GREAT 13min movie with Matt Hunter in the back of beyond
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…
COOL new Chris Akrigg edit (ridden, produced, directed and edited by the man himself). The boy has some serious skills!! Good watch, check it out…
Chris Akrigg – “Five”
“This box isn’t big enough to tell the full story so all I’ll say for now is I had a lot of fun putting this edit together and it was probably one of the most challenging in every way. Have a watch and we’ll talk later….”
– Chris Akrigg
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…
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 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
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
THIS awesome film is the latest edit by Filme von Draussen and it sure is a good one! This one film pretty much sums up what mountain biking is for me; Freedom, Adventure, Challenge and Pushing yourself both physically & mentally to the max…and then coming down again 🙂
“Life is like a mountain pass. Sometimes you have to suffer your way to the top. But once you get there, it’s worth all the effort. In August 2012, my friend Johannes Riebl and me set out to ride world’s most famous ski tour – on our mountain bikes. We came home with some incredible memories. And a film, to share our story” – Filme von Draussen
Check it out…
Don’t forget to ‘Like’ the Filme von Draussen Facebook page here
And check out words from the film maker here
And check their website here
4 x 3 part trois…Gee tackles Utah’s Red Bull Rampage with a bust up foot
An insane event for insane riders
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
Cotic Bikes and Steel City Media bring you the next chapter, with an edit designed to put your mind at rest about size issues.
The Cotic Solaris was designed to take the best of our legendary Soul trail hardtail and bring all that to the 29″ wheel format.
– Reynolds 853 steel front triangle with signature Ovalform top tube and new gussetless DZB down tube.
– 44mm standard head tube designed with external bottom cup for taper steerer compatiblity and zero stack top cup for minimal stack height.
– 31.6mm seatpost size is dropper seatpost compatible and the frame has hose clips for the remote under the top tube.
– Clearance for big tyres – 2.4″ Maxxis Ardents fit fine.
– Geometry with commitment! Minimum 80mm travel forks or 470mm rigids. Handles great with 100mm sus forks, strong enough for up to 120mm travel.
– Sizes – 16″ (new for 2013), 17.5″, 19″ and 20.5″.
– The frames are designed to be compact and chuckable.
– Weight – 4.9lbs for the 19″
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Great edit and who doesn’t like a bit of Röyksopp on a sunny winter’s day?
Published on 6 Apr 2012