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Troy Lee Designs Aaron Gwin Sprint race kit – first look

Troy Lee Designs has announced the release of a special, limited edition TLD Sprint race kit, in collaboration with champion mountain bike downhill racer, Aaron Gwin.?

The all-new Sprint race kit was released earlier this year, and is a totally new take on lightweight and performance race wear for gravity and BMX racing. Two out of the four UCI World Cup rounds have been won by riders in this kit so far (Gwin and Troy Brosnan), as well as the UCI BMX World Championship, thanks to Sam Willoughby, The Sprint kit is having a successful debut year, and now Troy Lee Designs has revealed this Aaron Gwin signature version, which comprises a jersey, pants and shorts in a brand new colourway.

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The Troy Lee Designs Aaron Gwin Sprint jersey

Aaron will be in his signature kit this weekend at the UCI World Cup in Mont St Anne, Canada, but from Monday (4 August), you’ll be able to buy your own set of this limited edition gear in the US, with stock due at international distributors soon after.

The Sprint jersey features mesh arms and side panels for targeted ventilation, a moisture-wicking rear collar and sublimated graphics, and will be priced at ?54.99 / US$50. The Sprint shorts are made from 600 denier polyester material for durability and protection with a mesh liner, and have 5.5in zipped front pockets as well as full waist and hip adjustment. They are priced at ?79.99 / US$86. The Sprint pants feature a rear stretch yoke, full waist and hip adjustment and are also made from tough 600 denier polyester material with a lycra stretch inner liner panel and a three-quarter length mesh liner. They’ll set you back ?119.99 / US$125.

Find out more at www.troyleedesigns.com.








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!








Top five mountain bike downhillers – video

With the start of the 2014 UCI Downhill World Cup less than a month away, the hype around this year’s series is starting to build.

There are a lot of big questions this year: will manufacturers commit to 650b? How about an enduro bike taking a rider to another podium finish? Will Aaron Gwin be back on form? In less than four weeks, we’ll find out.

One thing that’s always up for discussion in the BikeRadar office, is the best downhillers of all time. We’ve counted the top riders’ total World Cup and World Champs wins, crunched some numbers, argued about it, and then made a list of the all-time top five downhill mountain bikers, which you can see here:

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Video: Top five mountain bike downhillers

Downhillers to watch in 2014

Stevie Smith: having won the World Cup overall last year, the Canadian will be firing on all cylinders going into the 2014 season.

Lo?c Bruni: at only 19, the French rider is unlikely to take the big wins, but don’t be surprised if he starts rattling the cages of the top 10.

Aaron Gwin: will this be the year America’s finest returns to form? Has he got the bike working the way he wants it? You’d still be foolish to bet against him.

Gee Atherton: Gee just missed out on a spot in out top five. He’s been training in Fuerteventura and Malaga over the winter – no doubt looking for those extra seconds.

UCI Downhill World Cup schedule

Round 1 – 10-13 April – Pietermaritzburg (RSA)

Round 2 – 26-27 April – Cairns (AUS)

Round 3 – 7-8 June – Fort William (GBR)

Round 4 – 14-15 June – Leogang (AUT)

Round 5 – 2-3 August – Mont-Sainte-Anne (CAN)

Round 6 – 9-10 Aug – Windham (USA)

Round 7 – 23-24 August – M?ribel (FRA)

World Champs – September 4-7 – Hafjell (NOR)


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ODI, Trek sponsor US gravity development team

This week Trek Bicycle announced their sponsorship of a US based gravity development program called ODI-Trek Satellite Racing. The goal: use Aaron Gwin’s talent and accomplishments to inspire and develop the next great American DH racer.

The newly formed ODI-Trek Satellite Racing team plan to use the coaching and mentoring of Trek World Racing’s World Cup champion, Gwin to develop a group of five junior riders. Former racer and athlete representative, Rich Houseman, will manage the team.

US 16-and-under national champion Logan Mulally, younger brother of Trek World Racing’s Neko Mulally, will lead a team that includes Jason Schroeder, Charlie Harrison, Matt Branney, and John Buckell.

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Jason Schroeder at the 2nd round of Fontana, CA’s winter series

With Gwin’s help, Houseman aims to ensure America’s current World Cup success is converted into continued dominance. “Teaming up with ODI, Trek, and all of our sponsors, has allowed us to create a solid development program for these young shredders,” said Houseman. “Our coach and mentor Aaron Gwin has come up with a blueprint for dominating at the professional level, and we’re looking forward to giving all the necessary tools to our young riders. Our goal is to produce, and develop the next great American champion.”

“As a US-based company it’s important for us to continue to grow US presence at the World Cup level,” said Colby Young, ODI’s brand manager. “We are excited that Trek has decided to partner with us to continue to develop these young riders into the next American World Cup champions. We are looking forward to a great season.”

The team will be equipped with the World-Cup proven Trek Session 88 as they tackle the domestic DH circuit, including Super-D events. Bontrager will provide wheels and their new line of off-road tires, including the new G4 and G-Mud models. “Trek has realized a new level of success in the DH world through the new Session and working with Aaron this past year,” said Travis Ott, Trek mountain bike brand manager.  â€œWe’re excited to work with him and Rich Houseman to keep the US at the top of gravity racing. My hope is that this is nothing short of a development factory for the next batch of World Cup champs.”



ODI, Trek sponsor US gravity development team

This week Trek Bicycle announced their sponsorship of a US based gravity development program called ODI-Trek Satellite Racing. The goal: use Aaron Gwin’s talent and accomplishments to inspire and develop the next great American DH racer.

The newly formed ODI-Trek Satellite Racing team plan to use the coaching and mentoring of Trek World Racing’s World Cup champion, Gwin to develop a group of five junior riders. Former racer and athlete representative, Rich Houseman, will manage the team.

US 16-and-under national champion Logan Mulally, younger brother of Trek World Racing’s Neko Mulally, will lead a team that includes Jason Schroeder, Charlie Harrison, Matt Branney, and John Buckell.

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Jason Schroeder at the 2nd round of Fontana, CA’s winter series

With Gwin’s help, Houseman aims to ensure America’s current World Cup success is converted into continued dominance. “Teaming up with ODI, Trek, and all of our sponsors, has allowed us to create a solid development program for these young shredders,” said Houseman. “Our coach and mentor Aaron Gwin has come up with a blueprint for dominating at the professional level, and we’re looking forward to giving all the necessary tools to our young riders. Our goal is to produce, and develop the next great American champion.”

“As a US-based company it’s important for us to continue to grow US presence at the World Cup level,” said Colby Young, ODI’s brand manager. “We are excited that Trek has decided to partner with us to continue to develop these young riders into the next American World Cup champions. We are looking forward to a great season.”

The team will be equipped with the World-Cup proven Trek Session 88 as they tackle the domestic DH circuit, including Super-D events. Bontrager will provide wheels and their new line of off-road tires, including the new G4 and G-Mud models. “Trek has realized a new level of success in the DH world through the new Session and working with Aaron this past year,” said Travis Ott, Trek mountain bike brand manager.  â€œWe’re excited to work with him and Rich Houseman to keep the US at the top of gravity racing. My hope is that this is nothing short of a development factory for the next batch of World Cup champs.”



Wednesday video round-up: ‘3 Minute Gaps’ trailer

Every Wednesday we’ll be posting a round-up of videos that have caught our eye over the previous seven days. Kicking off this week’s collection is the latest trailer for Clay Porter’s 3 Minute Gaps.

Now available from iTunes, the film follows the world’s best mountain bike racers across the globe as they trained, travelled, raced and celebrated during the 2009 and 2010 World Cup seasons. All the riders you’d expect – Gee Atherton, Greg Minnaar, Aaron Gwin – make appearances in the movie, which chronicles the changing face of modern downhill racing.

Next up is a video featuring freeride stars Cam Zink and Kyle Strait, which starts out as an advert for a solar powered compass but winds up with Zink pulling off a stunning backflip on a drop in deepest Utah.

Last but not least comes a video from the rather dubious sounding Ass Savers. Stick with us on this one; their SmartAss is a folding mudguard designed in Gothenburg, Sweden that attaches to your saddle and, well, saves your ass from the rain. When it’s not raining, you can fold it away and store it under your saddle. Visit the company’s website to find out more.



Video: GT’s Marc Beaumont prepares for downhill season finale

The 2011 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup wound up in Val di Sole, Italy yesterday, with America’s Aaron Gwin taking yet another win in his record-breaking season.

Rewind a year and it was GT’s Marc Beaumont on top of the podium after arguably the best performance of his career. Check out the video below to find out how he was feeling in the lead-up to this year’s race and how he fared in practice and qualifying.