Monthly Archives: March 2012

First Proper Bike Ride of the Year…

Woke up to a clear blue sky, a slight breeze and birds tweeting in the pine trees.  We were on the first lift as is standard procedure on school days and after a pretty good 2hr morning session on the (icey & choppy) snow where it was all about speed it was nice to get on the bike this afternoon for a proper rip!

Some new upgrades made for a fun ride.  Climbed up to about 1600m so that’s about 500m of vertical but as we all know..what goes up MUST come down 🙂

Covered about 18km on the bike and 20km this morning on the board.  Did manage to take a few pictures with the phone but it was all about the ride today…

 

Briancon

 

@ 1600m

The Guisane River and the trusty Rockhopper

Broken chain @ 1500m

 

Luc Alphand piste from south side of the valley

 

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Airy Rider…

Still snow but for how long?

Well, we’ve been hitting 21-24°C everyday since the weekend in our front garden so not any snow left at this height (1200-1300m) at least out in the open – there’s patches of slushy/icey stuff on some of the bike trails under the trees down by the river.  Which makes for some fun riding – especially as I’m still kitted up with tyres for dusty, rocky trails from last summer!

Anyway – this time of year with weather like this the best place to hang around for an afternoon with a snowboard is obviously…The Snow Park – soft snow, longer days, no people…Time to get some AIR  🙂

Managed to cover about 13km of the mountain which was mainly going up and down the snowpark and then an end of day 4km flat out dash through the trees/pistes/powder/slush/chop/ice to the pub 😉

Pretty flat photos but the clouds look good…

jump clouds piste basher

Freestyle clouds

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Jumping on Dirt…

Another good film-ad with French Dirt Jumper Fred Austruy putting his Mavic Deemax Ultimates through their paces;

Fred Austruy – MAVIC

From ROSE;
(this is Google Translated from the original German article so a few mistakes here and there 😉  )
The French ROSE Dirtbiker Frederic Austury tried the Ultimate Deemax of Mavic Bike Park in Risekore.Fred Austruy was born in 1988 in Aveyron (France). And even with his birth started the “adventure” for him and especially for his parents. Fred had as a child a lot of energy. So his parents have realized very quickly that they must direct his energy in the right direction. Fred started to play football. At 10, he was already full here, with 11 years ago it looked almost as if from Fred Austruy be a professional footballer. He played in the top junior league in France. But then he put in for the first time on a mountain bike. In the beginning it was a cross-country bike.But already he jumped over almost everything that came under the wheels. And so began the career of Dirtbikers. Among other things, Fred Austruy won the Natural Games Millau 2011 (A contest of the FMB World Tour).

http://www.roseversand.com/

http://bike-channel.tv/extern/10901

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The Best Time of Year…

The South Face

I think this really is the best time of year up here.  Warm weather, lifts still open, not many people and a fairly big dump last night so fresh powder for the morning session plus some of the bike trials are clearing now so was out in the afternoon on the mountain bike…c’est mortel ici!

We managed to get out for a couple of hours this morning so were on the first lift (well, one of the first lifts 😉 ) and covered over 20km of the mountain, putting down fresh tracks wherever possible.  Snow was great, blue sky with a few big fluffy clouds floating around, birds tweeting in the trees, no wind…tout bon

Then this afternoon went for my first bike ride of the season.  Was on the north side of the valley so the trails were clear in patches then covered in ice, snow, frozen mud & puddles in other places.  That with the streams & rivers which are flowing fast because of the warm weather recently made for an interesting ride.  Did a nice easy(ish) 12km circuit but went at it hard (as always).  Don’t think I’ve been on the bike for about 4 months or so…felt like I’d never got off tbh

More of the same tomorrow I think.  The transition from board to bike is gonna be sweet…jours heureux 🙂

Cam-phone pics from today;

Fresh Tracks and Fluffy Clouds

Hanging Out in the Trees

Fresh Tracks

The Morning Sesh

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Pool Party…

A really good film of the Nike ‘The Pool’ BMX event last summer.  A great edit with a cool soundtrack and load of sick tricks…what more can you ask for…?

From Defgrip, who put this film together :

“Back in May, Nuno and I headed out to England to shoot photos and film the Nike Pool jam. I had no idea what to expect when I was heading there, but the Nike Pool jam ended up being one of the best contest I have ever been to… not only from a riding standpoint, but also the vibe was amazing, everyone was having so much fun, the ramps were amazing, the free food, free beer… I could go on… Aside from the whole weekend being so much fun, the building and the ramps were amazing for filming. Great colors, interesting architecture, the two floors with windows looking down at the ramps. I was a kid in a candy store. This edit is more of a reflection of the weekend. A montage of a bunch of random stuff. I missed some bangers, filmed lots of random stuff and had a really fun time putting it all together… Enjoy”

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2010 Megavalanche & 2011 Trans-Provence Winner…

This is a good interview with French rider Jerome Clementz who’s making a name for himself in French & International MTB Enduro racing.

He won the Megavalanche in 2010 (I’m entering next years race on a DH bike) and he won last years Trans-Provence 7-day stage race  (I will be entering the 2014 race – and thinking about doing it on my 2006 Rockhopper  :-S   – seems like a long way off but I know it’s gonna come ’round quick!)

A few more weeks before the season starts in the Alps…happy days 🙂

 

This article was taken from bikemagic.com and you can read the original article here

 

“We chat to Jerome Clementz about enduro racing, facial hair and going fast

He’s French, insanely quick and skilled on the bike and is mopping up wins in enduro races around the world. We chatted to him about why he races enduro events

Posted: 6 March 2012

by David Arthur

Jerome Clementz drags a fully laden kit bag along the tiled floor in the lobby of the Hotel Florenz, our base in the Italian Riviera for a few days riding with the Cannondale Factory Race team, and drops into a plush sofa beside me. It’s been a long couple of days for the young Frenchman, entertaining media from around the world at this rare chance to see the entire Cannondale sponsored team in one place. Despite that, and a coming together with a rock on a challenging descent the previous day – and sporting a pucker of a bruise as a result – he’s full of energy and and the laughter flows easily as we exchange a few jokes.

You’ll be forgiven if you’ve not heard his name before, as he has risen to prominence very recently. The enduro format of racing (events with multiple timed sections with a downhill bias) is a popular fixture in France, and is slowly starting to take off here in the UK. There’s much talk about it being the ‘next big thing’ in mountain biking. And it’s these events that Jerome is becoming something of a specialist at, thanks in no small measure to a raft of wins including the Trans-Provence stage race last summer along with winning the French Enduro Series and taking the French Cup Championship. He also previously added the Megavalance to his CV in 2010.

It’s clear from our riding with him that he’s a hugely talented guy with the skills and fitness, and the right mental approach, to do really well in enduro as it continues to grow.We primed our dictaphone and threw a few questions at Jerome:

Bikemagic: Hello Jerome. Right, let’s get one thing out of the way first, what’s with the Mark Weir-esque facial hair?

Jerome: <laughs> It was not for this week, I have a media camp with SRAM next week, and it was a bet with them. I went to Iceland this summer and I had a nice moustache like this to look like a Viking and they (SRAM) asked me to come this week like this.

BM: So are you planning to keep it this season then?

Jerome: Maybe not this season, my girlfriend will not stay with me, <laughs> so probably one more week and after I will have to shave it <laughs>.

BM: You’re sporting quite a fetching bruise on your face (Jerome crashed during the media week with us) injuries are clearly a part of the job, how do you cope with the risk of crashing when racing and training?

Jerome: Yes <long pause>. You always crash. Every season you crash, sometimes, umm, the thing is we spend a lot of time on our bikes, so we really know our limits, when it’s 100%. We try to stay a bit below but really close. Like most of the time the crash happens not when we ride full speed, but more when we play with the bike, when we’re not focused enough, and the crash happens.

That’s how it happened with me today, I was just cruising down the hill, did a small hip and landed on the side of the trail and it was soft, and I went over the bars.

BM: Let’s rewind a bit, how did you get into mountain biking? Where did it all start for you?

Jerome: I mountain biked because I was doing cross country skiing and then our coach asked us to do some mountain biking in the summer to train, and then I really liked it, and started doing one or two races. I did both for five years, and then I had some training camp for skiing in the summer and mountain biking in the winter, so I had to choose. And I decided to do more mountain biking than cross country skiing.

BM: And if we fast forward to the present year, you’ve carved a name for yourself as an enduro specialist, winning the Megavalanche and Trans-Provence. What is it about enduro that appeals to you?

Jerome: Yeah definitely. What I really appreciate is that we don’t stay on one trail over the week, when we go to a race  like a seven day stage race, you go and discover a lot of different trails don’t stay on the same track. That’s something I like, you don’t have to train on the trail and know it, you don’t have to know each part of the trail, and you have to ride with your instinct, that’s mainly what I like with enduros

BM: Do you have to be a downhill racer to be good at them, or can cross country riders compete?

Jerome: I think you just have to be a good rider in the uphill and downhill, you don’t have to be a former racer in downhill or a former racer in cross country. I mean, the people come from different backgrounds, we see when people come racing at the mega they do good results, and the same way with Cedric Gracia or Steve Peat, they come to some enduro races they can do well too. Also we have some riders who are really dedicated to enduro, and they are fighting with these pro riders, and it’s a good thing for the sport. The present ratio of uphill and downhill is good, everyone can compete.

BM: In the UK the enduro format is still quite new, do you see it as the next evolution of mountain bike events?

Jerome: Especially for the UK, it could be really big; you have the hill and terrain that suits really well to enduro. You don’t have the big mountains we have in France in the Alps, but you have a lot of trail and good place where you can do a lot of stages. I’ve never been there, only in Kielder a couple of years ago. I will be there this year at the first round of the gravity enduro series at Innerleithen, so I will have a look at how it works.

BM: How do you prepare for an enduro? Do you do much training? Or do you concentrate on skills and technique?

Jerome: You have to do everything to train for enduro. It’s also something that I like, I go riding a downhill bike, a cross country bike, a road bike, I ride my Jekyll, I do a lot of different things and that helps to make training less boring. Everyday you change you style of riding and you try different things. To be a good all-rounder you have to have good skill, technical skill, this is really important, because otherwise you cannot put you power on the course. You have to be really good technical, and afterwards you can add the power to get more speed.

BM: Do you have any tips for people new to enduro racing?

Jerome: I don’t know how it works in the UK, but in France you don’t know the trail when you race, so a really important thing is to know your limits and find a good pace when you start, to not be too slow but no too fast, and to have a nice flowing run. That means you own your bike, you know where you’re going and you don’t make any mistakes.

BM: What are your plans for 2012? Any big goals?

Jerome: My big goal this year is still make racing an adventure, doing some good trips and visiting new countries. And with my schedule I will try to do some series starting in different countries, I will visit some new countries, I will come to UK, Ireland, Germany, Spain and Italy for example. And I will go one month in us and Canada, so yeah my goal is to have good results in all these. And Megavalanche and Crankworx, those are main objectives of the year.

Thanks to Jerome for taking the time to chat to us.

www.jeromeclementz.com | @endurojc

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I Must Buy One Of Those Splendid Jackets…

Cool Mountain Biking Film Norrøna Clothing Commercial 😉     Either way – Fjørå, Norway looks like an amazing place to ride.

(having trouble embedding the film on here so click link below)

http://video.mpora.com/ep/pCFHwTwQo/

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Light Rider…

Watching this film kinda gives me the feeling I get every time I ride my snowboard, that is some accomplishment!!

Really good little film.  Check it out;

(For some reason the media wont embed properly so click the link below to watch from original source)

 

L.E.D Surfer by Jacob Sutton

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Documenting The Wave Riders…

A great little film.  Even if you’re not a surfer (or any kind of rider) I guarantee you’ll like this…really good stuff

Dark Side of the Lens by Mickey Smith;

 

 

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