Polygon Bikes Select Moore and Large For UK Distribution

Polygon Bikes Select Moore and Large For UK Distribution

Kurt Sorge

Moore Large has signed a distribution agreement with cutting-edge brand Polygon bikes for 2016 and beyond. The arrangement gives Moore Large exclusive distribution rights to Polygon within the UK.

The distributor will receive the first range early 2016, which covers Gravity, Enduro, Trail and XC full suspension models. These bikes have totally unique frames, designs and moulds. The brand is supported by a team consistently hitting the podiums, most recently the Red Bull Rampage which you can read more about here.

Joe Poyzer, who is managing the Polygon brand for Moore Large (Brand Manager for Polygon Bikes) said “These bikes are meticulously designed with passion and manufactured in a world class factory. We feel this is a brand with an excellent reputation and unlike many competitors the brand owns and controls its manufacturing facilities ensuring consistent quality.”

Following the huge success of the Polygon UR Downhill world team this year, the brand has been in the limelight and gaining huge interest from the UK cycling media.

Devina Susilo, Marketing Communication Manager for Polygon said “Kurt Sorge won the recent Red Bull Rampage having joined the Polygon team for 2015 alongside Sam Reynolds who won ’best trick’ for his beastly Superman over the 72’ canyon gap. It is the perfect time to introduce the brand to the UK.”

Moore Large is looking for a select number of dealers to become specialist Polygon retailers. These retailers will be supported with a new sales and marketing initiative. Please contact polygonbikes@moorelarge.co.uk to register interest in becoming a dealer.

MENTIONS: @Polygonbikes

Evergreen’s 2015 Volunteer Appreciation Party is Dec. 4th

Evergreen’s 2015 Volunteer Appreciation Party is Dec. 4th

Do you see what I see? Volunteers! Let’s go appreciate them!

That’s right – it’s time to recognize all those folks who donate their time – on the trail, during dirt camps, or to our website – for all they do to keep Evergreen at the forefront of Washington recreation.

Come join us on Friday, December 4th (6:30-8:30) for the 2015 Annual Evergreen Volunteer Appreciation Party!

We’ll have mountain bike movies from Freehub (the Cascadia Series!), free beer from Two Beers Brewing and Seattle Cider Company, and a raffle packed with swag from REI and the Evergreen crew!

Oh, and did we mention pizza? Yes, free pizza.

So come on out with your fellow volunteers, swap stories about mountain biking, and win some great swag! We won’t even ask you to pick up a shovel (again). Promise.

When: Friday, December 4th, 6:30-8:30PM
Where: REI Flagship Store
222 Yale Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
What: An event for all our volunteers (trail workers, event helpers, graphic designers–you name it!) and their guests (all ages welcome!)

RSVP here!

We hope you can join us for this special celebration. Even if you’ve only made it out to a work party once – you’re invited! And please forward this on to anyone you know who has volunteered with Evergreen this year!

We’ll see you there!

2015 Volunteer Appreciation Party
British Cycling Downhill National Champs 2016 – Revolution Bike Park

British Cycling Downhill National Champs 2016 – Revolution Bike Park

It’s with great pride we can now announce that Borderline Events has been chosen to deliver British Cycling’s National Downhill Championships for the 4th consecutive year. Over the weekend of 16th & 17th July 2016 we will head to Revolution Bike Park.

British Cycling Downhill National Champs 2016 - Revolution Bike Park

Revolution Bike Park – Photo Doc Ward

Since our first National Champs in 2010, we have visited Ae Forest, Bala, Innerleithen and Llangollen and for 2016 we will visit the fantastic venue that is Revolution Bike Park. Revolution Bike Park is a great choice and The Fosters have worked incredibly hard over the past few years developing their venue into what it is today.

British Cycling Downhill National Champs 2016 - Revolution Bike Park

Llangollen 2015 – Photo Phunkt.com

Situated in the village of Llangynog, Powys which is just a stone’s throw away from Bala; the area has a strong history for Downhill Mountain Biking. Delivering the British Cycling National Championships at Revolution in 2016 will add to that history and be the start of something very special indeed.

British Cycling Downhill National Champs 2016 - Revolution Bike Park

Revolution Bike Park – Photo Doc Ward

After speaking with Tim Foster, who is one of the partners at Revolution he said: “We are very excited to be welcoming racing to Revolution.” The British Cycling National Downhill Championships will take place over the weekend of 16th & 17th July and entries will go live in the near future – Exact date to be confirmed.

British Cycling Downhill National Champs 2016 - Revolution Bike Park

Llangollen 2015 – Photo Phunkt.com

We would like to thank British Cycling for their continued support and I would personally like to thank the amazing team I work with at the champs who are: Stephen Hardcastle, John Thorpe (Aka Farmer John), Duncan Maffey, Dan Henshall, TJ Smith and Dave Owen (Plus crew).

British Cycling Downhill National Champs 2016 - Revolution Bike Park

Revolution Bike Park – Photo Doc Ward

As a warm up event for the National Championships we will visit Revolution Bike Park for our Borderline DH Series presented by Kingud Bike Care in 2016. The first race will kick off at Revolution Bike Park on the 9th-10th April 2016 and will have a cap of 200 entries so you will need to be quick to get a spot. The big question is who can take the winner’s jersey in 2016? Can Danny hold on to it? Will Rachel and Gee win in their own back yard? What about the Juveniles, Youths, Juniors, Masters & Veterans – Who will come through the ranks and shine on the day? Who ever does the business on the day across all the categories you can be sure they’ll have earned it. Revolution Bike Park is a challenging course and to ride fast is even more challenging.

British Cycling Downhill National Champs 2016 - Revolution Bike Park

Revolution Bike Park – Photo Doc Ward

For 2016 the calendar Borderline DH Series is now out – Your first and only chance to race Revolution before the National Champs will be round one of the Borderline DH Series presented by Kingud Bike Care. See the full line up here:

Borderline DH Series presented by Kingud Bike Care Products:

09-10 April 2016: Borderline DH 1 – Revolution BP
21-22 May 2016: Borderline DH 2 – Llangollen
10-11 September 2016: Borderline DH 3 – Antur Stiniog
15-16 Oct 2016: Borderline DH 4 – Caersws

See you all soon,
Mike Marsden
Borderline Events

Photos: Phunkt.com, Dave Clarkson, Doc Ward


Logo FMB Factory Team Rankings – how does it work?

Logo FMB Factory Team Rankings – how does it work?


FMB Factory Team Rankings – how does it work? Factory teams must register a minimum of 2 athletes. Each athlete can contribute a maximum of 3 results and the final team score is the total of the best six results. The Trek C3 Project comprised of Brandon Semenuk, Brett Rheeder and Tom Van Steenbergen proved to be unstoppable. Claiming the overall 2015 FMB World Championship, Thomas Genon’s results played a key role on keeping the Canyon Factory Freeride Team close on their heels. Nicholi Rogatkin also did an outstanding job keeping Specialized in the top three. A full breakdown of the full ranking is available here.

Ale di Lullo Photography

Despite just missing out on the overall title, Brett Rheeder wasted no time collecting the points with three consecutive Diamond Series victories. Trek C3 Project took the lead after Crankworx Les 2 Alpes when Brett and Brandon stood side-by-side on the podium.


With Brett Rheeder already contributing all of his 3-contest results allowed per rider, later in the season it was down to Brandon Semenuk to keep the team ahead as the youngest rider on the team, Tom Van Steenbergen was out due to injury. Needless to say, Brandon’s performance did not disappoint. In the end, five podium results and a 4th place at Red Bull Rampage was an unbeatable result for the team.

Bartek Wolinski

For the Canyon Factory Freeride Team, the scoreboard was lead by Thomas Genon who tallied up points from three Diamond Series podiums. Frenchman Tomas Lemoine contributed a solid 4th place from Red Bull Joyride at Crankworx Whistler and 8th place from Crankworx Rotorua.


The team led the standings after Swatch Prime Line but their moment of glory was short-lived when Trek C3 Project moved ahead two weeks later at Crankworx Les 2 Alpes. Team newbie but freeride legend – Darren Berrecloth gave the team a nice boost with a 7th place finish at Red Bull Rampage and helped keep them in second place overall.

Ale di Lullo photography

Specialized came out the gate, with their top riders on point. At Crankworx Rotorua, Nicholi Rogatkin took 2nd place and Martin Soderstrom 4th. Together, the all-star duo gave Specialized an early lead. Nicholi Rogatkin kept the points coming with two more podiums but sadly Martin Soderstrom missed the rest of the season due to a disappointing injury. Simon Pages managed to earn enough points to keep the team in third place at the end of the season.


Missing the podium was Polygon UR team, fronted by Sam Reynolds who stacked up three top 10 Diamond Event results. Morpheus registered two teams; the first landed in 5th place thanks to Anthony Messere’s three top results on the board and the second, Morpheus Development Team, came 7th overall. The all-European ROSE Gravity team finished in 6th place with strong results from their riders at Gold and Silver events throughout the season.

You can learn more about the FMB Factory Team ranking by visiting the website. Congratulations to all the riders and teams for their solid efforts. The team registration for 2016 is already open and Factory Teams can apply here.

FMM Partners

MENTIONS: @trek, @FMBA, @Canyon-PureCycling, @Specialized

YT Industries Now in Canada

YT Industries Now in Canada

YT Canada logo

This January, the direct sales brand out of Forchheim, Germany, made the move across the big pond. So far, the Canadian market was handled directly via US-partner Cam Zink, today a web shop with an additional service center in Canada is being launched.

Jean Martin Gagne, who recently was in charge of the distribution of BOS mountain bike suspension in the USA and Canada, will now take over the customer service for YT in Canada. “JM is familiar with the market and he knows our bikes as well as we do. That is one reason why we brought the 38-year old on board. Another reason is that we also want to be able to offer an uncomplicated service in Canada, which is only possible if we are on site“, says Markus Flossmann, founder, and CEO of YT Industries.

YT Capra

Back in 2008 CEO Markus Flossmann literally established YT out of his garage. His aim was to produce good bikes for talented upcoming young dirt jump and slopestyle bikers. Unlike many other bike companies, during these 7 years YT has managed to become one of Europe’s most popular bike brands.

The ingredients: high technology and quality products at fair prices, the direct-shipping principle, which omits the profit margins of distributors, and a reputation which is unrivaled. Not to forget the world-class team riders, which YT has been able to sign over the last few years.

YT CF Comp Review

Nowadays the core product range is made up of cream of the crop downhill and enduro bikes, which are awarded by the industry with renowned prices on a regular basis.

As of now, YT is an employer of more than 60 people worldwide, with a growing tendency. Meanwhile, it has built up sales structures in the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Asia.

Check out the Canadian YT site here.

MENTIONS: @YTIndustries

Curtis Keene and Jordi Bago Host Crankbrothers Trail Party

Curtis Keene and Jordi Bago Host Crankbrothers Trail Party

Jordi had a great time leading his group.

Crankbrothers drew international pros and local riders together to celebrate the official release of the Mallet E enduro pedals, which were first announced at Eurobike. Riders gathered at the Crankbrothers’ gallery for complimentary coffee and breakfast before heading out to demo the Mallet E pedals on the local Laguna Coast Wilderness trails. Pro riders Curtis Keene and Jordi Bago led the group ride on a variety of terrain, ranging from steep fire road climbs to cactus-lined single track descents, with vistas of the Pacific Ocean and California coastline visible in the distance.

Curtis Keene presents the Mallet E pedal

Jordi is loving the new pedals.

Curtis foot out flat out.

Big turnout and positive vibes for the ride Believe it or not this was only a portion of the group.

Over several hours, riders were able to put the pedals through their paces, and judging by the smiles and high fives, everyone had a great time. After the ride, guests gathered back at the Crankbrothers’ gallery to share their experiences over pizza and beer, while Curtis and Jordi signed autographs for young fans.

Guests enjoyed riding the Mallet E pedals all over the Laguna trails.

Developed with Enduro World Series athletes including Curtis Keene, Cedric Gracia and Anneke Beerten; the Mallet E is smaller and lighter than the World Cup Downhill dominating Mallet DH, with a 52mm q-factor better maneuverability in tight trails.

Jordi locked and loaded down some stair steps.

Like all Crankbrothers pedals, it features 4-sided entry, industry leading mud shedding, and adjustable float and release angle. The body itself has a concave platform, adjustable pins, ribbed body sections, and chamfered edges to deflect rock strikes. Standout features include integrated traction pad technology to customize the shoe/pedal interface, and all new premium internal components and double seal system for improved performance and reliability.

Kalimotxo amp Electric Blue dreams down on the boardwalk.

bigquotes The Mallet E’s are truly the ultimate pedal for enduro riding and racing. We worked directly with our EWS athletes throughout development and they’ve already proven the performance with podium results at both Ainsa and Finale. It was amazing to have Curtis and Jordi here to help us celebrate the official release in our own backyard, and now we’re really excited to deliver the Mallet E to riders all over the world.Kellen Trachy, Global Marketing Manager at Crankbrothers.

Mallet E pedals are available now at crankbrothers.com, and arriving soon at dealers worldwide.

MENTIONS: @crankbrothers

Black Friday for NZXC Racing

Black Friday for NZXC Racing

NZ XC Team

Many of New Zealand’s top XC MTB talent have found a home with the team over the last few years in both the Elite, and Academy squads fielded by the team. For owner and manager Sam Thompson, it has not been an easy decision to make. But as the team draws the curtains on its operation, he remains extremely proud of what they accomplished.

The decision to close down NZXC Racing was extremely hard, as it has personally been something I have been extremely focused on for the last 4 years as owner, manager, and coach. It was something that I had always seen as important for MTB in NZ, and the vision from the start was to create a team that supported our talented riders to keep them in the sport, while creating a clear pathway way for up and coming riders, which without a doubt I can say we achieved.” Sam Thompson

The success of the NZXC project is easy to see. Currently 4 of the top 5 women (NZ MTB Crown rankings), and 5 of the top 10 men are members of the team. Unlike some teams in cycling, NZXC was more than just a marketing vehicle. Founded and owned by a passionate individual, it was developed around a shared vision of creating and developing a support network for athletes.

Most obvious was the professional set-up NZXC brought to the races, but behind the scenes it was much more. Be it coaching, mentorship, and athlete advisors. Or the training camps providing guidance in professionalism, nutrition, psychology, and coach development. NZXC’s influence on XC MTB in NZ cannot be underestimated.

Being a part of NZXC was a great experience and provided me with opportunities and benefits I didn’t think were possible in New Zealand. Being under the management of Sam allowed us riders to focus on the important things; training and racing and the aspects that allow us to do this. We had a set up that I honestly think was better managed than some professional teams – the best part about it was you got to do it all with kiwis riders.” Kate Fluker (NZ Elite National Champion & Commonwealth Games representative)

It’s widely recognised that team culture and support is an integral ingredient for success in any sport, and the efforts of NZXC in taking that Kiwi culture onto the tough international scene have seen great benefit for New Zealand athletes in the last few years. Not just team members, but other kiwi riders who have gravitated towards the supportive culture offered.

Unique to NZXC was that kiwi riders could travel and compete with a kiwi support team and culture. It enabled us to keep a group of people around us that shared many of the same goals and values and allowed for us as riders to exchange knowledge, mentor and support each other to succeed while also encouraging up and coming athletes. Big thanks to Sam, NZXC supporters and advisers, and fellow team mates for an awesome 3years. I have learnt so much, been supported all the way and seen fellow team mates perform at a top level of the world cup scene, making NZXC a team to be remembered as a huge success and hopefully a foundation of future teams to come.” Katie O’Neill (Founding team member. Current NZ Women’s XC #5 on NZ Crown rankings)

The closure of NZXC will initially leave an obvious hole on the domestic scene in New Zealand. The sport has been richer for their presence. But there legacy is most important. NZ athletes have always prided themselves on succeeding against the odds, finding a way to pursue their dreams. The work of Sam Thompson, and NZXC has shown how much of a positive force can be created when the motivation and determination of individuals can be collectively harnessed and driven in the same direction. Summed up well in the words of Kate Fluker.

I am very sad to see all the hard work Sam has put into the team come to an end and selfishly it has made me realise how much more work I am going to have to do for myself this season! It has been an absolute pleasure to be a part of.”

The team members, management, and supporters would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their support over the last 4 years. Family, Friends, Sponsors, Event organisers, and Media. You have all played a part.

This wouldn’t have been possible without all the people and companies that supported NZXC Racing over the years. Thank you, and I look forward to the future of the sport of MTB in NZ


2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano: large online audience reflects enriched broadcast offer

2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano: large online audience reflects enriched broadcast offer

Overall World Cup winner Rachel Atherton taking 2nd in Val di Sole, Italy
Overall World Cup winner Rachel Atherton taking 2nd in Val di Sole, Italy

The 2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano ended on August 23 in Val di Sole, Italy, with the awarding of the overall titles for Cross-Country Olympic to Jolanda Neff (Women Elite) and Nino Schurter (Men Elite) and for Downhill to Rachel Atherton (Women Elite) and Aaron Gwin (Men Elite).

For the fourth year running, Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI)’s official media partner Red Bull Media House (RBMH) produced the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano. In total 19 live programmes (7 DHI, 6 XCO Men and 6 XCO Women) were broadcast online on Red Bull TV and on selected partner platforms worldwide.

About 1 million live views were registered throughout the season plus around 1.9 million views by VOD in the first four days after each race.

With this result RBMH has one more time raised the bar by increasing the viewership by 45% compared to 2014.

In addition RBMH produced thirteen 26-minute highlight magazines for Red Bull TV, which reached a total of 930,000 views. Besides the main programmes UCI’s media partner published and shared additional clips, such as teasers, short highlights, action clips and onboard clips on all Red Bull platforms including social networks and the Red Bull YouTube channel before, during and after the season.

Internet coverage at a glance:

  • 38 hours of live coverage
  • 1 million live views
  • 1.9 million views as Video on Demand
  • 13 highlight magazines produced and 930,000 views

More information about the TV audience will be released by the end of the year.

2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano: results of “best events” vote

2015 UCI Trials World Cup: two in a row for Antwerp

2015 UCI Trials World Cup: two in a row for Antwerp

2015 UCI Trials World Cup, Antwerp
2015 UCI Trials World Cup, Antwerp

At the end of September, the overall winners of the 2015 UCI Trials World Cup were crowned in the Belgian city of Antwerp. Now it is the turn of the event’s organisers, led by Belgium’s own multiple World Champion Kenny Belaey, to be honoured.

The top five athletes in each category of the 2015 UCI Trials World Cup (Men Elite 26”, Men Elite 20”, Women Elite), specialist photographers and the UCI participated in the vote for the best event of the season.

After winning in 2014, Antwerp’s spectacular venue in the city’s Grand-Place has once again won over the voters. The organisers will receive their trophy during an organisers seminar to be held at the UCI headquarters in Aigle, Switzerland, at the beginning of next year.

Weighing up the environmental impact of a bike race

Weighing up the environmental impact of a bike race

2014 Tour de France, stage 2, Yorkshire
2014 Tour de France, stage 2, Yorkshire

The route of the 2016 Tour de France was recently unveiled, confirming that the Grand Départ will take place in Mont-Saint-Michel.

That means that at the beginning of July, this picturesque island commune in the Normandy region of France will be engulfed by riders, teams, officials, journalists, photographers and spectators. With their cars, motorbikes, rubbish, water consumption and use of energy, they will without a doubt put considerable pressure on the local environment.

That does not mean, however, that we should throw up our arms in horror and deplore the evils of cyclists and their entourage. Experience has demonstrated that the short-term disadvantages of such an event can be largely outweighed by the positive legacy it leaves behind. Take the 2014 Tour de France, which set off from the north of England.

The 2014 Tour de France Grand Départ in Yorkshire was one of the most successful in the Tour’s history, according to its Director, Christian Prudhomme, who called it ‘the grandest ever Départ’.

Starting in the city of Leeds, the Tour spent two days in Yorkshire before a third stage took it to London. The event generated huge interest, with 3.5 million spectators massed along the route, and levels of engagement from villages and cities beyond that of previous editions.

2014 Tour de France, stage 1, Yorkshire (GBR)

In addition, 8000 volunteers, 2000 journalists and almost 2000 official vehicles formed part of the event, generating the equivalent of 1500 tonnes of carbon dioxide for the Grand Départ alone.

Stimulating behavior change

That damage, however, needs to be off-set against the possible change in behaviour that the event triggered. A survey of spectators found that 37% of the attendees wanted to cycle more as a result of the Grand Départ. A study of the impacts of the event concluded that there was a potential saving of the equivalent of 9600 tonnes of carbon dioxide after accounting for the potential shift in behaviour from car to bike by the spectators. That’s 6 times the size of the emissions from the race itself.

For many people considering taking up cycling for their health – and for transport – the sight of elite riders can be one of the triggers for a shift in behaviour. If bike events are incorporated within wider transport and marketing strategies, they can help persuade people to try cycling as an alternative to the car.

The savings from a shift to cycling can be huge. Someone who commutes 5km to work by car could save half a tonne of carbon dioxide per year by shifting to cycling for all those journeys.

Measuring changes in behaviour is a complex and challenging exercise, but attempts have been made with thisrecent study.

Maximising the legacy for long-term benefits

Going back to the 2014 Tour de France, one of the reasons for bringing the Grand Départ de Yorkshire was to help inspire people to take up cycling in a region where – though the sport of cycling is popular – everyday cycle use is very low: just 1.8% of commuters were travelling by bike in Leeds, and even fewer in other cities. The region has created an agency – Cycle Yorkshire – tasked with maximising the legacy of the 2014 Grand Départ and the subsequent Tour de Yorkshire, which had a successful first year in 2015.

The chair of Cycle Yorkshire, Kersten England, says:

“Cycling has the potential to help address major social issues in the region through promoting healthy living, increasing green travel, boosting tourism and supporting social inclusion.”

One of Cycle Yorkshire’s initiatives is a ‘Bicycle Library’ – a collection of bikes that can be used by children for free and at a small cost for adults who don’t have access to their own bikes. These bikes can be used on cycle training courses, giving kids the skills to cycle with confidence. It is these sorts of small scale, community based initiatives that can help build and sustain a culture of cycling.

The environmental impact of major sporting events is therefore dependent on how much emphasis is placed on creating a legacy of everyday cycling. The 2014 Grand Départ experience showed that there is the potential for the environmental impact to outweigh the costs by 6 times. Coupled with the economic benefits, that should make big cycling events something every region and city embraces, particularly if they aim to use the event to help ‘nudge’ their citizens to use the bike for transport.

Boosting the economy

Cities and regions hosting major cycling events welcome many thousands of people whose spending boosts the local economy. Outdoor cycling events such as road and MTB also serve to showcase the region as a tourist destination, creating economic benefits that last beyond the time of the event itself. In some cases the economicbenefits are ten times greater than the costs of hosting the event.

Sports events can also help bring communities together, inspiring positive, lasting changes in the way a city feels about itself and the way its citizens interact, leaving a legacy of happier, more active communities.

Many events have strategies to minimise any negative environmental impact, and UCI’s Bike City label project includes a requirement for cities to consider this as part of their qualification for the label. The UCI would like cities to go even further, using their events to inspire people to cycle more, be it for leisure or transport. Such changes could do more for the environment than any sustainability measures implemented for the event itself.