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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!








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Trek women’s mountain bike skills camps selling out

WATERLOO, Wisc. (BRAIN) — Trek opened up registration Feb. 1 for its series of women’s mountain bike skills camps and quickly was overwhelmed with the response, the company said

Swobo and Bicycle Times launch video series

FT. COLLINS, CO (BRAIN) — Swobo and  Bicycle Times  are launching a five-part interview and video series called  ” Movers and Makers: People That Inspire Us,” that will focus on bike industry members that the series’ producers find inspiring.  The first video and article will feature Christopher Igleheart, a custom bicycle frame builder in Portland, Oregon. “Working with  Bicycle Times  on this project makes total sense for Swobo,” said Kevin Murphy, Swobo’s marketing director.

GT GTR Series 3 – first ride review

It’s fair to say that the heritage of GT Bicycles is more spattered with dirt than it is with road grime, the company being better known for their BMX and mountain bike output than anything to do with skinny tyres and drop bars.?

There’s a nod to that heritage in the?staggered rear triangle of the GTR Series 3’s 6061 aluminium frame, while the squared off, hydroformed top and down tubes look almost big enough to be straight from the off-road division. Despite that, it’s not too lardy, at 9.98kg (22lb).?

The head tube is a standard straight, 1.125in steerer affair with integrated headset, but all that material means the front end is torsionally stiff and the bike merrily carves a line wherever you point it, with its compact geometry sitting neatly between sportive and race.

GT have struck a good, comfortable balance; think safety razor than cut-throat. It’s sharp enough to feel lively, but it’s not intimidating, a point helped by the shallow drop bar, though its shape does mean riders with smaller hands might struggle to reach the levers. The smoothed welds and matte colour scheme also help the impression that it’s a more costly bike than it is. The full mudguard mounts mean there’s winter potential too.

The carbon legged fork does an effective job of muting buzz from the road, and the GT is a pleasant place to be on extended rides, although the oversize seatpost could become tiring if it weren’t for the generously padded saddle.?

GT gtr series 3:

GT GTR Series 3

The 25c Vittoria Zaffiro tyres do help, and they’re a decently fast-rolling year-round choice. They’re mounted on an unflashy but tough and easy-to-true wheelset, useful for a bike that’s likely to be pressed into commuter service on pothole-strewn roads.

The 10-speed Shimano Tiagra shifters and derailleurs are par for the course on a bike at this price, allowing smooth if unhurried shifts from the hoods and drops. The FSA Vero Compact chainset is an obvious downgrade, though. The shifting is functional rather than slick, and although there’s no significant lack of stiffness from the square taper bottom bracket setup, it’s heavier than an outboard bearing design and more prone to terminal damage if allowed to become loose.

The 50/34 combo is paired with a wide 12-28T cassette, and gives a useful range of gears that will aid anyone wishing to crawl up steeper inclines, though if the climbing medicine has a positive effect then you’ll find it fairly easy to spin out on faster descents. The cartridge pad-equipped Tektro brakes are by no means bad, but don’t expect masses of power or fearsome bite.

The Series 3 is well priced, well specced and handles sweetly. Riders new to the road will have a bike that will happily be a commuting workhorse as well as pleasure-seeking mile-eater, while anyone tempted away from the dirt by the name and sturdy looks will feel instantly comfortable on the balanced geometry.

An abridged version of this article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.


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Crankworx Les 2 Alpes

Start: July 6, 2013 End: July 14, 2013 Location: Les 2 Alpes, France www.crankworx.com les2alpes@crankworx.com In its second year as a major freeride mountain bike festival across the Atlantic, Crankworx Les 2 Alpes will be host to one of the season’s biggest, most critical events for the Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour (FMB), one stage of the new Enduro World Series and the annual Free Raid Classic.

Trek pushes into cyclocross

WATERLOO, WI (BRAIN) — When the Planet Bike Cup kicks off the biggest cyclocross series in the country in a few weeks, Trek Bicycle will have a major presence in the fast growing sport for the first time. Trek recently stepped in to become title sponsor of the U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross, a four-weekend series that kicks off September 22 just 15 minutes from Trek’s headquarters in Wisconsin.

CRC MTB Marathon Series enters final round

Three cycling events over one weekend is the perfect opportunity to put your summer training and fitness to the test, and we think round five of the Chain Reaction Cycles MTB Marathon Series will do the trick.

Powered by Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport, the final round of the season will be held in Ruthin, Wales on the 15-16 September 2012. For the first time in the series’ history, the round will feature three events:

  • Vitus Sportive: The road sportive will open the event on the Saturday morning and feature 45 and 80 mile options around the rolling Clwydian hills area.
  • Exposure Lights Big Night Out Night Marathon: Taking place on the Saturday night at 7.30pm, it follows the same principle as the standard marathons. They’ve put together a 40km loop loaded with single track, open moorland, forest roads and fast flowing off road sections making this event a real challenge. The route is pretty much ridden entirely in the dark, so strong legs but equally strong bike lights are a must.
  • CRC MTB Marathon: Taking place during the day on Sunday, the marathon features four different distances (80km, 70km, 55km & 29km). The route starts out heading onto the Clwydian hills, incorporating fast flowing single tracks, technical forest sections, tough climbs and breathtaking descents. The course climbs up onto both Moel Arthur and Moel Famau, giving you spectacular views of the surrounding Clwydian hills and North Wales coast.

See the event listing on BikeRadar Training here.

CRC mtb marathon: crc mtb marathon

The final round of the series is to be held in Ruthin, Wales.

Entry open – make sure you get in now.

Entries to all three events are open now. If you’re up for doing two events over the weekend, there is a reduced ‘weekend ticket’ available for ?47.

To enter the Vitus Sportive please go to the entry page and to enter the ELBNO and/or the CRC marathons please go to the marathon entry page.

If all this riding sounds like your ideal event but you don’t think your fitness is up to scratch, take a look at our new?Flat out Fit?mountain bike training plan. Designed exclusively for us by?Pro Ride Guides?(the official coaching partners of the?Megavalanche), the regime is?meant for intermediate and novice trail riders who want to improve their fitness levels. It’s based around three rides per week and one or two home workout sessions that require no equipment.?

Intrigued by the Flat out Fit plan? Head over to?BikeRadarTraining?and check out some of the free sample sessions.?You can purchase the?full training plan?for just ?9.99.

BikeRadar Training?is a free online resource for you to?record and analyse?all aspects of your?training, log your?training routes, get yourself tailored?training plans, see how you’re doing on our?leaderboards, set goals and plan your season with a comprehensive?events guide.



Trek unveils aero Madone, more Domane models

WATERLOO, WI (BRAIN) Tuesday June 26 2012 3:00 PM MT— Trek Bicycle on Tuesday announced a refreshment to its road bike line, with an updated top-of-the-line Madone model and a more complete line of Domane bikes, featuring the company’s de-coupler comfort feature. The Domane line, introduced for this spring’s cobbled classics in Europe, now includes an aluminum-framed model starting at $1,430.

Commencal Meta SL and AM 29 – First look

The French town of Orbey in the Vosges mountains was the location for Commen?al’s 2012 mountain bike launch. Following on from last year’s release of the Meta AM, this year sees an expansion of the Meta range, including a new 120mm-travel trail bike and 29er.

Developments have also been made to Commen?al’s ‘gravity’ range, with a new Supreme FR being revealed along with updates to the Supreme DH v3. More news about the bikes will be coming next week. For now, take a look at our image gallery for a sneak peek at what’s to come.

Commencal supreme fr marzocchi version available june 2012. : commencal supreme fr marzocchi version available june 2012.

You can view full specifications below, though prices, availability and claimed weights are still to be confirmed.?For more information, visit?www.commencal.com.?

Meta SL Meta AM 29 Supreme FR (Marzocchi) Supreme FR (FOX) Supreme DH Supreme DH World Cup
Frame Meta SL V2 Meta AM 29 V2 Supreme FR V3 Supreme FR V3 Supreme DH V3 Supreme DH V3
Shock FOX Float RP23 BV FOX ? Float RP23 BV Marzocchi Roco R w/ piggyback FOX RC2 Marzocchi Roco R w/ piggyback FOX RC4 Kashima
Travel ?120mm ?130mm ?180mm ?180mm ?200mm ?200mm
Fork FOX 32 Float RL FIT, 15QR, tapered FOX 34 Float RLC FIT, 15QR, tapered Marzocchi 66 RCV, limited edition for Commen?al FOX Van FIT RC2 Marzocchi 888 RC3 Evo, limited edition for Commen?al FOX 40 RC2 FIT Kashima
Headset Cane Creek 10 series Cane Creek 10 series Cane Creek 10 Series Cane Creek 10 Series Cane Creek 10 Series Cane Creek 10 Series
Stem Commen?al VIP OS Commen?al VIP OS Commen?al OS, 50mm Commen?al OS, 50mm Gravity Light direct mount Easton Havoc?direct mount?
Handlebar Commen?al VIP, 1in rise, 710mm Commen?al VIP, 0.75in rise, 730mm Commencal Supreme DH 7075 low riser, 760mm Commencal Supreme DH 7075 low riser, 760mm Commencal Supreme DH 7075 low riser, 760mm Easton Havoc Carbon, 750mm
Grips Commen?al lock-on Commen?al?lock-on?? Commen?al Deluxe lock-On Commen?al Deluxe lock-On Commen?al Deluxe lock-On Commen?al Deluxe lock-On
Brakes Formula RX, 180/180mm rotors Formula RX, 180/180mm Formula RX, 203/203mm, reach adjustment Formula RX, 203/203mm, reach adjustment Formula RX, 203/203mm, reach adjustment Formula Roval, 203/203mm, reach adjustment
Shifters SRAM Trigger X9 2×10 SRAM Trigger X9 2×10 SRAM X7 SRAM X7 SRAM X7 SRAM X9 10-speed
Chain device SRAM X9 direct mount 2×10 SRAM X9 direct mount 2×10 e*thireen LS1 w/ Taco e*thireen LS1 w/ Taco e*thireen LS1 w/ Taco e*thirteen LG1 w/ Taco
Rear derailleur SRAM X0 SRAM X0 SRAM X9 SRAM X9 SRAM X9 SRAM X0 DH
Cranks SRAM S2210 Carbon, 42/28t SRAM S2210 Carbon, 38/24t FSA Gap DH, 36t, 170mm e*thirteen LG1 ?FSA Gap DH, 36t, 170mm e*thirteen LG1 Race
Chain Yaban 10s Yaban 10s Yaban 9s Yaban 9s Yaban 9s Yaban 10s
Cassette SRAM PG1070, 11-36t SRAM PG1070, 11-36t SRAM PG950, 11-28t SRAM PG950, ? 11-28t SRAM PG950, ? 11-28t SRAM PG970DH, ? 11-26t
Rims Fulcrum Red Power XL Fulcrum Red Power XL 29 Commen?al by Alex, double wall w/ eyelet Commen?al by Alex, double wall w/ eyelet Commen?al by Alex, double wall w/ eyelet Mavic EX 721
Hubs Fulcrum, 15QR front, 142×12 rear Fulcrum, ? 15QR front, 142×12 rear Commen?al sealed bearing 20mm front, 12mm rear? Commen?al sealed bearing, 20mm front, 12mm rear? Commen?al sealed bearing, 20mm front, 12mm rear? Commen?al light version sealed bearing, 20mm front, 12mm rear?
Spokes Fulcrum Fulcrum Stainless, 3x lacing Stainless, 3x lacing Stainless, 3x lacing Stainless, 3x lacing
Tyres Schwalbe Rocket Ron 2.25in Maxxis Ardent 2.25in front, Maxxis Crossmark 2.1in rear Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5in 2-ply Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5in Super Tacky Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5in 2-ply Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5in Super Tacky
Seatpost Commen?al VIP RockShox Reverb Commen?al Supreme Commen?al Supreme Commen?al Supreme Thomson Elite
Saddle SDG Circuit for Commen?al SDG Circuit for Commen?al Commen?al Supreme FR by Velo Commen?al Supreme FR by Velo SDG Circuit for Commen?al SDG Circuit for Commen?al
Sizes S,M,L, XL S,M,L,XL S,M, L S,M, L S,M, L S,M, L
Colour Matt black Pure white Matt light green? Matt cool grey Matt light green? Matt cyan blue
?Notes Includes flat pedals ? Includes flat pedals ?

The Supreme FR, Supreme DH, Meta AM 29 and Meta SL will also be available as framesets, including VIP versions with upgraded shocks (FOX DHX RC2, DHX RC4 and Float RP23 Boost Valve, respectively). Two 24in-wheeled bikes will be available for younger riders?– the Supreme 24 and Supreme JR.?