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SDA 2012 Round 1- Innerleithen

SDA 2012 Round 1- Innerleithen

Downhill is dead! Long live Downhill! Some people I have talked to recently (including industry insiders) have reckoned that Downhill is dead in favour of Enduro-type events. Whilst it’s true that Enduro has been increasing greatly in popularity, it was also true that the numbers certainly came out in force for the first SDA of the year at Innerleithen. Judging by the number of new Scalps on the hill, I am pretty sure that Nukeproof don’t think that DH is […]

Scottish Bike Show Part 2

Scottish Bike Show Part 2

Right peeps, what better way to banish those back-to-work/school blues than to have a wee skive and check out some more goodies from the Scottish Bike Show last weekend? First off, the Magik Stem from MSC bikes. “What’s magic about a stem?” I hear you ask. Well, this stem doesn’t have any knee-unfriendly pinch bolts on the steerer. What it does have, and a classic why-didn’t-someone-think-of-that-before is an internal wedge (red) that clamps the steerer tube when you tighten up […]

Scottish Bike Show Part 1

Scottish Bike Show Part 1

Having previously been to Eurobike I was a bit sceptical of what a bike show at the SECC would offer. Needless to say my scepticism was unfounded as it turns out it was a braw wee affair. It truly has something for all types of cyclists and although nothing like the massive scale of Eurobike it has it’s fair share of interesting new bits and pieces to offer. I will concentrate on the new gravity bikes and gear. First off, […]

iXS European Downhill Cup returns to Innerleithen

iXS European Downhill Cup returns to Innerleithen

The iXS European Downhill Cup returns to Innerleithen, Scotland for the only UK round of Europe’s premier downhill series. Running over three days from 15th—17th June, the World’s best downhill racers will pit their skills against each other at the spiritual home of the UK downhill scene. The fun starts on Thursday 14th June at the Film Night in the Union Club at 19.15.   On Friday it’s practice for the riders and the Official iXS Cup Innerleithen Launch Party in […]

Fetish Bikes UK Gravity Enduro Rd1 Innerleithen

Fetish Bikes UK Gravity Enduro Rd1 Innerleithen

A dusty Innerleithen hosted the first round of the British Enduro Race series last weekend in perfect sunny summer like weather. This side of the sport is now growing in popularity as it’s got a great mix of the downhill side of the sport but not quite as extreme, but you also have to be pretty damn fit to cycle back up the hill to the start of each stage in a set time (don’t think the hot sunny weather […]

Ben Cathro Launches Sick Skills Guiding and Coaching

2011 was a decent year for me, I gained a couple of top 20’s at the world cups and scored a top 10 at La Bresse which was next level. The summer of cruising around the world with the MTBcut/Orange crew was over and I was left with some amazing memories and an empty bank account. It’s the classic story of the privateer racer. Work to earn some money during the winter while trying to train at a decent level […]

First look at the new Ancillotti FRY

When I saw that Steve had built up a new Ancillotti FRY for use in the up and coming Fetish Enduro Series I just had to go down and have a look.  It’s been a while since I last slung a leg over a lovely piece of Italian engineering, it would’ve been Gary Forrest’s race bike back in the day’s of ProbikeSport.  I have to say the bike looks lovely, what you’d expect from a hand built frame from Italy.  […]

Continental Tyres Orange Bikes Enduro Team

Continental Tyres Orange Bikes Enduro Team

It wasn’t too long before the UK got it’s first fully blown Enduro Team – Conti Tyres along with Orange, Marzochhi, Nukeproof, SiS, etc. etc. Along with a well produced team video from Laurence Crossman-Emms. Race season 2012 is kicking off and the Continental-Orange Mountain Bikes Team are raring up with some deep Wales training in the hills of Aberystwyth. Team: Rob Scullion, Mike Inman, Brodie Gardias & Aled “Pisgah” Griffths…enjoy, it’s a peach!

Aaron Gwin Wins Pietermaritzburg National

Aaron Gwin Wins Pietermaritzburg National

Aaron Gwin lead the way today for all three Trek World Racing riders who ended up on the podium at the South African national race held on the improved Pietermaritzburg course that will host next week’s World Cup opener. With a scorching time of 4m 14secs, Aaron was 3 seconds ahead of last year’s fastest World Cup qualifier Mick Hannah (AUS). Youngest team mate Neko Mulally (USA) showed that his specific preparation for this event was paying off. After qualifying […]

Alpinebikes Winter Series Rd3

Innerleithen was the place to be at the weekend for the last of the Alpine-Bikes winter series, which was held in what can only be winter conditions. Saturday saw practice held in pretty good if not damp conditions to start with but the sun shone for most of the afternoon. Steve from I-Cycles taped a cracking course for this weekend’s final downhill race in the series. Starting from the hut at the top of Plora rig you headed straight on […]

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