Taking advantage of a few sunny days in the mountains, Michal Prokop heads to the bike park.( Photos: 5 )
Nik Nestoroff stepped onto the box at one of the most fun nationals of the season. Watch the team video here.( Photos: 4 )
Prevelo Bikes has re-designed their kids MTB line this after only one year in operation...amazing. A successful first season, they managed to improve on an already great frame a part spec. In the case of the new 16 inch hardtail, the Zulu 2 Heir, Prevelo have gone beyond any other bike manufacturer big or small to develop a kids specific 16 inch travel air fork. Here we look at this amazing little machine and see how it stands out from other 16 inch bikes. Thanks to Prevelo Bikes for providing a bike to review. Prevelo Zulu 2 Heir Details: Intended Age- 4 to 6 years Weight- 18.0 lbs Features- Custom carbon lower air fork with 60 mm travel, hydraulic disc brakes, 2.1 inch Innova tires, 95mm cranks, 67 HA MSRP- $799 USD, Rigid fork $469 Available- Prevelo Bikes The Bike Dads' Take: "This bike is exactly what we were looking for. The fork is truly incredible with its ability to soak up bumps with lightest of weight riders. Wide rims and wide tires offer amazing traction and enhance the shredability with its longer wheelbase, 67 degree HA and hydraulic dis brakes. The kids specific handlebar, grips and cranks are welcome features for these tiny rippers. If your little 4/5 year wants to descend MTB flow trails with you...this bike is the answer." -Colin Recent Blog Posts Picking The First Pedal Bike Pello Reyes 24 Review Prevelo Zulu 2 Heir Review Early Rider Trail 24 Review Extending Ride Time in the Winter The Raise Riders Family Bicycle Weekend Saracen Mantra 2.4 Review Burley D’lite Trailer Review Tout Terrain Streamliner Review Woom 1 Plus Balance Bike Review Rocky Mountain Reaper Review The post Prevelo Zulu 2 Heir Review appeared first on The Bike Dads.
We’re teaming up with sports retailer Decathlon this summer to offer you the chance to win something really special. All you need is a road cycling dream and the drive to see it through. Summer of Cycling with Decathlon Tell us your summer cycling goal, whether it’s an ultra race or your first ever sportive Decathlon Tell us about your big cycling challenge this summer and why you’re doing it. If we like your story enough, you could win Decathlon’s support to help you reach that goal. This means that a bike, kit and training advice — for the summer and beyond — could be coming your way. You’ll also get the chance to write about the trials and tribulations of your journey to your goal on BikeRadar as well as in our sister mag Cycling Plus. Whether you’ve signed up for a European sportive, are entering your first race, or planning an ambitious point-to-point challenge or bikepacking tour, we want to hear from you. It doesn’t matter whether you’re an experienced campaigner looking to up the stakes this summer, returning to the bike after a few years away or totally new to the sport. How to enter Visit the competition entry page and outline what your challenge is and why you’re doing it. The closing date for entries is 11.59pm on 9 June 2019. All you need is a road cycling dream and the drive to see it through Decathlon If you’re a bit stuck, perhaps you can take some inspiration from us at BikeRadar and Cycling Plus, because we’re also taking aim at our own personal goals this summer. Mildred Locke, staff writer, BikeRadar BikeRadar staff writer Mildred Locke is planning to ride a 600km audax in September Mildred Locke / Immediate Media This year was going to be all about the audax for me. Over the Christmas period I signed up to a ludicrous amount of events for 2019, starting with the 200k Chalke and Cheese in January and ending with the 600k Chalfont St Peter in September. The 200k was a DNF, and since then I’ve missed another three, thanks to illness after illness, and a crash thrown in for good measure. Not a great start to my audax season! But despite the hurdles, and only having a few months to train, I’m still going to get that 600k under my belt, one way or another. Even if I’m crawling on my hands and knees by the end. Aoife Glass, women’s editor, BikeRadar Women’s editor Aoife Glass is planning to overcome her knee injury this summer with lots of mindful stretching and gradual increases in distance Phil Hall / Immediate Media After developing an unfortunate knee injury, my goal for 2019 is simple and small: pain-free riding by the end of the summer. I’ve always taken for granted that I just jump on a bike and ride, and haven’t been as diligent as I should have with my post-ride stretching and flexibility training. No more! I’ll be building up my distances gradually while taking more care of my body because, after all, I want it to keep me riding as long as I possibly can! Matthew Allen, senior staff writer, BikeRadar Senior staff writer Matthew Allen’s goal is to spend less time on tarmac and more time on gravel Matthew Allen / Immediate Media My road cycling goal this year is to spend less time on the road and instead explore more of the dirt and gravel on my doorstep. Having embraced my mediocrity and abandoned all pretence of being good at riding bikes quickly, I’m now a convert to the joys of taking road-like bicycles off road, zipping through sun-dappled forests in a cloud of dust and startling wild boar at dusk. Such a leisurely approach to cycling requires zero training and has no measurable outcomes, and that suits me just fine. The only goal is to do more of it but it’s hedonistic riding with no undercurrent of obligation. Helen Cousins, head of production, BikeRadar Helen Cousins, head of production, is planning to get herself organised for more riding this summer Helen Cousins / Immediate Media This year I just plan to get out and ride my road bike as much as possible. I don’t have any specific goals compared to previous years, but would like to start regularly riding with my local club to help me be more motivated as well as learn more routes and hopefully improve my riding — rather than just pootling along on my own. I also need to be more organised and get better at remembering to charge my Garmin and preparing all of my kit ahead of time! Joe Norledge, senior videographer, BikeRadar BikeRadar senior videographer Joe Norledge will be riding as much as possible to prepare for the upcoming UK hill climb season, which starts in September Joe Norledge / Immediate Media This summer I’m aiming to spend as much time as possible on my Scott Scale long-term mountain bike. I love long, epic euro marathon races with lots of elevation, so hopefully there’ll be a couple of trips abroad as well. Towards the end of the summer I’ll be switching back to my road bike in preparation for the upcoming UK hill climb season, which starts in September. I’m also hoping to ride some local TTs. Alex Evans, technical editor, BikeRadar Somewhat ironically, technical editor Alex Evans’ goal is to ride less, in order to ride more this summer Alex Evans Spending what has ended up feeling like an inordinate amount of time commuting to and from the office — regularly clocking up 200 miles a week before I’ve even ridden for pleasure — on my Trusty Marin Gestalt 3, this summer I’m throwing in a curve ball with my cycling goals. I actually want to ride less so that I can ride more. Now, that doesn’t make a great deal of sense on face value, but dissect the idea and you’ll see where I’m coming from. If I spend less time negotiating aggravated drivers and hectically busy roads I’m hoping I’ll be able to take more time to go on rides that are more fun, less stressful and in places that I’d prefer to be rather than treading down the deep furrows of commuter boredom. Here’s to a summer of peace and love. John Whitney, features editor, Cycling Plus Cycling Plus features editor John Whitney is riding the Schleck Gran Fondo Joby Sessions / Immediate Media My early summer challenge is the Schleck Gran Fondo in Mondorf-Les-Bains, Luxembourg on 25 May, in its third edition this summer and part of the UCI Gran Fondo World Series. Luxembourg will be a new country for me, and I hear it’s hilly, and though the course avoids the hilliest Ardennes region in the north of the country, the 155km course has its fair-share of 3–5km climbs. It’s organised by the senior of the Schleck brothers, Frank, who won a couple of couple of prestigious Tour de France stages in his career, which ended three years ago. I’ve ridden many such events in my time writing for Cycling Plus, but, because of injury, this will be my first century ride of any description for a couple of years. I’m excited! Rob Spedding, content director: BikeRadar, Cycling Plus, MBUK Content director Rob Spedding is setting himself a 10-mile time trial as his summer goal Robert Smith / Immediate Media Santa’s to blame for my summer cycling goals. Partly because he didn’t leave a £10K superbike under my tree, and also thanks to a Christmas charity fun run that ruined my Achilles tendons. Four months on, long rides leave me hobbling around like a man even older than I really am. So the obvious solution is short (and hopefully fast!) rides. Once a great (average) 5K runner, the short, sharp, occasionally anaerobic nature of a time trial should suit my innate talents. So this summer I’ll be using my 30-mile daily commute, indoor interval work and weekend rides to prep for a yet-to-be-decided proper 10-mile TT race of truth. Probably…
At the end of the season, these are the moments that will etch themselves into your memory. The sunrise on a mountain peak, that time you ripped through those mystical woods enveloped in mist, or the euphoria when you nailed that massive jump you thought was beyond your ability. These moments might be drip-fed throughout the season – unless you come to Austria’s Saalbach Hinterglemm, where we got them all crammed into one day. Almost every European rider has at least heard of Saalbach Hinterglemm, and rightly so. While many regions clamp down with ‘Keep Out’ signs directed at what they deem to be renegade mountain bikers, Saalbach has gone to the other extreme and acknowledged that it’s worth investing in the sport and extended a hand of welcome to riders of all forms. In terms of popularity, the number of riders here has grown year on year. Saalbach’s trails – like the Pro line, X line and the Hacklberg trail – have become classics. The BIG 5 Challenge that includes an assault in Bikepark Leogang is now a veritable must-do. The Spielberghaus mountain hut that’s tucked onto the track has taken on cult status, not least because it’s the familial home of rising downhiller Valentina ‘Vali’ Höll, who despite still being just a teenager is quickly becoming Austria’s most impressive downhiller. But even for those who are less interested in scoring run after run down the mountainside and prefer to explore at their leisure, Saalbach has just the thing. At the dastardly hour of five am, I find myself scratching my head at my stupidity – did it really only take three beers for me to agree to such a hair-brained idea? The suggestion of “Let’s watch the sunrise from the top of the mountain” was said with such conviction that it sounded too good to miss. But as the alarm continues to drill through my head, doubt has entered my mind. It’s too late to protest and just a few moments later we’re hauling the bikes onto the street from the bike’n soul hotel. We – that’s me, Kathi Kypers and Rob Heran – start pedalling up towards the access road. You could say we’re veterans of Saalbach, as we’ve all ridden in the Glemmtal Valley many times before. Rob set up the Premium Bike Camp some years earlier, which now hosts around 100 children for weeklong camps on the local trails each summer. Kathi’s face is familiar here too, whether it’s for photo-shoots, the GlemmRide Bike Festival, or just chilled weekends spent riding with friends. You might know her as a TREK Gravity Girl – she’s big into airtime and flow and the Pro line is her second home. Then there’s me, I usually come for a couple of days to get my fill of the classics like the Hacklberg or Bergstadl trail. But today is going to be completely different. On the opposite side of the Schattberg, we ride up to the top of the Hochalm trail. No cable cars are running at this hour – clearly the staff forgot to set their alarms. It’s an 800-metre climb, but usually you can rely on the Reiterkogelbahn cable car to do half the work by whisking you up to the mid-station. However, on this mellow ride up, we’re in awe of the stillness of the still-sleeping landscape that’s slowly being illuminated in the glow of an earthy red light. We worry that we’re too late, that we’ll arrive mere minutes after the sunrise, that we would have been better staying in bed. But fortunately, our fears are unfounded. Just before the sun creeps up to the summit from the east, we reach the official trailhead of the Hochalm trail and the sight that greets us as the landscape opens out is so incredibly beautiful that we are momentarily silenced. The sky, bathed in every shade of red, welcomes the sun’s rays warmly. Below us, there’s still low-hanging mist over the valley floor and it’s markedly different to the sunshine that we’re basking in up here. Just a bike park? Saalbach has much more to offer than your usual fare. If the effort to get up the climb hadn’t fully woken us up, the first few metres of the descent definitely do the job. The rocks beneath our tires are wet from the dew, adding extra spice to this flow trail. Even though we’re not in a hurry, we end up hurtling downhill, each turn bringing us closer to the mist and breakfast. We let off the brakes and carve through the final few bends before coming to a stop in town for a coffee that warms our fingers back up. For most, the day is just getting going but we’ve already achieved a lot. There’s more to come though. Our Joker Card is going to be just the ticket. It’s essentially a benefits card that’s given to every guest who chooses to stay at one of the participating hotels in the area. It allows free use of the lifts and a tonne of other discounts. After breakfast, we head over to the Kohlmais cable car, keen to ride the Wurzel trail. Unlike most of the other trails here, this gem, true to its name (‘Root trail’), offers an additional challenge thanks to its carpet of roots. Don’t go in expecting sublime flow around berms, but go for the thrill of picking the right line through the roots. The stoke is high after this one and we pedal around to the Milka line next. The clouds that had lined the valley floor are now creeping higher up the mountainside, setting the stage for the day’s second unforgettable moment. We still haven’t had our fill for today – after all, all good things should come in threes. We grab a snack and make our way up the Schattberg on the Schattberg Express cable car. From here, we are faced with the choice of going straight down the X Line or continuing to climb before taking either the legendary Hacklberg or the Bergstadl trails. We opt for the third option, dropping into what must surely be the most diverse and grin-inducing trail in the region. First it throws a string of flow and berms at you, then a series of jumps, before upping the ante with roots and rocks. An absolute highlight for us, the Bergstadl is the very essence of Saalbach’s diversity. The trail spits you out at the Bergstadl mountain hut and we round off the day with a tasty Kaiserschmarrn dessert. What a day! Like new – the Hacklberg trail has seen a few modifications ahead of the 2019 season! The route we picked is just one way you could spend the ultimate day in Saalbach Hinterglemm. Add to that all the perks of the Joker Card, four cable cars, Bikepark Leogang next door, and so many other outdoor activities to pick from, from hiking routes, the Flying Fox, outdoor pools, play parks, canyoning, zip wires, to adventure parks – the options for filling your time (be it for a rider or your non-riding entourage) are pretty much limitless. It’s one of those places where there’s little doubt when you say ‘there’s something for everyone.’ Getting there Go by car or hire a car from an airport. Saalbach is approximately 2.5 hours from Munich, or fly to Innsbruck or Salzburg. Where to stay Countless hotels and holiday apartments can be found in Saalbach Hinterglemm to suit all budgets. We can recommend the bike’n soul hotels. Not only do they cater specifically for riders, but they also have excellent service and are great hosts. When to go May–October (Expect most lifts to be running during Summer and a full programme of events) For more information head to saalbach.co and bike-n-soul.at This article is from ENDURO issue #038ENDURO Mountainbike Magazine is published in a digital app format in both English and German. Download the app for iOS or Android to read all articles on your tablet or smartphone. 100% free!
As the New Zealand riding season draws to a close Matt Begg finds some flow in the golden autumn light.( Photos: 1, Comments: 1 )
Rob Warner chats to Nino Schurter, Annika Langvad, Kate Courtney and Henrique Avancini about the 2019 season, tomorrows race and the controversial course changes.