Maribor Fourcross Results

May 15, 2010

Michal Marosi egdes out Jared Graves, with Joost Wichman and Tomas Slavik rounding out the top four.  In the women’s an amazing victory for the UK’s Fionn Griffiths over Sarsha Huntington, Anneke Beerten and World Champ Caroline Buchanan.


Maribor Qualificiation

May 15, 2010

The tech specialists got the big results in Maribor qualifying. Hill, Fairclough, Minnaar, Atherton, Smith, Strobel, Bryceland, Reid, Spagnolo and Blenkinsop rounding out the top ten. In the women’s it was Myriam Nicole, Floriane Pugin and Celine Gros.

Full results, cick here: 37111_RiderResult_DHI_ME

Maribor Day 3…

May 15, 2010

…and it’s pissing down. Check out the clingfilm on Peaty’s shoes.

Photos: Charles Robertson /

Maribor Day 2 Pictorial

May 15, 2010

Dan Atherton’s favorite movie is Best of the Best and here he channels his inner Eric Roberts to take him to fourcross victory.

Some artsy gondola action.

Cedric bringing some style to Santa Cruz.

Mick gives the Maribor course the thumbs-up.

Minnaar prepping his ultra-light carbon V10 for takeoff.

The Specialized triumvirate. Hill and Brendan are on new Demos for 2010 which seem to have taken some influence from the SX Trail.

Nice guy Needles.

Gwin has been looking incredibly fast in practice.

Salamanders love downhill. Newts are way more XC-oriented apparently.

Hill was consistent last year but will be no doubt looking for more outright wins this season.

Rachel is not an Eric Roberts fan and in fact was rooting for the Korean team the whole movie. Also check out the foam padding under her right hand.

Trek are a shiny, well PR’ed team and I think they would appreciate this shot.

Mondraker’s Damien Spagnolo is a name you’ll be hearing more of.

All photos: Charles Robertson/

Maribor Day 2 from MTBcut

May 14, 2010

An injured Hill, a new Specialized Demo and Gwin just plain killing it. Check out the action from Maribor downhill practice courtesy of Stu Thompson.

Maribor Fourcross Practice

May 14, 2010

Charles Robertson is in Maribor for Distilled capturing the action from the first round of the 2010 World Cup downhill and fourcross. The weather turned the fourcross track into a slip and slide for practice but Charles tells us that conditions are rapidly drying for the weekend’s racing.

Dave’s Bike Build – Hope Technology

May 14, 2010

The parts for Distilled team rider Dave Holzer’s bike are coming in thick and fast. In the mailbox this time was some trickery from the guys at Hope Technology. Resplendent in Hope’s Factory- green was a 50mm downhill Stem and a Tech V2 brake. A huge amount of thought and attention to detail has gone into each individual component, down to the anodized brake adapter and machined out holes on the brake levers for extra grip. Hope have taken a no-compromise approach on the brake in particular, with reach and bite adjusters, braided steel hose and an artfully machined rotor with an aluminum spider mated to a stainless steel braking surface. The stem’s bombproof looks are deceptive as this is an extremely light downhill-oriented stem, with three bolts securing it to the steerer and a reassuringly thick faceplate. This has got to be the best-looking and lightest kit on the market right now and a season of abuse from Dave will tell if its quality and performance rate equally highly.

Huge thanks to Neil Arnold at Hope technology.

Thanks also to Alan Milway.

Distilled Digital: Portugal

May 13, 2010

PDF format (best viewing quality) click here: portugal

CRC Fort William Report

May 11, 2010

After a week over at in Ireland, getting the bikes dialled in, doing team photos, filming with Stu from and basically having a fantastic time getting the royal treatment by everyone at CRC. Frank also took it upon himself to scare the pants of us all by taking us for a ‘leisurely spin’ in his DB9!! We finally headed over and up to Fort William for the 2nd round of the Halo BDS National Race for a proper test of our new bikes in preparation for the first World Cup in Maribor – then back to Fort William for the second World Cup in 4 weeks time.

The course builders had done some massive work on the track putting in some new sections and making the track even longer and more demanding – this really was a great test before the World Cups start. With practice on Saturday – great weather – and then seeding and final runs on Sunday the weekend went close to perfection!

With our new bikes and a top of the range pit set up thanks to CRC all the riders were stoked to be there and racing – this reflected in our results with Chris taking the win in Elite men by over 3 seconds and Matti Lehikoinen and Matt Simmonds also making the podium. Julien and Ruaridh also did great times without perfect runs finishing 6th and 10th respectively. Claire had a great solid run finishing 2nd to Rachel Atherton but posting another very good time. I even managed to put in a rare race run in and managed to take first place in the highly competitive Masters category!!

Thanks to Si Paton and Dave Franciosy who did a great job running the event  – it was the best National event I have been to for many years.

We are off to Maribor tomorrow for the first round of the UCI World Cup this coming weekend so we are hoping to carry forward the whole teams good form.

Wish us luck and thanks very much to all our sponsors for your support.

Please keep up to date on the team at

Elite Male
1 6 Chris KOVARIK Chainreactioncycles.Com/Int aus19780301 5:02.435
2 11 Dan ATHERTON Commencal gbr19820125 418699 5:05.882
3 56 Ben REID Dirt Norco Race Team irl19867324 1 5:07.115
4 7 Matti LEHIKOINEN Chainreactioncycles.Com/Int fin19840419 5:07.789
5 10 Matt SIMMONDS Chainreactioncycles.Com/Int gbr19870527 5:08.308
6 12 Julien CAMELLINI Chainreactioncycles.Com/Int fra19840107 5:08.416
7 4 Marc BEAUMONT GT Bikes gbr19840925 419322 5:09.455
8 2 Gee ATHERTONCommencal gbr19850226 418697 5:09.974
9 14 Danny HEART Giant World Team gbr19910920 424959 5:10.355
10 17 Ruaridh CUNNINGHAM Chainreactioncyales.Com/Int gbr19890215 5:11.004
11 9 Ben CATHRO Mtbcut.Tv 431165 5:11.422
12 29 Fergus LAMB Perth City Cycles 443966 5:12.635
13 15 Tom BRAITHWAITE Hope Technology 429485 5:14.943
14 28 Robert SMITH 3Smith/SantaCruz 424627 5:16.653
15 58 Adam BRAYTON Mythic Factory Team 454535 5:16.992
16 63 Joe BARNES 550513 5:17.978
17 18 Rich THOMAS Ancillotti UK 431079 5:19.374
18 21 Jack READING Ellsworth/Oneal/sis 705623 5:19.980
19 23 Harry MOLLOY Last/Funn/Lifestyle 446935 5:20.907
20 24 David SMITH 3Smith/SantaCruz 421995 5:22.262
21 34 Ashley MALLER Santa Cruz UK 457908 5:22.474
22 31 Gareth BREWIN 2Stage Factory Team 442967 5:22.878
23 30 Peter WILLIAMS 450553 5:29.055
24 20 Scott LAUGHLAND Team Robin Ruth 441302 5:31.540
25 32 Christopher HUTCHENS Orange 433653 6:58.498
26 27 Scott MEARS Fox Europe/Santa Cruz UK/Co 7:18.036
27 33 James HUGHES 111111 8:56.157
28 53 Alex FLORIAN Pearce Cycles 421760 17:41.810

Elite Female
1 90 Rachel ATHERTON Commencal GBR19871206 418696 5:44.471
2 75 Claire BUCHAR Chainreactioncycles.Com/Int CAN19780426 6:00.883
3 76 Jess STONE Trek/Gravity Girls Team GBR19900914 462 6:28.404
4 77 Helen GASKELL Intense/Fox Racing GBR19830116 403409 6:29.392
5 93 Emily HORRIDGE GBR19800602 428091 6:31.219
6 80 Aimee DIX Mojo Suspension GBR19880620 447776 6:36.942
7 79 Sarah NEWMAN Fixonline GBR19850121 458089 6:36.990
8 78 Katy CURD 2Stage Factory GBR19890427 707400 6:38.626
9 82 Harriet LATCHEM Propain And Sixpack GBR19830511 461639 6:43.893
10 81 Emma WAREHAM Leisurelakesbikes GBR19830307 710166 7:09.504

Transition Double 2010

May 11, 2010

It is no surprise why short travel suspension bikes are so popular since they are probably the most fun bikes to ride. They give you that feeling of being on a hardtail but with enough suspension to smooth things out and let you preload jumps like on your big bike. For the new Double we added some features in our quest to create the cleanest most solid short travel full suspension bike on the market.

Our custom formed tubset designed specifically for our tapered headtube creates an extremely strong and beautiful junction. Combined with internal tube gusseting, the profile of the Double is about flowing clean lines. The design goal was all about smooth edges. There is no pocketing of CNC bits so no where for dirt to hide and it is super easy to clean. The new rocker has gorgeous chamfered edges as well as our new travel adjustment chip for switching between 80mm and 100mm of travel. We finish it off with internal cable routing for the rear derailleur for some of the best cable routing for all you mechanics out there.

So far the Double has taken Jill Kintner to a first place win at Sea Otter and Casey Groves a win at the Ranch Style Slopestyle Jam.  A versatile bike at home on a race course, dirt jumps or your local slopestyle course.