Archive for October, 2009

Distilled Rider Cleans Up at Diabloween

October 31, 2009

Distilled/Commencal’s David Holzer took the overall win today at the annual Diabloween dirt jump comp. More details to follow.



October 30, 2009


This weekend we’ll be bringing you photo and video updates from Diabloween as we travel out there to watch the craziness and support Distilled’s resident dirtjumper Dave Holzer. Stay tuned to and

Vote for Claire

October 30, 2009


From Nigel Page: Claire Buchar is up for the Canadian Cyclist of the Year award. This past year she achieved her first ever World Cup podium in South Africa and she won the Womenzworx event at Crankworx as well as finishing 9th overall in the World Cup standings. So please vote for Claire on the link below, it only takes a few seconds and I think she deserves all our votes.


October 29, 2009

Check out the trailer for Callum Swift’s upcoming MTB flick “Made” and check back for a Distilled Digital article on Callum and fellow up-and-coming movie-maker Aaron Bartlett, maker of Foot Out Flat Out 2.

Bernard Kerr Signs With 23 Degrees

October 28, 2009


23 Degrees Sports Management announced today that 18 year old Bernard Kerr will be joining the current stable of athletes managed by the Spanish company. The multi-year deal sees the current Junior European and British National Champion secure additional support as he moves into the elite ranks for the first time next year.

Riding for the Norco World Team, Bernard had an impressive season winning not only the British National Championship among a large pool of talented Junior Downhill riders, but he took it a step further and won the European Downhill title hosted in Slovenia. In World Cup racing he showed his prowess on the technical tracks, which are prominent in season 2010, by being the fastest junior at Schladming, and he also scored the best junior result all year in World Cup racing with an 11th in qualifying at Maribor. Qualifying for the top 20 men these days is serious business and to be mixing it up near the top ten showed a lot of promise. Unfortunately a crash in the final prevented Bernard from capitalizing on the qualifier, but he gained a lot of media and industry attention with that ride. Despite this crash and other mechanical issues at other rounds, Bernard finished 2nd overall in the Junior World Cup series.

4X has also been an important part of the 2008 and 2009 seasons for the young rider from Surrey. He’s a two-time Junior National Champion in 4X, and he backed those titles up with his first ever World Cup semi final in Mont-Sainte-Anne earlier this year.

Bernard says: “Next year I plan to ride again for the Norco World Team. Fionn (Griffiths) thankfully picked me up this year and got me on track. I was having all sorts of issues with equipment, and moving into a proper team made all the difference. I’m excited to join up with 23 Degrees because I know that I am still learning and there’s a bunch that I can learn from being managed by Martin and his company. I’m really excited about next year!”

Founder of 23 Degrees Sports Management, Martin Whiteley, commented on Bernard’s signing.

“I was very impressed by Bernard’s character and skill and after watching him on the World Cup circuit this year I knew he would be someone that would fit in well with our group of clients. His ride for next year is sorted, thanks to Fionn, who’s an ex-client of ours, and we have been very proud to see her build that team. I’ll be mainly focusing on developing Bernard’s co-sponsor portfolio, developing his international media and fan base, and giving advice where I can on improving his results so that he’s knocking on that top ten door even more in the future.”

Bernard’s profile page can be found here:


Last Chance for Glory at Plattekill

October 21, 2009


The U.S.A.C. New York State Downhill Championship Series Finals will be held here at Plattekill Bike Park this weekend, October 24-25. Our annual “Last Chance for Glory” Race is the last of a 7-race series and will offer Double Points so positioning is still anyone’s game. This event is also the East Coast’s final race of the season and racers “Last Chance” to show what they’ve got. The Series Championship’s will be decided and series awards will follow the event. Whether you’re competing in the series or not, the event is open to all who want to race.  This is your “Last Chance for Glory” in 2009, (but it’s not your last chance to ride, we’ll be open weekends for freeriding until November 8th).  



What New Yorkers Ride

October 21, 2009

It’s an eclectic and often downright weird selection of bikes that we’re graced with here in the city, but this one I am loving. Retro thermoplastic goodness courtesy of GT. Now if we could just do something about the fixie epidemic…


Nuke Proof

October 21, 2009

High-end componentry wizards Nuke Proof have a cool new site. Check it out at:


Neko Mulally Signs With 23 Degrees

October 20, 2009


23 Degrees Sports Management announced today that it has finalized an agreement to represent rising American mountain bike talent, Neko Mulally. The 16 year old gravity rider from Reading in Pennsylvania has had an impressive year despite the fact that he’s not yet old enough to race World Cups; that will come next season.

Most notably, at Whistler this year during the Crankworx events, and racing Pro Men, Neko finish 4th in the Dual Slalom (behind world class talents Kyle Strait, Brian Lopes and Johannes Fischbach), and then in the Canadian Open Downhill finished 5th, just seconds behind World Cup stars Brendan Fairclough and Steve Smith.


Corsair Sponsorship 2010

October 19, 2009


Corsair Bikes is now accepting applications from riders interested in competing on Corsair Bikes during the 2010 Season.