What a shot! Nice riding, Mr. Sherrod.
What a shot! Nice riding, Mr. Sherrod.
2011 Australian National Downhill Champions have been crowned at Eagle Park, Adelaide, Australia in dry dusty conditions on a day with mixed emotions as Connor Fearon beat the current World Jr Champ and was second over all within in a second of the winner, Mick hannah.
It was Brandon Yrttiaho holding the hot seat as Troy Brosnan started his run, Troy looked as smooth as ever, pedalling hard to the finsh line Troy lunged forward to stop the timing beam. The timing board read 2.05.28, over 3 seconds quicker than his seeding run but short of Connor Fearon’s seeding time. Last rider in the gate, Connor, set off on a mission. As he pedalled the last straight the crowd errupted, a 2.02.57 was 2.71 seconds clear of Troy’s time and almost 2 seconds faster then his seeding time. “My run was wild, I couldn’t have asked for much better, I pedalled as much as I could, I blew out a few corners but railed a few others which made up for it.” Connor Fearon.
Check out the times!
1. Connor Fearon, SA, 2:02.57
2. Troy Brosnan, SA, 2:05.28 + 2.71
3. Brandon Yrttiaho, QLD, 2:12.03 + 2.76
4. Ben Power, QLD, 2:11.07 + 8.50
5. Sam Fraser, QLD, 2:12.03 + 9.46
1. Michael Hannah, QLD, 2:02.36
2. Joshua Button, NSW, 2:04.27 + 1.91
3. Bryn Atkinson, ACT, 2:04.33 + 1.97
4. Rhys Willemse, QLD, 2:04.41 + 2.05
5. Ben Cory, ACT, 2:05.66 + 3.30
Read the full report by Peter Karas on Pink Bike
From the reasoning of the Dawg name to the best comic book authors, from the history of the Hot to a timeline of industrial music, Cory has the trivia, and the opinions to mouth off about it.
I just got back from Minneapolis, a city with some of the absolute best history in cycling here in the USA. Last year, Bicycling Magazine crowned Minneapolis the number 1 bike city, dethroning Portland, and swapping nicknames from Portland East for Minneapolis to Minneapolis West for Portland. Having been to Minneapolis in the winter a few times now, and growing up in a slightly warmer Midwestern city, i will say that the cyclists of Minneapolis are more hardcore than anywhere I’ve ever been. Riding on ice in negative Fahrenheit temperatures is insane, but it’s almost blase there.
Here’s a fantastic video on the Stupor Bowl, which i’ll describe a bit more below the break. Be aware that this is NSFW due to cussing and a bit of vomiting towards the end. All in good fun…
Lots more info below.
“Early on Sunday, Mar. 27, about 65 intrepid souls will cross the starting line of the second White Mountains 100, a 100-mile human powered endurance race that loops over the ridges and through the valleys of the one-million-acre White Mountains National Recreation Area north of Fairbanks. The BLM issues a permit for this race event.
Roughly a third of the racers – those not skiing or running – will be on bicycles. Bikes are a conveyance not often associated with winter transportation in Alaska, but for more than 100 years, bicycles have held a steady, though unheralded, role in how Alaskans move across snow and ice.
The White Mountain 100 race’s co-founder, Ed Plumb, said that when he and Ann Farris decided to establish a new human-powered endurance race in the Interior, it seemed natural to include bicyclists. “We just wanted to include as many people as possible,” Plumb explains.
That doesn’t mean that Plumb, an avid skier and veteran of many frigid backcountry ski trips, necessarily sees the attraction of winter biking himself. “It seems like it would be really cold sitting on a bike,” he says with a laugh.
Endurance racers who participate in Plumb and Farris’ race – or in similar Alaska races like the Iditarod Trail Invitational, the Susitna 100, and the Sheep Mountain 150 – represent the hard-core fringe of a winter biking scene that today largely focuses on recreation and fitness.
What most people don’t know is that the bicycle’s roots in Alaska date back at least as far as the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897. That year brought thousands of gold seekers to Alaska soon after
a bicycling craze hit the nation. Some of those newcomers saw packed winter trails left by dogs, horses, and foot traffic, and thought, “Why couldn’t we ride bicycles on those trails?”
Soon “wheels,” as many people called bicycles at the time, and their riders, were riding the trails across Alaska and the Yukon.”
Find out more about winter biking in Frontiers magazine
For three sunny days in February, Kona invited 10 journalists from magazines across Europe to come ride our new series of Operators and our Magic Link-equipped Cadabra and Abra Cadabra all-mountain bikes. Based in Colomars, France, near the home base of Kona’s Enduro Team rider, Karim Amour, we rode sweet singletrack, drank refreshing beer, and watched as everyone had an amazing time riding great bikes.
Perspectives on Adventure with Regular Joe
With years of world travel under his belt as a Kona Clump rider, and now as Regular Joe, Joe Schwartz has unveiled a place to share his exciting life with you: www.joeschwartz.ca profiles Joe’s travels in the winter and summer, and highlights his unique perspective on outdoor adventure marketing.
Joe is currently finishing up his last semester at BCIT’s School of Business, where he is completing a Marketing Management program. He has an action-packed summer planned, with bike adventures planned in British Columbia, the USA, and Europe.
The Cog will still see Regular Joe posts, but check out his site for photo galleries, mountain adventures, and other interesting insights into Regular Joe.
Explore the site here: www.joeschwartz.com
Twitter: @joeschwartzy http://twitter.com/#!/joeschwartzy
Regular Joe on Facebook: (“Like” the page and be entered to win some sweet Smith Optics gear!)
Former Talking Heads frontman and bicycling enthusiast, David Byrne, takes a ride out to Brooklyn to show off his latest project, designer bike racks.
The Indoor 4x series wrapped up late Tuesday night, bringing together riders from all over the lower mainland to bang berms, bang off some sweet jumps and hang out with new friends made over a great Winter of racing.
Tuesday, February 15th 2010 – The final race of the indoor series brought on a flurry of responses from everyone racing, organizing or spectating in the events. It looked as though the 1st place spots had been just about locked up, but the separation between 2nd and 5th was anyone’s race as Open Men, Junior Men, Open Women, Vet Open Men and even U15 all had guys and girls gritting their teeth to see the outcome. Some were talking about getting stoked for riding outside after work in the Spring and looking forward to a great Summer, while others talked about how quick it seemed the Winter series went by. Other thoughts were towards the future of the series and the plans of the organizers for 2011. Suggestions were flying in hopes to mix it up for 2012, while volunteers also came forward to offer help to make 2012 a success. No matter which way it goes, the current organizers will be around to help out, train the new crew, and hopefully bump elbows with a few of you 4x heads in the gate for 2012.
What was loosely mentioned on Tuesday night, but needs to be enforced here, is that the success of this series is based on so many things from great sponsors digging deep, to a smooth run race that entertains everyone. But most importantly is the other side of the equation. A well run race with great sponsors and efficient organizing means nothing without the consistent committed support coming from You, The Racers throwing down their entry and practice fees every night. You guys are what made this series so successful and for that we all thank you very much. You rock. You know it.
Read the rest of the race news from Matt Stevens on Pink Bike