“The Fox US Open of Mountain Biking at Snow Summit Bike Park in Big Bear Lake California. Yeah… it’s a damn good time. Fox had all of us out to enjoy the festivities, ride the bike park, do some Megatrains, and see what other general antics we could get up to. Somehow at one point we ended up at a Creed concert… Remember them? Yeah me neither. It was the highlight of Ethan Nell’s life though. Appearances by Kirt Voreis, Loic Bruni, Brett Rheeder, Ethan Nell, Ryan Howard, DJ Brandt, Kyle Strait, Bubba Warren, Mitch Ropelato, Phil Kmetz (Skills With Phil) and many more. ENJOY.”
Follow Mitch Ropelato as he sweeps through the biggest slalom races of the year in true dumpster fire fashion. Mitch takes on Sea Otter, National Champs, and Crankworx Whistler.
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It’s been said before – but the seventh round of the Enduro World Series has surpassed all others to be declared the tightest race of all time. The penultimate race of the year, EWS Northstar California, finished on a knife edge, setting up the final round in Zermatt to be the decider of the men’s championship race. After five technical and incredibly challenging stages, the men’s race all came down to less than a single second going into the final stage. Heading into stage six, it was Sam Hill (Team Chain Reaction Cycles Mavic) who led the race by a mere tenth of a second going into the final stage of the day, but the reigning Champion was unable to hold off Richie Rude (Yeti Cycles/Fox Shox Factory Team), who won the race by 0.8 seconds. Mitch Ropelato put in a strong performance all day to claim his first EWS podium in third, with Martin Maes (GT Factory Racing) making a strong return to competition in fourth. Eddie Masters (Pivot Factory Racing) saw his claim to the championship threatened after he suffered a broken wrist on day one of racing. In the women’s race Isabeau Courdurier (Intense Mavic Collective) sealed her first Champion title after winning the race, but she didn’t have it all her own way. Noga Korem (GT Factory Racing) won the Queen Stage to pick up extra points, and clinched second in the race. Andreane Lanthier Nadeau (Rocky Mountain/Race Face Enduro Team) won stage five and a consistent performance throughout the race saw her finish on the third step of the podium. In the U21 Men it was Antoine Vidal (Commencal Vallnord Enduro Racing Team) who came out on top, with the USA’s Duncan Nason in second and Canada’s Kasper Woolley in third. Lucy Schick added to her roster of wins this season in the U21 Women, with Isabella Naughton in second and Lauren Bingham (Yeti/Fox Shox Devo Factory Racing) in third. It was another close finish in the Master Men category, with Karim Amour taking the win by less than half a second ahead of Cedric Ravanel (Commencal Vallnord Enduro Racing Team). Canadian cross country legend Geoff Kabush rounded out the podium in third. Switzerland’s Alba Wunderlin took the Master Women’s win, with local rider Tasha Thomas in second and Amanda Propst in third. Rocky Mountain/Race Face Enduro were named Team of the day, with GT Factory Racing in second and Canyon Factory Racing in third. With just one round left in the 2019 series, it’s still Florian Nicolai (Canyon Factory Racing) who leads the men’s overall – but Sam Hill is just 60 points behind in second, and Kevin Miquel has moved up into third. ] Isabeau Courdurier’s seven wins out of seven has seen her win her first championship ahead of the final round, Noga Korem remains in second and Andreane Lanthier Nadeau in third. Full results The series will play out its final round out in Zermatt, Switzerland next month.
The penultimate race of the 2019 Enduro World Series, EWS Northstar California, finished the first day of racing with some of the biggest names in the sport separated by less than a second. Saturday saw the racers tackle two rocky, challenging stages under a blazing Californian sun, resulting in Richie Rude (Yeti/Fox Shox Factory Racing) leading out Sam Hill (Chain Reaction Cycles Mavic) by less than one second. Mitch Ropelato came out to race in his home state and was rewarded with a third place finish. In his first race since Madeira, Martin Maes (GT Factory Racing) sits in fourth – just one second adrift of Ropelato, with Adrien Dailly (Lapierre Bikes) rounding out the top five. In the women’s race Isabeau Courdurier (Intense Mavic Collective) finishes day one in the same position as she started it – leading the women’s field. Courdurier has a convincing 11 second over second placed Noga Korem (GT Factory Racing), with Andreane Lanthier Nadeau (Rocky Mountain/Race Face Enduro Team) in third. Ines Thoma (Canyon Factory Racing) is in fourth place – and just four seconds outside the top three. Morgane Charre is also on the chase in fifth place, only one second behind Thoma. In the Master Men it’s series leader Karim Amour (Miranda Racing Team) who leads the race, with Cedric Ravanel (Commencal Vallnord Enduro Racing Team) 15 seconds behind in second position. Dan Krenicki of the USA rounds out the top three. Swiss rider Alba Wunderlin capitalises on her recent wins to lead the Master Women ahead of local legend Tasha Thomas, with the USA’s Heidi Kanayan in third. Canadian Lucy Shick takes the early lead in the U21 Women ahead of the USA’s Isabella Naughton (Giant Factory Off-Road Team) with Chilean rider Paz Gallo Fuentes in third. Duncan Nason leads the U21 men, followed by series leader Antoine Vidal (Commencal Vallnord Enduro Racing Team) in second with Kasper Woolley in third. The race is far from over though – with four stages left to go on Sunday, including the ultra physical Queen Stage which will kick start the final day of racing. To follow Sunday’s live timing and race feed head to enduroworldseries.com Full results from Saturday’s stages are available here.
The 2019 Tour de France features 22 teams battling it out over 21 stages. The riders are the best in the world and they ride the most advanced bikes money can buy — in fact, the Tour de France is cycling’s biggest shop window for sponsors, putting the latest machines in front of the paying public. That means we’ve seen a heap of bikes launched ahead of this year’s Tour, from Cannondale’s new aero-optimised SuperSix EVO to Scott’s cable-free Addict RC, and Specialized’s S-Works Shiv TT Disc time trial bike. You can also expect to see the new Wilier Zero SLR — and will Cube’s Litening C:68X SLT make an appearance at the race? We’ve put together a complete list of the bikes in this year’s Tour de France, along with the kit they’re fitted with, and have picked out some of the trends to keep an eye out for at the 2019 race. How to watch the Tour de France 2019 live Tour de France teams for 2019 — Complete startlist plus the favourites Bikes of the Tour de France 2019 The following bike brands are represented at the Tour: Argon 18 Bianchi BH BMC Cannondale Canyon Cervélo Colnago Cube Giant Eddy Merckx Kuota Lapierre Merida Pinarello Ridley Scott Specialized Trek Wilier Keep reading for full details on every Tour de France team’s bikes. Aero is everything, everywhere Pure climbers’ bikes such as the Addict now sport aero features Scott The last couple of years have seen an explosion in aero bikes and equipment, with manufacturers fighting to out-integrate one another. While some riders will still favour so-called climbing bikes, aero machines are now lighter and more versatile than ever before, and bikes such as the Scott Addict — which used to be placed in the lightweight category — now sport aero features. Disc brakes: yep, we’re still having that debate Discs on full-fledged race bikes are no longer a novelty Pocispix for Wilier Triestina Rim brakes seem to be disappearing from the upper reaches of some brands’ ranges, with the likes of the Specialized Venge only available with disc brakes, but you’ll still see plenty in use by the pros. Pro riders are often resistant to change and some have previously voiced safety concerns over the use of disc brakes in bunch racing. Nevertheless, the UCI approved disc brakes for use on the road just in time for the 2018 Tour. With sponsors keen to promote their latest and greatest disc-equipped aero bikes, you can expect to see plenty of rotors at the 2019 Tour. 12-speed: so hot right now Trek-Segafredo has been racing on the new SRAM Red eTap AXS drivetrain since the WorldTour opener at the Tour Down Under Beardy McBeard/SRAM With the recent launches of top-tier 12-speed groupsets from both Campagnolo and SRAM, it’s clear that 12-speed has arrived on the road. Saying that, Shimano’s Dura-Ace Di2 (R9150/R9170) is by far the most used groupset by Tour de France teams, and that’s still 11-speed. Road bike groupsets: everything you need to know If Shimano sticks to its usual pattern for product updates, it’s more than likely that a new Dura-Ace groupset will launch in 2020. Given current trends, it seems almost inevitable that R9200 (or whatever it ends up being called) will be 12-speed. Might we see a sneak preview at the 2019 Tour? It seems unlikely, but it’s not impossible. Tour de France 2019 bikes All 18 WorldTour teams ride the Tour de France, and every one of them gets the pick of the best bikes from their sponsors’ ranges. Read on for a breakdown of who’s riding what. AG2R La Mondiale AG2R started the 2019 seasons on Campagnolo-equipped Eddy Merckx 525s but has seemingly since switched to Shimano AG2R La Mondiale Bikes: Eddy Merckx EM525 Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 (formerly Campagnolo Super Record), Rotor cranks Wheels: Mavic with Vredestein tyres Finishing kit: Deda Elementi, Fizik, Elite Astana Pro Team Astana’s Argon 18 Gallium Pro, pictured at the season-opening Tour Down Under Jack Luke/Immediate Media Bikes: Argon 18 Gallium Pro, E-118 Pro Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2, FSA cranks Wheels: Corima with Wolfpack tyres Finishing kit: FSA, Prologo, Tacx Bahrain-Merida Bahrain-Merida riders have the choice of the lightweight Scultura Team Josh Evans/Immediate Media The aero option is the Reacto Team Bahrain-Merida Bikes: Merida Reacto Team, Scultura Team, Time Warp TT Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2, SRM cranks Wheels: Fulcrum with Continental tyres Finishing kit: FSA/Vision, Prologo Bora-Hansgrohe The Specialized S-Works Venge is a fearsome machine Jack Luke / Immediate Media Bikes: Specialized S-Works Tarmac, S-Works Roubaix, S-Works Venge, Shiv Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Wheels: Roval with S-Works tyres Finishing kit: Specialized, PRO, CeramicSpeed, Tacx CCC Team CCC Team is riding a fleet of handsome black Giant TCR Advanced SL bikes this season Jack Luke / Immediate Media Bikes: Giant TCR Advanced SL, Propel Advanced SL Disc, Trinity Advanced Pro Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Wheels: Shimano Finishing kit: Giant Deceuninck Quick-Step The Deceuninck Quick-Step Specialized S-Works Venge Jack Luke / Immediate Media Bikes: Specialized S-Works Venge, S-Works Tarmac, S-Works Roubaix, S-Works Shiv Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Wheels: Roval with S-Works tyres Finishing kit: Specialized/PRO, Tacx, K-Edge Specialized’s new S-Works Shiv TT Disc is half a kilo lighter and just as fast Dimension Data Michael Valgren’s 2019 BMC Teammachine SLR01 Disc for Team Dimension Data Jack Luke / Immediate Media Bikes: BMC Teammachine SLR, Timemachine 01 Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2, Rotor cranks Wheels: Enve with Vittoria tyres Finishing kit: BMC, Enve, Selle Italia, Tacx EF Pro Cycling EF riders have been on the ‘old’ SuperSix for the first half of this year… Jack Luke / Immediate Media …but it seems likely that the all-new 2020 bike will put in an appearance at the Tour. Here’s the bike we rode at the SuperSix launch. Warren Rossiter/Immediate media Bikes: Cannondale SuperSix EVO Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2, FSA cranks Wheels: Vision with Vittoria tyres Finishing kit: FSA, Prologo, Tacx Groupama-FDJ Groupama FDJ’s climbers will likely favour the lightweight Xelius SL. Équipe Cycliste Groupama-FDJ Alternatively, there’s the aero Aircode SL. Équipe Cycliste Groupama-FDJ Bikes: Lapierre Xelius SL, Aircode SL, Aerostorm Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Wheels: Shimano with Continental tyres Finishing kit: PRO, Elite, Prologo Team Ineos The F12 is the latest evolution of the Tour-winning Dogma. Team Ineos The F12 X-Light carries a hefty price premium over the standard F12 for a 100g weight saving. Pinarello Bikes: Pinarello Dogma F12, Dogma F12 X-Light, Bolide TT Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Wheels: Shimano with Continental tyres Finishing kit: MOST, Fizik, Elite Team Jumbo-Visma Jumbo Visma’s Bianchi Oltre XR4s stick with the bike brand’s signature celeste paint. Team Jumbo Visma The Aquila CV takes on TT duties. Team Jumbo Visma Bikes: Bianchi Oltre XR4, Aquila CV Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Wheels: Shimano/PRO with Vittoria tyres Finishing kit: FSA/Vision, Fizik Team Katusha-Alpecin The Ultimate CF SLX Disc is based around a seriously light frame. Canyon Bikes: Canyon Ultimate CF SLX, Aeroad CF SLX, Speedmax CF Groupset: SRAM Red eTap AXS, Quarq power meter cranks Wheels: Zipp with Continental tyres Finishing kit: Canyon, Look, Selle Italia, Tacx Lotto Soudal The Noah Fast is Ridley’s aero road bike machine. Lotto Soudal riders also have the lightweight Helium SLX at their disposal. Jack Luke / Immediate Media Bikes: Ridley Noah Fast, Helium SLX, Dean Fast Groupset: Campagnolo Super Record EPS Wheels: Campagnolo with Vittoria tyres Finishing kit: Deda Elementi, Selle Italia, Lizard Skins, Look Mitchelton-Scott Daryl Impey took the win on stage four of the 2019 Tour Down Under on this Scott Foil RC. Jack Luke / Immediate Media It’s highly likely that the brand new, disc-only Addict RC will put in an appearance. We rode this SRAM-equipped bike at the launch but the team uses Shimano components Scott Bikes: Scott Foil RC, Addict RC, Plasma Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Wheels: Shimano with Pirelli tyres Finishing kit: Syncros, Elite, K-Edge, PRO Movistar Team Movistar is one of a handful of teams riding Campagnolo groupsets this season. Jack Luke / Immediate Media Bikes: Canyon Ultimate CF SLX, Aeroad CF SLX, Speedmax CD Groupset: Campagnolo Super Record EPS Wheels: Campagnolo with Continental tyres Finishing kit: Canyon, Fizik, Elite, Lizard Skins Team Sunweb Tom Dumoulin’s 2019 Team Sunweb Cervelo R5 Patrick Fletcher/Immediate Media Michael Matthews’ 2019 Cervelo S5 for Team Sunweb. Patrick Fletcher/Immediate Media Bikes: Cervélo R5, S5, P5 Groupset: Shimano Dura Ace Di2 Wheels: Shimano with Continental tyres Finishing kit: PRO, Elite Trek Segafredo The Madone SLR is the quintessential integrated-everything aero bike. Climbers are likely to be spotted on the lightweight Emonda SLR. Beardy McBeard/SRAM Bikes: Trek Madone SLR, Emonda SLR, Speed Concept Groupset: SRAM RED eTap AXS Wheels: Bontrager with Vittoria tyres Finishing kit: Bontrager UAE Team Emirates The C64 utilises Colnago’s classic lugged construction. The Concept, on the other hand, is the Italian firm’s aero bike. Bikes: Colnago C64, Concept, K-One Groupset: Campagnolo Super Record EPS, Stages power meters Wheels: Campagnolo with Vittoria tyres Finishing kit: Deda Elementi, Prologo, Elite, Look Pro Continental Tour de France 2019 bikes While all 18 WorldTour teams are automatically invited to the Tour, the remaining four wildcard teams are picked from the Pro Continental ranks, the UCI’s second-tier league. Arkea-Samsic Arkea Samsic riders race on BH bikes with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 components Tim de Waele / Getty Images Bikes: BH Ultralight Evo, G7, Aerolight Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2, FSA Powerbox power meter cranks Wheels: FFWD with Vittoria tyres Finishing kit: FSA, Prologo, Shimano pedals, Elite Cofidis Solutions Crédits The Khan is Kuota’s pro-level all-rounder. Tim de Waele / Getty Images Bikes: Kuota Khan, Kuota Kalibur Groupset: Campagnolo Super Record EPS with SRM cranks Wheels: Campagnolo with Michelin tyres Finishing kit: Deda Elementi, Tacx, Look Total Direct Energie Total Direct Energie will be riding the new Wilier Zero SLR. Pocispix for Wilier Triestina Bikes: Wilier Zero SLR, Cento10PRO, Turbine Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Wheels: FFWD with Hutchinson tyres Finishing kit: Prologo, Tacx, Look, FSA Wanty-Groupe Gobert The Litening C:68 has been Wanty-Groupe Gobert’s main ride to date… Wanty-Groupe Gobert …but it seems likely that the brand new Litening C:68X will be making appearances. Cube Bikes: Cube Litening C:68, Litening C:68X, Aerium C:68 TT Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 with Stages power meters, C-Bear bottom brackets Wheels: Fulcrum with Continental tyres Finishing kit: Ritchey, Selle San Marco, Tacx Cube Litening C:68X first ride review