't resign Hopkins for 2015.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Dec 24, 2014
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Professional mountain bike athlete Mike Hopkins and Canada's Norco Bicycles will be parting ways for the 2015 season.

"On behalf of all of us at Norco Bicycles, we're thrilled to have worked with Mike Hopkins over the past several years," says Norco Marketing Manager Chris Cook. "Mike's commitment, professionalism and bike skills in front of and behind the camera have helped capture the sense of adventure and sharing amazing experiences that we all love about getting out on our bikes at Norco.

Danny MacAskill Rides the Thames

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Dec 15, 2014
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Since his breakthrough in 2009, the Scottish street trials rider has racked up over 150 million views on his online videos. The most recent video "The Ridge", filmed on his home island, the Isle of Skye reached over 20 million views in just 2 weeks, making it one of the most watched sporting videos ever on YouTube. For Danny, riding is about making the most of the natural surroundings. Jumping over benches, riding up trees, hopping over walls and down stairs comes naturally to him. However, there are some features that have to be especially made – one of these is the loop. Follow Danny on his journey to create the biggest loop he has ever ridden in this legacy clip: http://bit.ly/Cortana_Loop

Trek World Racing Annouces 2015 roster.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Dec 1, 2014
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Next year sees the UCI Elite Team, Trek World Racing, entering its 7th season on the World Cup circuit and will do so with 4 talented riders returning from 2014. World #9, Brook MacDonald clearly demonstrated that he has returned to form after his shoulder surgery by ending the 2014 season with a great 5th place at the World Championships as well as scoring 2 World Cup podiums in Leogang and Windham.

Norco doubles down, signs great UCI DH team.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Nov 26, 2014
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Norco Bicycles is thrilled to announce the creation of an all-new World Cup downhill race team in partnership with Todd Schumlick/PerformX: Norco Factory Racing. The team consists of Sam Blenkinsop, Harry Heath, Jack Iles, Magnus Manson and Team Owner/Manager Todd Schumlick of PerformX Racing. Norco Factory Racing athletes will compete in the 2015 UCI World Cup downhill circuit and select major events around the world.

Guy makes kids Ti 24" bike. Puts it on Kickstarter.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Nov 18, 2014
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Trailcraft Cycles was created to answer the need for a high performance, lightweight, 24-inch XC kids bicycle. With high end components mirroring those of mountain bikes two to three wheel sizes bigger, Trailcraft Cycles brings two options of both aluminum and titanium bicycles to the kids bike market. Nestled on the edge of the Rocky Mountains, Trailcraft Cycles was founded in Fort Collins, Colorado which is known for for its great riding and family friendly atmosphere.

Leogang shuts for winter. Trades in brown pow for white.

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  • Nov 7, 2014
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Antoine Bizet by Bartek Woliński.

Another remarkable year has come to an end in Saalfelden Leogang. A particular flat tire during the UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup race in the Bikepark Leogang will go down in the history books and the action from White Style, the Out of Bounds Festival and the Biketember Festival will remain a season highlight for many visitors. Then of course, thousands of bikers decided to hit the trails in Leogang's bikepark - these adrenaline pumping moments will see them safely through the upcoming winter months.

Trek has the best freeride team.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Nov 5, 2014
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Photo by: Ale DiLullo

For 2014, the FMBA introduced the all-new FMB Factory Team ranking. Just like the FMB Diamond Series, the title was anyone's for the taking. After a full season of FMB Diamond Series stops, Trek rider Brandon Semenuk emerged victorious. While this year saw the Canadian athlete take his third FMB World Champion title, he is not alone in his celebrations. Collectively, the Trek C3 Project has taken the first ever FMB Factory Team Championship title. You can take a look at the final standings here: http://bit.ly/2014_FMBFactoryTeamRanking.

David Cachon takes on the MTB Centre Mastership

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Oct 24, 2014
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Photo by: Ismael Ibanez

Teruel exists

Sometimes we do not have to go far to make great discoveries. We always try to look as far as our view or pocket allows, but often we do not realize that there are great places within our own borders. This is the case in the area of the Mastership, miss a very interesting bike and explore its beautiful surroundings, ponds and trails. To make all this easier BTT guys Mastership Center have prepared everything that any biker may need to successfully tackle what Teruel proposed.

Meanwhile in Europe, it's cyclocross season!

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Oct 20, 2014
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First round of the 2014/15 Cyclocross World Cup, first success for Northwave's Michael Vanthourenhout (Sunweb-Napoleon Games). On Sunday October 19th, in Valkenburg (Netherlands), the Belgian youngster equipped with Extreme Tech MTB Plus shoes clinched an impressive victory in the Under23 race, preceding on the finishing line reigning Under 23 World Champion Wout Van Aert, and French Fabien Doubey.

 

Overachiever Manser looks to Absa Cape Epic for next challenge.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Oct 7, 2014
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He is celebrated around the world for his adventures. She joined him on a 6 000km journey by rowing boat from the African continent to New York.

Now Riaan Manser and Vasti Geldenhuys have set their sights on a new challenge – doing the 2015 Absa Cape Epic together.

Manser had decided he would "love to do something with Vasti again", while she had been long been wanting to take on the Absa Cape Epic.

Whistler Bike Park last weekend. Couciling starts on tuesday.

  • Whistler Blackcomb
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  • Oct 7, 2014
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Minimal exposure to the Whistler Mountain Bike Park can lead to MAD (Mountainbike Affectiveness Disorder) or NERD (Not Enough Riding Disorder). Symptoms include serious short term anxiety, depression, an over obsession of Pinkbike homepage scrolling, repeated VOD watching, indoor wind trainer sessions, multiple #tbt Bike Park Instagram posts, over embellished stories of clearing Crabapple Hits or beating Chris Kovarik in Phat Wednesdays, and claims to receiving more views on your GoPro edit than Remy Metailler.

Fat biking in the Swiss Alps brought to you by South African's.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Sep 22, 2014
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The team behind the world's foremost mountain bike stage race, the Absa Cape Epic in South Africa, is spreading its wings ... into the Swiss Alps.

From January 14 to 18 in 2015 it will stage Snow Epic, Europe's first winter festival of biking, in the idyllic Alps town of Engelberg. The riding will be done on fatbikes, the new super fat-wheeled trend taking the world of cycling by storm. The event will also host a winter biking expo in the town at the same time.

Whistler CycloCross race this weekend!

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  • Sep 19, 2014
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Part mountain bike race, part cross-country grind, part criterium - cyclo-cross is in a category all it's own, and this unique style of two-wheeled racing is coming to Whistler. Competitors, from beginner to elite, will descend upon Whistler Village September 20-21 for two days of speed, strength, endurance and celebration of this fast-growing discipline for Whistler CycloCross 2014.

 

Marco Aurelio Fontana is faster than you.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Sep 17, 2014
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The cross country programme at the 2014 World Championships in Haifjell (Norway) has drawn to a close on Saturday September 6th, and did it on a high for Northwave, bagging its third medal in the week thanks to an exciting performance by Italian Marco Aurelio Fontana in the Elite Men race.

 

Finn Iles is going to whip it, whip it good.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Aug 11, 2014
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Crankworx and Whistler Blackcomb today announced their decision to invite 14-year-old local athlete Finn Iles to compete in the Official Whip-Off World Championships on Thursday, August 14.

 

Will they come in Whitewalls? Michelin helping Northwave shoes.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Jul 24, 2014
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Michelin radial tires' technology and performance applied to Northwave all-mountain shoes to debut at Eurobike.

From tires to soles, from cars to bikes: this was the sparkle the cooperation agreement between cycling shoes leading brand Northwave and JV International, strategic partner for innovative Michelin technical soles, started from.

Fabien Barel on his recovery.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Jun 20, 2014
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In this, the 2nd episode of his 2014 film series, we see Fabien Barel reflecting on a new course, one focused on recovery rather than riding the trail ahead. Fab's riding season was cut short when a crash in Chile during the first Enduro World Series event left him with a badly fractured vertabra. "This exercise in recovery is clearly a mental challenge, » said Fab. « A challenge that is not different from racing. I need to dedicate myself to it and put all my energy into it to stay solid." For such a strong and energetic rider as Fab, it's a defining moment of his life. But as you'll see, he also recognizes that things could be much worse, and in fact he's lucky to have a good life and all its opportunities. For now, the Fab Barel Presents series is on hold while he spends the summer regaining strength. We hope to see him back on the bike soon, in new episodes of FBP!

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Garrett Robertson wins wildcard entry to Red Bull District Ride

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Jun 19, 2014
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The list of riders for Red Bull District Ride on September 6th just got a little longer. Garrett Robertson will join the line up for this FMB World Tour Diamond event. The Canadian secured himself a wildcard last weekend at the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado (USA). Now, Swatch Prime Line Munich on July 20th is the only event left for riders to grab an invite to Red Bull District Ride. After that, riders will have to battle for points at other FMB World Tour contests in order to move up the ranks and qualify for Red Bull District Ride. Not bothered by rankings or points, 15 young talents toured through Germany during the Red Bull Wings Academy – Road to District Ride. Slopestyle pros Peter Henke and Lukas Knopf took them to the best spots. Further information can be found on www.redbullstrictride.com

 

Santa Cruz Syndicate Race Report: Leogang.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Jun 17, 2014
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Its been coming for some time now and Josh "Ratboy" Bryceland hit his stride today in Leogang, Austria to take his first ever world cup downhill win! He put his stamp on the time of second place teammate Greg Minnaar with a 1.27 margin on this blazing fast course. Steve Peat placed 31st which keeps all three Syndicate riders protected in the top twenty overall. Josh moves up into 3rd overall in the series, Greg moves up to 6th and Steve 18th.

 

Enduro World Series: Round 3. Vive la France!

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Jun 17, 2014
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After the incredible welcome Chile and Scotland gave to the enduro mountain bike racing community in the first two rounds of the Enduro World Series, it's hard to say that enduro has any particular physical headquarters. But if there's a spiritual home to the sport, it would be France, and if there's a spiritual godfather, it would be Fred Glo.

Glo's Tribe Events hosts the Enduro Series Valloire driven by Urge Bike Products this weekend, June 21-22. The location, at the base of famous Galibier Pass in the Savoie region of the northern Alps, is a resort and mountain bike hub, with approximately 150 km of marked trails.

Riccardo Chiarini tests positive for EPO.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • May 23, 2014
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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
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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
  • 3407

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
  • 3640

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
  • 4010

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
  • 3666

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
  • 3376

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
  • 3595

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
  • 2855

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
  • 2087

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
  • 2754

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
  • 1902

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.

 

60 riders signed up to battle for 12k euro purse.

  • Chris Armstrong
  • News
  • Mar 10, 2014
  • 1705

The countdown is on! In three weeks, the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle is opening its doors to thousands of spectators, eager to watch the world's dirt jump elite at the second FMB World Tour contest of the year. With ideal indoor conditions, huge kickers and valuable Silver event points up for grabs, you can expect to see the biggest names in Stuttgart this month.

 

Canyon riders hopping around like Mexican jumping beans.

  • Rasoulution
  • News
  • Mar 5, 2014
  • 1613

The attitude of the CANYON Factory Freeride Team riders could not be more #mååh – which means nothing less than having fun with every pedal stroke along the way! After all, these young guns are out there for a good time and just do what they do best. Packed with new tricks, Thomas Genon, Anton Thelander and "newbie" Peter Henke are ready to rock'n'roll the 2014 FMB World Tour year.

Mind Blown: SRAM goes less gears.

  • Chris Armstrong
  • News
  • Mar 4, 2014
  • 1369

So, basically the same thing you have seen over the last few years, but optimized for DH applications.  The Cassette is 7 speed, 10-24 gearing with 2 steps in each gear.

Shifter is same styled XO, just chopped to 7 speeds instead of 10/11.

Rear deraileur is very similar, with it also being optimized for the 7 speed cassette, and it will be availalble in 2 different cage lengths.

Canyon presents: Thomas Genon & Anton Thelander

  • Chris Armstrong
  • News
  • Jan 17, 2014
  • 1110
Photo by: Ale Di Lullo

It''s scary how fast the 2013 season came and went. Then again, with all the action, nail biting contests and heart stopping moments, it''s no surprise that the year flew past. Surrounded by the heated battle for the FMB World Tour title, both CANYON riders, Thomas Genon and Anton Thelander had their best season to date. One year ago, they had their first ride on the new CANYON ''Stitched'' dirt bike and from there they toured the globe, competing at the biggest competitions on the FMB World Tour calendar. These included: Red Bull Berg Line and X Games Munich in Germany, Crankworx Les Deux Alpes in France, Red Bull Joyride at Crankworx in the Canadian Whistler as well as Red Bull Rampage in the desert of Utah. 2013 was packed with highlights but the new season recap clip summarizes their season and re-lives their best, podium winning runs.

Leogang, in images.

  • Rasoulution
  • News
  • Jan 15, 2014
  • 1124

Bikepark Leogang is one of the international bike spots, every mountain biker has heard of. It is the spot, where the first double backflip was landed during a contest, it is the spot were Greg Minnaar regained his world championship title after 10 years. And it is also the spot where Stevie Smith and Gee Atherton had their legendary final battle for the UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup overall title in 2013. Let''s roll back over some of the highlights from the season with these captured moments.

2014 Enduro World Series.

  • Chris Armstrong
  • News
  • Jan 14, 2014
  • 1062

Enduro World Series (EWS) organisers had scant few moments to enjoy the industry accolades that acknowledged its debut season as a "game-changer" before rolling up their sleeves to debut a new centralized registration process to kick-off of the 2014 Series.

Leogang season by the numbers.

  • Rasoulution
  • News
  • Dec 30, 2013
  • 1110

The region of Saalfelden Leogang is again one of the mountain bike top spots of the international stage. At the end of the year the resort looks back to a very intense but also successful season.

Richie Schley: looks back on 2013

  • Rasoulution
  • News
  • Dec 23, 2013
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He belongs to the freeride forefathers: Richie "Schleyer" Schley, as a member of the "Rocky Mountain Froriders" together with his buddies Brett Tippie and Wade Simmons, in the late 1990s revolutionized the way of mountain biking.

Canyon welcomes Ludovic May to the team.

  • Chris Armstrong
  • News
  • Dec 17, 2013
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There's no rest for the wicked! After an exhausting enduro season, the CANYON Factory Enduro Team have only a short minute to take a deep breath and let loose before diving into preparations for the upcoming season.

Livigno 2013. Return of the knights.

  • Chris Armstrong
  • News
  • Dec 10, 2013
  • 1123

Short but intense! That's how you could best describe a summer season in the top Italian bike resort, Livigno. 2013 was indeed intense: after a spectacular show by Danny MacAskill at the Riva bike festival, presented by Livigno Feel the Alps, and a gourmet bike tour in the Alta Rezia region, Livigno ended its season with the spectacular event - the FIAT Nine Knights contest.

ARRIVAL to broadcast free on Nov 28th.

  • Chris Armstrong
  • News
  • Nov 27, 2013
  • 1016

ARRIVAL has arrived. On Thursday, November 28th starting at 12:00pm/noon PST (9:00pm CET) Second Base Films will broadcast the online premiere of their new short film ARRIVAL to the world.

GoPro might have some competition. New Drift Ghost S released.

  • Chris Armstrong
  • News
  • Nov 20, 2013
  • 1194

With the depature of Contour from the personal camera market it seemed that GoPro was walking away with it all to themselves. But then Sony released a camera, which seems to be good, but i think it will end up hidden in the mess of other products that they make.

Urge 3 Peaks Enduro.

  • Chris Armstrong
  • News
  • Nov 15, 2013
  • 1106

Former Junior world cross-country mountain bike champion Anton Cooper, of Christchurch, NZ, will take on some of the quickest racers in the fast-emerging sport of enduro in the first week of December in the hills above Dunedin.

Trek World Racing expanding into Juniors.

  • Trek World Racing
  • News
  • Nov 11, 2013
  • 1100

Trek World Racing is excited to announce that for 2014 it will be expanding to 5 Downhill riders being led by World Cup race winner Brook MacDonald (NZL) and his compatriot George Brannigan.

Continental signs Sam Pilgrim: Helps with new tooth.

  • Chris Armstrong
  • News
  • Oct 30, 2013
  • 2292
Photo by: Bartek Wolinski

The Conti team is delighted to have a new addition to its family: Sam Pilgrim, the 2013 FMB World Tour Champion, is now relying on Continental tires to keep him gripped to the ground.

Minnaar tears knee, still faster than you.

  • Santa Cruz Bikes
  • News
  • Sep 27, 2013
  • 959

During the final round of the UCI Downhill World Cup in Leogang, Austria, Greg Minnaar suffered a knee injury in practice that put him out of the race.

SRAM World Cup wrap report.

  • Chris Armstrong
  • News
  • Sep 24, 2013
  • 1037

Going into the final round of the World Cup in Leogang, Austria, all eyes were on Steve Smith (Devinci Global Racing) who was on a roll with his victories at the Mt. Saint Anne and Hafjell World Cup rounds.

This one is about the ladies.

  • Chris Armstrong
  • News
  • Sep 18, 2013
  • 1055

Last weekend was nothing short of a Gold rush for the German bicycle manufacturer CANYON. Celebrations were all around for the Canyon ladies as they rode their bikes to victory in both Enduro and Cross Country races.

Wet & Wild World Cup nets Neko career best.

  • Chris Armstrong
  • News
  • Sep 16, 2013
  • 997

Neko Mulally (USA) and George Brannigan (NZL) held down the fort for Trek World Racing this weekend at Round 5 of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup here in Hafjell, Norway, with great performances both in the qualifiers yesterday and the finals today.

Trek World Racing: Two Top 15

  • Trek World Racing
  • News
  • Sep 3, 2013
  • 1051

21 year old George Brannigan had his best ever result at a World Championship today here in Pietermaritzburg when he took 13th place, just one spot ahead of team mate Neko Mulally.

Enduro World Series: 2014 Schedule.

  • Chris Armstrong
  • News
  • Aug 30, 2013
  • 1121

With the final round of the inaugural Enduro World Series just around the corner, the Enduro Mountain Bike Association has confirmed its ongoing commitment to unite the world''s enduro mountain bike community with a 2014 line-up that kicks off in the southern hemisphere.