DealerCamp canceled; promoter blames resort dispute

PARK CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — The organizer of DealerCamp has canceled this year’s event, saying a dispute between rival ski resort operators has made it impossible to hold the trade event this season. A 2015 show is being planned. Park City businessman Joe Wrona acquired DealerCamp from Lifeboat Events last fall .

Sapim giving away Zipp wheel to shop using the brand’s sticker

OLNEY, Ill. (BRAIN) — Sapim USA will be giving away a Zipp 404 clincher wheelset to a shop that displays a Sapim sticker on its front door, van or elsewhere

2014 Downhill World Cup #5 preview

After a long break in the schedule to allow riders to return home for their national championships, the Downhill World Cup is returning for the second half of the season. This weekend’s race is being held in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada. MSA has been on the World Cup circuit since 1991 and has a mix of high-speed open fields, technical wood sections, rock gardens and big jumps. There shouldn’t be any bike park talk this weekend! Weather often plays a big part in this race, and rain is forecast again for tomorrow.

10 things to watch out for

1. It’s all still to play for?

There are now only three races left, but this thing is far from over. Troy Brosnan, Aaron Gwin and Josh Bryceland still all have a real shot at the series title. Gee Atherton and Sam Hill have their work cut out for them, and may need to rely on some good luck, but they’re not out of this just yet either. With 750 points left to be taken this season, all five of these guys are going to be fighting for wins right until the final round, which right now looks set to be as exciting as last year’s Leogang showdown between Atherton and Stevie Smith. Will these five all still be in contention after this weekend’s racing?

2. Can Hill repeat history?

The last time Hill found the top step on the podium at a world-level race was at the 2010 World Championships in, you guessed it, Mont-Sainte-Anne. The last time Hill won the World Cup overall, he did it by taking the points lead with a win at, you guessed it, Mont-Sainte-Anne, and holding on to it for the rest of the year. The high-speed, rough course obviously suits his motocross riding background – could he get CRC-Nukeproof their first win this weekend? A victory here would really reignite his chances of winning the World Cup overall.

3. Redemption for Smith

The Canadian Chainsaw Massacre wasn’t happy with his European World Cup results – he’d set his sights on podiums and even wins for his return and fell short of these goals in both Fort William and Leogang. More fired up than ever and with nothing to lose in terms of points, he’s more than capable of getting himself back on the podium this weekend. Last year Smith won this race and wouldn’t lose another World Cup all season long. He did this in the rain while many of his main rivals had dry runs. Oh, and this is his ‘home’ race.

Check out his incredible performance from last year here:

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4. Bruni’s next in line

Frenchman Loic Bruni was just one corner away from winning at Leogang back in June. The young rider has been knocking at the door for quite some time and is certainly next in line for a first World Cup win. His last-corner crash will have given him more motivation than ever to win this coming weekend and he’ll also be filled with confidence from being up at the split before the stack. Will this continue to be the most exciting season in recent history with a fifth?winner in five rounds?

5. Atherton turnaround

Aside from a dominating performance in Cairns, Gee Atherton hasn’t looked himself this year – something shown through his 10th and 12th place finishes at Pietermaritzburg and Leogang respectively. Luckily for him this is quickly becoming the season of inconsistency, and he’s still very much in this championship fight. Will we see a turnaround in Atherton’s season this weekend?

6. The Bryceland wave

Josh Bryceland’s best results always seem to come in sets – once confident, he seems unstoppable. The question is, how long will this particular wave last? Since winning the Leogang World Cup he’s also earned himself a national champion title, winning by over three seconds on a new 650b-wheeled Santa Cruz V10. Bryceland’s first World Cup podium came at Mont-Sainte-Anne, where he finished second. Will he go one better this weekend and keep the winning streak going?

Here he is riding the Mont-Sainte-Anne course with teammate Steve Peat:

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7. Can Rach bounce back?

Elite women’s title favourite Rachel Atherton has had a rough battle with illness but after a convincing victory at the UK national championships she looks to be back on form, but is it too late? Atherton now sits 120 points back from Manon Carpenter in fourth?place. If she can win both qualifying and finals for the next three races, she’ll gain a minimum of 150 points on Carpenter , giving her the title. We’ve seen this kind of dominance from her before – can it be done again?

8. The dirty jersey

Sam Hill has always jokingly called the leader’s jersey the ‘dirty jersey’, because he’d prefer to pick it up at the final round without ever having to race in it. This weekend we’ll see Troy Brosnan wear the jersey for the first time. A win and a series of consistent podium finishes is how he achieved this – will he still be in possession of it next week? Troy seems to thrive on pressure, so maybe it’ll be a good fit.

9. Gwinning?

One of the big questions coming into the season was where Aaron Gwin would fit in after his sub-par 2013 season. After finishing first in both qualifying and finals in South Africa, many expected him to repeat these performances all season long, but we haven’t seen those finishes out of him since that round. Now sitting second?in points behind his Specialized teammate Brosnan after a mechanical in Leogang, Gwin will be eager to start making up the points deficit with a win this weekend. He made his World Cup debut at Mont-Sainte-Anne back in 2008 and shocked the mountain bike world by finishing in 10th place – a result no one could quite believe, because his first downhill race was a mere six months prior to this. Is Gwin about to take back control of this series?

10. Junior’s last chance

Loris Vergier has a solid points lead in the Junior World Cup and has had by far the most impressive results throughout the season, but he scored no points at Leogang, giving Luca Shaw and Taylor Vernon a shot at the title. Shaw and Vernon need to start beating Vergier this weekend if they’re to have a chance at catching him in the points. With the series moving to North America and Vernon now finding podium speed, Vergier certainly has a fight on his hands.

Be sure to catch the race this weekend – it’ll be broadcast live on Red Bull TV from 7.15pm BST on Saturday – and check back here on Monday for our race report!

PressCamp media choose best products

Smith's new road helmet earns the most votes from editors. LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (BRAIN) — Media participants at last month’s PressCamp in Utah have chosen Smith’s new Overtake road helmet as the best new product introduced at the event. All the editors who attended cast votes for the first Best of Show Awards.

Canadian retailer, FGL Sports, recalling bike and skateboard helmets

CALGARY, Alberta (BRAIN) — The Canadian sports retail chain FGL Sports is recalling the Capix Evo and Capix Jr Evo Bike and Skateboard Helmets, which were sold exclusively through FGL Sports-owned retail stores between January and June this year. The company said it has learned that a manufacturing defect may cause cracks to appear near the rivets securing the helmet’s chinstrap, posing a potential safety hazard to users

Patchnride 60-second puncture repair system – first look

This all-new take on puncture repair, known as the Patchnride, is straight out of Hollywood. It claims to be able to repair a punctured tyre without it needing to be removed from the wheel, in less than one minute. The product is said to provide a fast, convenient and permanent fix for everything from road tubular and clincher tyres to mountain bike rubber.?

First, you wipe a supplied leak-detector solution along the tyre and look for bubbles to locate the leak. Next, the Patchnride device is primed by pulling back a slider and touching a start button. The slider loads a repair patch, while the start button releases an adhesive, ready to insert into the damaged section of the tyre.

The slider is then pushed forward where it penetrates into the tyre and is immediately pulled out. The repair patch and adhesive are left within the tyre – pressure must then be briefly applied on the repair to allow the adhesive to set. Then just reinflate the tyre as usual and you’re away.?

Patchnride tool:

The Patchnride takes an alternative approach to puncture repair

The Patchnride system uses cartridges to hold the repair patches used in the repair process – these are known as patch pods. You need one patch pod per repair and there are two versions available – one for road tyres and one for mountain bikes and other wider applications. Patchnride will not work with tubeless tyres, yet the firm are aiming to release a tubeless version at the end of this year.

It’s almost the puncture repair equivalent of keyhole surgery and it sounds too good to be true. But there’s only one way to find out, and so we’ve requested one for testing. Meanwhile, the system is available to pre-order for US$30 on the Patchnride website.

Patchnride demonstrates the system in its promotional video below:

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Video: Patchnride 60-second puncture repair demo

InstaBike app for social sharing

The new InstaBike app from Polish bike brand Kross is a simple way to share pictures over social media – but with a cycling slant.

Users can choose to overlay photos of their beloved two wheelers with 17 slide styles from four categories – city, I love bike, mountain and touristic.

You can add travel destinations (the distance is calculated for you), current location, your name, bike brand and, coolest of all, the current altitude – perfect for post-KOM conquest selfies.

The shots can then be uploaded to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare or WhatsApp Messenger.

The free app was created by Polish bike brand Kross and is available on iOS and Android.

Kross’ Jakub Sadowski said: “We have created an application which we, as bicycle enthusiasts, would like to use. We are becoming increasingly mobile, everywhere we bring smartphones and we like to brag about our achievements. Instagram and Facebook are full of images of cyclists who document their passion this way every day. We decided to give bicycle users the ability to personalise and enrich their own photos with additional content, and so InstaBike was created.”

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Interbike adds new retail education courses

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Interbike has expanded its retail education schedule for this year’s show

Yakima introduces two new tray-style hitch racks

BEAVERTON, Ore. (BRAIN) — Yakima Products is expanding its line of tray-style hitch racks with the new FourPlay and TwoTimer models