The Hairy Breakfast…

Organic Superfood Protein Shake

The ultimate detoxing, organic, superfood, breakfast protein shake…this is one hairy breakfast  :-/

  • half a banana
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1 slice of watermelon, chopped
  • 125ml oat milk & 125ml soya milk
  • 1 tsp of Creatine Monohydrate
  • 1 scoop sun warrior raw sprouted organic brown rice protein
  • 1 scoop boku super food, nutrient dense organic drink powder (this stuff is amazing!)
  • 1 scoop linwoods milled flaxseed, almonds, brazil nuts, walnuts & q10
  • 1 scoop organic wheat grass powder (increase to 2 scoops once your body has got used to this stuff)
  • a spoonful of pure organic almond butter (100% almonds…nothing else)
  • a spoonful of 100% pure organic coconut oil

           Fruit Shake

This little amazing, nutritional concoction provides about 35g of protein, 15g of dietary fibre as well as some of the most beneficial vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, minerals & fats you can consume!

It kills any sweet-toothed cravings you might have at the same time as increasing your metabolism and helps to prevent the spread of unfriendly bacteria as well as helping to oxygenate your blood!

…and easily keeps you going until lunchtime…what’s not to like?

Btw – that’s breakfast Monday to Friday in Hairy Towers…Saturday is all about the frying pan baby!

Stay healthy hairy 🙂

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The Hairy Rider’s Best Products of 2012…

WITH the 3 days of near constant snowfall in this part of the Alps, our season passes arriving in the post and local resorts opening all over the place – I wanted to post a nice little snowboarding movie that’s just been released – but apparently I have to wait 7 days for the temporary copyright to be removed before it can be posted on blogs and whatnot…obviously that’ll have to wait til next week…nay bother

So instead I thought I’d do a little list of The Hairy Rider’s best products of 2012…now these aren’t necessarily new products that have been released in 2012 – just stuff that’s been purchased this year.  And the list is in no particular order…it’s just sh1t I dig?

tHR – La Liste de 2012

2013 Shimano M675 SLX Brakes

2013 Shimano M675 SLX Brakes

THESE are some serious stoppers – especially at not too much over £100 delivered (from Rose Bikes).  Amazing amounts of power and modulation.  These are marketed as a budget to mid-range brake with the Deores coming below and the XT and XTR above but I would have absolutely no hesitation to install a set of these on the Downhill Bike…los perros cojones!

Boku Super Food Drink Powder

Boku Super Food Nutrient Dense Organic Drink Powder

HERE you have an amazing way to start the day…the list of ingredients in this stuff is seriously impressive;  14 different types of mushroom (Boku Super Tákes™),  7 different types of sprouts (Boku Super Sprouts™),  15 different types of fruit (Boku Super Fruit™) – to name but a few.  Just add a scoop or two to your breakfast smoothie, shake, protien drink or whatever and you are getting  some serious additional goodness in your body.  Everything is freeze-dried so all the active enzymes and whatnot are still live and kicking.  Cannot recommend this stuff highly enough!

Continental Rubber Queen and Mountain King II – Black Chilli Tyres

THIS tyre combo is amazing!…the Black Chilli Compound gives a ridiculous amount of grip, even on loose, dusty Alpine trails and the Mountain King’s Protection reinforcement seems (so far) to be able to take the rigours of razor sharp flint and rock strikes without making a mark on the sidewalls.  Rolling resistance is pretty good for such a grippy, chunky tread.  The Rubber Queen (dodgy, dodgy name that) has a pretty high side profile with a high capacity and tough feeling carcass – I’ve been running the front one well under 30psi with no ill effects so far…except a sh1t load of grip!  German engineering at it’s MTBing best

Gore Bike Wear Contest 2.0 AS WindStopper

Gore Bike Wear Contest 2.0 AS WindStopper

I don’t reckon you can get a better autumn/spring mountain bike jacket for this part of The Alps.  This thing does exactly what it says on the tin and weighs next to nothing.  November rides over here means climbing in maybe 10-20°C which will always keep you very, very warm but when you get to up over 2,000m covered in sweat it can get decidedly chilly, and if there’s even a light breeze it can be damn right cold all the way down…this little baby keeps the wind off, the warmth in but lets a lot of moisture out.  It will also keep off the rare light shower of rain or prolonged drizzle that very occasionally rears its head ’round these parts.  It’s also shaped for riding with long back, high collar, snug fit and pre-shaped arms…perfect

Linwoods Milled Flaxseed, Walnuts, Brazil Nuts, Almonds & Q10

Linwoods Milled Flaxseed, Walnuts, Brazil Nuts, Almonds & Q10

NUTTY goodness.  This stuff is packed with the right gear.  For example – a daily 30g serving provides;
4.9g of Omega 3,  13% Daily Value of Zinc and 10% Iron,  Low Glycemic Index (GI) for weight management and 5.4g of Dietary Fibre  as well as being an excellent source of Selenium and Magnesium with 36% and 25% respectively of your RDA in just one serving.  Add that to the obvious benefits of Flaxseed and all those ground nuts you’ve gotta great mix to add to porridge, cereal, smoothies, protein or milk shakes..whatever really…the good sh1t

Will add to this list through December but these are just a few of this years top buys…

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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 for a full report.

Results from Day 6

Overall standings after Day 6

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Mountain Poison…

Ski Wax: Extra Speed Could Carry More than Just a Steep Price Tag

Fluorinated ski waxes give competitors an extra edge. But these waxes contain and release chemicals that do not degrade in the environment and have been found in people, fish and wildlife around the world.

By Brendon Bosworth, 2-14-11

The difference: The left ski is treated with basic hydrocarbon wax, while the right one has a high fluorinated wax that makes the water bead up. But what else is it doing to people, the snowpack and, ultimately, water supplies?
The difference: The left ski is treated with basic hydrocarbon wax, while the right one has a high fluorinated wax that makes the water bead up. But what else is it doing to people, the snowpack and, ultimately, water supplies?


All ski waxes are not created equal. Seasoned competitors know it’s unlikely a standard block of wax will suffice when it comes to reaching the velocity needed to win professional events. Fluorinated waxes, which come as blocks or powders, help speed demons get their fixes. But the synthetic compounds that give these products their water-repellant qualities remain under investigation for their potential health effects.

Like many nonstick pans, “fluoro” waxes contain perfluorocarbons or PFCs. To help shave more seconds off the clock, some have Teflon mixed in. Some of the chemicals in the PFC family, such as PFOA(perfluorooctanoic acid), which is used to manufacture Teflon and Gore-Tex, are practically immortal. PFOA does not biodegrade. Instead, it endures in the environment and has been found in fish, birds, wildlife and people around the world, even in Arctic polar bears.

People are most likely exposed to PFCs through drinking tainted water, eating contaminated food or using PFC-containing products, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In a study on more than 2,000 participants, the CDC found PFCs in nearly all those tested.

Research into the possible human health effects of PFOA exposure is ongoing. But tests on lab animals have linked exposure to high levels of PFCs with changes in hormone levels, liver damage, cancer and birth defects.

“Studies of exposure to PFOA and adverse health outcomes in humans are inconclusive at present,” according to the Environmental Protection Agency. However, after reviewing the EPA’s 2005 draft assessment of the human health effects of PFOA, 75 percent of the organization’s Science Advisory Board felt it should be labeled as “likely to be carcinogenic to humans.”

Even though the impacts of the compound are still being evaluated, the EPA has introduced a PFOA Stewardship Program, aimed at eliminating industry emissions of PFOA and its precursor chemicals by 2015.

European Studies Focus on Professional Ski Wax Technicians

Last year, two European studies highlighted that PFCs build up within professional ski wax technicians who spend their workdays prepping skis for national competitors. Operating in close quarters, often with inadequate ventilation, the technicians inhaled fumes released when melting waxes with hot irons, as well as tiny particles of wax dust.

Norwegian study assessed 13 technicians working the 2008 and 2009 World Cup seasons. The researchers found they had roughly 10 to 40 times higher median concentrations of certain perfluorochemicals, also found in the workroom air, in their serum than the general population. PFOA was found at the highest concentrations: 25 times above regular background levels.

Dr. Baard Freberg, based at Norway’s National Institute of Occupational Health and team medical doctor for Norway’s national biathlon teams, was lead author of this study.

He began a pilot study in 2006 after waxers complained about asthma-like symptoms, itching skin, eye irritation, fever, headaches and vomiting, even though they’d started using full-face respirators as he’d instructed in 2001. “The waxers had become suspicious about some new powders [they were using],” he said via email.

Swedish study focused on eight technicians from the U.S. and Swedish national cross-country teams. The results suggest that technicians could be producing PFOA in their blood, after breathing in a fluorotelomer alcohol (8:2 FTOH). The alcohol is released during the waxing process and was found in concentrations up to 800 times higher that PFOA in air samples taken from waxing cabins. 8:2 FTOH is a known as a “precursor compound” since it can break down to form PFOA. This transformation has been shown to occur in rats.

In their previous study the researchers found higher PFC levels in technicians who’d been in the business for longer than newer recruits.

Should Self-Waxers be Concerned?

The technicians in the Swedish study spent 30 hours a week melting, spreading and scraping fluorinated wax in cloistered conditions. The average skier or snowboarder, tuning their equipment every few weeks before a weekend session, comes nowhere near that type of exposure. But fluoro waxes should still be handled with care.

“We have maintained for years now that people who work with perfluorocarbons should wear a mask and it is not a bad idea to use a mask when hot waxing in general if the room is not well ventilated,” said Ian Harvey, brand manager for Toko wax company, via email. “I recommend a full face mask as they are more comfortable and also keep the eyes clean of dust from waxing.”

On its website, Swix, a large international producer of ski wax,emphasizes that fluorocarbon waxes can release poisonous gases if heated above 570 degrees and should not be exposed to open flames.

Freberg recommends using respirators, even if not dealing with fluorinated waxes, to prevent inhalation of nano sized particles of wax dust. He also advises against eating and smoking inside waxing areas.

Natural Alternatives

Most standard waxes are made from petroleum or paraffin, byproducts of crude oil. Some incorporate other “slip agents” besides PFCs, such as graphite, molybdenum and silicone. On every run down the slopes, bits of wax flake off skis and snowboards, building up in the snowpack, eventually working their way into runoff when snow melts.

“A lot of people say, well, it’s just a little bit, it’s not that much, but over the years it can build up,” says Greg Barker, CEO of Nevada-based Enviro Mountain Sports, which makes natural waxes.

The U.S. ski industry recorded close to 60 million visits over the 2009-2010 season. Barker estimates that each skier or boarder deposits about three-quarters of an ounce of wax during a typical visit. That amounts to potentially 2.8 million pounds of wax entering mountain snow across the country each year, using these figures.

“Think about the snow under the lift line: Reach down there and take a cup of that snow and melt it – do you want to drink that?” he says.

Scott Sparks, owner of Colorado-based Purl Wax, which produces a natural wax, Ice 9, does not deny that fluoro waxes are incredibly fast when properly matched to the snow conditions. But, like Barker, he’s concerned about their long-lived compounds entering water streams.

“While an argument could be made that fluoro based waxes are a necessary evil for the ski racing world, the large majority of wax is used on rental fleets. There is absolutely no reason to use fluorinated waxes on rental fleets,” Sparks said in an email.

According to Sparks, Ice 9 contains none of the ingredients found in traditional wax. It is made from natural compounds that have similar ultra-hydrophobic (water repellant) properties to the synthetic ones found in fluoro waxes. These are nontoxic, biodegradable and renewable, he said.

Enviro Mountain Sports uses hydrogenated plant and vegetable oils to make their wax. They initially used soy as a base ingredient, but this did not work well across a broad enough temperature range, Barker explains.

Likewise, Purl does not use soy oil because it is not durable enough, said Sparks.

Barker is so confident in the harmlessness of his company’s wax that he says he’d eat a bite of it. He has fried an egg in melted oil from the wax and eaten it, he says.


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A Strong North-Wester…

Rocher Blanc, 2503m

Very windy up on the mountain this morning.  The cable car ride (1st section of the Tronçon) was ‘interesting’ as it was full of a group of school children and the thing was blowing around like a red shirt on a clothes line.  They seemed to keep remarkably calm with just the odd squeal here and there.

Anyway we made it up and got on the Orée du Bois chairlift.  The weather report said the wind was 20km/h but it felt more like 40km/h up at the top!  A lot of the exposed lifts were closed due to the conditions and the only weather my better half is not partial to is strong wind so we did one on/off-piste  run of nearly 5km back down to Chantemerle and called it a morning.

The bonus with that is that I had time this evening to clean & wax my board and make a blinding organic chicken curry 😉


Freshly Waxed Burton Custom                                       Organic Chicken Curry, Potatoes & Aubergine

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