Sam Hill does it again. Starting the weekend 60 points behind Florian Nicolai for the overall lead, he battled it out and upon taking a key stage win would finish second to Martin Maes. It’s been said before, but the final round of the 2019 Enduro World Series was one for the history books. Round eight, Traillove EWS Zermatt, lined up the perfect showdown high on Zermatt’s mountainsides beneath the shadow of the Matterhorn. Florian Nicolai (Canyon Factory Racing) took to the start line the series leader by the slimmest of margins, a mere 60 points. Chasing him down would be the most intimidating of opponents, reigning champion Sam Hill (Chain Reaction Cycles Mavic) – and the result would not be decided until the final stage of the day. Martin Maes (GT Factory Racing) put on a blistering display to seal the race win, with Sam Hill in second and former champion Richie Rude (Yeti/Fox Shox Factory Racing) in third – but the story of the race was the intense battle between Hill and Nicolai. As they took to the Queen Stage – the final of the race and with the additional incentive of 40 extra series points – it was Hill who triumphed, taking the stage win and becoming the first man in the history of the sport to take three series titles. In the women’s race Isabeau Courdurier (Intense Mavic Collective) finished her season in style by not only winning the race, but completing a perfect season that saw her win her first Series Championship. Andreane Lanthier Nadeau (Rocky Mountain/Race Face Enduro Team) came second in the race, with young German rider Raphaela Richter rounding out the podium. Noga Korem (GT Factory Racing) had a disappointing day in Zermatt, with a mechanical seeing her relegated to 25th in the race – but coming second in the overall series rankings will surely make up for it. Andreane Lanthier saw out her season with not only a race podium, but her best series finish to date with a third place. In the Masters competition, Cedric Ravanel (Commencal Vallnord Enduro Racing Team) not only won the race, but wrapped up his first Series Championship in the process. Former Champion Karim Amour’s (Miranda Racing Team) second place in Zermatt was reflected in his new ranking, and although Florian Golay was third on the day, it was Argentina’s Javier Santiago who came third in the series overall. Louise Paulin’s second place in Zermatt was enough to secure her as the 2019 Series Champion, whilst Alba Wunderlin’s win was rewarded with second in the rankings. And rounding out the Zermatt podium was Daniela Michel, with Mary Mcconneloug finishing third in the overall. Antoine Vidal (Commencal Vallnord Enduro Racing Team) won both the race and the U21 Series Championship, cementing an incredible year for him. On the day it was Kasper Woolley and Brady Stone who rounded out the podium in second and third respectively, but it in the overall series Stone secured second and Tiago Ladeira (Miranda Racing Team) placed third. Lucy Schick’s impressive debut season saw her pick up the U21 Series Champion title, with Leah Maunsell in second and Fenella Harris in third. But none of them could touch Harriet Harnden in Zermatt, who won convincingly, with Polly Henderson in second and Schick in third. Rocky Mountain/Race Face Enduro were named Team of the Day, but it was Canyon Factory Racing who were named 2019 Team Champions for the second year in a row. And whilst the 2019 series may have drawn to a close, there is still one big race of the year left – the all new Trophy of Nations race taking place in Finale Ligure, Italy next weekend (September 28-29). The biggest team competition in mountain biking will see the top riders race in teams of three for their home country in pursuit of the rainbow jersey, privateers will compete for the Rider Trophy and bike brands will line up to prove they are the fastest in the business in the Industry Trophy. www.enduro
For the past ten years, Madeira, a Portuguese Island located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean has been carving its way to become one of the best mountain bike destinations in the planet! Big mountains, beautiful landscapes, delicious food, warm weather all year round and over 600 years of history and culture makes Madeira the ultimate adventure and a reason to be on your bucket list for the years to come! Combine all of this with some of the most challenging and unique mountain bike trails and you got yourself a race and a ride to remember. With the goal of promoting the island as an adventure destination, we’ve been organizing mountain bike events, improving our trail network and connecting all the loose dots; ultimately offering a unique experience of what Madeira is all about. Since 2017 we jumped our way to international events such as two times as Enduro World Series Madeira and two times as Trans Madeira, where the feedback from racers pushed us to keep on chasing new adventures, and that’s how Madeira Bike Race went from dream to reality. THE RACE Madeira Bike Race is a pairs-format multi-day mountain bike marathon that explores two Portuguese islands located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, Madeira and Porto Santo. The event is scheduled to happen between 8 th and 12 th October 2020. Over the course of five days, which includes a day of prologue, riders will have the chance to race some of the most diverse terrain on Earth combining the best things the islands has to offer! The jungles of the north, the dry and rough south of the island and the traverse between east and west in a unique route. The official course is still to be released but racers should expect to ride over 270 kilometres distance with around 8000 meters ascent, going through the perfect balance of scenic fire roads and singletracks around Madeira and Porto Santo. For this first edition, the event is limited to 60 teams and divided into 3 main categories: men, women and mixed. The event is organized by Clube Caniço Riders and Freeride Madeira, a mountain bike holiday company based on the island. The event has one race package available that pretty much includes everything from the moment you land on the island, making a super laid back experience where you can focus on the adventure ahead. Five nights accommodation in three to five stars hotels; a complete meal plan that includes breakfast, feed zones, after race lunch and dinner; all logistics for you and your bicycle; all shuttles and ferry ride to Porto Santo and back; airport transfers; access to media content; official race jersey; professional mechanics and bike wash service. Registrations are set to open on the 1st February, 10:00 (GMT) with a ‘first- come first-served’ plan, via www.madeirabikerace.com.
Prineville, Oregon (September 9, 2019) – Deep in the heart of Oregon’s western wilderness a freeride competition concluded today with Reed Boggs, Juan Diego Salido and DJ Brandt atop the podium, their performances earning them the last three qualifying spots for the 2019 edition of Red Bull Rampage. The man-made course featured multiple lines to let athletes choose their own path and style, with huge drops, massive doubles, berm presses and rhythm sections that allowed the rider to showcase their creative line selection and capacity to go big when it means qualifying for the biggest show in freeride. 22-year old, Bend native Reed Boggs set the tone early in the day with a big first run featuring two backflips, a frontflip and a 360. Shortly thereafter rain and wind blew in and put a temporary hold to the competition, but after patiently waiting a few hours the course dried enough to conclude a full second round of competition. 2019 PROVING GROUNDS RESULTS Reed Boggs – 73.50 Juan Diego Salido – 72.00 DJ Brandt – 71.75 The first run out of the gate after the wind hold was Juan Diego Salido, a young talent out of Mexico who put in a huge run in front of an anxious crowd. “I can’t believe I’m going to be the first Mexican to compete in Rampage, carrying the flag!” said Salido shortly after stepping off the podium. “I’ve always seen Red Bull Rampage as my main goal! I’ve got Red Bull Hard line coming up and then it’s time to head to the desert and get ready.” DJ Brandt’s day nearly ended before it had even begun. At the very beginning of his first run he blew a tire coming off one of the start drops and was forced to abort his run. “I can’t believe it actually happened, it was a hell of a road to get [that second run] in” said Brandt after securing what will be his second trip to Red Bull Rampage. The Marzocchi Proving Grounds is supported by: Marzocchi, Five Ten, GoPro, BFGoodrich, Magura Brakes, Clif Bar, Fast House, RaceFace, Alpine Bike Parks, 10 Barrel Brewing, Camelbak, Smartwool, CBD Plus, PinkBike and Oregon Dirt Park. ABOUT THE MARZOCCHI PROVING GROUNDS The Marzocchi Proving Grounds presented by Five Ten will be the first official athlete qualifier for Red Bull Rampage. The event will take place at Oregon Dirt Park, just east of Bend, OR – go to www.h5events.com for more information. ABOUT RED BULL RAMPAGE Featuring a world-class broadcast team including Sal Masekela, Pat Parnell, Tina Dixon and freeride mountain biking legend Cam McCaul, Red Bull Rampage coverage begins Friday, October 25th at 9:00am PST/Noon EST, live and on-demand on Red Bull TV. Red Bull TV is distributed digitally as an app across mobile phones, tablets, consoles, OTT devices, Smart TVs and online at www.redbull.tv.
Huge thanks to Aspen Snowmass and the Limelight Hotel for hosting us. Kudos to the trail builders for building an expert-level, progressive jump line to keep the huckers happy! A giant step in the right direction for Colorado bike parks. Love your work Snowmass. The park is open for a few more weekends into October, make the trip and see what all the fuss is about. You can thank me later. The aspens will be firing! James is now a dad. Interestingly enough, it doesn’t seem to be slowing him down one bit. Dad-bod takes time…. #followcamfriday don’t shake the baby.
[Press Release] – Introducing the new Syncros integrated storage bottle cage – the iS Tailor Cage. The iS line offers a safe, sleek and integrated way to carry all of your ride essentials no matter how long the route. iS – Our integrated Storage concept considers ride essentials as, well, essential. Meaning you should have them on every ride, long or short, whether you need them or not. For our new 2020 collection the Syncros iS Tailor Cage represents a major update to our mountain bike iS bottle cage from the popular Matchbox Tailor Cage raced by EWS athletes such as Morgane Charre and Liam Moynihan. The package Our latest integrated storage bottle cage has been redesigned from the ground up while shedding 40g along the way. By rotating the cage 45 degrees we allow for a low-profile design to fit the narrow frame spaces and with a side entry bottle which can be mounted either for left or right handed riders. We’ve created a completely new multi-tool with 19 functions and an integrated chain tool. It fits snuggly and securely into the cage body and is quickly and easily removed. The cage is compatible with a variety of pumping accessories including an MTB specific mini-pump and CO2 nozzle using a bracket and shim system. Our new iS accessory mount fits under the whole unit to add a spare tube to the system. Details & Specs Cage – Glass fiber reinforced Nylon cage, side entry, left or right handed mounting Tool – Hex 2/2.5/3/4/5/6, PH2, Flat, T10/20/25/30, Hex 8mm, Chain tool, Disc pad wedge, Spoke key 3.22 / 3.45 / Mavic M7, Chain link holder, Tubeless valve core remover Pump – Alloy mini-pump Reversible Presta/Schrader with sealing lever and extendable tube CO2 – Alloy body and knob, composite cover, pressed in Presta/Schrader valve
“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.”
Subtitles available! Click on the CC (closed caption) button below the video. In Between The Races is a series of videos, brought to you by Shimano, that follows the lives and the thoughts of the athletes when they are outside of the tape. In these videos you’ll get to know the riders and how they deal with racing back to back races; what goes through their minds, what are they doing when the spotlight is dimmed, when the pressure is off? How do they maintain their levels of performance? Or how do they turn things around? In this episode, we follow Greg Callaghan of the Cube Action Team from the aftermath of the Val di Fassa round to the start ramp of the race in Les Orres. For Callaghan the season to this point wasn’t what he hoped it would be, with a 15th and a 21st place in the first two rounds of the Enduro World Series and a forced DNS at the Madeira leg of the season due to a foot injury. The Irishman returned to racing in Canazei, but without the results he aimed for. It was to be expected, coming of a serious injury, but disappointing nonetheless. So the time in between the races in Italy and France was one for re-calibration and reflection. We join the Enduro pro in these tough times and see him search for cooling, the best bed and a better feeling on a brand new bike.
Alex Volokhov grew up in the town of Nelson, BC, just a beat away from Retallack. Ever since Retallack started doing mountain bike trails Alex has been a frequent visitor. Knowing one day he’d like to film an edit there. Last year Alex spent a couple weeks building some heavy hits on the mountain. Unforunately due to a crash and an early winter he was unable to finish filming. So Alex and I went up earlier this year to knock the video off his Bucket List.
Insta360 sent us their $ 399 USD (for stand alone camera) ‘ONE X’ Room to try out this Summer and document our rides. After a lot of travel, and with the Camera, we are here to share our thoughts. specs 360 ° Video Capture In Room ‘FlowState’ Stabilization Wifi preview and transfer 5.7K 30fps, 4K 50fps, 3K 100fps iPhone or Android app Photo resolution: 18 MP The camera comes as a stand-alone item, or as a ‘Get-Set’ kit including a selfie stick and 32gb memory card for $ 415. Five other configurations based on what you are using. Both an ‘adventure case’ and ‘dive case’ are sold as well, to protect the camera from, both light and moisture, to 30m waterproofing. The One X uses a tripod threaded mount, which serves as the interface for selfie sticks, ‘gopro’ style mounts, and various other accessories. We liked the threaded style, due to the fact that plastic mount often break, or wear out, but you can always count on the camera body itself staying durable. The camera seems physically an odd shape at first, especially for mounting on top of a helmet, or using a chest mount, but the shape didn’t prove to be an issue for us. The cool thing about having 360° worth of footage is that camera angle is essentially not a concern, due to being able to choose the perspective later on in the editing process. The soft case with lanyard we received was a welcome addition to our kit, always protecting the camera, and providing an easy mode of transportation. The kit we tested did not feature an adventure case, so we were careful about avoiding moisture, and scratching the lenses. The camera’s 5.7k resolution is impressive, though the camera’s auto exposure was a bit of an issue for us when passing from brightly lit sunny sections of trail, back into the shade. The transition was distinct, and compensating for one lighting scenario, threw off the other. We enjoyed using the Insta 360 iPhone app, and found it to be very self explanatory and easy to use. To import content, the camera can be connected via Wifi or cable, we found both to work equally well. The app filters, photos from videos, and allows trimming of each video clip prior to importing for further editing. Once the desired clip is imported, finalizing the perspective can be done through an auto track feature, setting individual focus points, or our favorite feature, which allows you to ‘record’ the desired perspective by physically moving and tilting your phone. The ability for any choice of perspective, combined with the FlowState stabilization make for engaging clips that can be viewed and used more than once due to the multiple points of view. Overall After the experience with various 360 ° cameras on the market, we would conclude that for action sports like mountain biking, the Insta360 One X is an incredible choice. The unparalleled in-camera stabilization, ease of use, fantastic app, and extensive accessory list More info at: Insta360
For the last few months I’ve been riding and comparing a few different grips on various bikes. All three have a ribbed pattern for the most part, and they all are designed around the recent single clamp design trend – which is great if you tend to hold on with the butts of your palms out on the end of the bar. Follow along for an overall review of each grip as well as some comparisons between them all. Details Sensus Meaty Paw Length: 143mm Thickness: 34.5mm Weight: 162 grams $32.99 USD Fabric FunGuy Length: 127mm Thickness: 31mm Weight: 108 grams £16.99 GPB ODI Longneck V2.1 Length: 130mm Thickness: 31mm Weight: 105 grams $29.95 USD In terms of height and thickness, Kyle Strait’s Meaty Paws signature grip is the biggest. If you’ve ever shaken Kyle’s hand, you’d understand why right away. The Fabric FunGuy and ODI Longneck have similar dimensions but a fairly different feel. More on that later. Meaty Paws are also the heaviest as they have that much more material. The other two are just about a wash with only a 3 gram difference. All three offerings are single clamp style grips with an aluminum lockring sitting inboard. Different brands all have varying executions with the endcap design. The Meaty Paws have a hard plastic cap that’s a slightly smaller diameter than the rest of the grip. The Fun Guy has no end flange, but is completely wrapped in rubber, and has a hard plastic cap sitting inside at the end of the bar. The Longneck is similar, but has a ramped flange at the end with similar shape to the Meaties. While each grip all has a ribbed pattern, there was quite a bit of range in how they felt. The Meaty Paws have a cross hatched pattern with a fairly average amount of “crush” (how much the ribs squish as you grab them). The FunGuy had less crush due to its thicker ribs and the Longneck had the most due to its deeper grooves and thinner ribs. On the trail I’ll start off right away by saying that I’ve never been a fan of thick grips and never thought I would be. For a while now, my go-to grips have been either the Sensus Lite or the Renthal Ultra Tacky Push-On – both of which are quite thin. I thought I’d hate the Meaty Paws, but got talked into trying them by Sensus’ resident party animal Ray Syron at the TDS Enduro. Ray was nice enough to send a set of “ultra soft” Meaties…I’ve ridden the production ones and they are slightly firmer in their compound, but still offer way more cushion than the average grip. The added width is a nice thing too as it gives you more room to shift your hands around. As strange as the pattern may seem visually, it definitely works, and I’m not sure why (stars, really?). While I loved almost everything about the Meaty Paws, they were a little slippery when wet/sweaty without wearing gloves, which I rarely do. Aside from that they are now one of my favorite grips, and the the longer travel the bike, the more apt I am to slide these on. Fabric has been doing some cool stuff lately and teaming up with the 50:01 crew seems to be a catalyst. A while back I tested their Magic grips and quite liked them, save for a fairly thin section out at the end due to their contoured shape. Not long ago, the FunGuy was born, taking on a straight profile and an interesting underside with raised nubs above a honeycomb shape. As mentioned earlier, the ribs have a bit less crush, but they are certainly more comfortable than their predecessor. When things were wet, the varied pattern on the underside provided a bit of extra grab at the fingertips. One thing I liked (in terms of feel) was that the lack of an outboard flange actually made me more relaxed and less aware of where my hands were on the bars. One downside to this is that the grip is fully encased in rubber at the end, so it may get a bit banged up looking after some crashes. Being mainly ridden by UK folks, it should come as no surprise that the FunGuy seemed to be the best performer in wet conditions. Ahhh the ODI Longneck. It’s been around for ages in the BMX world in push-on form, has earned cult status, and been copied 8 ways til Sunday. Some years ago, ODI released a double clamp version, but if you like to ride with your hands wide on the bars, those just won’t cut it as your palms rest on metal as opposed to rubber. Enter the Longneck 2.1…It takes on the latest silhouette seen on ODI’s Flow, Motion and Pro single clamps, but utilizes the same ribbed pattern as the legendary original Longneck. As stated prior, the ribs are thin and tall, meaning that the grip crushes a lot when you grasp them – something that provides a really good sense of security and takes the edge off. Like the Meaty Paws, these were just a touch slippery when wet with bare hands, but most grips are. Of the three grips in test, this will likely have the broadest appeal… Overall At the end of a few months of testing, it’s been a head scratcher to keep coming back to the Meaty Paws. I’ve been riding thinner grips for around 20 years ,so it makes no sense to get along with such big fat grips. Interestingly, our other tester Simon Silver has been riding and enjoying them as well and he also has never been partial to thick, wide grips. As for the FunGuy and Longneck V2.1, they’re both excellent grips if you aren’t willing to venture out and try the Meaties. While I drew some comparisons about wet weather performance, it’s worth noting that all three grips had no problems in the wet with gloves on. The Longnecks deserve high praise for feeling quite soft and taking the edge off without feeling or even being bulky. All in all, grips are a very personal item and there was never any intention of picking a “winner” here. The good news is that grips are one of the cheapest parts of your bike, so you too could try all three of these for less than the cost of a rear tire that will wear out faster than just one set. www.thesensus.com www.fabric.cc www.odigrips.com