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The Evolution of Katy Winton

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Jul 16, 2021
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The step from racer to team owner & racer was driven by her passion for cycling and a desire to remain a top competitor in the sport.

Ferrand-Prèvot, Neff and Courtney threat Sina Frei’s defense in Nals.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Apr 7, 2021
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Jolanda Neff is one of the most awaited riders in Nals. Photo: Alice Russolo

A world-class start list for the women's race of the third stage of Internazionali d'Italia Series on Saturday, April 10th. Swiss Sina Frei, winner of the last two editions, puts the Marlene Südtirol Sunshine Race crown at stake against tough competition.

Enduro riders rise to the top At Kicking Horse DH.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Aug 10, 2020
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“A good bike rider is a good bike rider,” said Rhys Verner from the finish corral of the final event of the CLIF Crankworx Summer Series in Kicking Horse. The statement was a response to the fact that he and Jesse Melamed, two Enduro specialists, managed to take the two top spots in the Maxxis Kicking Horse Downhill race today.

Trans Cascadia: Day 2

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Oct 1, 2019
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“It’s not going to be warm and it’s going to be wet.” The weather report that Tommy Magrath delivered the night before was still ringing in the ears of the racers as they rolled out of basecamp on Day 2. Headed for stages 5, 6, and 7, they were promised cold temperatures, mixed precipitation, and more incredible trails.

BC Bike Race Stage 6: Sechelt to Langdale.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Jul 12, 2019
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After five stages, the trail starts to take its toll. Yesterday was a grinder, a boat load of up and down, with plenty of fast pedaling to make the legs beg for mercy.

BC Bike Race Stage 4: Powell River

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Jul 10, 2019
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Red sky at night, mountain biker's delight. Yesterday racers snapped Insta pix of a gorgeous evening as the sun set over the Strait of Georgia. Spirits were high, buoyed by a dry forecast. Call it the calm before the rainstorm that was forecasted for Wednesday.

50to01 seem to like the Pike.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Jul 2, 2019
  • 919

We slapped and shaped it until it was ripe. Friends once from different areas and different backgrounds - on a path now brotherly, enjoying sinking their teeth into this fruit of their labour together…

Convert killer video(s) into clothing line. Sick!

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Dec 19, 2018
  • 2289

On February 1, 2017 the Austrian mountain biker and trials rider Fabio Wibmer and his university friend Elias Schwärzler uploaded the first Sick! Series episode onto YouTube. Fabio already had several viral hits with edits like Fabiolous Escape and Out of Mind at that time but the start of Sick! Series marked a new chapter for the East-Tyrolean rider.

 

David Cachon goes to the Pyrenees.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Oct 23, 2018
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We have entered into an adventure that will take us to the doors of the Pyrenees, specifically we will stay at his feet, trying to discover the most accessible and spectacular areas of the Catalonian Pre-Pyrenees and Pyrenees.

EWS goes to California for some racin'.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Aug 28, 2018
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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.

ABSA Cape Epic Stage 5.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Mar 29, 2018
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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.

ABSA Cape Epic Stage 4.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Mar 29, 2018
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Ewald-Sadie. Sportzpics.

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.

Thomas Genon. Meh, I just ride my bike anyways.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Mar 28, 2018
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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.’

ABSA Cape Epic Stage 3:

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Mar 26, 2018
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Annika Langvad, Kate Courtney, Ariane Luthi, Githa Michiels, Robyn de Groot & Sabine Spitz. Photo by Ewald Sadie/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

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.

Absa Cape Epic Stage 1:

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Mar 23, 2018
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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.

ABSA Cape Epic Stage 4: Women's race

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  • Mar 24, 2017
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Photo by Sam Clark/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

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.

 

Highlight clip from Enduro World Series in Whistler takes a peak in my backyard.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Aug 18, 2016
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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.

ABSA Cape Epic Stage 7: three-peat for Kleinhans and Langvad.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Mar 21, 2016
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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.

Meanwhile in Luxembourg....

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Oct 29, 2015
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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.

Enough of the teasing, show the movie. Damn it.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Oct 20, 2015
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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.

 

Crankworx Pumptrack Challenge doesn't disappoint.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Aug 14, 2015
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Photo by: Clint Trahan.

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.

 

Buchar & Gutierrez for the win in Crankworx Garbanzo DH.

photo by: Sean St. Denis

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.

Oh the Italian's are rubbing their hands in excitement.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • May 28, 2015
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image by: Bartek Wolinsk

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.

 

Escape to Island Solitude.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • May 14, 2015
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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...

 

Riva Bike Fest opens season in Livigno.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • May 6, 2015
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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!

Scottish ladies fastest on the weekend.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • May 4, 2015
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Scottish Commonwealth rider Lee Craigie. Ian Linton Photography

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.

Happy Dance, Whistler Bike Park opens this weekend.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Apr 28, 2015
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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:

 

Trek World Racing has a pretty good Enduro team.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Apr 1, 2015
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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.

2015 ABSA Cape Epic: Stage 7 highlights

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Mar 23, 2015
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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.

 

No Canadian's in WhiteStyle this year. Meh.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Feb 10, 2015
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Photo: Christoph Laue

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.

 

Aaron Chase signs with Pivot.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Jan 9, 2015
  • 2344

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 signs Agassiz, Bizet, Feardon for another two years.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Dec 3, 2014
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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.

Enduro World Series releases Irish venue for 2015.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Sep 26, 2014
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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.

Teaser clip from Red Bull District Ride

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  • Jul 25, 2014
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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.

 

Let there be Crankworx'n in June. (Innsbruck).

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Mar 10, 2021
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Kike-Abelleira-photo

Crankworx is back and is inviting the best in the world along for the ride. Today, the world’s largest mountain bike festival officially puts its first stake of 2021 in the ground. After two successful made-for-TV festivals in 2020, was there ever any doubt?!

Moseley & Lupato take the podium in Canazei.

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  • Jun 27, 2016
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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.

Slopestyle riders can do it in the rain.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Jun 20, 2016
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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.

Ignore the soccer riots in France, they are whipping at Les Gets.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Jun 16, 2016
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Bernardo Cruz photo by: Sean St. Denis

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.

26Trix happened on the weekend.

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  • Jun 14, 2016
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Drew Bezanson by: David Robinson

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.

North American Enduro Tour hits Angel Fire.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Jun 14, 2016
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First place finisher Kelli Emmett.

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.

The best race in May is coming up next week.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • May 11, 2016
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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.

Genon takes gold at Montpellier.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • May 10, 2016
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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 Redux.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • May 3, 2016
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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.

26Trix Highlight reel.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Jun 19, 2014
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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.

Video after the break.

 

Bontrager releases Flatline mountain bike shoe. Looks nice.

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  • Nov 8, 2021
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Bontrager launched an upgrade to its footwear lineup today, releasing a new version of its popular Flatline Mountain Bike Shoe designed to give flat-pedal riders more confidence to handle harsh terrain on and off the bike.

Crankworx Innsbruck start list.

  • Chris Armstrong
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  • Jun 10, 2021
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Finn Iles:  Chris Pilling photo

Preliminary start lists have been released for Crankworx Innsbruck, June 16-20. On deck: a deep field of international riders across the board. It’s a very good vibe after a long period of uncertainty in the worlds of racing and events.

Roval Releases Traverse Alloy.

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  • May 24, 2021
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Shred without overthinking it. The brand-new, Tubeless-ready Traverse Alloy brings mountain-taming performance slightly closer to earth with a carefully selected build designed to let riders take full advantage of the low rim and spoke mass.

Open Bike Fest reshuffles its roadmap

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  • May 3, 2021
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The major event dedicated to the bike World in Treviso moves its sights forward to leave the pandemic behind and welcome cycling lovers. A preview in October 2021 and the 5 Directions’ journey will anticipate the fixture of June 2022.

Roval releases 2021 Control Carbon Wheelset.

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  • Apr 26, 2021
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From weekend hot laps to world cup XC qualifiers, the Control Carbon combines the low weight and strength found in our class-leading Control SL rim with the new DT Swiss 350 hubs.

Bontrager releases Line Comp 30 TLR Wheel set.

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  • Apr 20, 2021
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Bontrager introduced all-new Line Comp 30 TLR wheels today, bolstering its popular family of Line mountain bike wheels with an upgraded option that sets a new standard for strength, value, and durability in alloy trail wheels.

 

XC ready with SCOTT-SRAM

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  • Apr 9, 2021
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Get the inside track from the World's No.1 MTB racing team. From bike setup to race nutrition to tactics Andri Frischknecht will have you ready for the starters gun.

Avancini takes on Capoliveri for seasonal debut in Europe

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  • Apr 7, 2021
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Henrique Avancini in Capoliveri (Credits: Michele Mondini)

The Team Cannondale Factory Racing ace chose Internazionali d'Italia Series to get the Olympic season started in Europe on Monday, April 5th. "Travelling out of Brazil seemed impossible, but now I want to defend the UCI #1.

MET Helmets welcomes Maxime Marotte.

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  • Mar 19, 2021
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As XC season has begun, you might have spotted some MET Helmets in the field! It’s been a while and we are pleased to be back into one of the most challenging disciplines by teaming up with the Santa Cruz FSA Team.

 

Red Bull continues streak of signing trials riders.

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  • Mar 3, 2021
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Credit: Jason Halayko
Japanese trials and mountain bike star Tomomi Nishikubo had a very special parcel delivered recently. Sharpening his trials skills at a local skate hall, the 28-year-old YouTuber received an urgent message to come home right away. Quickly navigating his bike through the crowded city, Tomomi arrived at home just in time to meet Japanese BMX wizard Rim Nakamura to be handed his welcome present to the circle of the chosen ones: Tomomi’s very own, brand-new Red Bull helmet!

The Japanese bike ninja, who is often compared to trials bike geniuses Danny MacAskill and Fabio Wibmer, rose to international fame with his YouTube videos Ninja Rider 1 + Ninja Rider 2 and especially Chase Her, which expertly showcases Tomomi’s insane skill set, his creativity and his humor. With his latest work Ride to Survive, the rider from Yokohama demonstrates once again why he deserves the honor of a Red Bull helmet.

“I am super happy and excited. Joining the Red Bull family is like a dream come true. It shows that our hard work paid off. I can’t wait to realize future projects with them. I especially want to thank my team for their dedication and the way they surprised me with the helmet.” – Tomomi Nishikubo

As “just” a formal announcement seemed a bit boring, Tomomi’s team decided to surprise him in the best possible way – faking an entire video shoot for Tomomi’s helmet partner POC, who was more than happy to play along. By including Tomomi’s trials idols Danny and Fabio, the surprise is taken to new heights. Completely unaware of the real reason behind his latest shoot, Tomomi had no idea why Rim was at his door. That is, until he unpacks his new Red Bull helmet with his iconic bike ninja logo for the first time and is welcomed to the family. Mission accomplished.

2021 EWS Calendar goes full Euro.

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  • Feb 11, 2021
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The Enduro World Series (EWS) today launches a revised 2021 event calendar that will see racing consolidated into two distinct blocks based in Europe. 

Fastest Women in Whistler & her team pick up Leatt as sponsor.

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  • Feb 4, 2021
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Devinci Global Racing launches into 2021 with three riders and a schedule centered around the EWS and Crankworx series. Riders Greg Callahan, Keegan Wright and Georgia Astle return to the team, ready for whatever this season can throw their way. Hailing from Ireland, New Zealand and Canada, respectively, the trio do a good job of living up to the Global name.

 

RockShox / Trek Race Team is seriously fast.

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  • Feb 1, 2021
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Throwing their weight behind some of the youngest racers on the mountain, RockShox and Trek are proud to announce the RockShox Trek Race Team, showcasing a roster of gravity-focused racers all under the age of 21.

 

Gabriel Wibmer signs with Canyon

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  • Jan 19, 2021
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Credit: ©Stephan Wibmer

The new year marks the start of a new journey for Gabriel Wibmer who has made the switch to Canyon bikes.

Lewis Buchanan on Norco.

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  • Jan 16, 2021
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Norco Bikes is excited to announce our partnership with Scottish rider Lewis Buchanan.

Dakotah Norton signs with the YT Mob for 2021.

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  • Jan 7, 2021
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The YT Mob is excited to announce that 28 year old Dakotah Norton of Tennessee has signed with the team and will race alongside David Trummer (AUT), Oisin O’Callaghan (IRL) and Guy Johnston (NZL) for the 2021 season.

Enduro World Series doubles down for 2021.

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  • Dec 17, 2020
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The Alps, the Dolomites, the Pyrenees, the Pacific Coast Range, the Italian Riviera and the forests of Scotland; the Enduro World Series is back and the 2021 calendar is like nothing that has gone before.

Full speed ahead at Leogang.

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  • Nov 25, 2020
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Reece Wilson ©Moritz Ablinger

Despite everything that’s happened, this year has seen a boom for the mountain bike industry. It’s been a year where immense numbers of people discovered their passion for gravity-oriented cycling and riding outdoors.

Garret Mechem is rookie of the year.

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  • Nov 19, 2020
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Photo: Kike Abelleira/Crankworx

The 2020 FMB World Tour season is in the books and despite only seeing a handful of events, there is good news to be shared: a new Red Bull Rookie of the Year has been crowned.

Fox Racing launches Tahnée Seagrave riding gear.

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  • Oct 26, 2020
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Fox Racing, the global leader in mountain bike and motocross apparel and protective gear, is proud to announce a limited edition kit designed by Tahnée Seagrave to celebrate our partnership.

David Cachon switches frame sponsor to Cannondale.

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  • Oct 19, 2020
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I know it will sound strange to you but my relationship with Kross has been broken. I wanted to explain it this way because I think it is always better to face things head on and tell everything as it happens.

Roval has some new XC wheels.

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  • Sep 13, 2020
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Whether the name of the game is World Cup XC racing, racking up personal KOMs, or bagging peaks and backcountry exploration, it’s fair to say that the game is being played differently these days.

Praise be to Clif Crankworx Summer Series for some racin' to watch.

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  • Jul 27, 2020
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Photo by: Fraser Britton

Imagine Finn Iles lining up at the start gate of a Dual Slalom race against Bas van Steenbergen at SilverStar. ALN charging for the win against Vaea Verbeeck in DH racing at Kicking Horse. Mark Wallace challenging Jesse Melamed for Enduro supremacy at Sun Peaks.

 

Angie Rides Bikes.

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  • Jul 23, 2020
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Photo by: christian waldegger

Girls and women often have a big respect for riding bike parks, single trails and its possible dangers. But if you end up too tense and stressed on your bike, you will not be able to enjoy the trails or the landscape to the fullest – not to mention the risks that arise exactly through such behavior.

Has RockShox found the goldilocks of forks?

  • Chris Armstrong
  • News
  • Jul 13, 2020
  • 1497

The next evolution of single crown awesome is here. We created a whole new breed of fork, designed to challenge the limits and take on the world’s toughest Enduro tracks.

Transition Releases New Model: Spur.

  • Chris Armstrong
  • News
  • Jul 6, 2020
  • 1701

The Spur provides a sense of connection to the bike as if it were an extension to your body. Fast and efficient with an anti-gravity feel and laser-pointer precision that begs you to climb more, go farther, and descend anything you may encounter along the way.

Lenzerheide World Cup Cancelled.

  • Chris Armstrong
  • News
  • Jul 3, 2020
  • 1316

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Lenzerheide, which has already been postponed from August to September due to the COVID 19 pandemic, cannot take place despite the intensive efforts of the organizing committee.

Tomomi Nishikubo signs with RASOULUTION.

  • Chris Armstrong
  • News
  • Jun 11, 2020
  • 1219
Photo by: Naoki Morita

When it comes to the agency’s newest athlete, Tarek Rasouli immediately raves: “I've been following him for some time on Instagram and immediately liked him.

Note to self, add Lenzerheide to visit list.

  • Chris Armstrong
  • News
  • Jun 8, 2020
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Photo by: Samatha Saskia Dugon

“A Bike! My Kingdom for a Bike!” This might very well have been an impassioned speech by King Richard III in a Shakespeare play, if he lived in Switzerland in 2020. He would, of course, be referring to Bike Kingdom Lenzerheide, which will open its gates on 6 June for the first time ever.

#ClimbforCovidRelief Fundraiser

  • Chris Armstrong
  • News
  • Jun 5, 2020
  • 2748
Photo by: Susie Theis

Kate's special edition SCOTT Spark RC is the perfect tool heading into preparations for an updated UCI MTB racing calendar and to get some climbing in the books supporting her #climbforcovidrelief fundraiser.

Val di Sole and Trentino move sights to 2021 MTB World Championships

  • Chris Armstrong
  • News
  • Jun 3, 2020
  • 1048

Following the provisions by the Province of Trento suspending mass events in Trentino until October 15th, 2020, the Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup and UCI Trials World Cup stages and the Four-Cross World Championships in Val di Sole (Trentino, Northern Italy) are canceled for the 2020 season.