Archive for May, 2007

Finishing touches

May 25, 2007

The finishing touches are being made to Distilled at the moment, and you will be able to get hold of a copy within the next week or so. Here’s a round-up of what you can expect in Issue #1:

Cannondale “The Cut” George Ryan Interview

Gee Atherton Column

World Exclusive Sneak Peek at Dobermann’s 2008 Pinscher

Bike Review: Transition Double

NYC Freeride

E-13 Ali Stem Review

Sea Otter Photo Report

And much more


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May 15, 2007

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World Cup thoughts

May 15, 2007


So the 2007 UCI World Cup is off and running, and already there are surprises. Marc Beaumont, so often a podium finisher, finally took the top step ahead of heavyweights Peat, Minnaar and Hill. Groomed by Steve Peat from an early age, Marc has really come into his own in the last few years, and being on the only team other than the Santa Cruz Syndicate itself that gets to ride the prototype V-10 surely helps too. The weather clearly had its say during the race, but most who are familiar with Marc’s riding will know that this win was inevitable and was going to happen sooner or later. Reported as being a very difficult course to ride, Vigo challenged many of the World’s top riders not only with the course itself but also with weather conditions which fluctuated from sun to hail to rain. Rennie coming in at 26th and Kovarik at 38th pay testament to the chaos that the event wreaked on the usually predictable final standings page. Honda’s prodigy Brendan Fairclough had a disappointing start too, finishing well down the list, due to problems with his wrist. In a dry semi-final Steve Peat stormed his way to 1st place, showing no signs of slowing down despite having been in the game for longer than some of the Juniors have been walking upright. Ruaridh Cunningham is one such example, the young Welshman exploding onto the scene and into the Junior Men’s leaders’ jersey with a career-best 12th place.

So onto a brand new course in Champery, Switzerland and the much-heralded return of Nico Vouilloz to downhill racing. The LaPierre rider will finally be able to see if the rest of the DH world got any faster since he left. He has said that a top 5 or top 7 finish will make him very happy and seems guarded about how he expects to perform, but you know nothing is left to chance with this guy.

Leave your World Cup thoughts, comments and predictions in the comments section.

Gee 1st in 4X

May 13, 2007

Gee Atherton scored a first ever win in World Cup 4-Cross this weekend. The rough track clearly suited the British rider who has also stood on the top step of the podium in World Cup downhill. Read Gee’s column in Issue 1 of Distilled, and for full results check out

Best Wishes

May 11, 2007


Best wishes to Rachel Atherton following a nasty spill during practice in the first round of the UCI MTB World Cup in Vigo, Spain. The Distilled columnist is out with a suspected broken wrist. Here’s to a speedy recovery.

Photo: Wes Pracht/MTBPhoto


May 10, 2007


We’re finally ready to take your subscriptions. Rates will be $20 for four issues in the US, $25 for Canada and $35 for the UK and Europe. Anyone living outside these areas can email us and we will come up with a reasonable rate for you too. We are taking payments via PayPal. Simply log in to PayPal and type in as the destination address, or if you prefer, just email us your address and we will bill you. As a one-time only offer, the premier issue will also be available to purchase on its own for $6.

 Also, look out in the next few days for a full list of stores stocking Distilled.

Ultimate Road Trip

May 4, 2007


British downhill legend Dave Hemming gave Distilled a call yesterday to tell us about Bike Parks BC’s Ultimate Road Trip 2007. The prizes are pretty mouth-watering, and you can bet that if someone of Dave’s caliber is involved in this then it’s something pretty special. Enter online at before June 1st.