Enduro

New Race Series Kicking Off…

ROUND 1 of the new Enduro World Series kicks off this weekend with the 2nd round of the SuperEnduro in Punta Ala, Italy (the new World Series incorporates existing races into it’s schedule)

And check this for a list of international mountain biking heavyweights.  Conformed riders include; Steve Peat, Greg Minnaar, Nico Vouilloz, Fabien Barel, Jerome Clementz, Dan Atherton, Anne Caroline Chausson, Tracy Moseley. How many legends in one race?!

Here’s the little French enduro specialist and 2011 Trans-Provence winner Jerome Clementz explaining what we’re likely to see at the weekend…

Superenduro 2013 | ITW Jerome Clementz from Superenduro TV on Vimeo.

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A Decidedly Hairy Schedule…

THE lifts are closed so the winter season is officially over…it’s been an insane season for snow, it seemed to be dumping every week this year.  Already been riding the bike for over 2 weeks now and it feels very good to back on the trails 🙂  Been doing weekly running too (6-10km) for a month now so feeling pretty fit and been doing the superfood, protein shakes and salads since the end of last year so feeling extremely healthy and full of energy so it’s shaping up to be a good summer 🙂

But there’s a few hurdles I’ve put in the way that will push me to my limits – well that’s the idea anyway…

May :  Vélo Vert Festival, Villard de Lans

Velo Vert Festival, Villard de Lans

Signed up to the Enduro race for this weekend of mountain biking.  It’s a couple of hours drive from Serre Chevalier and I’m hoping it’s gonna be a pretty easy race – it’ll be the first Enduro event I’ve taken part in so we’ll see…still not sure what bike I’m gonna need to bring for this one as ideally a 140-160mm AM bike is what’s required…I don’t have one…yet 😉

So it’s either the 12kg, 120mm hardtail or a 16.7kg 200mm full-on DH race bike.  I’m inclined to go with the hardtail as anything more that a short, gentle climb (not many of these in The Alps) on the DH bike and I’ll be out of the saddle and probably pushing it on foot but if there’s any bigger hits, jumps or drops I could find myself way out-of-depth (and maybe over-the-bars) on the hardtail.  Gotta couple of weeks to give that some thought

June :  Tough Mudder, Winchester, UK

Tough Mudder

“Tough Mudder events are hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie” – not sure about this, I guess it will be a good laugh and definitely worth doing but it just looks like absolute carnage!

July :  Megavalanche, Alp d’Huez

Talking of carnage – take a look at the video above.  This was the start of the 2012 race!  If I get any further than that I’ve got an hours worth of extremely gnarly DH trail with a bit of a nasty climb thrown in for good measure.  They call this a (the biggest) Downhill race but it’s definitely an Enduro event if you ask me.

starting on the glaciated summit of the Pic Blanc (3,300m above sea-level) and descending to the lush meadows of the valley bottom at Allemont (720m), after some 2000 metres down and 30 km along” this is a test of bike, body and mind…if anyone of those three things fails…I’m farked!

August :  Looking for a full-on Downhill race to enter in August.  Italy would be nice.  So if anyone know’s of an event in the area then let me know in the comments at the bottom of the page.  Cheers 🙂

September :  Les Tenailles, Névache

The only trailside spectators at Les Tenailles have big f.off horns!

My nemesis and a killer of an event!…I signed up to the Long race last year and there’s no way I was completing it.  At 40km of backcountry trails and 2,600m of positive altitude gain (that’s three big mountain climbs in one day!) it’s no mean feat and it was more that I could handle.  I changed less than half way ’round and do the Short race instead which was hard enough and pushed me to the very edge of my physical and mental limits at 24km and only 1,700m of climbing (2 big mountain climbs).  But I’m not one to lie down so I’m coming back for more this year – as Daft Punk would say Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger and basically more determined than before…bring it!  – tbh, my legs hurt just thinking about it :/

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Pedal Dynamics…

Crank Brothers Mallet 2 Peadls

Crank Brothers Mallet 2 Pedals

TIME for change.  I’ve always ridden mountain bikes clipped-in ever since the early 90’s with those horrible toe-straps.  Since my second mountain biking life I’ve been using Shimano’s SPD system to attach myself to my bike.  With various different pedals.  Settling on the Shimano’s M530 Trail pedals for the last couple of seasons.

But I’ve noticed that the majority of riders over here use the Crank Brothers system and what’s that they say about change?

So it’s a case of – out with old, tried and tested and in with the new, shiny and different.

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Above : Out with the old (left) and in with the new (right)

A 10 minute test ride and I think I can safely say that I prefer them to the old pedals and the old system.  It seems easier to engage the cleat and if it doesn’t engage you have a decent platform with 6 grippy little pins on each side to put down a couple of pedal strokes until you can clip in.

It also seems easier to unclip too – which can be good or bad depending on if you mean to unclip or not!

Think I might put a set of these on the downhill bike (currently ride flats on the DH bike) when the lifts open and see how I get on.  The other thing I like is that it looks as though you could jump on the bike with normal trainers on without too much fuss something that the SPD system really doesn’t let you get away with.

Will report back when I’ve really tested them out…but for now, happy 🙂

ready to ride

ready to ride

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Four by Three, Part #4 : Quarry Smashing…

The 4th and final film by UK downhill’s #1 family – the Atherton’s Four by Three series comes to an end.  Basically, building and smashing it down a custom-built quarry in Wales…what’s not to like?  🙂

 

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Watch part 1 here

Watch part 2 here

Watch part 3 here

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Four by Three, Part #2 : Dan’s Film…

SORRY – put this is up a bit late.  But if you haven’t seen it it’s a goodun and if you have it’s definitely worth another watch

Having just signed up (last week) for the Alpe d’Huez Megavalanche in July – watching this again has made me excited and brickin’ it, all at the same time…enjoy

The second film in the Four by Three series follows Dan Atherton’s journey from BMX to MTB to Enduro, including some incredible POV footage from the Mega Avalanche event in Alpe d’Huez

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Click here to Watch part 1 again

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Trans-Provence 2012 : The Journey…

As the season draws to and end (although there’s definitely still a couple of weeks of good riding left here) thought I’d whack up this little edit ad 😉 of what has got to be the best timed, staged enduro event on the calendar…bring on TP 2014!

MAVIC® TRANS-PROVENCE 2012 ::: THE JOURNEY – SUPPORTED BY COOL BUS from Trans-Provence on Vimeo.

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Trans-Provence 2012 – Day #7 : Final Day!

…Sospel to Monte-Carlo!

 

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By Amah-Rose Abrams on 2 October 2012 in Mountain Bike Marathon

Nicolas Lau is the overall winner of the Trans Provence and the drama of the race continued

Trans Provence came to a close on Sunday and the winner was Nicolas Lau. Over the trails, through the rain, thunder and lightning and to the beach at Monaco the last day of the Trans Provence was an eventful one.

One rider, Sven Martin, broke his arm and had to be airlifted to hospital and despite this his wife Anka Martin finished the day.

There were two severe storms, which saw riders and mountain staff dodging lightning and the trails becoming even more perilous. Following the second storm there was a three-bike pile up but thankfully no more serious injuries.

So the final top three for the men’s race was Nicolas Lau in first, Nicolas Vouilloz in second and last year’s winner Jérôme Clementz came in third.

The women’s race was won by Anne-Caroline Chausson with Anka Martin in second and Rosara Joseph in third.

So a dramatic week at the Trans Provence, what excitements will next years race hold?

Results from Day 7

Overall standings after Day 7

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Trans-Provence 2012 – Day #6…

…St-Sauveur-sur-Tinée to Sospel

 

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Watch the latest update as Nicolas Lau extends his lead on Day 6 of the Trans Provence

But it wasn’t exactly easy going on the penultimate day of riding in the southeast of France. A substantial number of riders got lost among the huge number of trails between St-Dalmas-Valdeblore and Sospel and this threw up some surprising results.

Indeed, Jérôme Clementz was having a great day, taking third, first, and third in the first three stages of the day. But something went horribly wrong for the Frenchman on Stage 22 and the reigning champion ended up limping home in 19th place.

As you’d expect, the two Nicolases – Lau and Vouilloz – took major advantage of this. They both won two of the day’s four stages, sharing first place in the day’s opening stage, to stretch their overall lead over Clementz.

Lau is now 1min 38secs ahead of Vouilloz and 1min 51secs ahead of Clementz. But with a day of riding still to go, last year’s winner will be determined to mount a fightback.

In the women’s category, Nelson’s Anka Martin had a brilliant ride. The Scandinavian rider was able to claw back Rosara Joseph’s two-minute lead to put herself in second place behind Anne-Caroline Chausson.

It looks like it’ll go right down to the wire on Day 7 as the riders cycle from Sospel to Monte-Carlo. Come back to RedBull.com/bike for a full report.

Results from Day 6

Overall standings after Day 6

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Trans-Provence 2012 – Day #5…

…Guillaumes to St-Sauveur-sur-Tinée

 

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By Amah-Rose Abrams on 28 September 2012 in Mountain Bike Downhill

It’s day 5 at the Trans Provence, the sun is shining and the riders are smiling

It’s day 5 at the Trans Provence and there is a new leader in the men’s category in Nicolas Lau.

For the last two days it has been a contest between last year’s winner Jérôme Clementz and Nicolas Vouilloz. Clementz reclaimed first place yesterday after trailing in second for two consecutive days.

The smiles are back on the faces of the riders and the sun is shining again as the race gets well underway.

In this update from the South of France we also get to meet the mechanics that work keep the bikes running for the Elite and amateur riders.

Overall Classification results after day 5

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Trans-Provence 2012 – Day #4…

…Colmars-Guillaumes

 

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By Amah-Rose Abrams on 27 September 2012 in Mountain Bike Marathon

Here is the latest update from the French Alps as the crew and riders make their way to Monaco.

Day 4 was another hard day on the Trans Provence as the riders were really starting to feel the burn.

The route took the 70 riders through the Maritime Alps and was just under 30km long so slightly shorter than on other days in the weeklong race. This was compensated by a seriously intense climb and at some points a seemly impossible mountain pass.

Rider Seb Kemp said of the day “From wet and wild loamy Ubac to steep and technical Rochers De Bramus and even the lunar landscape of the infamous ‘grey earth’ stage, the riding couldn’t really be anymore varied than it has been. And this was just one day. With three more to come and Monte Carlo still feeling like a faraway land I feel like we may be distended from trail consumption by then.”

Jérôme Clementz reclaimed first place after taking second to Nicholas Vouilloz for the last two days leading with over a minute to spare.

Anne-Caroline Chausson is still leading the women’s race by a long way with Rosara Joseph still in second and Anka Martin maintaining third place.

Day 4 results

Overall clasification results after day 4

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