24 January 2006
At last Hamsterley trails have finally got the tractor and trailor up and running. They can cater for around 20 - 25 riders. The bikes will be fastened to an upright bar to keep them separate and avoid bikes on bikes.
Uplifts will start at 10:15am.
For more information visit www.descendhamsterley.co.uk
22 January 2006
Animal Giant rider Gee Atherton survived a spectacular crash in Tignes, France this past weekend.
Gee was attempting a jump, as part of a photo shoot for a magazine, but, in his own words “there was nothing for me to judge my speed against” and so was going too fast on take off.
Fortunately, apart from maybe his pride, Gee escaped largely unhurt. The bike was a complete wreck. The front wheel was in about six pieces. The back wheel was somewhere down the hill. He bent the bars down about 4" when he landed and the frame was bent.
The result can be viewed by clicking here.
22 January 2006
Santa Cruz Syndicate's Nathan Rennie is the newly crowned Australian National Downhill Champion winning the Australian National Downhill Championships held in Thredbo, NSW January 20-22. Rennie is pleased to finally win a title he has always coveted.
Rennie was allowed to race for the win, unlike last year, as the rule for the national champion\'s jersey has changed. The new rule allows national champs to wear an Aussie armband, rather than wear a jersey that had severe restrictions on sponsor\'s logo size and placement. He finally gets to stand proud and be National Champ after all his other titles!
Here are the top ten men:
Ironhorse Australian National Downhill Championships
1 Rennie Nathan QLD 6:12.57 6:07.24
2 Graves Jared QLD 6:10.66 6:08.88
3 Kovarik Chris QLD 6:14.16 6:09.21
4 Cavlier Amiel NSW 6:11.90 6:09.67
5 Atkinson Bryn NSW 6:08.01 6:10.17
6 Cory Ben NSW 6:11.13 6:10.29
7 Pedamaund Fabien FRA 6:17.04 6:10.99
8 Inabinet David NSW 6:12.77 6:11.65
9 Panozzo Joel VIC 6:09.33 6:11.73
10 Dossetor Adam ACT 6:13.87 6:13.24
20 January 2006
The Forestry Commission has appointed Alex MacLennan to help shape future recreational facilities in 200,000 acres of woods in the north east of England
19 January 2006
The Haldon Forest Park website has published a map showing details of the planned MTB trails, including the Red and Black XC runs and the Freeride area
18 January 2006
PUSH Industries along with our European Partner TF Tuned Shox is proud to announce the handling of Rear Suspension duties for Santa Cruz Syndicate in 2006. Team riders will be utilizing PUSH Tuned FOX DHX and FLOAT units equipped with PUSH Factory Components.
Darren Murphy president of PUSH had this to say:
“We’re stoked to be a part of this program and we are looking forward to using this opportunity to stretch our engineering arm this season. The Syndicate team offers a powerhouse roster that is second to none with top riders in such a broad range of disciplines.”
Rob Roskopp of Santa Cruz Bicycles had this to say: “Working with Push and TF Tuned gives us that extra edge on everyone else, especially when it comes down to timed Downhill runs, where every split second counts. It’s great to partner up with someone who’s as passionate about racing as we are”.
What we say is that it's great to continue our 11 year association with Steve - he'd the man! We're also looking forward to working with the rest of the Syndicate Team when they come over this side of the pond.
13 January 2006
You'll be aware that we've done nothing at Kirkhill in recent months despite our plans, which would have seen phase two of cross country bike trail developments complete by now (following on from the fun park construction in December 2004).
The reason for this is FCS HQ have been conducting an assessment of all biking centres in Scotland to determine whether there is a need for so much development. This assessment is now complete and Kirkhill has come out very favourably. Anyway we've only lost a years worth of work and hopefully not too much enthusiasm from you guys...???
We are in the process of confirming FCS HQ's plans for Kirkhill and can then start reapplying for funding (which due to cancelling the work last year we have now lost). It is unlikely that this work will begin until the summer. As I said last time, we'd like to involve as many users as we can with volunteer trail building (especially construction of the more extreme black sections) and we'll give you plenty of warning when we can start organising this.
Dan Cadle - Community Ranger
Forestry Commission Scotland - Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire
Tel: 01330 844537 Mob: 07979 022956
12 January 2006
Redraven Industries are extremely excited to announce our new 2006 sponsored rider line up. We believe we have some of the best and most exciting riders on the planet, riders that have the same passion for riding as we at Redraven do. Our riders demand the ultimate in performance, safety, and style, allowing them to push themselves beyond all limits to achieve that ultimate goal, the WIN.
Not only do we have some awesomely talented riders using the Alpine rotors but we have the royal KING himself Mr Steve Peat.
Jonathan Knight owner of Redraven says, we are extremely excited to have a rider of Steve Peat's caliper running the Alpine Series rotors for the 2006 season. It presents Redraven with a fantastic opportunity to have one of the best riders in the world riding our rotors on the world cup circuits. We believe with Steve's awesome bike skills coupled with a superior braking system and our Alpine rotors will produce many wins this year.
Steve says, I'm excited to be running Redraven's Alpine rotors, having seen the technology that goes into the rotors and experienced their braking performance and heat dissipation capabilities I look forward to using them on the world cup circuits.
Steve will be competing globally in downhill and 4X events which include: UCI World Cup Series, UCI World Championships, British National Championships, and select events in Europe and North America.
Steve Peat - Santa Cruz Syndicate
Dave Wardell - GT/Hyundai
Seanan ORiordan - Irish under 16 Champ
Team DH Racer - French/Canadian
Team Privateer - French/Canadian
All riders and teams will be running a mixture of the Alpine series Rotors and Alpine Kits on their disc braking systems.
You can find Redraven Industries Alpine products in finer dealers across the globe or buy direct on line at www.redravenindustries.com
9 January 2006
Balfa.co.uk team freerider Elbry Sandland has started the Sandland & Co. Tour, a gathering of riders at loads of the UK's top freeride spots.
First stop will be Haldon on the Last Sunday in Feb (26th).
The idea is to get all the local freeriders and to meet up and have a blast for the day, and in doing so help promote each spot by getting more riders to be part of the local freeride movement in each area.
Haldon kicks things off on the last sunday in Feb, Simply turn up and have a good session with like minded local and not so local riders.
So spread the word!
More details will be posted on www.northshorefreeriders.com
8 January 2006
Northern Irish mountain biker Glyn O'Brien has opened a mountain bike coaching and guiding business called First Tracks, designed by riders for people who want to ride.
They accommodate for beginners wanting to have fun, right through to the advanced rider who wants to learn new skills and tackle the toughest terrain on offer.
First Tracks is based in Newry, Co Down, close to the Mourne mountains. There are a number of locations throughout Ireland to choose from. Whatever your requirements and fitness levels are, our coaching and guiding packages will let you explore the most scenic terrain Ireland has to offer.
Anyone wishing to try out mountain biking for the first time, or more advanced riders wishing to brush up on their skills with a world class rider check out www.firsttracksguiding.com.
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