Archive for January, 2010

Yannick Granieri on Commencal for 2010

January 31, 2010

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Fontucky #2

January 28, 2010

Check out Quinton Spaulding’s full report here:

Left to right: Gee Atherton, Danny MacAskill, Kyle Strait

KHS’ Quinton Spaulding

KHS’ Blake Carney

Danny after breaking his collarbone

Megavalanche 2010 with Ride Oisans

January 28, 2010


With the local authority stating that there will be no camping in Alpe d’Huez this year we have teamed up with the Hotel Vallee Blanche in Alpe d’Huez to offer flexible stay accommodation on either a bed and breakfast or half board basis from just £33.30 PPPN. Please visit our Megavalanche page for more information.

Mountain of Hell

The Mountain of Hell (the week after the Mega) is the alternative and tougher option for those that have done the Megavalanche . For this event we have teamed up with the Hotel La Meije in Les Deux Alpes who will be offering flexible stay on a bed and breakfast basis from just 30 Euros PPPN. Indeed we like the Hotel La Meije so much we have teamed up with them to provide summer mountain biking accommodation from Mid June – end of August

Can’t do Mega or Mountain of Hell ?

Our gravity fuelled singletrack weeks in Bourg d’Oisans run all summer. For those that don’t know Bourg d’Oisans it is in between Alpe d’Huez and Les Deux Alpes so is the ideal base to explore the area. A weeks stay is £300 GBP per person and includes bed, breakfast, packed lunch, bike storage and workshop, uplifts and free accompanied rides. We cover both Alpe d’Huez and Les Deux Alpes in your local stay and if you are really nice to us we may also show you the 84 switchbacks of Oulles. (We now only have the 1st and 2nd weeks of August with availability.)

What kind of bike do I need ?

We recommend a 5-6 inch travel bike – light enough for the inevitable climbs but strong and slack enough for the 1000 m vertical descents.

What kind of rider should I be ?

Experienced ! There are loads of tight steep switchback and rocky descents over cliff hugging singletrack. Think red and black rated routes !

We hope to see you in 2010

Phil and Helen

CG Racing Brigade Update

January 27, 2010

O’NEAL will be supporting Cedric as he embarks on the 2010 World Cup season alongside his other sponsors, including OAKLEY, PANARACER, EL GALLO, VALLNORD BIKE PARK, MAVIC, SELLE SAN MARCO, HOPE, ROCK SHOX, SRAM, LEZYNE, MRP, A2Z, LEATT BRACE, PEDRO’S, X1 RACING SUSPENSION, CAT EYE, JAGWIRE, PRE-SPORT, FREELAP…

After missing most of the 2009 season due to injury Cedric is now back to full health and fitness and training hard in preperation for the 2010 World Cup DH and 4X race season.

The 31 year old Andorran resident has signed a 3 year contract with O’NEAL and starts 2010 wearing O’NEAL helmets, protection and gloves.

Cedric GRACIA:

“I’m happy about my deal with O’NEAL; since I sign the deal for 3 years, I am already working hard with the designer to develop signature products! I want to say thanks to O’NEAL to give me the opportunity to work together and be part of the family : )

Having O’NEAL part of my private structure “CG RACING BRIGADE “ means a lot to me, a new couple is born !”

Justin Leov Wins Round 2 NZMTB Cup

January 23, 2010

22.1.2010Trek World Racing’s Justin Leov took his first win of the 2010 season last weekend in the 2nd round of the NZMTB cup which was held in Dunedin, a city Justin has recently made his new home. He’s now looking forward to another win this weekend Nelson.

Close racing at Round 1 in Christchurch saw Sam Blenkinsop take the win, but the Lapierre rider was out early in practice at Round 2 with a suspected broken wrist. The course is considered the most technical in New Zealand and has a rock garden to rival any World Cup course that was made trickier after weeks of rain prior to the event.

In qualifying, reigning Junior World Champion Brook MacDonald set the fastest time, a second faster than Justin, with 2006 Junior World Champion Cameron Cole in 3rd.

Justin said: “I was unhappy with my riding in the seeding run. I didn’t feel like I pushed myself hard enough, so after a re-think I got myself in the right mindset for the race run.”

Conditions for the race were unusual with the start house and top third of the course shrouded in thick fog and misty drizzle. Then there was a clear cut line where riders appeared into clear skies and warm sunshine on a dry course for the bottom two thirds.

Times were a lot faster in the final with Cole going into the hotseat with a time 5 seconds faster than his qualifying. Justin was the next to appear, lopping a massive 7 seconds off his qualifying, and two seconds faster than Cole, giving him the hotseat.

“My run felt like the one I was hoping for; really smooth up top and in the rock garden I was fully committed and I got through it the best I had all week. After getting through that section so cleanly, it set the tone for the rest of my run. Taking the hotseat I just waited to see if Brook could better it, which he didn’t and came in 3rd. I was not so concerned with the race result, at this point in time I’m more looking at how my riding is going in race runs. I’m happy with this one for sure.”

The Oceania Continental Championships will be held on this course in March, and Justin is keen to try again for another win on his adopted home track.

This coming weekend sees the next round in Nelson, which is the last stop in the South Island before the series heads up to the North Island.

TV News coverage of Round 2:

For further info on Trek World Racing:

Caroline Buchanan on Commencal for 2010

January 22, 2010

Aussie World 4X Champ Caroline Buchanan has been picked up by French brand Commencal for this season.

Distilled Digital: Jack Reading

January 21, 2010

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Black Market Contraband

January 19, 2010

Black Market is proud to announce the arrival of the all new 24” specific Contraband. The Contraband is hand built from Sanko heat-treated, double butted, seamless tubing. Precision laser cut bridges and drop outs combine to give you a totally solid, flickable ride you’re gonna love.

The Contraband is also a perfect choice for dirt, park and street as well as smaller riders who still want that comfortable Black Market feel…

Kyle Rohling 20 minutes into his first day aboard the Contraband at Lakin’s


Fully heat-treated Sanko double butted tubing

Precision laser cut bridges & drop outs

Integrated headset and seatclamp

365mm chainstays

135mm spacing

21.5” or 22”

Mid BB

Weight: 5.8 lbs / 2.3 kg

U.S. M.S.R.P. $399.99 

Now available through your local Black Market dealer or distributor. If you’re having trouble finding Black Market products at your shop, send us an e mail to

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Blinky out with broken wrist

January 18, 2010

Sam Blenkinsop has broken his left wrist during official training at the 2nd Round of the South Island Cup in New Zealand, in Dunedin.

Full details on the injury aren’t available yet. Sam is flying back to his home town of Wanganui in order to have the wrist x-rayed in the morning, and have a full assessment made. The wrist was too swollen to be x-rayed in Dunedin.

Results will be known tomorrow and a recovery prognosis will be made. The injury is not thought to be too serious.

Kovarik wins Australian Champs

January 18, 2010

From Nigel Page: Chris Kovarik has started the 2010 season off with a bang, winning his first National Championship since 2002. Claire Buchar also claimed victory in the women’s race so this is a great start to the season by both of them. The team now has 2 National Champions in both their respected countries. Nice one guys.