No big deal right? Just casually throwing front flips over a RIVER!
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Rae Gandolf reports: At Beech Mountain, round 5 of the GRT, I had a little extra drive having been bumped from 1st to 3rd in the overall after round 4. What could have been a brilliant weekend of jumping and carving down a short fun course quickly turned into a quad burning, oxygen robbing track varying from peanut butter trenches to slippery slopes and rocks. The mud sucked me off the course early in my qualifying run. Despite giving up for the rest of that run, I decided to try a new tactic. I got right back on the lift with 30 min to closing and sessioned the mud section so that it would not get me again. In my race run I was faced with the surprises that happen to a muddy track on race day. I held on to the first corner that I’d struggled with in every practice run, rallied through the mud trench that took me out in qualifying, I found myself giving aratcheting clinic in the uber slippery rock garden and used every bit of focus I could muster to keep on course, then I held onto the off camber step up that had sent me into the tape more than once. At that point all I had to do was pedal through those berms and tables that could have been so much fun! It wasn’t close to perfect, but upright was the key that day and it earned me second place, and stepped me up to second overall. It’s a nice feeling when the effort pays off!
Thomas reports: Last weekend saw me compete at the UK Gravity Enduro round 4 at Dyfi in Wales. Dyfi is a great venue and it promised to be one of the best races of the series so far. The loop involved a great mix of both technically and physically challenging stages linked together with long and seemingly endless fire road climbs. Read More
RETALLACK – a world leader in catskiing, heli-biking and professionally guided backcountry mountain biking has announced that it will be hosting the FEST Series August 18-23. The inaugural FEST Series is an athlete-driven series of freeride mountain biking events that feature custom built courses where professional athletes are invited to spend a week at each international location. The series format enables riders to session and choose when and how to best showcase their vision of freeride. Since there is no better judge than the rider themselves, after the week’s final session, the athletes award: Best Line, Best Style, Best Whip, and Banger of the Week (which could be anything from a trick to a transfer).
The Hoff Fest at Retallack will be featuring the following professional freeride athletes: Kurt Sorge; Andreu Lacondeguy; Graham Agassiz; Nicola Pescetto; Kyle Jameson; Garett Buehler; Jordie Lunn; Ryan Howard; Geoff Gulevich; James Doerfling; Nico Vink; Alex Pro; Robbie Bourdon; Jeff Herbertzen; Kyle Strait; Alex Volokov. Read more
Alex Ryan reports: The final round of the Southern Super-D Series finished up this Sunday in Nascar country. The day started with a short pedal to the top of the Dark mountain trail system located in the majestic Wilkesboro, NC. The course started with a fast pedal section followed by a series of jumps down a service road. After a short climb, the course sent riders into fast, tight singe-track littered with doubles and high speed straightaways. After two clean runs, I was able to grab the win for the day and wrap up the Southern Super-D Series win aboard my trusty Kind Kahuna!
Check out the Southern Super-D Series: http://www.southernsuperdseries.com/
Angus Cycle Hub recently took delivery of a fleet of Kona bikes to help with development of Cycling & Mountain Biking in the Angus region of Scotland.
The bikes are currently touring local schools as part of a Pump Track Racing Competition which has been organised in conjunction with the Active Schools network.
Scott Francis from Angus Cycle Hub said “We are delighted to be getting supported by Kona UK, The Kona Shred’s we have are great and have been taking an immense amount of abuse by riders in the competition but are still performing faultlessly”. The initiative which uses a twenty five metre portable wooden Pump Track and laser timing equipment has been funded by Active Schools through Active Places funding and The Social Entrepreneurs Award.
Scott went on to say “We have been doing lots of events with the bikes including a number of Queen’s Baton Relay Events and we also recently took over a Football Stadium where Kids were racing in front of 1500 of their peers!” “We are hopefully going to be taking delivery of some Kona bikes for our coaches soon and I can’t wait to get my hands on my new Kona Process.” For more information on Angus Cycle Hub visit www.anguscyclehub.co.uk
Romain reports: Quick news, but super good news of the final French CUP in Oz en Oisans yesterday.
I win the final and the OVERALL !
The feeling is back, three years I expect that time. These sensations, this speed, the precision, fun, and finesse in the slides so terrifying and exciting at the same time.
Thank you to all. I found my cloud.
Meribel …. here we come!
I SAY YES!
Squamish – August 16/14
Cory Wallace and Kris Sneddon battled it out with Geoff Kabush at the Canadian Marathon Championships this weekend.
Tight race until the final 5km climb when Cory and Kris’ endurance training on their Hei Hei Supremes paid off;
1 Cory Wallace (AB) Kona 3:39:56
2 Kris Sneddon (BC) Kona 1:16
3 Geoff Kabush (BC) SCOTT-3Rox Racing 8:11
4 Evan Mcneely (ON) Norco Factory Team 11:37
5 EvanP Guthrie (BC) Norco Factory Team 12:29
6 Peter Glassford (ON) Trek Canada 23:12
7 Seth Wells (BC) Ind 23:20
8 Peter Watson (BC) Balance Point Racing 25:340
9 Marc-Antoine Nadon (ON) SCOTT-3Rox 28:30
10 Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette (QC) OPUS/OGC 30:30
Junior Expert Men
1 Jack Iles (Can) Evil Vengeance Tour 3:01.07
2 Andrew Crimmins (Aus) Kona Factory Team at 1.07
3 Daniel Shaw (Can) 2.39
4 Sebastian Alfaro (Per) 2.62
5 Felix Silvio Cesar (Bra) 5.82
6 Kurt Heering (Can) 6.66
7 Isaac Marangoni (Can) 6.68
8 Max Scharf (Can) Skookum Cycle 9.83
9 Connor Hamilton (NZl) Commencal Bikes/Troy Lee 11.09
10 Bruce Klein (USA) Incycle Bicycles 15.40
August 18, 2014 (Santa Monica, CA) – Since 2008, Red Bull Rampage: The Evolution has taken place on a series of cliffs outside of Virgin, Utah whose big obstacles have catapulted athletes into the record books. In the spirit of progression and always moving forward, the event is going in a new direction – literally – off the back cliffs of the previous course. Often the fodder for speculation on what mysterious ridges lay in the shadowƒs, now the whole world will find out on September 26-28th, 2014 what happens when the best 40 mountain bikers in the world traverse this never-before-used course. Read More