The recent Women Shred festival had all the magic ingredients: inspiring films with incredible mountain bikers, pro riders galore, skills sessions and miles and miles of trails to ride. Founded by Fien Lammertyn and her husband Kenny Belaey, a multiple Trials World Champion, the inaugural festival brought together outstanding riders from around the world to showcase films, share skills and chat with festival goers. Parenting done right | Danny MacAskill’s latest video will fill you with terror How and when to watch the 2019 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup and World Champs This included eight-times BMX and MTB World Champion Caroline Buchanan, 4X MTB World Champion Anneke Beerten, USA BMX National Champion Payton Ridenour, HopeTech Women founder Rachael Walker and ultra-endurace rider Lael Wilcox who won the TransAm bike race in 2016. The OZ Trail network in the Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas, USA, provided the perfect venue The festival took place from the 8 to 11 May in the Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas, USA, and was part of the wider Bentonville Film Festival. In addition to celebrating women’s cycling through film screenings, there was also a firm focus on inclusivity and access with women taking part in group rides, talks, bike demos and pump track sessions, plus the opportunity to sample some of the 350 miles of dirt of the OZ Trails network. As well as film screenings there were bike demos, skills sessisons and ride-outs Women Shred Festival Women on film The festival showcased a number of films either by, featuring or supporting women in cycling. This included Spark to Flame and The Time is Now by Crankworx, which tracks the progress in women’s freeride and park mountain biking, highlights what’s working and discusses where things need to head next. Other films screened included I’m Not Stopping by Lael Wilcox, charting her progress during the Navad 1,000, a 1,000-mile unsupported mountain bike race through the Swiss Alps, and Road 2 Recovery by Caroline Buchanan, which recounts the BMX legend’s recovery from a horrific buggy accident back to racing. Other women’s film festivals and events Women Shred is one of a growing number of organisations looking to celebrate and raise the profile of female riders, film makers and photographers in action sports. The Shextreme Film Festival showcases the work of women in film and photography across a wide variety of sports including mountain biking, skateboarding and snowsports. The festival has expanded into the Shextreme Alliance, a global organisation and community that offers support, coaching weekends and competitions. More to come The Women Shred festival is scheduled to return to Bentonville in 2020, although the exacts dates are yet to be confirmed.
Titanium expert Lynskey has been making gravel bikes for some time, but is now breaking into a new category with its Pro GR Race — aero gravel bikes. Pioneered by 3T with the Exploro, the aero gravel bikes category is becoming surprisingly crowded with everyone from Pinarello and Factor to Litespeed touting bikes meant to comfortably tackle burly terrain but also cut through the wind — given that most gravel races mean eight-plus hours in the saddle, it’s not the worst idea in the world. Best gravel and all-road bikes of 2018 Top 5 gravel bikes Lynskey says this bike is designed for riders looking for dusty watts in a Dirty Kanza-style event, but also looking for the unique ride quality that only titanium can offer. The Pro GR Race sees a diamond-shaped 4Al/4V top tube and 3Al/2V ‘aero’ down tube, which is claimed to provide the ideal balance between stiffness, strength and comfort. Lynskey has utilized internal cable routing Lynskey For the new bike Lynskey has steepened the head and seat angles by half a degree (7.15 degrees and 74 degrees in a size M) and lopped 15mm off the chainstays, which should liven up the handling. The cable routing has been moved inside the frame too, and the brand says that combined with its internal routing system the bike should not only be rattle free but won’t require the planets to be in perfect alignment to fish replacements through the frame. The bike also comes with flat-mount disc brakes, a tapered head tube, BSA 68mm bottom bracket, thru-axles and 142mm rear hub spacing. Further proving this frame is aimed at gravel racers who are planning to be at the pointy end of the race, the frame will only take 700c x 35mm rubber. Lynskey offers heaps of customization options ranging from the finishing, head badge and graphics to wheel, stem and seatpost upgrades. However, the SRAM Force 1x base package will retail for $4,050. International pricing to be announced. The frame utilizes flat-mount disc brakes Lynskey
In his latest film, Danny Macaskill does some babysitting the only way he knows how https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=174&v=jj0CmnxuTaQ When this latest video from Danny Macaskill starts, it all feels pretty twee; a bit on the Mary Poppins side, if you will. But then, bam. The first visual gag hits, followed by an extremely enjoyable quick fire succession of them that will have you laughing out loud like a champ. We don’t want to give too much away, so we’ll just put the video up top there and let you get on with it. You May Also Like The First Time I Went… | Mountain Biking Here’s What Happens When You Put A Mountain Bike Helmet In A Hydraulic Press The post Danny Daycare | Watch Danny Macaskill’s Hilarious Attempt At Child Care appeared first on Mpora.
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!
No one could ever be accused of suffering from Danny MacAskill fatigue — the sensational Scotsman never ceases to amaze with his gravity-defying stunts and incredible edits. In his latest video, Danny and co-pilot, Daisy — the daughter of Danny’s longtime collaborator and owner of Cut Media, Stu Thomson — enjoy quite the adventure with a kiddy trailer in tow. Beginner’s guide to cycling with kids Danny MacAskill’s The Ridge video We won’t give away too much, but the film includes some truly outrageous moves around some of Danny’s favourite haunts, including Aberfoyle, Killin and Dunkeld in Perthshire, and Dalgety Bay in Fife and the Isle of Skye. Perhaps as impressive as Danny’s ability to shred is his ability to crash gracefully — spills that would leave me in tatters are brushed off and the wonder-Scot gets up to try it all over again. This really is one you don’t want to miss. How to spot a parent on the trails I, of course, have to draw the parallels between Danny’s use of a trailer in a shredit and BikeRadar’s use of one in our legendary Ruby the Trail Dog summertime shred video… but maybe I’m clutching at straws and I’m just keen to push this video again. What do you think? Do you like to shred with bambinos in tow? Do you get even a fraction as radical as this? Leave your thoughts and pictures in the comments!
Cannondale Announces 2 New E-Bikes Cannondale will be rolling out a range of new e-bikes for 2019. The Quick NEO and Quick NEO EQ are built for riders seeking road bike speed combined with the comfort and ease of an upright, flat-bar riding position. Aiding in the bikes’ balanced handling is Cannondale’s OutFront steering geometry, which delivers stability while also reducing the chance of your toe overlapping the front wheel on smaller sizes. Cannondale’s proprietary SAVE Micro-Suspension and 700×35 tires are intended to deliver a smooth ride on uneven terrain. | | | Next → | Single PageThe post Cannondale Announces 2 New E-Bikes appeared first on Electric Bike Action.
It’s amazing what people can come up with while on two wheels. Here’s a selection of some of the most interesting and insightful quotes on the subjects of bikes and cycling. 30 great benefits of cycling How does a bike stay upright? 20 signs that you’re an old-school cyclist 50 inspirational quotes on cycling and bikes “The bicycle is just as good company as most husbands and, when it gets old and shabby, a woman can dispose of it and get a new one without shocking the entire community.” — Ann Strong, US author BikeRadar / Immediate Media “You can say that climbers suffer the same as the other riders, but they suffer in a different way. You feel the pain, but you’re glad to be there” – Richard Virenque, retired French pro racer “[T]o me it doesn’t matter whether it’s raining or the sun is shining or whatever: as long as I’m riding a bike, I know I’m the luckiest guy in the world.” Mark Cavendish, British pro racer “The bicycle has done more for the emancipation of women than anything else in the world.” — Susan B. Anthony, US women’s rights activist BikeRadar / Immediate Media “Riding a bike is everything to a cyclist. The friendship and camaraderie you have with other cyclists… to a cyclist, it was the be-all and end-all of your life.” — Tommy Godwin, English long-distance cyclist “Bicycling is a big part of the future. It has to be. There’s something wrong with a society that drives a car to workout in a gym.” — Bill Nye, US scientist BikeRadar / Immediate Media “Embrace your sweat. It is your essence and your emancipation.” — Kristin Armstrong, American cyclist “The bicycle is a curious vehicle. Its passenger is its engine.” — John Howard, US cyclist “If you do something right the first time, then it’s not hard enough.” — Danny MacAskill, Scottish trials legend BikeRadar / Immediate Media “It is the unknown around the corner that turns my wheels.” — Heinz Stücke, German long-distance touring cyclist “Don’t buy upgrades, ride up grades.” — Eddy Merckx, Belgian pro racer “Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime. Teach a man to cycle and he will realise fishing is stupid and boring.” — Desmond Tutu, South African cleric BikeRadar / Immediate Media “As long as I breathe, I attack.” — Bernard Hinault, French cyclist “Truly, the bicycle is the most influential piece of product design ever.” — Hugh Pearman, British author “The best rides are the ones where you bite off much more than you can chew, and live through it.” — Doug Bradbury, MTB pioneer BikeRadar / Immediate Media “The cyclist is a man half made of flesh and half of steel that only our century of science and iron could have spawned.” — Louis Baudry de Saunier, 19th-century French author “Cycl[ists] see considerably more of this beautiful world than any other class of citizens. A good bicycle, well applied, will cure most ills this flesh is heir to.” — Dr K.K. Doty, 19th Century New Yorker and cycling evangelist BikeRadar / Immediate Media “You always know when you’re going to arrive. If you go by car, you don’t. Apart from anything else, I prefer cycling. It puts you in a good mood, I find.” — Alan Bennett, British playwright “When my legs hurt, I say: ‘Shut up legs! Do what I tell you to do!’” — Jens Voigt, German cyclist “Ride as much or as little, as long or as short as you feel. But ride.” — Eddy Merckx, Belgian pro racer BikeRadar / Immediate Media “The bicycle is the most civilised conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart.” — Iris Murdoch, Irish author “Learn to ride a bicycle. You will not regret it if you live.” — Mark Twain, US author and humourist “When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realised that the Lord doesn’t work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me.” — Emo Philips, US comedian BikeRadar / Immediate Media “Life is like a 10-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.” — Charles M. Schultz, creator of the Peanuts comic strip “Bicycles are almost as good as guitars for meeting girls.” — Bob Weir, Grateful Dead singer, songwriter and guitarist “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.” — Ernest Hemingway, US author BikeRadar / Immediate Media “When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments.” — Elizabeth West, US author “Crashing is part of cycling as crying is part of love.” — Johan Museeuw, Belgian cyclist “Think of bicycles as ridable art that can just about save the world.” — Grant Petersen, bicycle designer BikeRadar / Immediate Media “You are one ride away from a good mood.” — Sarah Bentley, British cyclist “As a kid I had a dream — I wanted to own my own bicycle. When I got the bike I must have been the happiest boy in Liverpool, maybe the world. I lived for that bike. Most kids left their bike in the backyard at night. Not me. I insisted on taking mine indoors and the first night I even kept it in my bed.” — John Lennon, British musician “It never gets easier, you just get faster.” — Greg LeMond, US cyclist BikeRadar / Immediate Media “When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.” — Arthur Conan Doyle, British author “One of the most important days of my life, was when I learned to ride a bicycle.” — Michael Palin, British actor “Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling.” — James E. Starrs, US book editor BikeRadar / Immediate Media “The bicycle is the noblest invention of mankind.” — William Saroyan, Nobel prize winner “If you brake, you don’t win.” — Mario Cipollini, retired Italian pro racer “Whenever I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the human race.” — H.G. Wells, English author BikeRadar / Immediate Media If constellations had been named in the 20th century, I suppose we would see bicycles. — Professor Carl Sagan, US scientist “Life is like riding a bicycle. In order to keep your balance, you must keep moving.” — Albert Einstein, genius “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.” — John F. Kennedy, former US President BikeRadar / Immediate Media “Those who wish to control their own lives and move beyond existence as mere clients and consumers — those people ride a bike.” — Wolfgang Sachs, German author and academic “A bicycle is the finest mode of transport known to man.” — Adam Hart-Davis, English inventor “I relax by taking my bicycle apart and putting it back together again.” — Michelle Pfeiffer, US actor BikeRadar / Immediate Media “Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind; it requires the same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle.” — Helen Keller, US political activist “When you ride a bike and you get your heart rate up and you’re out, after 30 or 40 minutes your mind tends to expand; it tends to relax.” — George W. Bush, former US President “A bicycle ride around the world begins with a single pedal stroke.” — Scott Stoll, US author and cyclist BikeRadar / Immediate Media “Whoever invented the bicycle deserves the thanks of humanity” — Lord Charles Beresford, British MP “Bicycles are the indicator species of a community, like shellfish in a bay.” — P. Martin Scott “You can’t get good by staying home. If you want to get fast, you have to go where the fast guys are.” — Steve Larsen, US cyclist BikeRadar / Immediate Media Have we missed a classic? Make sure you add it to the comments at the bottom of this article.
Ruby — a favourite, recurring member of the BikeRadar YouTube team — is almost certainly the world’s most famous trail dog and is definitely the world’s fastest. With a top speed of over 40mph clocked, this six-year-old Hungarian Vizsla is a serious piece of equi-paw-ment. How to train a trail dog with Tom and Ruby Summertime shred with Ruby the trail dog Wanting to take a notch off of her hard-earned glory, Jack and Joe thought it would make for a fun afternoon to try racing her in a number of mountain bike challenges. However, the pair needed more firepower than their little legs could muster if they were to stand a chance of beating Ruby. Calling on the assistance of series sponsor, Giant, the pair chose to ride a Trance E+3 Pro to give them the extra oomph required to try and stay on Ruby’s tail. Will 500 watts of assistance be enough for the pair to catch Ruby? Are Jack and Joe even moderately competent mountain bikers? Do you have any questions for Ruby? As always, leave your thoughts in the comments here or on our YouTube channel. This video contains product placement on behalf of Giant.