Archive for July, 2008

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July 30, 2008


iXS Downhill Cup

July 30, 2008

Germany’s Andreas Sieber has won the iXS European Downhill Cup’s second race. The European tour brought the gravity community to the Dolomites this time. In Italy’s Canazei, riders from many different countries from all over Europe rolled to the start of the 3.2km long course. None of the participants knew what to expect from Canazei’s first showing as a race venue so getting accustomed to the conditions at hand was the first thing to do. The Latin calmness admittedly might have been unfamiliar for many starters, but generally it was a beautyful race. The course was a pretty raw high-speed track, adding to the motto of «release the brakes and give it a go». As with this racing serie’s first stop, the weather conditions were pretty unsettled. Right in time for Saturday’s lunch break, the rain set in. So many riders had to compete their seeding run on a wet track without having had the chance to practice under these tricky conditions. Andreas Sieber (GER – Solid A-Class Factory Team) handled the extremely slippery course best, winning the seeding run and thus securing himself the last starting spot on Sunday.

Conditions were changing on Sunday as well: The literally soaked soil was getting more and more dry so full attention and a healthy portion of riding skills were absolutely necessary in the technical sections. Marcel Beer (CH – iXS Sports Division) was the first serious contender for the victory to occupy the Red Bull Hot Seat, but shortly after he had to give way for Marco Bugnone (ITA – Ancillotti Team). The Italian’s time was only to be bested by Andreas Sieber (GER – Solid A-Class Factory Team) who rode to his first victory of this season posting a time of 3min26.

 In the women’s race Scuol’s third-place finisher Harriet Rücknagel (GER – Team Zonenschein) stood up to her competitors, winning ahead of Silya Stadler (CH – RMC Kerns) and Miriam Ruchti (CH – Sport Promotion). After having won the seeding run, Sandra Rübesam (GER – Rad Art) had a crash in her final run and was out of contention for the victory.

The internationally well-cast Junior category race was won by Daniel Gottschall (GER – DH Youngstars), who managed to put more than five seconds on Dave Goris (BEL – Troy Lee Designs). The third place went to Justyn Norek (ITA – Racing Team Dayco ASD). Having also won the seeding run, his final time would have put Daniel Gottschall well within the elite’s top ten positions. In the Master’s category, Jörg Heydt (GER – Last) climbed to the top of the podium.


Pagey’s take on Mont Ste Anne

July 29, 2008

Well after great qualifying runs in the morning from all the team Chris 4th, Julien 8th, Matt 18th and Ruaridh 38th with a rear flat towards the end of his run we were looking good for a great final result with hopefully top 20s all round and at least 1 podium if not 2. I haven’t been here since 2001 and the first time being in 1998 for the World Championships. The course hasn’t changed a great deal since then but just a brutal as i remember it back then. Very physical on the riders and  tough on the bikes. Many riders suffering from flat tires, but with our great Sun MTX 29 rims with Maxxis tires the only flat we suffered all weekend was Ruaridh’s qualifying run.

As the track dried out a lot from the previous days downpours riders were changing from spikes to dry tires for the mornings qualifying runs and the rain held off for the finals.
Ruaridh was off first and as he hit the split time he was only 1 second off the fastest time so far set by Matti Lehikoinen from the MS Intense team. But Ruaridh had been riding with a mechanical and couldn’t pedal so that was the end of his run.

Matt was off next and he was on a flier. As he hit the split time he was 1 second up and fastest so far but unfortunately caught his rear deraillur on a rock which went into his back wheel and sent him over the bars so his top 15 run was over as he just rolled to the bottom after pulling his deraillure out of his back wheel.

Julien was off next 8th from last and he had an ok run he said but made a lot of mistakes and ended the day in 8th. Still a fantastic result.

Chris was off next and 4th from last and really up for the win. This track suits his style and he always does good here winning twice in the past. He hit the split time just up on leading rider Steve Peat but more disaster as Chris hit his helmet on the bars in the rock garden and and his visor slipped down over his eyes. He had to take his hand off the bars after the rocks on a technical section to move it out the way but hit a rock with his front wheel as he did and had a big crash on a fast section. So that was the end of the teams day. Chris somehow managed 11th place just 12 seconds off the winning time by Greg Minnaar even with his crash and going off the track again on the last berm.

So that was the end of the day for us not the result we were looking for but nobody seriously injured and we are still 5th overall in the team standings with 3 more rounds to go and it is very close with only 10 points between us and 3rd place.

Julien and Chris are still in the hunt for that top 5 overall placing they are in 6th and 7th and very close in points to Fabienne Barel in 5th.

The race was won fair and square by a fantastic run by team Santacruz/Syndicates Greg Minnaar beating Sam Hill and newly crowned World Champion Gee Atherton. Greg also won the bonus prize purse for the fastest rider through the speed trap   in the middle of the course. Chris was the 4th fastest through here.

Well we are staying in Canada now and heading off the the next round of the World Cup in Bromont next weekend. So hopefully with a bit of luck we can make it on to that podium and back up to top 3 in the team standings.

Thanks to all our sponsors for helping us have the best bikes and equipment available.

We will have some pictures posted with the report on our website as soon as I get them from Victor Lucas.

Mens Downhill results:

1. Greg Minnaar  Santacruz/Syndicate   4.30.57
2. Sam Hill  Monster Energy   4.32.30
3. Gee Atherton  Animal Commencal   4.32.83
4. Steve Peat  Santacruz/Syndicate  4.33.53
5. Fabien Barel  Subaru/Mondraker   4.37.25
6. Sam Blenkinsop Yeti Fox shox  4.38.34
7. Nathan Rennie  Santacruz/Syndicate  4.40.12
8. Julien Camellini  Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense  4.41.74
9. Justin Leov  Yeti Fox shox  4.42.35
10. Aaron Gwin  Yeti Fox shox  4.42.65
11. Chris Kovarik  Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense  4.43.28
50. Dan Critchlow  Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense  5.00.36
62. Ruaridh Cunnningham  Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense  5.04.54   
78. Matt Simmonds  Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense  6.38.65

Dobermann News

July 29, 2008

Clinton McMahon scores big at Claymore Challenge:Underdog Dobermann Bikes rider qualifies 1st and owns himself a spot at the Bearclaw invitational. This past weekend, the first annual Claymore Challenge Slopestyle event took place at Highland Mountain Bikes Park in New-Hampshire. Rocco Quintilliani and Clinton McMahon, from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, were
there to represent Dobermann Bikes.

Rocco shredded the park with his fully rigid hardtail Pinscher, while Clinton was on the “Le Pink” prototype, Dobermann Bikes’s latest slopestyle creation. Clint took delivery of his very exclusive frame on the morning of the competition and immediately began riding with his trademark aggressive style. This confidence followed him throughout the day as every jump was hit with growing intensity and aplomb. Rocco showed off his talent and intense determination in a field
dominated with long legged suspension bikes and full face helmets. His rigid ride never slowed him down while he wowed the crowd with 360-tailwhips and gnarly bar-humps.

The ninety minute-long qualification round was epic in proportion, with every rider trying to impose his style. But it was Clinton that got everyone talking after earning the top spot going into the final. Once the sun fell behind the last kicker, the finals got under way. Clinton, having qualified in first placed, was last in the order of riders in the best-of two-runs finals. Riders upped the ante since the stakes were high and mountain bike superstar Kyle Ebbet did a fantastic job on the mic describing this battle, as the crowd of hundreds were all on their toes.
Clint did more than impress the judges with a corked, hipped backflip of Herculean proportions and the highest, most chest-splitting suicide-no-hander ever seen at Highland Mountain.

Once the dust settled and the wounds stopped bleeding, riders assembled near the chalet at the bottom of the course, awaiting to see who would be knighted champion of the Claymore Challenge. Clinton was rewarded for his guts and skills with a fifth place finish and an all-expense paid trip to the Bearclaw Invitational on Victoria Island, B.-C. being the highest-ranking non-invited rider.

Dobermann Bikes would like to thank everyone at Highland Mountain and Mark Hayes for creating such an amazing mountain bike paradise, all the riders for making this event one of the most entertaining in recent memory. As well as Rocco and Clinton for defending Dobermann’s colours
with class and pride.

Downhill Highlights

July 27, 2008

Minnaar takes MSA

July 26, 2008

The day finished like this: Minnaar, Hill, Gee Atherton, Peat, Barel. In the women’s Rachel took the win ahead of Jonnier, Moseley, Suemasa and Griffiths. More to follow. Photos: Becca C

Mont Sainte Anne Friday

July 26, 2008

Got a chance to check out the fourcross course tonight in the dwindling light, and it’s a beast. A natural,  rock infested, steep starting stretch led to a huge rutted right-hand berm and into a set of whoops that soon became unusable due to deep mud and had to be roped off. Instead, the course was re-routed to the left and down an insanely steep berm that looked almost over vert and had tire tracks right up to the very lip of the berm, the riders clearly using every inch of the track in qualifying. The track builders were still at work into the night laying down boards covered with chicken wire on the last 3 huge doubles. If the track dries up by tomorrow it will be lightning-fast, and if we see more rain it will be carnage.

Sid’s now stocking Distilled

July 23, 2008

NYC’s premier bike store Sid’s is now stocking Distilled. Call into their West Side location at 19th street between 6th and 7th Avenues to pick up a copy.


July 22, 2008

In true disorganized Distilled style, we managed to leave out perhaps the most important person in the whole process from our “thanks” section in Issue 5, Antonio. This crazy little Italian from Brooklyn is an integral part of the magazine, and before we wake up next to Sea Biscuit’s head in the morning, we gotta say sorry! Also, apologies to Mechelle and Becca for messing up their photo credits.

Mountain of Hell

July 21, 2008

Distilled supporters Ride Oisans have got some cool footage and reports of both the Megavalanche and the “Mountain of Hell” race, which we’ve never heard of but looks insane. Check out their blog: