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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.


Crankworx Les 2 Alpes

Start: July 6, 2013 End: July 14, 2013 Location: Les 2 Alpes, France 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?

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.?

Video: Oli Beckingsale’s road to recovery part 6

Here’s the sixth and final part of the series following British cross-country mountain bike racer Oli Beckingsale’s rehabilitation from the broken leg he suffered on the circuit last season.

The 35-year-old fractured the neck of his left femur in what he described as a fairly innocuous fall during the Nove Mesto World Cup round last August. He has spent much of his close season building back up from what was a serious injury, with hours of Wattbike training and gym sessions now behind him.

In the final installment, we visit Beckingsale’s nutritionist to learn about the foods he introduced into his diet that had the anti inflammatory properties needed after his crash.

Courtesy of Jon Riley/