Events / Races

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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Nuts The Size of Mont Blanc…

WORLD speed record on a mountain bike…

 

 

Published on 17 Apr 2013

Just a small warning: a short scene in this video may disturb some of our more sensitive viewers, so viewer discretion advised, folks!

http://www.epictv.com

World Speed Record On A Mountain Bike

Eric Barone is a French sportsman who made a name for himself by setting world speed records on a bike, both on snow and gravel. On April 15th of 2013, he attempted to beat his own record on snow, which was established in 2002 and stood at 222 km/h.
Did he, did he not? Find out here. No talking, just biking.

 

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The Making of a Tough Mudder…update

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Salomon Speedcross 3 CS Trail Running Shoe

ALORS, at the end of last week I broke the 10km barrier and under the time I’d set myself of 50mins so I’m obviously moving in the right direction with this clueless training program I’ve set myself.  I did it in 48:40 so not much to spare but I’m not sure if I’ll get any faster than that because it felt like I was pretty much flat out for the entire distance.

What it does mean, is that my goal of being able to run 12km in under 60mins by the time of the Tough Mudder at the beginning of June (well – end of May actually, as apparently you should rest up with no hardcore training for the week before a big race/event like this) is still on…like Donkey Kong 🙂

And even better news…is that those bad boys in the photo above turned up today!  And. They. Feel. Awesome!  Lots of support but very flexible and a serious tread pattern (is that only for tyres or can you use that for shoe soles too?) that looks like they’ll have me eating up these Alpine trails with no problem at all…well that’s the idea.  And everyone knows red stuff makes you go faster anyway 😉

 

1st 10km run!

1st 10km run!

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Four by Three, Part #3 : Gee’s Film

4 x 3 part trois…Gee tackles Utah’s Red Bull Rampage with a bust up foot

…WARNING…STACK ALERT!!

An insane event for insane riders

athertonracing.co.uk

 

Watch Part #1 here

Watch Part #2 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

athertonracing.co.uk

 

Click here to Watch part 1 again

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The Making of a Tough Mudder…

tough mudder

Tough Mudder Extreme Endurance Challenge

Part #1 : Running

SO, here it is.  I’m entering this insane event in June!  More due to peer pressure than actually wanting to take part in it;

Probably the toughest event on the planet…

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. With the most innovative courses, 700,000 inspiring participants worldwide to date, and more than $5 million raised for the Wounded Warrior Project, Tough Mudder is the premier adventure challenge series in the world.

ToughMudder.com

™ fire

Plenty of fire pits to run and jump through

The running training has started…sort of.  Apparently, being able to run 12km (7.5 miles) without feeling like you’re going to die is one essential part of completing the course successfully.  I’m reading this as – being able to run 12km on tarmac, pavement & gravel at average altitude of 1,400m in 60mins or less (is that good?..I have no idea).  Having not put running shoe to tarmac in over 6 years (since my Shaolin Gong Fu days in the early to mid noughties) – this part of the training was the most daunting…but I’m running once a week now – and surprisingly enough, actually enjoying it!  This week was my 5th run out and I managed to smash 8km in under 40mins…just 😉  The first run in March was 6km in 30mins – so feel like I’m slowly making progress…10km in 50mins by May, 12km in 60mins by June..easy…right??

2012 Tough Mudder Extreme Endurance Challenge

A real Mudder from one of the 2012 events

The snow is starting to melt on some of the lower, more exposed, south-facing trails over here and once they open up again we’ll be alternating road & trail running week to week;  road running to (try and) get the 12km in 60mins for morale purposes and trail running, as I presume this will be more the type of terrain in the actual event – although I’m thinking, Brighton in June?…probably gonna be more like UK mud & slop rather than Alpine rock & dust.   But more importantly, sticking to one running session per week leaves me plenty of time each week to use the summer trails for their primary purpose…shreddin them on the bikes 🙂

Still not sure why I’m doing this but now determined to complete it and complete it in a respectable time too and obviously, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right?…right?

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Shredded Chile…

View the original article on Redbull.com here

Sunsoaked urban downhill: Valparaiso Cerro Abajo

By Amah-Rose Abrams on 26 February 2013 in Mountain Bike Downhill

All the best shots from the urban MTB downhill extravaganza that is Valparaiso Cerro Abajo.

Urban downhill action

Compeitor scaling a wall at Valparaiso Cerro Abajo

Urban downhill action

Valparaiso Cerro Abajo is one of the most popular downhill events of the year.

© Alfredo Escobar

Filip Polc

Filip Polc racing at Valparaiso Cerro Abajo 2013

Filip Polc

The Polcster won here in both 2010 and 2011.

© Alfred Jürgen Westermeyer

Picking up speed

Competitor racing at Valparaiso Cerro Abajo 2013

Picking up speed

Riders race through the city streets tackling the steps and hills and steps plus awesome ramps and jumps.

© Patricio Crooker

Guido Tschugg

Guido Tschugg racing at Valparaiso Cerro Abajo 2013

Guido Tschugg

Riders from all over the globe travel to Chile to tackle the city streets

© Patricio Crooker

Stunning city

Competitor rides down colourful steps on the course at Valparaiso Cerro Abajo

Stunning city

The race is as famed for Valparaiso’s painted streets as the mountain biking

© Fabio Piva

Cheering them on

Filip Polc competing at Valparaiso Cerro Abajo

Cheering them on

Filip Polc gets some crowd support

© Fabio Piva

Flying high

Competitor hits a jump at Valparaiso Cerro Abajo 2013

Flying high

Spectators from the surrounding towns in Chile gather annually to watch the action.

© lfred Jürgen Westermeyer

Raising the bar

Competitor in the middle of a huge jump at Valparaiso Cerro Abajo

Raising the bar

The popularity of the race is growing which also increases competition.

© Alfred Jürgen Westermeyer

Speeding

Riders eye view at Valparaiso Cerro Abajo

Speeding

This urban downhill at it’s most thrilling.

© Fabio Piva

Marcelo Gutierrez won it!

Filip Polc, Marcelo Gutierrez and the third placed competitor celebrate at Valparaiso Cerro Abajo

Marcelo Gutierrez won it!

Marcelo Gutierrez came in first with Filip Polc in second and Ramon Antonio Leiva in third.

View the original article on Redbull.com here

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People Are Awesome…

Winter Sports…

Published on 20 Jan 2013

Song – Flight Facilities – Crave You [Adventure Club Remix]
https://soundcloud.com/adventureclubd…

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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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