Archive for July, 2009

Barel takes Bromont Qualifying

July 31, 2009

Barel is killing it this year! Barel first, followed by Hill, Minnaar, Peat, G. Atherton

Full quali results here: bromnk Race Nr UCI ode NAME / First Name


Bromont Pics

July 31, 2009

Some shots from Claudio and the Scott 11 team.


Fabien Pedemanaud


Nick Beer


Aari Barrett



Distilled Digital: Maribor

July 30, 2009

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Scott11 Champ Camp 09 in Chatel

July 29, 2009
Who wants to ride with the Scott 11 pros for a weekend and prepare for the IXS European Cup in Châtel?
You get food from friday night to sunday noon, lifttickets and accommodation, all together for 100 Euro! The Champ Camp starts on friday, 7. august,  8 pm on the place de l’église in Châtel. Sign up on facebook, group Scott 11, event champ camp, or send an email to

Nicolai Helius AFR

July 28, 2009


Following the AM and the AC the new Helius line is getting a new
sibling. Our latest baby has taken the name of the Helius AFR, it stands
for All Freeride. The name is the destination: Bikepark playgrounds,
trail hunting, gaps ‘n steps, epic descents, spot hopping while dropping in where ever you want and always full throttle.
The AFR provides 7 to 8 inches of poised rear wheel travel that is still
rapid in acceleration due to the Horst-Link technology. With a 7 inch
Totem that matches the frame perfectly, the head angle sits at 66,8°.
We’ve lowered the top tube while the seat-tube is offset and flattened.
These are the ideal preconditions of a purebred fun-bike. A frame weight of under 8 pounds and a BB height of 0,9 inches over the wheel axles all match up. For the AFR we’ve added a Hammerschmidt adapter and 12 mm thru-axle as standard.
Oops, almost forgot to thank our diligent test riders Elmar Keineke and
Carlo Diekmann for their great help during the trial stage enabling us
to start the production even before Eurobike. So, who is willing to
order one now? Your AFR can be supplied directly after Eurobike.

Pagey’s MSA Report

July 28, 2009

CRC/Intense manager Nigel Page: Round 6 was on the famous Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canadian track. One of the favorites with the riders and most definitely up there with the toughest most demanding tracks on the circuit for both the bike and rider. 


The team did really well this weekend with Chris Kovarik placing 6th in the mens final and just narrowly missing out on a podium position to Fabien Barel by less than a second. Matt Simmonds placed 21st – his best World Cup result so far this year – and Ruaridh came 41st getting us some good team points. Julien is still out with his hand injury which is a real shame, but unfortunately that’s racing and it is hard to stay injury free for a whole season.
Team Chain Reaction is up to 8th in the rankings, with Julien out, we are doing pretty good. Congratulations to Aaron Gwin from the USA for getting his first World Cup podium with a 3rd place and the first USA mens podium in a long time. Also to the legendary Shaun Palmer who did his first World Cup in about 10 years and at 40 years old he qualified for the mens final finishing in a very respectable 75th back on board his Intense bike.
In the the women’s race, newly crowned Canadian champion Claire Buchar qualified well in 7th, back in contention for a possible podium position. However, Claire was having a good run looking like she would finish in 7th or 8th according to the timing board but just in the last technical wood section only about 30 seconds from the finish she caught a rock with her front wheel causing a crash and she went down pretty hard. Claire got back up and carried on to the finish and managed to salvage some good points placing 13th. 
In the 4X Lucas Mechura had a huge crash in practice just before qualifying, going down really hard piling his head into a huge rock. He was very lucky not to suffer a bad injury. With a pretty dazed head he had to take it steady on his qualifying run and managed to make it through into the top 32 but having to go from the outside gate in the heats. Lucas’ gates and first straight were amazingly fast and he took the win in the first round pretty easily. In his 1/4 final round Lucas again got the hole-shot from the outside but got taken out by Guido Tschugg and they both went down. Lucas got up quickly and was catching for 2nd place but got a rear puncture in the rock garden so that was the end of the race for him.
Thanks to both JP’s from the Canadian Intense distributors for helping us out all week and to Jeff Steber from Intense cycles for making the trip out to the race.

Distilled Digital: Nick Beer

July 26, 2009

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MTBcut’s MSA DH Finals

July 26, 2009

MTBcut MSA Qualifying

July 25, 2009

Scott11 Team MSA Qualifying Update

July 25, 2009
Todays qualifyer, again in the wet, made things very exciting for tomorrow’s finals. Scott 11 will be starting tomorrow from 9th position with Nick Beer, 14th position with Fabien Pedemanaud, 40th with Aari  Barrett and 11th at the women with Emilie Siegenthaler.
All of our athletes are happy with their runs today and are ready to pedal hard through the typically stinky Mont Sainte Anne mud. 
Other than that, it will be interesting to see if fastest qualifier Sam Hill will be able to win his first world cup of the year and how the legendary Shaun Palmer will place at his comeback.