East London artist Matthew Webber races at the highest level in the UK. His ‘cyclocross story’ reveals that the seeds were sown very early, yet he is a relative newcomer to the sport. He’s made a rapid rise as the sport drew him further in. Here’s his story. Photos: Phil Moran.
It’S been four years since my first cyclocross race, but probably about 30 years since the sport first captured my imagination. I remember watching a ‘cross race on Grandstand at my Nan’s house one wet, wintery weekend, then heading out on my beloved Raleigh Chopper to try and recreate the event on the farm track that circled her house. My first ‘proper’ racing bike spent more time on mud than on tarmac, and our back garden had a permanent figure-of-eight worn into the grass around my Dad’s flowerbeds, eroded by my tyres as I timed my garden laps.
Lining up at Davy Down, in Essex to the east of London, in 2010, I felt the same surge of excitement that I had experienced all those years ago. With the smell of wet grass and bike lube in my nostrils and an hour of flat out riding ahead, I started the race at the back of the grid and made my way up to eighth place, thrashing my hastily constructed ‘Franken-bike’ round a course that remains a firm favourite. Read more
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Late October saw the second year running of The Fair City Enduro held in the Fair City of Perth, Scotland. Organised by Muckmedden Events this was the Enduro that was being hotly anticipated by folks in the know and was a great way of rounding off the years Enduro racing with a bit of fun thrown into the mix. Read More
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The warmth of a new morning was glowing gold on the faded hills that frame the view from my balcony. I saw orange and yellow leaves light up as they held tight to their branches. Heavy white pillows of fog were drifting slowly down the river valley and long shadows leaned across the yard. The air was cool and calm and my breath mixed seamlessly with the warm steam rising from the mug that I held between my chilly fingers. Read more
Kona is proud to offer our new Canadian Made wool jerseys and jackets to the public. Canadian customers can contact JESSICA and US customers can contact BECCA to purchase. We also have a plethora of tee-shirts, hooded tees and other Kona branded paraphernalia you might want to ask the ladies about, you won’t regret it.
More info on the wool jerseys after the jump. Read More
Cyclesmith has been on Quinpool Road since we opened our doors 28 years ago. We are moving from our home of 20 years at 6112 Quinpool Road, because the owner of the building is tearing it down to build a lovely new 8-storey multi-use building on the site. We’re sad to leave Quinpool but excited to be part of the revitalized Agricola Street North End. Read more
KONA RECALLS 2014 WO FAT BIKE MODEL DUE TO FALL HAZARD; BICYCLE FORKS CAN BREAK
• Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
• Name of product: Kona Wo, Fat Bike or bike frame with Kona Project Two Fat Disc Fork
• Hazard: The bicycle forks can crack or break at the fork crown/steer column interface, causing a fall hazard to consumers
• Remedy: Replace forks
• Consumer Contact:
Kona at (800) 566-2872 from 8:30 am – 5pm PT Monday through Friday
or online at www.konaworld.com/wo_recall/
or email at email@example.com for more information
• Recall Details: About 531 units
• Description: The recall involves all 2014 Kona Wo bicycles and frames equipped with a Kona Fat Project Two Disc Fork. The bicycles come in charcoal black with silver decals.
• Incidents: One US report of a steer tube breakage, no injury reported
• Consumers should immediately stop using these recalled bicycles and contact their local Kona authorized dealer for instructions on receiving a replacement fork.
• Sold at: Authorized Kona bicycle dealers nationwide from September 2013 to July 2014 for about $1,700.
• Importer: Kona Bicycle Company of Ferndale, Washington
• Manufactured in: Taiwan