Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Trek World Racing Team Launch

With new bikes, new kit and 2 new team members in Emily Batty (CAN) and Neko Mulally (USA), the Trek World Racing team camp which concluded Sunday in Arizona, set the tone for the upcoming season. In pursuit of key goals that revolve around the World Championships in September and the summer long World Cup season, the 7 rider team will also be supporting other key events throughout the year, in particular this weekend's Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California, the Swiss Racer Cup Series, the new US Pro Gravity Tour, Crankworx and other selected events.

Fresh from their two stage victories in South Africa at the Absa Cape Epic, Swiss brothers Mathias and Lukas Flueckiger joined their new team mate Emily Batty for the first time in Arizona and enjoyed their time out riding the trails on their new Top Fuels. The new bike (pictured below) has a very distinct appearance and is once again loaded with the performance technology needed for podium results. Both Mathias and Emily have the Under 23 World Title as shared major goals for 2010, while Lukas wants to finish top 5 overall in the World Cup, something he narrowly missed doing in 2009.
Lukas: "For me having two World Cup podiums last year was a great start on this new team for me, but we have learned a lot and the engineers have done some great work over winter and we're excited by the developments we have seen at camp, so I would really like to get my first World Cup win this year."

Emily: "I have been so impressed and amazed at the team set up, this is a such a dream come true for me and I know I will have the greatest support as I set out for the 2010 race season. I'm excited about racing in the new colors this weekend at Monterey".

Mathias: "I'm really looking forward to Champery, at the middle of the season. That's for 2 reasons. One is because that's where Luk and I made history as brothers on the podium last year, in front of our family and friends...but also because from Champery onwards, I become a full time racer having completed my studies and other work!"
On the gravity side, last year's trio of Tracy Moseley (GBR), Justin Leov (NZL) and Andrew Neethling (RSA) are joined by US phenom Neko Mulally for 2010, as the team aims for the number 1 ranking in teams classification. Riders are once again aboard the Session 88 (pictured below) with its race proven geometry and class leading weight.

Tracy: "It's been a pretty harsh winter in the UK this past few months, but I've been working as hard as ever. It was nice to be in the sun in Arizona and now I'm looking forward to repeating my win at Sea Otter from last year, as well as doing the Dual Slalom. The World Cup promises to be the most competitive for a long time in Women's DH, with a new World Champ in Emmeline, Sabrina (Jonnier) always a tough competitor and the return of Rachel (Atherton) to the mix. Can't wait!"

Justin: "I've been working hard in the off-season, but I'm all about racing. Getting back with the team at camp and seeing all the new gear just gets me amped for the race season ahead. Looking forward to hitting the tracks again and hopefully some more podiums this year."

Andrew: "Out training with the boys in Arizona and I feel as fresh as ever and I'm ready to take on a new season. I’m ripped and raring to go!" I actually raced less in the off season than I planned to, mainly due to earthquakes and such, which in a way has worked out pretty well or me, coming in a lot fresher."

Neko: "I was really happy to be at camp in Arizona and meet all the people from Trek, Fox and the team that do all the hard work behind the scenes, and I'm stoked to hang out with my new team mates. For Sea Otter this year I really want to improve on last year, and I'm counting the days to my first ever World Cup in Maribor. The support of the team is amazing and I'm hoping to make them proud this year." Team Director: "So much work has gone in over the off season with the bikes, the upgrading of our team vehicles, and a bunch of other cool stuff, that it's almost a feeling of relief to get on the road and start the season. All of the riders have very specific goals we'll be helping them to achieve and with the arrival of Emily and Neko, we have a very full program ahead of us. The new bikes look amazing, and together with the new kits and the testing we've been doing with Fox Racing Shox, as well some other surprises we have the fans, it should be an amazing season".

The team's partners continue their commitment to the global program. In particular JBL, Shimano for drive train and brakes, Fox Racing Shox, Bontrager components, clothing and tires for XC, Bontrager rims and Hope hubs for Downhill, FUNN bars and stems for gravity as well as SDG seats and i-Beam, e*thirteen chain-guides, Alpinestars clothing and bags, Maxxis Downhill and Slalom tires, and long standing 23 Degrees supporter, Motorex, with their Lubricants and Cleaning products.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Athertons launch new Commencal Team

Commencal 2010 Team Launch Press Release

April 7th saw Commencal and the Athertons launch their new look team, as the complete family roster prepare for a 2010 season back at full strength.

2008 World Champion Rachel, returns this year after having to sit out last year due to an injury sustained in a training accident. With her form nearing one hundred percent you can be sure she will be in the mix for the overall World Cup title and in medal contention once again at the World Championships in September.

Despite qualifying fastest at Andorra, Slovenia and Fort William last season, Gee found himself on the other steps of the podium too often come the finals. He finished the season in fourth place and is out to better that this year with an ambitious assault on the Downhill overall title, kicking off in full force at the Slovenian hosted first round in May.

Eldest sibling Dan has undertaken a tough winter training schedule, with more emphasis on his speciality Four Cross. Working on his weaknesses from 2009, Dan is now ready to unleash these improvements on the World Cup series.

With the bond between the family and Commencal growing even stronger, the team’s relationship has become more involved, allowing greater potential in areas such as product development. The Andorran brand has projects lined up perfect for the expertise and knowledge that the Athertons have gained from six years on the World Cup scene.

Partner sponsors; Animal, Shimano and Fox continue their commitment to the UK based team with their support and supply of quality product.

The alliance with Continental tyres continues into 2010. More than just a sponsor, this partnership is based around the development of Continental’s range of Downhill, Four Cross, All-Mountain and Freeride tyres. The team needs the best tyres to win at world level and the continuing work with Continental ensures they will have the product required.

You will no doubt hear the Athertons coming before you see them this year with car audio company Alpine backing the team. Fitted out by Chorley Car Audio, you can be ensured the new race rig will be the highlight of the pits!

The team’s strength is reinforced with support for components from Pro, shoes and pedals from Shimano, protection from 661, headsets from Chris King, chain devices from E-13, eyewear from Oakley, tools from Park and lube from Finish Line.

“We’re all really looking forward to racing the season as a complete unit again, Rach was sorely missed last year and I am sure her return will be met with the same success we had in her last full season. We have worked closer with our sponsors over the winter and the team is running a tight set up that will ensure the riders have little to worry about during race weekend.’ Dan Brown, Team Director

“With a long off season nearly coming to an end I’m super excited about getting involved in the race scene again. All 3 of us thrive off the competitive side of racing and with the calendar stacked with great courses it will doubtless be an awesome year.”
Gee Atherton

'' I could not be any more excited about the coming season, to be back in the thick of The Team, racing, riding and working with the best companies and people out there, well its nice to feel so supported at such an important time for me, so thanks guys and thumbs up!''
Rachel Atherton

“This season everything seems to be falling into place,the winter has seen some serious changes in the team,with every one from Dan Brown working flat out to make everything happen,to Me Gee and Rach having one of our most intense off seasons,to Stevie and Andy working super hard to complete the professional look of the team.Confidence is high - we cant wait to get stuck in to the season.”
Dan Atherton

photo: Commencal Bicycles/Hadrien PICARD

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

ODI - X Fusion - Intese Team Announced!

The ODI and X Fusion racing programs have agreed to combine into one. This alliance has developed both programs into one well-founded squad. Team ODI X Fusion is proud to announce their team line up for 2010. The roster will include Sean “Griz” McClendon, Brad Oien, JD Swanguen and Ryan Condrashoff, who will be contesting the Pro GRT championship series and competing in select international events.

Sean McClendon returning to the program after being picked up mid season in 2009 has high expectation for himself. McClendon said, “My whole life revolves around boosting the American downhill scene. For a couple of years I helped cast the media spotlight on riders from our soil and now I’m back to do-battle with them at the races. It’s a childhood dream come true to be racing for Intense and I’m really happy to be back with X-Fusion and ODI.

Brad Oien spent the off season in Australia again because he can’t get enough racing in one hemisphere. Eager for the season to come he said, “2010 is going to be a good and productive year for everyone involved with the ODI X Fusion race program. I’m glad to retain my long running relationship with ODI and begin new ones with companies such as X Fusion!”

JD Swanguen is stepping into the filming world along with keeping his racing at the highest level. He said, “I enjoy showing the amazing life I lead and I couldn’t think of a better team to do it with.”

Ryan Condrashoff has taken on the responsibility of managing the team. Coming back from an injury in 2009 he said, “I am excited to work with the boys to make this our best season ever. 2010 will be an awesome season and thanks to all of our sponsors for making this dream a reality.”

Team ODI X Fusion sponsors:
ODI, X Fusion, Intense Cycles, Intense Tires, SDG Components, Gamut USA, Formula Brakes, Fulcrum, CrankBrothers, Ride SFO, Cane Creek, Cadence Works, Dark Timbers, HyroglyphFX.

Race Face Launches Progressive New Web Site for 2010

Race Face Components Inc., one of North America’s leading producers of high-end mountain bike components, apparel and protection, has officially launched their latest contribution to cyberspace. Our quest for cutting edge technology and great design never ends. Witness the new Race Face website – a veritable work of art aesthetically, yet lightning fast and packed with innovative features.

Highlights include a pull down CSS menu that allows users to preview all products, a rollover chart that indicates intended usage for components, and of course, the debut of the Spring Summer Soft Goods and Protection line.

The SS 2010 Collection line is not only online, but is arriving at Race Face retailers as you skim this. Prepare yourself: The Buzz Collection is about to launch a little plaid-tastic into your world, d3o innovation joins the protection line, a killer street wear collection sure to make your buddies drool, and for the ladies, the highly sought after For Her collection.

The 2010 Race Face site is compact and efficient to say the least. The source code itself is contained on a single page of code – 2800 lines of it to be exact. Other features include a fully customized Word Press installation, allowing over 100 riders to login individually, post and maintain blog content. All blog posts feed live to the Race Face homepage, as well as streaming live via RSS to the Pinkbike homepage.

Pinkbike’s mad geniuses have helped us develop a proprietary video player, allowing site users to access Race Face video in full HD if they choose. The new site also incorporates PHP List, an open source newsletter management system that updates the nearly 70,000 Race Face fan club members.

To celebrate the launch, we’d like to give some schwag out! We’ll keep it simple - be the first to email marketing@raceface.com with the correct answer to any or all of the skill testing questions. Please note - 1 question per email. Good luck! Hint: all answers can be found on the new Race Face web site.

1. What is the number and name of the CE safety regulation that all Race Face protection must be certified under? Prize - 2010 Flank Leg Protection
2. What did Frankie Vass name his alter ego? Prize - Respond 45mm stem
3. Name all riders sponsored by Rocky Mountain. Prize - Atlas FR bar
4. What’s the worst situation Paul Basagoitia ¬ clai¬ms to have been in? Prize - Race Face Taperlock Jeans

Port Angeles PRO GRT Attendee Highligts!

Check out the growing list of elite racers who will compete at the 1st round of the Pro Gravity Tour in Port Angeles, Washington!

Interesting in attending? Check out all the info here!

Interesting in sponsoring the 2010 Pro GRT? Contact Dylan Dean at your earliest convenience at 760-443-3344 or email jdd@dylan-dean.com.

For more information feel free to visit www.progrt.com

Team KHS - Fontana Race Report


Friday, March 26, 2010

Get Ready for the Port Angeles Pro GRT!

We’re gearing up for the first round of the 2010 Pro Gravity Tour on April 22-25 held in the picturesque town of Port Angeles, Washington. The kickoff to what its set to be an astounding national mtb gravity race series is going to take the Pro GRT to new levels! Not only will the event be close to some great cycling & snowboarding destinations, but it’ll be fairly easy to travel to, as it’s the weekend following the Sea Otter Classic! With a majority of the industry already in attendance, we’re expecting to see a GREAT turnout of athletes, teams & industry alike! Both Trek World Racing & Team Giant will be in attendance, not to mention many more!

Interested in attending? All of your questions, & logistical concerns can be found by visiting the Pro GRT website at www.progrt.com/portangeles2010.htm

Port Angeles, where the mountains meet the sea, will also be the 2nd round of the NWCup. The venue is just 3 miles from town with ample lodging and dining opportunities. Dry Hill's trails are legendary for providing both a challenge and super fun, flowy trails. A large network of trails that all start and end in the same spot ensures a variety of courses for the riders throughout the series.

The Pro GRT will bring in top riders from across the country and world. Last year the attendance was over 400 racers for this event. As a promoter, this is both exciting and very challenging. Dry Hill is not a ski resort with existing services, so we set it up and tear it down for each event. Additionally, we have very limited level space for pit/tech use. It is very important to let us know exactly what you need as soon as possible so we can do our best to accommodate your needs. All space is first come, first serve.

Attached is a form to submit for Tech/Expo spaces. Please remit them to Scott Tucker at your earliest convenience at olympicdirtsociety@yahoo.com

The weekend of this event, there is also a Jazz Festival going on that draws a lot of out-of-towners, so we encourage you to make lodging arrangements as soon as you can.
Some things to consider:

-We will have at least one person on-site at all times for security purposes.
-The North Olympic Peninsula enjoys weather not typical of the Pacific Northwest. Often we are dry while surrounded by rain.
-There is no water or electric service on-site. You must be fully self-contained. Generators welcome.
-There will be a food-vendor on-site serving breakfast, lunch & dinner.
-The trails and venue area are behind a locked gate, so if you are wanting to pre-ride or set-up early, you need to let us know. The event is scheduled for Thursday the 22nd thru Sunday the 25th.
-The venue is only three miles from town and only one mile from the nearest campground.
Can’t wait to race? Port Angeles will host the first round of the NWCup this weekend (March 26-28, 2010). For more information check out www.nwcup.com.

Should you have any questions or need additional information (including sponsorship), feel free to contact Dylan Dean at your earliest convenience at 760-443-3344 or email jdd@dylan-dean.com

Seeya at the races!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

DRD Tomac's Kieran Bennett Back on Track at Oceanias! Podiums twice – 3rd in 4X and 4th in Downhill!

(March 21, 2010) Dunedin, New Zealand – DRD Team rider Kieran Bennett takes home two stellar results from one of the most prestigious cycling events in the south pacific! The Oceania Mountain Bike Championships, held in Dunedin, New Zealand, showcases the best mountain bike racers from Australia, New Zealand and the region all battling it out to win the title of Oceania Champion.

Following a streak of problematic races, Kieran seems to have gotten his rhythm back as he has finished his second race aboard his new DRD Tomac Primer... and with just as many podiums! With a new bike & a new team, Kieran is quick to prove just why he’s one of the quickest Kiwis on the circuit!

After a last minute decision to race 4X, Kieran promptly proved that his decision would be fruitful. Within a few practice runs, Kieran had the course dialled and had some big inside lines ready on the turns.

Going into qualifying, Kieran was pleasantly surprised to find himself in 6th position after a fairly average run.

During the race, Kieran’s inside lines paid off, as he was still getting accustomed with gated racing. Getting pushed to the back, he had to dig deep and make a move for advancement. The next round once again required Kieran to make a move against some veteran 4X riders. After a few strong passes in the first two corners, Kieran found himself in the lead & holding on until the finish.

In the finals, Kieran would find himself next to strong competition in Wyn Masters and Daniel Franks

“I definitely wasn’t expecting to be in the finals that when I decided to race, but I was stoked knowing I had made it that far,” said Kieran

Wyn Masters and Daniel Franks would take the top two spots at the finish, while Kieran was all smiles with his strong 3rd place performance.

Kieran’s main focus this weekend would undoubtedly be in the Downhill. The track suited Kieran well as it varied in terrain & was a lot of fun to ride. Kieran had to hold himself back from riding, so he wouldn’t exert himself doing too many practice runs, and remain fresh for race day.

Kieran was feeling confident and knew he could pull a good result. However, qualifying would prove to be bittersweet as a mechanical would cause a bit of a dampener in his plans, as he wanted to leave the start gate hard and see how he ranked against his competition.

“I sprinted hard out of the start and into the first few turns,” explained Kieran. “As I was pedalling out of the 3rd turn on the track, my chain dropped and got jammed out in my guide! I was pretty gutted so I just tried to carry as much speed as possible for the rest of the run. I somehow still managed to come in 12th, so I felt good going into the finals.”

Kieran’s confidence going into his race run would prove essential as there were a number of elite world cup level racers in attendance.

“Straight away I was feeling good on my DRD Tomac Primer and hardly felt like any time had passed by entering the final wooded section,” said Kieran. “Knowing all I had to do was make it out of the trees and through the 4x section clean, I started to ramp it up a little more, until I hit the finish and into the lead!”
In the end, Kieran’s time would be good enough for 4th place behind fellow countrymen Cam Cole, Nathan Rankin and Wyn Masters who have all been at the top of their game as of late.

All-in-all, an extremely successful weekend for Kieran, as he makes another big step towards the top of the podium! His confidence is on the rise & he’s getting comfortable on his new DRD Tomac!

Next up on the agenda, team DRD Tomac will be competing simultaneously in two different states. While Robin Baloochi will be attending the first round of the NWCup in Port Angeles, Washington; John Keep & Brad King will race the first round of the California Gold Cup in Fontana, California.

Photo credit: Max Carter-Smith

DRD Tomac is proudly sponsored by

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Oceania Championship Pro DH Results - Full

1 Cameron Cole 76 Christchurch New Zealand 2:39.15 +0:00.00 1 1- 2:43.36
2 Nathan Rankin 17 Levin New Zealand 2:41.03 +0:01.88 2 3- 2:47.85
3 Wyn Masters 2 New Plymouth New Zealand 2:45.01 +0:05.87 3 2- 2:46.97
4 Kieran Bennett 5 Nelson New Zealand 2:45.60 +0:06.45 4 12- 2:57.24
5 Matt Walker 20 Kawerau New Zealand 2:46.59 +0:07.44 6 5- 2:50.60
6 Rhys Willemse 21 Brisbane Australia 2:47.17 +0:08.02 7 6- 2:50.87
7 Glenn Haden 77 Wanganui New Zealand 2:47.52 +0:08.37 8 27- 6:42.50
8 Matt Scoles 19 Alexandra New Zealand 2:48.11 +0:08.96 9 10- 2:56.59
9 Richard Leacock 75 Wellington New Zealand 2:48.17 +0:09.02 10 7- 2:51.19
10 Martin Frei 73 Switzerland Switzerland 2:49.67 +0:10.52 14 8- 2:53.96
11 Reuben Miller 15 Nelson New Zealand 2:51.44 +0:12.30 17 14- 2:57.37
12 Hayden McGregor 74 Tauranga New Zealand 2:52.35 +0:13.20 21 15- 2:57.69
13 Freddie King 56 Christchurch New Zealand 2:53.13 +0:13.98 24 11- 2:56.93
14 Dan Sims 16 Auckland New Zealand 2:54.61 +0:15.47 27 16- 3:00.12
15 Lindsay Klein 12 Brisbane Australia 2:54.66 +0:15.51 28 18- 3:00.75
16 Laurie Dinham 8 Adelaide Australia 2:58.05 +0:18.90 39 19- 3:01.92
17 Michael Manning 14 Gold Coast Australia 2:58.71 +0:19.56 43 17- 3:00.53
18 Simon French 10 Howrah Australia 2:59.12 +0:19.97 47 13- 2:57.26
19 James Rennie 18 Christchurch New Zealand 2:59.24 +0:20.09 48 25- 3:24.26
20 Edo Franco 9 Saint Christophe Italy 3:01.88 +0:22.73 53 21- 3:05.15
21 Chris Barlin 3 Sydney Australia 3:01.91 +0:22.76 54 22- 3:05.32
22 Benjamin Ayling 78 Queensland Australia 3:06.42 +0:27.27 60 20- 3:02.12
23 Eymeric Blay 6 Papeete French Polynesia 3:20.66 +0:41.51 91 26- 3:25.69
24 Aari Barrett 4 Hastings New Zealand 3:33.95 +0:54.80 106 9- 2:54.34
25 Hayden Lester 13 Brisbane Australia 3:51.80 +1:12.65 118 24- 3:08.62
DNF Justin Leov 1 Dunedin New Zealand DNF 4- 2:47.87
DNS Kaine Cannan 7 Hobart Australia DNS DNS
DNS Ryan Hunt 11 Sydney Australia DNS 23- 3:08.42
DQ Thomas Jeandin 79 Vessy Switzerland DNS DQ
1 Harriet Harper 81 Blenheim New Zealand 3:07.36 +0:00.00 66 5- 5:58.99
2 Gabrielle Molloy 84 Rotorua New Zealand 3:16.25 +0:08.89 78 1- 3:23.37
3 Sarsha Huntington 82 Brisbane Australia 3:28.14 +0:20.78 98 2- 3:38.64
4 Holly Baarspul 80 Perth Australia 3:32.62 +0:25.26 103 3- 3:47.54
5 Emily Hockey 86 Adelaide Australia 3:47.25 +0:39.89 115 4- 3:51.77
DNS Sophie Borderes 99 France France DNS DNS
DNS Rita Langley 83 Christchurch New Zealand DNS DNS

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Oceania DH Results - Top 4 men

quick dh men resutls from the Oceanias in New Zealand

1. Cameron Cole
2. Nathan Rankin
3. Wyn Masters
4. Kieran Bennett

Friday, March 19, 2010

Anneke Beerten: NEW SEASON 2010

I can't believe how fast the off season has past by again. We're only a couple of weeks away from the start of our new 2010 season. In preparation of the new season I've spend the last couple of weeks in the U.S. for some training and racing.

I had a great time racing Downhill at Fontana, it's nice to have some racing in the winter time and a lot of pro's come out there to race and to get ready for the season. While I was there I got a chance to visit the Intense factory and to pick up my new Slopestyle 2 bike :) The bike feels great and I had no problem getting used to it at all. The first weekend I raced in Fontana I even won. The second time I got 2nd behind Melissa Buhl.

It's always nice to get some races in before the World Cup season kicks off. Get the nerves going and test some of the new products. I will be running the same program as last season with my main sponsors Veltec (the BeNeLux distributer for Intense) and Intense USA. The collaboration with these two companies makes it possible for me to stay on Intense bikes, be a professional athlete, and of course keep doing what I love most; shredding down the worlds most beautiful mountainsides. Like last season I will be getting the full team support of the Swiss based Suspension Center team, it's great to be a part of Gery's team again!

New to my program this season will be Michelin tires, Lizard Skins grips, Skins, CTI Braces and Stoicagraffix. I am very happy and proud to have these new sponsors on board and looking forward to work with all of them.

And a very big thanks of course to my partners who have been supporting me throughout the last few years already, and who will keep supporting me for the coming season.

Also like last year, when 4-cross racing is done, you will find me in the DH finish area the day after, doing the Freecaster commentary and interviews.

See you all at the season opener in Monterey next month; the Sea Otter Classic.

For more info and to stay up to date please check: www.annekebeerten.com
See you all at the races......keep on riding.



Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Euro Fourcross Cup 2010

The Fourcross Alliance is happy to introduce the EURO FOURCROSS SERIES 2010!

Thanks to enthusiasm of experienced organizers and their sponsors the Euro Fourcross Series 2010 will pay a visit to five European countries, starting already on April 18th in Prague.

The Fourcross Alliance is successful in accomplishing its plan for which the international alliance was established - to be a platform for exchanging information and experience of fourcross supporters and fans. The foundation meeting of FA held at the occasion of 2009 MTB World Cup finals in Schladming brought a
lot of interesting ideas, however it was too late for their application in this year’s World Cup 4X.

The main subject of FA members’ discussions during winter months became the conception of the European racing series as a laboratory for testing practical application of our plans. The idea of European series – old perhaps as fourcross – has finally obtained its sharp outline. Although the world financial situation does not favour sports projects very much, we managed to find a relatively cheap solution how to introduce the first year of the Euro Fourcross Series even this year! Thus, thanks to enthusiasm of experienced organizers and their sponsors the Euro Fourcross Series 2010 will pay a visit to five European countries.

#1 18.04. Prague, Czech Republic
 In the weekend with the Czech 4X Cup on Polis.13 track

#2 24.04. Szczawno Zdrój, Poland
 Within Festina Night Race (UCI Class 1)

#3 22.05. Winterberg, Germany
 Within Scott 4X Challenge at the iXS Dirt Masters festival.

#4 30.05. Harthill, Great Britain
 On the weekend with NPS-4X just one week before the Fort William World Cup.

#5 26.06. Leogang, Austria
 Within the Out of Bounds festival on the track designed by Guido Tschugg (UCI Class 2)

Euro Fourcross Series 2010 characteristics:
 For the very first time juniors aged by 15 get their own international 4X series!
 Categories: Elite Men (over the age of 19) and Junior Men (age of 15 to 18).
 Only for UCI license holders.
 5,000 euro for three best racers based on the total placing of Elite Men.
 500 euro as minimum prize money for finalists of Elite Men category of each of the rounds.
 Identity Krisis SL bike for the best junior and material prizes for Junior Men finalists at each round.
 Starting fee not exceeding 30 euro per one race.
 The same Bensink starting gate for all rounds.
 Points for 32 best riders in race and also in qualification.
 Points obtained in all races are calculated for the total placing; no points shall be stricken off.
 The precondition for the awards for the total placing is participation in three races at least.

iXS Downhill Series in 2010

iXS Downhill Cup 2010 – first website for registration activated

This year, the iXS Downhill Series will again include a wide range of race events. First and foremost is the “iXS European Downhill Cup”, with venues in 7 countries. In addition to races in Germany, Austria, France, Italy and Switzerland there will also be events in Great Britain and the Czech Republic. This makes the international series second in importance only to the World Cup. The website for registration to take part in the first race in Innerleithen has now been activated. The dates for Cup events are as follows:

29 – 30 May 2010 iXS European Downhill Cup #1 Innerleithen (GBR)
12 – 13 June 2010 iXS European Downhill Cup #2 Verbier (SUI)
26 – 27 June 2010 iXS European Downhill Cup #3 Leogang (AUT)
3 – 4 July 2010 iXS European Downhill Cup #4 Ilmenau (GER)
14 – 15 August 2010 iXS European Downhill Cup #5 Špičák (CZE)
21 – 22 August 2010 iXS European Downhill Cup #6 Pila (ITA)
11 – 12 September 2010 iXS European Downhill Cup #7 Châtel (FRA)

iXS Sports Division also sponsors two national race series, both of which are sure to attract attention again. The „iXS Swiss Downhill Cup” and its younger brother, the “iXS German Downhill Cup”, will both run over four races in the coming season. The high profile of both series is reflected by the large numbers of competitors, also from the international community. This year the Swiss Cup includes two new venues, both well-known on the downhill scene: Monte Tamaro will be the location for the first race in the series and, after a break of several years, Crans Montana will once again be hosting an event. The race dates for the series are as follows:

1 – 2 May 2010 iXS Swiss Downhill Cup #1 Monte Tamaro
17 – 18 July 2010 iXS Swiss Downhill Cup #2 Wiriehorn
28 – 29 August 2010 iXS Swiss Downhill Cup #3 Crans Montana
2 – 3 October 2010 iXS Swiss Downhill Cup #4 Bellwald

22 – 23 May 2010 iXS German Downhill Cup #1 Winterberg
10 – 11 July 2010 iXS German Downhill Cup #2 Rittershausen
24 – 25 July 2010 iXS German Downhill Cup #3 Bad Wildbad
25 – 26 September 2010 iXS German Downhill Cup #4 Thale

And, finally, the iXS Rookies Cup will be flying the flag for up-and-coming riders. This iXS series, now in its fourth year and thus the newest iXS series, will again be visiting four bike parks. Competitors aged 11 or above can join the starting line for one of the following races:

24 May 2010 iXS Rookies Cup #1 Winterberg (GER)
5 – 6 June2010 iXS Rookies Cup #2 Ochsenkopf (GER)
31 July – 1 August 2010 iXS Rookies Cup #3 Steinach (GER)
7 – 8 August 2010 iXS Rookies Cup #4 Anzère (SUI)

For further information visit ixsdownhillcup.com.

© Foto: Thomas Dietze

Best regards

news service
iXS Downhill Cup Organisation
web: ixsdownhillcup.com

Monday, March 15, 2010

Leigh Donovan - FONTANA WINTER SERIES FINALS - Race Report

It was on ‘THE WALL’ section of the course
that 1995 World Champion Leigh Donovan could
hear her 4 1/2 yr old daughter Grace cheering -
“GO MOMMA” and that gave her enough legs to
pedal into the finish in 3rd place.

“Ya, we got smoked by Buhl” Said Leigh
after the race, “I did a run with her and I was on
the same pace on the little rocky sections, but
she just motored away on the 3 climbs we had in
this race, it should have been called a super-D, I
can not complain, I got 3rd behind 2 girls that
race and train for a living and I think 4th place
was 12 seconds behind me. I am interested to
see how I go on a proper DH track.”

Leigh also got on her new Marzocchi
suspension for the race, “I took 2lbs off my bike
by removing what I had before! I hooked up with
Tom Rogers and Bryson from Marzocchi and
they were real excited to get me on board, I rode
for Marzocchi 17 years ago on my first pro team,
so its been a long time! Absolutely loved the 888
Evo fork, TR dialed it in for me, I did not have to
touch it. I also got my new shimano SPD shoes
and blinged them out so I have some girly vibe
going on, I am going to go full moto podium
speech and give you the, ‘my oakley, Fox, giro
kit looked awesome and my specialized tires
really hooked up out there’ hahaha”

Leigh’s next event will probably be working
some huge sale at her shop, Tangerine
www.shoptangerine.com but she plans on
heading to the Sea Otter for her next race. Leigh
also does personal skills clinics in the so cal
area, contact her for info and pricing

Missing British Mountain Biker in VIRGINIA (USA)

from Dirtmountanbike.com

Ok listen up people, this is very serious. A good mountain bike friend of mine from back home has gone missing in America. His name is Jonny Dorey.

Jonny is 5′11″, about 182lbs, and was last seen wearing a WHITE AND BLUE PLAID JACKET, NAVY BLUE BACKPACK, DARK JEANS and BLACK SNEAKERS. It is also likely that he has his black mountain bike with him. He may be wearing glasses and also has a very strong english accent. Jonny’s been missing since March 2nd and the lack of news on his whereabouts is beginning to become unsettling. He is an exchange student at VCU in Richmond, Virginia, U.S.A. He lives in the GRC dorms and his bike is missing. He hasn’t been to classes, his phone’s been off for days, he hasn’t used any of his banks cards nor logged in to e-mail accounts or Facebook.

Missing Person: Jonny Dorey
March 11th, 2010 @ 10:53 AM

He’s been reported as a missing person and there is a Facebook group dedicated to his disappearance, check the link below:


Whilst this is mainly targeted at an American audience, if anyone – anywhere, recognises him or thinks they might know something, please either post something on the FB group page or get in touch with the feds. His parents have flown to the states and his brother has had to cut his NZ trip short to go and be with his family in America.

This is Jonny’s bike. It is a black mountain bike and is not at his house, so he probably has it with him. If you see it locked up anywhere, please let us know. It should also be noted that there is a red strip on the seat.

Race report from the CG's BRIGADE

After one year none racing , I am back on the track and happy to be on the bike 100 %, it will be 10 months I get my surgery, thanks to my doctor and Miguel my trainer who make me work hard to be back where I am now ! “Everything is possible” he always told me during 10 months! Thanks Miguel

This weekend was the first event of the CG Racing BRIGADE in Sant Andreu de la Barca, the weekend was full of fun for me! I could ride my new Santa Cruz V10, new suspension Rock, and a lot more of course like my new protection gear O Neal ! I was like a kid in a candy shop : ) I could work as well with Kevin my mechanic and X1 Racing Suspension to do some tuning on the suspension during the practice. Well, like I say all those good things make the weekend so much fun more than a normal race. I finish 6th and really pleased about it because the times was so tight. I am really happy how the BRIGADE is running and I feel good for the next events! Thanks to all the fan who were here to see the first event of the BRIGADE, it means a lot to me : )

As well to all my sponsors who make the team alive!

Special thanks to KEV, JEROME, FRANCOIS, ESTEBAN who make that weekend funny and relax!

The sergeant, Cedric Gracia

Intense Cycles Names New Marketing Manager

Monday, March 15, 2010

Long time industry insider Craig “Stikman” Glaspell to run Intense marketing department.

Temecula, Ca. – Monday, March 15, 2010 – Intense Cycles is excited to announce the addition of Craig “Stikman” Glaspell as Marketing Manager.

Craig brings with him an extensive background in the bicycle business, beginning in the mid-80’s and ranging from retail to world cup racing. He was best known as team manager and wrench for some of the best racers in the world, including Brian Lopes and Leigh Donovan, who later became his wife.

Stikman left the bike industry in 2005 to pursue a career as a professional photographer and start a family.

“I had become a professional photographer with many bicycle and motocross industry clients after I left the bike biz and we also started a successful ecommerce store. But I was really missing the bike scene. I have a 15 year history with Intense, either choosing their bikes for my race teams or riding them myself, I am really pumped to finally be a part of a brand that I can unequivocally be proud of.” Glaspell said.

Craig will be working in the creative department with Jeff Steber and will be the company’s contact person for all marketing, media and PR projects. “It is going to be a fun, new adventure with Stikman. I have known Stik for a long time and have always liked his vision in regards to our brand, and we are growing daily so it was time to make the move.”

About Intense Cycles:
Intense Cycles is a Temecula, Ca. based designer and manufacturer of high end, american made full suspension mountain bikes. Intense makes mountain bikes for World Cup Downhill racing, Enduro/Trail riding, Cross Country and Dirt Jumping. At a time when the vast majority of bicycles are being made overseas, Intense has invested heavily in our equipment and technology. We deliver american made bikes at competitive prices.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Purchase of Corsair Bikes


We are excited and proud to announce that Corsair Bikes has just been purchased by Mike Flaherty and Froggy Khu of Atomlab, along with Pablo Tafoya, the designer of the Corsair frames. Corsair will continue to build on its innovative designs and advanced linkage technology. Pablo will play a much more central role in the brand's direction and vision. Ralf Hauser, former editorial director and co-founder of Flow, Twentysix, and decline magazines will also be working with Corsair. Ralf, who is based in Austria these days, will be developing the new website that should be launched within a few weeks, and helping with marketing and media relations.

Atomlab's new distribution company, Dirtec Direct (dirtecdirect.com), which now distributes Atomlab, Black Market, and the Sensus, will now handle distribution for Corsair Bikes in the USA. However, Corsair will remain a completely separate brand from Atomlab. International distribution will continue to be handled by Corsair's current international distributors, with no significant changes to pricing or dealers.

Corsair Bikes' new offices will be located in Santa Clarita, California, in a brand new location with the best resources available to build the finest bikes possible.

The new management at Corsair places a huge importance on pro-rider involvement, feedback, and sponsorship. Corsair is currently finalizing a new team of elite riders, which will be announced later this month. Development of brand new product for the 2011 season is already under way and we hope to get some serious riding hours in on the prototypes soon.

The new direction of the company will be portrayed in every aspect of its structure, from branding to marketing and in the product itself, so expect many groundbreaking changes in the future.

Monday, March 8, 2010

DRD Tomac's Kieran Bennett 2nd Place at Skyline Screamer; Baloochi's Back!

Escondido, California – Dean Racing Development (DRD) Tomac kicked off our unofficial start to the 2010 season this past weekend in two different countries and with great attention! Team leaders Kieran Bennett & Robin Baloochi debuted their new DRD Tomac Primer 220’s at two events – the Skyline Screamer in Wellington, New Zealand, and the Southridge Winter Series finals in Fontana, California.

Having limited time on his new Tomac Primer, Kieran surprised a number of people with his great battle in the Skyline Screamer (an eliminator “3-cross” style format down a wide open firebreak). With a number of elite riders in contention for a sizeable purse, this event was sure to be a great race.

Kieran handled the new bike perfectly, and was seen with a big smile the whole way down the track. Winning round after round, Kieran found himself in the finals, where he would meet another world cup veteran racer in Nathan Rankin. An epic battle ensued with both Kieran & Nathan exchanging leads. Unfortunately for Kieran, Nathan was able to squeeze past him on the last possible passing point & took the win. Not all was a loss, as Kieran pocket a cool $500 for 2nd place.

“This was by far the most fun I’ve had on a bike in a long time and I think a lot of that is thanks to my new DRD Tomac” said Kieran. “I’ve never felt so instantly comfortable and confident on a new bike. I can’t say thanks enough to the organisers for putting on a great event and making it possible for me to be there, and also to Jeremiah at DRD for taking me in this season and putting me on an amazing bike!”

At the same time, here in the states, veteran racer Robin Baloochi returns from a 3 year hiatus to rock the DRD Tomac colors! With an extensive history & knowledge of racing, Robin is going to be a great asset to the team! “Getting his feet wet again” & “working out the kinks” at smaller events like Fontana and other upcoming local events, Robin will sure to be one to watch at the 2010 Pro Gravity Tour!

“Overall the first day on the bike went better than expected and rain showers through Saturday night made for real good conditions come race day,” said Robin. “During Sunday morning’s practice I somehow managed to bash a rock and knock my crank arm out of alignment, but with some innovative solutions between Jeremiah and some friends, we were somehow able to salvage a race run. At the end of the day, I finished 24th without any big hang ups. The goal of the weekend was met, which was to get the new bike rolling, get me in the gate to start running against the clock again, and figure out any kinks that need to be worked until the official season starts at the Sea Otter Classic.”

For a full report, please visit the DRD Tomac website at www.dylan-dean.com/drd.htm

Next up on the agenda, team DRD Tomac will be competing in 2 different countries & two different states (here in the USA). While Kieran Bennett prepares himself for the upcoming Oceanias, Robin Baloochi will be participating in the 1st round of the NW Cup in Port Angeles, Washington. Fellow team riders John Keep and Brad King, who are just receiving their new DRD Tomac bikes, will be competing in the first round of the California Gold Cup in Fontana, California.

Dylan Dean
Team Director

DRD Tomac is proudly sponsored by.

Monday, March 1, 2010

U.S. Open of Mountain Biking Launches Online Registration

(Vernon, New Jersey USA) Event promoters of the 2010 U.S. Open of Mountain Biking have announced that online athlete, vendor and media registration is now available by visiting usopen-mtb.com. On May 27-30th, the 8th annual U.S. Open of Mountain Biking will return to Diablo Freeride Park in Vernon, New Jersey where top gravity mountain bike racers from across the globe will compete for the most prestigious title in American mountain bike racing.

Over $55,000 in cash and prizes will be up-for-grabs as amateur and professional mountain bike racers alike will tackle the challenging KENDA Downhill and Giant Slalom race courses hosted by Diablo Freeride Park. The U.S. Open of Mountain Biking has become a hotbed of Amateur talent and is the ultimate proving ground for racers looking to test their mettle against the sports elite.

Due to the popularity of the U.S. Open of Mountain Biking, pre-registration is highly recommended and is first-come, first-served. The total athlete field in the Men’s Downhill discipline will be capped at 450 total competitors, with 150 registrations allocated to the Pro Men’s category and 300 dedicated to the Men’s Amateur categories. Athletes are encouraged to register early to secure a qualifying position and to guarantee participation in the 2010 U.S. Open of Mountain Biking.

Experience America's Premier Gravity Race!

Register now by visiting: www.usopen-mtb.com

Tyler McCaul signs with FOX

That’s right, it’s official – both McCaul bike magicians are on FOX!

We have been helping out Tyler McCaul for a while now and have always appreciated his enthusiasm and rapid growth in the sport. Last year was a great year for Tyler, and this year is looking to be even better. From the dirt jumps to blitzing DH runs, he has what it takes.

Tyler speaks it: "I've been with Fox on and off for a long time, since I was 13. They've been helping me out under the table the whole time and it's an honor to be locked in for 2010 with the company that makes the best product in the industry. I know that they have what I need to take me where I wanna go in the sport and it's good to know that I have a company like Fox to help me do it!"

We look forward to 2010 and beyond with Tyler McCaul.

Now check out this latest video of Tyler pulling a TRIPLE TAILWHIP!...

Check out WWW.FOXRACING.COM for weekly photo galleries, product details & behind the scenes videos of your favorite Fox MTB riders throughout the year. Contact your local Authorized Fox Dealer or visit WWW.FOXRACING.COM for the latest Fox products.

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

US Open of MTB: Online Registration Launches March 1, 2010

(Vernon, New Jersey USA) Terralogic Park Industries, the official event promoters of the U.S. Open of Mountain Biking, have announced that athlete, vendor and media registration will open Monday, March 1st, at 9:00am. Set to take place on May 27th through May 30th, elite mountain bike racers from across the globe will converge at Diablo Freeride Park to battle for the most coveted title in American mountain bike racing - the U.S. Open Championship.

The 8th annual U.S. Open of Mountain Biking returns to Diablo Freeride Park with various venue-wide improvements including an enhanced KENDA Giant Slalom and KENDA Downhill course, an increased Pro Men’s downhill purse and extended practice schedules. With a lofty cash and prize payout valued at nearly $60,000, the 2010 U.S. Open of Mountain Biking continues the legacy of offering the largest pro-purse in America and the most competitive gravity racing in the nation. The Men’s Pro Downhill Purse has been increased by 50%, making the top spot on the podium now worth $7,500.

The trendsetting PRO/AM format of the U.S. Open allows up-and-coming athletes the unique opportunity to test their mettle against the world’s elite gravity racers. While professional categories typically take center stage, the U.S. Open has become a hotbed of Amateur talent and is the ultimate proving ground for racers looking to take their career to the next level.

The athlete field in the Men’s Downhill discipline will be capped at 450 total competitors, with 150 qualifying spots allocated to the Pro Men’s category and 300 dedicated to the Men’s Amateur categories. Due to the popularity of the U.S. Open of Mountain Biking, pre-registration is highly recommended and is first-come, first-served. Register early to secure a qualifying position and to guarantee your participation in America’s premier gravity race!

For more information on the 2010 U.S. Open of Mountain Biking, please visit: www.usopen-mtb.com

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

2010 Professional Mountain Bike Gravity Tour (Pro GRT)

Colorado Springs, Colo. (February 23, 2010) – USA Cycling announced today the 2010 USA Cycling Professional Mountain Bike Gravity Tour (Pro GRT). In its second year, the five-race series will continue to raise the level of competitive gravity racing across the United States by providing a consistent stage of international-caliber events for elite gravity racers to showcase their downhill skills.

The Pro GRT is a downhill-only series for 2010 and will visit four states from April to September, beginning with a return visit to Port Angeles, Wash. for the Northwest Cup, April 24-25. The series will then make a trip to the opposite coast for the Plattekill Gravity Open in New York’s Roxbury Bike Park, May 22-23. Midway through the season, racers will contest the Northstar-at-Tahoe event in Truckee, Calif., June 26-27. The Pro GRT will then move to Winter Park, Colo. for the Trestle Bike Park (Crankworx Colorado), July 31-August 1, before concluding again with the Whiteface 5th Annual 5K Downhill in Lake Placid, New York, September 11-12.

Each of the five stops will offer series ranking points to top finishers, resulting in overall individual titles for professional men and women. Additionally, competitors will have the opportunity to accumulate international ranking points as two of the five races are inscripted on the UCI calendar. The racers with the most points throughout the five-race series will be recognized as the best gravity athletes competing on U.S. soil.

The 2010 series will also feature an Amateur GRT which, like the Pro GRT, will give Expert-level Category 1 racers the opportunity to compete against each other for an overall series crown.

For more information on the series, please visit USA Cycling’s ProGRT webpage

2010 USA Cycling Pro Mountain Bike Gravity Tour (Pro GRT)
April 24-25: Northwest Cup – Port Angeles, Wash.
May 22-23: Plattekill Gravity Open - Roxbury Bike Park, NY
June 26-27: Northstar-at-Tahoe - Truckee, Calif.
July 31-August 1: Trestle Bike Park (Crankworx Colorado) – Winterpark, Colo.
September 11-12: Whiteface 5th Annual 5K Downhill - Lake Placid, NY

Photo caption: The USA Cycling Pro Mountain Bike Gravity Tour (Pro GRT) will kick off April 24 with the Northwest Cup in Port Angeles, Wash.

Team KHS Race Report: 16th Annual Southridge Winter Series (4) – Fontana, CA

Check out their photo report here!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Fontana DH Men Results

1 Waylon Smith
2 Eric Carter
3 Rich Houseman
4 David KlaassenVanOorschot
5 Duncan Riffle

Thursday, February 18, 2010


For immediate release

Kiwi rider Wyn Masters signs for team Kenda-Playbiker, joining the gravity icon Nathan Rankin and 2009 worlds jr silver medal Shaun O’Connor.

It seems yesterday we were saying goodbye to all our friends who followed us during the amazing 2009 racing season and we are here again to speak about the coming 2010 one.

There have been some rumors flying around during the off season about team Playbiker, and it has been very tough to keep “our secrets” until now. But let us say we are really excited for the coming season, that we are going to live with the usual “bunch of mates”, but faster than ever!

We are very happy to welcome on team Playbiker the kiwi Wyn Masters, one of the rising stars of the World Cup circuit. With is moto-riding-style and his daily brainwaves, we are pretty sure he will be able to add several good results to the Playbiker’s biography, but also we won’t never get bored.

Here what Wyn says about: “I am stoked to have signed with team Kenda-Playbiker for the 2010 season, it is awesome to be able to be on a team with three good friends of mine and no doubt we will have a good time along the way. I look forward to putting some great results together with the help of being on the best products like Lapierre Bikes, Fox Suspensions and Kenda Tires.”.

We have been given also a wild card to Edo Franco, a young rider who won in 2008 the Junior Italian Championship, which took place on Pila World Cup track. He will race together with Wyn in both downhill and 4x.

Few words from Edo: “I am really happy to be part of team Kenda-Playbiker for 2010 season. It is the first time I race for a professional team and I am going to have a great opportunity to achieve my goals. It is amazing for me to have team mates like Shaun, Nathan and Wyn: they are excellent riders and good traveller fellows as well. I have much to learn from them.”.

Kenda-Playbiker is very glad to announce also that for 2010 the team athletes will race with the performant and captivate Lapierre DH-920 frame and the top-notch Fox Suspensions.

Here what Nathan has to say about 2010: "I am sure that 2010 will be a big year with the two new team mates. Hopefully they will help to push the pace within the team. I am also enthusiastic to ride aboard the new Lapierre DH-920".

... and here Shaun’s thought: “For 2010 I am excited to be competing again with the team Kenda-Playbiker. I am really looking forward to riding the new frame and suspension and achieving my goals for the season. I think with the team set up and my new team mates it will be a very successful season and I think we are all looking forward to getting into the racing, training hard and enjoying the riding.”.

In the next few weeks we will spread to all our friends and medias further information about Kenda-Playbiker’s programs for 2010. We will also announce the complete list of great sponsors which will support us during the coming season.

Stay tuned on Kenda-Playbiker’s channel...

Photo: courtesy of Callum Swift

VIDEO: Melissa Buhl (Descida das Escadas de Santos 2010) – Brazil

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

KHS Race Report: The New Mob - Bootleg Canyon, NV

Check out Team KHS's race report here

Quinton Spaulding
KHS & Free Agent Bicycles
Team Director / Sponsorship Coordinator
www.khsbicycles.com www.freeagentbmx.com www.manhattancruisers.com

"Bluegrass" Helmets

We were just sent some quick pics of a new helmet brand dubbed "Bluegrass"

"For the 2010 racing Season, Pauline Dieffenthaler (Winner of the megavalanche 2007, 2nd in 2009) and Clementz Jérôme (Winner of the Enduro of nation 2009, megavalanche 2005 and Red Bull Exodus) from the Team Cannondale will ride on a fresh new Helmet and Protective gear brand. The name of this new brand is "Bluegrass" and they will develop their products on the gravity market. We have recently tested the first prototype of the full face helmet, very innovative, especially in the ventilation system."

Expect more info soon!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

MADE exclusive: Steve Peat & Josh Bryceland

FOX Racing Shox to Utilize a Slick Technology in its 2011 Mountain Bike Suspension Fork Product Line, Kashima Coat

Watsonville, California - February 16, 2010

FOX Racing Shox, the industry leader in the design and development of high-performance suspension, announced today its exclusive arrangement with the Miyaki Company of Japan to use its Kashima Coat for suspension components in the bicycle industry. Kashima Coat will make its consumer debut in FOX Racing Shox’s 2011 model year aftermarket mountain bike suspension fork product line.

Proven Coating Technology

The Kashima Coat technology has been used for years across the motorcycle and automotive industries in suspension components and clutch and valve train assemblies because of its low-friction and ultra-wear resistance properties.

In the revolutionary Kashima Coat process, lubricating molybdenum disulfide is deposited, via electrical induction, into the billions of micropores on the surface of hard-anodized aluminum. With its debut on the international mountain bike racing circuit, the distinctive gold colored, Kashima coated stanchions maintain better lubrication characteristics, and the lightweight aluminum components treated with Kashima Coat attain a level of hardness and abrasion resistance four times tougher than standard hard-anodized aluminum.

Fox's New Gold-Colored Kashima Stanchions

Race Tested — Numerous Wins Tell the Tale

Throughout the 2009 mountain bike racing season, FOX Racing Shox utilized select sponsored athletes to test and race on suspension treated with Kashima Coating. “Before we started using Kashima Coat, we’d been testing and racing on electroless nickel coated upper tubes during the past two seasons,” explained FOX Racing Shox Mountain Bike Race Manager, Mark Fitzsimmons. “Although the friction properties were decent, the nickel’s durability was not. The Kashima parts we raced on maintained the low friction requirements we were after and exhibited excellent durability — a very rare combination to find at the World Cup level with its wet and muddy conditions.”

Beyond the obvious benefit of added durability, the significant decrease in friction proved to provide a tangible increase in suspension performance. Athletes who tested and raced with Kashima coated FOX Racing Shox suspension reported an improved overall consistency and feel with Kashima Coat.

“When you are racing on the World Cup level, a huge percentage of races can be won or lost in the preparation of the bike — the seemingly small details that take the bike from good to excellent,” said 2008 Downhill World Champion, Gee Atherton. “The Kashima coating made the forks so much more reactive to the small hits that I would normally feel on rough terrain. When the forks were skittering over tiny bumps they could soak up the impact much more quickly, without giving me so much feedback through the bars. That’s a huge advantage on long courses.”

FOX Racing Shox sponsored athletes collected quite a few victories aboard Kashima Coat treated suspension, including both men’s and women’s British National Downhill Championships, four World Cup wins, and a World Championship victory with Yeti/Fox rider Jared Graves in 4X. The combination of incredibly favorable tangible data and the desire by its world-class riders to be equipped with Kashima coated suspension has led FOX Racing Shox to an exclusive partnership with Miyaki for Kashima Coat.
“We’re a race-driven company,” said FOX Racing Shox Executive VP, Mario Galasso. “We are constantly looking for performance advantages that may lead to race victories. Kashima Coat is, without a doubt, one of those advantages. Since we also pride ourselves on racing exactly what we sell, we’re proud to offer this new performance advantage to our customers, through Kashima Coat.”

About FOX Racing Shox

For over three decades, FOX Racing Shox has been the industry leader in the design and development of high performance shock absorbers and racing suspension products for ATVs, Motorcycles, Mountain Bikes, Offroad trucks and cars, Snowmobiles and UTVs. In 1974, Bob Fox started racing his products in motocross and they haven’t stopped racing since. FOX Racing Shox equipped vehicles and racers have stood atop podiums in every sport they have competed in — from the sands of Baja to the dunes of Dakar. FOX’s team of engineers perform rigorous tests with their athletes year round, and the data FOX collects from performance testing and the application of that knowledge to their products is what separates FOX Racing Shox from every other suspension company. World Headquarters are in Watsonville, CA with its Offroad Division in Santee, CA. FOX Racing Shox distributes its products in more than 40 countries.

About Miyaki Co., Ltd.

Miyaki Company conducts research and development, specializing in surface processing technologies for aluminum, such as Kashima Coat. They have earned a reputation in various fields for making high quality products with a homogenous film. Miyaki Company has its headquarters in Japan and is part of the Miyaki Group that also includes Japan Miyaki, Co., Ltd. and Hamamatusu Koshuha Co., Ltd. The combined power of these three companies allows for comprehensive support, from design, to processing, to surface treatment. For more information, visit www.kashima-coat.com.

Friday, February 12, 2010

OnZa Tires: Rinderknecht: A new sponsor and an addition to the family

Most professional mountain bike athletes take it easy between two racing seasons. Roger Rinderknecht experienced something different: A few days after new year he became father for the second time, and apart from that he also had to find a new bike sponsor.

After Roger Rinderknecht had become a father for the second time in January – his son Ty is being accompanied by a daughter called Cya, his focus changed to the planning of the next season. And the near future is ensured by now, as with BMC Racing Roger found a Swiss solution on his quest for a new bike sponsor. Being located in Grenchen, this company is close to the offices of DT Swiss and Onza Tires,
respectively. And as a long-term partner of Swiss Cycling, BMC Racing already has some experience when it comes to cooperating with athletes of the national federation. However, both BMX and 4cross are new frontiers for the Grenchen based bike builder.

Thus it gets all the more interesting to see what profit the cooperation agreed upon with Roger Rinderknecht until the end of 2010 is going to yield in terms of products. The Winterthur resident is full of beans: «Ever since I had broken my arm last year in August, I got myself back to 100 percent of my potential thanks to hard workouts. The cooperation agreed upon with BMC Racing comes at the right time, as it gives me some extra motivation during these gray winter days. After all, the folks at BMC are already getting up to speed in order to develop the ultimate 4cross weapon.»

Apart from the 4cross Worldcup races and both the World and European championships respectively, Roger Rinderknecht puts his priorities on the first BMX races that already count for the qualification for 2012’s Olympic games. For next week, he travels to Southern France for a training camp to see how everything he has taught himself works out on the bike. And at the end of March, Madrid’s BMX Supercross
Worldcup race marks the season’s real kick-off.

Follow Roger Rinderknecht throughout the season: http://www.rogerrinderknecht.com
Buy Roger’s choice of BMX tires directly at the webshop: http://www.rogerrinderknecht.com/index.php?ct=shop

Want to know more about Roger’s choice of tires? http://www.onzatires.com

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Health Plan Solutions for USA Cycling Members

Healthcare – While Washington creates confusion, USA Cycling Health Plans offers solutions

For most Americans, the more our politicians and news outlets speak of healthcare, the more confused we become! Many feel that the quality of healthcare in the United States is second to none while others view healthcare reform as a critical undertaking. Though we don’t know whether or not health reform will pass tomorrow, we all need healthcare today. Don’t let the confusion keep you from exploring all your options. Visit www.USACyclingHealthPlans.com today!

USA Cycling has partnered with the Nicholas Hill Benefit Group to create www.USACyclingHealthPlans.com as a resource for our members to research the plans available in their area and receive no obligation price quotes for their desired coverage. Simply visit www.USACyclingHealthPlans.com or call 1-866-200-2135.

USACyclingHealthPlans.com benefits:

Major Medical/Health Insurance
Dental & Vision Coverage
Accident Medical Benefits
Life Insurance
Disability Income Protection
Long-Term Care Insurance
Medicare Supplement Plans

Healthcare Q & A

If I am self-employed, how can USACyclingHealthPlans.com help me? Most self-employed folks are responsible for securing their own health insurance through individual major medical plans. By visiting www.USACyclingHealthPlans.com or calling 1-866-200-2135, USA Cycling members can receive quotes for coverage and apply for a plan of their choice over the telephone, internet or mail.

I already have health insurance. Should I still contact USACyclingHealthPlans.com? You bet. The licensed representatives will be happy to let you know if you have a good deal or if you can save money by purchasing a new plan.

I’m happy with the cost of my health insurance, but I never use it because I have a very high deductible. Can USACyclingHealthPlans.com help? Perhaps. Give them a call to learn whether they can secure a lower deductible at the same or lower premium.

If I have a pre-existing condition, can USACyclingHealthPlans.com assist? They will be happy to discuss your situation and help out by either presenting options that you can qualify for or assisting by locating whatever state or federal program is available in your area.

I recently lost my job and don’t know where to turn. Turn to USACyclingHealthPlans.com. The federal government recently extended COBRA benefits for individuals who involuntarily lost their job. The folks at USACyclingHealthPlans.com can explain all of your options and provide quotes to determine if you can save money outside of COBRA benefits.

Also, the low cost Accident Medical benefit is the perfect supplement to a high deductible health insurance plan. To learn more or enroll in the low cost benefit, visit www.USACyclingHealthPlans.com or call 1-866-200-2135.


FOX Racing kicks off the 2010 season with an impressive line-up of MTB team athletes:

FOX Racing is excited to announce it’s partnering with GT Bicycles MTB team. GT’s long and successful history makes for a perfect pairing with Fox as both companies have paved the way since 1974.

The FOX supported riders:
· Mick Hannah- The DH phenom who stepped on the podium in the first four World Cups in 09 after having a year off.
· Eric Carter- The one and only and a true ambassador of the sport.
· Kevin Aiello- The young SoCal ripper that has earned his “Special K” nick-name.
· Andrew Cho- The bike slayer straight from White Rock BC.
· Marc Beaumont- Slugger continues on with FOX for more fun in 2010.

Said Hannah “I'm really excited to be working with FOX. GT and FOX were at the top when I started racing 20 years ago and they're still at the top today. I dreamt of riding for both companies back then and now that's come true. This racing season is shaping up very well.”

For 2010 we are stepping up our support of the GIANT MTB team. We are hitting the gates running with full head to toe support of their DH team consisting of the tried and true Jared Rando, new addition two-time national DH Champ Duncan Riffle, and Danny Hart - junior in 09 achieved 3rd place at the World Champs and was the over all winner at the World Cup. Also proudly supported by FOX are the pedal-pushing XC heavyweights: Adam Craig, Carl Decker, Oli Beckingsale, and Kelli Emmet.

Continuing the legacies that they have laid out, Cam McCaul, Kirt Voreis, Aaron Chase and Jeff Lenosky are all back on board with FOX. We’re proud to have these 4 legends of the sport flying the Fox colors. All 4 have been longtime Fox athletes and have helped shape where we are today. Also staying with FOX is ‘The Croatian Sensation’ Mislav Mironovic, he returns with even more enthusiasm this year than ever before. Back and ripping it up – 951 legend Rich Houseman, Boom Boom himself Scott Beaumont, and Mike Steidley.

FOX is proud to announce the support of Mitch Ropelato. Only seventeen years old, Mitch achieved the seemingly impossible in 09 - he became the youngest Mountaincross National Champion in U.S. history, and his second time ever to a World Cup event he stood on the podium with a second place medal. Mitch represents the future of gravity MTB racing and Fox is excited to be a part of his journey.

The word has been getting around and it’s true, Leigh Donovan is back to race the World Cups again! Even more exciting for us is that she will be representing FOX. One of the fastest women to ever grace a gravity bike, Leigh has some impressive results on her resume: 1995 World Champion, 2001 World Cup Champion and 9 times U.S. National Champion. We look forward to providing her support on her return to the WC’s.

We are also excited to have opened our doors to the following talented rippers –
Ryan Condrashoff, John Hauer, Evan Turpen, Christian Wright, Jordan Lopez, Jon Wilson, and Tammy Donahugh.

FOX Europe welcomes two young guns Sam Reynolds and Harry Heath to the family. Sam will bring his enviable style to the Dirt Jump and Slope style scene, and Harry will be getting loose on the World Cup DH circuit.

We look forward to supporting such an incredible team for the 2010 season and anticipate great things to come.

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Danny Hart & Duncan Riffle Join Jared Rando on 'Giant Factory Off-Road Team'

Giant Factory Off-Road Team Expands
In addition to the new team, the Giant Factory Off-Road Team is expanding for 2010. The roster includes two new gravity racing talents who will compete globally on the World Cup circuit: two-time U.S. Downhill Champion Duncan Riffle and 18-year-old British downhiller Danny Hart, winner of the 2009 World Cup DH Junior series and bronze medalist at the 2009 World Junior Downhill Championships.

Riffle, 23, is currently ranked 21st in the UCI world downhill rankings and looking forward to focusing on the most prestigious international downhill events.

“I’ve always been a fan of Giant bikes and I can’t wait to hit the 2010 World Cup series on the new Giant Glory,” Riffle said. “To be successful on the World Cup circuit, you need the right equipment and the right support, and I know I’ll have that.”

The other Giant Factory Off-Road Team rider with a global agenda is 2008 Red Bull Rampage silver medalist Kurt Sorge. The 21-year-old Canadian has developed into a household name in slopestyle and freeride competition and will headline the biggest freeride competitions and films in 2010.

Four other Giant Factory Off-Road Team riders will have a continental focus in 2010. One is Australian Jared Rando, a veteran Australian DH and slalom racer who medaled at both the Sea Otter Classic and Crankworx events last year. Rando will focus on Australian and North American events and will continue to play an important role in Giant’s product development efforts.

Three familiar names make up the cross-country contingent of the Giant Factory Off-Road Team. Former U.S. National Champions Carl Decker and Kelli Emmett will each continue to focus on North American XC and Super D racing, and British Olympian Oli Beckingsale will compete primarily in U.K. and European XC events.

With two teams canvassing every major event in mountain biking, Giant looks forward to its biggest year yet in off-road competition.

Giant Factory Off-Road Team
Oli Beckingsale (Great Britain), XC, ST
Carl Decker (USA), XC, ST, Super D
Kelli Emmett (USA), XC, ST, Super D
Danny Hart (Great Britain), 4X, DH, DS
Jared Rando (Australia), 4X, DH, DS
Duncan Riffle (USA), 4X, DH, DS
Kurt Sorge (Canada), Freeride