Archive for November, 2007

Issue 3

November 27, 2007



2007 World Championships

Iron Horse

Brian Lopes

Rachel Atherton

Custom Dirt Jump Bike Build

Downhill in Mexico


The Balance of Power


…and much more


Distilled in California

November 26, 2007


5th Avenue Cyclery in the historic Gaslamp District of downtown San Diego is the latest store to stock Distilled, and the first of many to come in California.

Brendog on Iron Horse

November 26, 2007


Another ex-Honda star finds a home. Todd Seplavy from Iron Horse sent this press release. Check out Issue 3 of Distilled for an exclusive interview with Todd.

 19-year-old British downhill star Brendan Fairclough announced today
that he has just signed a two-year deal with one of the most
successful teams on the International Mountain Bike circuit, Team
Monster Energy/Iron Horse. The signing of the former Honda Team G-
Cross rider will see Brendan lining up alongside four time World
Champion and defending World Cup Series Champion, Australian Sam Hill.
The team will have Brendan competing in all the World Cup races, as
well as key major events such as Sea Otter Classic, US Open,
Crankworx, and selected British NPS events. Brendan will be racing the
dw-link equipped Iron Horse Sunday for all of his downhill competitions.
Brendan flew to the US over the Thanksgiving holiday to meet with the
team and had this to say:
“Joining Team Monster Energy/Iron Horse is a major deal for me. I’m
excited to be racing on a team that has a great image in the sport and
is known for supporting its riders. I’ve been lucky to have had
excellent team mates like Steve Peat, Greg Minnaar, and Matti
Lehikoinen throughout my young career, and being part of Team Monster
Energy/Iron Horse is a continuation of that. Next year I have some
pretty specific goals, not the least of which is grabbing some crystal
at the end of the World Cup season when the series finishes on a track
that Sam and I love, Schladming. I can’t wait to get racing next year!”
Iron Horse Marketing Manager Todd Seplavy was equally enthused:
“We’re excited to have Brendan come fly the Monster Energy/Iron Horse
colors for us and were really looking forward to having him grow with
our program. We’ve been impressed with Brendan’s riding skills,
professionalism, and personality from the first time he blasted onto
the World Cup scene. He’ll be a perfect fit onto our program and a
valuable asset to all of our sponsors.”
Team Director Sean Heimdal added:
“This was a logical step for us in 2008. I wanted to put together a
leading two-man team and when thinking of a rider that could come into
our program and compliment Sam, as well as learn and grow, well
Brendan was my first choice. Having him here over the past few days
has been excellent and we can’t wait to get him on a bike for testing.”
Brendan’s first race with Team Monster Energy/Iron Horse will be the
Sea Otter Classic in April of 2008.
For images and more information of Team Monster Energy/Iron Horse


Minnaar on Santa Cruz

November 20, 2007


In arguably the most anticipated signing for the 2008 Mountain Bike race season, 26 year old former World Champion and 2 time World Cup Champion Greg Minnaar (RSA) has today announced he has signed with the Santa Cruz Syndicate for the next 2 years.
After four years of racing for Team G Cross Honda, Minnaar has decided to race the Santa Cruz V10 next year, alongside fellow World Cup race legends Steve Peat and Nathan Rennie. Honda announced the end of its G Cross program last month.
Much speculation has been brewing over the past 5 weeks as to where Greg would race next, but for the South African, the decision was logical: –
“The most important factor for me in choosing a team I race for is the level of support, and the ability to race at my best. It’s clear that the Syndicate is driven by people who love to race. To have a race winning bike beneath me as well as team mates that will continue to push me, makes me very excited about the upcoming season. We are going to be a pretty tough team to beat!”
Many of Greg’s co-sponsors have been awaiting the announcement of his next team ride and will be confirmed in the coming weeks. However, Greg wanted to pay special tribute to his former major sponsor, Honda: –
“Racing for Team G Cross Honda for the past 4 years was an amazing experience. I had more wins and World Cup podiums on that bike than any other, and the support and friendliness of the whole team made for a very sad day when the announcement came down that it was ending. In this game though, you hope that there is always a new and exciting chapter around the corner, and I’m sure that the Syndicate is going to be an awesome experience for me.”



November 20, 2007


Distilled contributor John Parkin gave us an update on the sequel to the excellent “Focus”


Just a quick heads’up to let you know that the trailer for re-Focus is now live on

“re-Focus is the sequel to the hit film Focus, which according to Dirt Magazine had an “amazing feel good factor” and included sections, which as far as Gravity were concerned, were “pure genius” even Descent World’s Si Paton called it a “beautifully crafted piece of editing”.  But we here at Orpheus Productions are never ones to stand still, so where Focus was rough, raw and in your face, re-Focus is polished, shot in High Definition, over a period of nine months, utilising a custom designed cablecam rig to bring you shots impossible to achieve using conventional methods. Featuring all of the European rounds of the UCI World Cup series, the amazing World Championships from Fort William and several other selected European races, re-Focus is all about the racing. Also featured are rider sections from some of the worlds most underrated pinners. See Spanish legend Ivan Oulego Moreno for the first ever time in a film, and insane French pinner Fabien Pedemanaud smoothing out everything we could put in front of him. Ever heard of Mike Skinner, Paul Aston or Alex Bond? You will have after you see them ripping Morzine in the rain. Team Q-Bikes get to show why they were one of the biggest teams on the circuit this year with an amazing display of talent while Italian Marco Milivinti shows why his 10th place at Vigo was no fluke. All of this wrapped up with a killer soundtrack featuring bands from across the world, re-Focus is set to be one of the biggest films of 2007. Anyway, enough of the hype, watch the trailer, buy the film and decide for yourself!”

Hope you like it!


John Parkin
Orpheus Productions

Brendan Cleans Up in Spain

November 14, 2007

Back in 2004, Greg Minnaar took delivery of his European race bike, the Honda RN01, and went to a local race in Spain. It was a round of the Andalucian Cup held in the southern coastal town of Motril, and it was there that the Honda won its first race outside of Japan.
Fast forward 4 amazing seasons later and Brendan Fairclough finds himself racing the Honda RN01 for the last time, and it’s once again in Motril, Spain, for a round of the Andalucian Cup.
The race took place last Sunday in sunny 20 degree temperatures with more than 200 other competitors, including reigning European Champion David Vazquez of Barcelona. Motril has become a true center for downhill racing in Southern Spain and his home to one of the country’s top young riders, Ruben Garcia.
Like most races in Spain, there is a morning race followed by one in the afternoon, with the faster of the two races counting as the rider’s result. In the first race, British rider Tom Deacon, who lives in Spain, took the win by half a second ahead of Fairclough and then Vazquez. However in the second race Deacon had a problem and wasn’t able to improve on his time, whereas Brendan pushed the Honda to find another two seconds on the rocky and dry 2 minute course, and in so doing, won the race and picked up a handy $600 in prize money.
Brendan said: “That was a lot of fun that race. I don’t get to race on that type of surface often. The locals here are really into their racing which is great to see. It’s hard for me to imagine that this was the last time I will ride the Honda. It has been an amazing experience this year and I’m really happy to have been part of it”.
David Vazquez said: “Damn, Brendan smoked me today! Actually, the times were all really close and you couldn’t make a single mistake on this course. I had a great run in the second race and just enjoyed being down here with all the crazy Motril guys, they’re so cool. I love it when I come down here, I might have to look for an apartment here; it feels like home now!”


Brendan Fairclough 2m 15.172secs 2m 13.188secs
David Vazquez 2m 17.172secs 2m 13.579secs
Ruben Garcia 2m 18.406secs 2m 14.672secs
Tom Deacon 2m 14.812secs 2m 23.829secs

Team SRAM/Nicolai

November 13, 2007


We just got a newsletter from SRAM/Nicolai about their team and plans for the new season. Check out the bikes:

New Project Brewing at Distilled

November 10, 2007


Check out issues 3 and 4 we to see the Distilled custom bike build. Featuring some of the best companies in the business, this sucker is going to be ridden to destruction and we’ll let you know how each part, as well as the bike as a whole, performs.

Minnaar On 4 Wheels

November 2, 2007


The day before his major surgery on his left shoulder, Greg Minnaar took part in a televised celebrity car race, and blew away the opposition. The WesBank Celebrity Blacklist Car race series, launched this year, allows national celebrities the chance to feel what it’s like to get strapped into a full spec 2.0 litre VW Polo race car and push their driving abilities to the limit and race against the clock.

30 celebrities were all put through the same format and only the top four were chosen for the final show down that was televised yesterday in cool windy conditions near Johannesburg. On the 12th of August this year, at his qualifying session, Greg almost broke the lap record that had been unbeatable and set by Radio DJ and South Africa’s Formula 1 expert commentator, Sasha Martinengo. Sasha set a scorcher of a lap at 1.29.34 and Minnaar set a time of 1.29.40, leaving both almost two seconds clear of any of their rivals.

Greg commented: “Losing by six 100th’s of a second in the car, is no different to losing in a downhill race where the times are just as close and the slightest error can cost you a win.” Yesterday saw the final showdown at Wesbank Raceway of the four top celebrities. Each driver was given 5 warm up laps to refresh their memory of the car, the track and then they would go out and do their final which consisted of an out lap, the hot lap, and then return to the pits.

Greg Minnaar, wearing his custom made Alpinestars race suit, wasted no time in letting his rivals know that he meant business and on his warm up lap was already 2 seconds quicker than anyone else. On his hot lap, and driving very aggressively and making that VW Polo squeal around every bit of the track, Minnaar came across the line with what most felt could be the quickest time for today. In the end it turned out to be a new lap record! Greg was crowned the first ever champion of the WesBank Celebrity Blacklist Challenge, with a scorcher of a lap, nearly 3 seconds quicker than 2nd place.

Greg said: “It was an awesome experience to drive a race car like that, and with a single lap to count, it made it just as nerve wracking as racing a downhill event”.

Final Results:

1. Greg Minnaar 1min 28.82secs
2. Sasha Martinengo 1min 31.41secs
3. Lolly Jackson 1min 33.15secs
4. Magesh Ndaba 1min 33.49secs