Ambitious water boardsports brand ION launched their first bike apparel collection in 2013. Now, the 2014 collection has arrived at local bike shops in over 24 countries worldwide. Time for a short overview of the 100% German engineered collection:
SCRUB & FLARE – Trail/Freeride
The brand new Flare (women) and Scrub (men) series are ION’s flagships in advanced technical construction and material choice. The long sleeve tops combine DriRelease front panels with airy mesh jerseys on back and arms. The shorts are made of a special 4 way-flex fabric, DWR treated, with laser cut details, bonded hems and a fabric-feature mix that make them a functional, robust and light piece of kit.
Left: FLARE & right: SCRUB colors
ROAM & LUZID – The streetwear inspired riding collection.
The Luzid (women) and Roam (men) lines grew up to 20 different styles for 2014:
Main idea: to combine a caual look with high functionality.All tops are made of Drirelease fabrics with Freshguard, which have a classic cotton look, but dry four times faster than cotton. Cargo style shorts and jeans (shorts & pants) are flexy and feature a cycling specific cut for maximum freedom of movement.
Left: LUZID (women), right: ROAM (men)
FMB World Tour Champion Sam Pilgrim got a signature tank as well.
SLASH – Downhill
The 2014 Slash is a pure gravity riding oriented combo: super airy but still robust mesh jersey long sleeves include a hidden ticket pocket plus a lens cleaning patch. The matching “Sabotage” pants and shorts are made of a robust mix of 4-way-flex and nylon fabric also feature hidden neoprene reinforcements on the outer hip for additional abrasion resistance.
TRAZE & GRAZE – All Mountain
Those who prefer a more sportive look might choose the Graze (women) or Traze (men): Surfstyle oriented designs in a slimmer fit with performance functionalities thanks to different fabric mix constructions including Coolmax & Sanitized.
Left: GRAZE (women), right: TRAZE (men)
Get more info about ION on their website: ion-products.com or Facebook page Selected 2014 products are being tested right now, so stay tuned for some ION product picks coming soon.
Atherton family dominates downhill World Cup in Cairns
Atherton family dominates downhill World Cup in Cairns
Constant rain over the past week made the downhill coursein Cairns extremely muddy and slippery, with riders having to run a fine line between pushing for a fast time and not overdoing it and crashing. As the day wore on the rain stopped and the track began to dry out in places, which actually made things worse in some sections, since the mud got sticky, clogging up tires and drivetrains.
Tahnee Seagrave (FMD Racing) was the first woman to record a sub-5:30 time, but the times began to steadily drop, with Myriam Nicole (Commencal/Riding Addiction), at five riders to go, taking the leading time below 5:20. Former World Champion Emmeline Ragot (Lapierre Gravity Republic), the third from last rider to start, slotted in just behind Nicole, after recording a very fast upper section before crashing.
However, just like in Round One, it came down to the two British riders – Manon Carpenter (Madison Saracen), the World Cup leader, and World Champion Rachel Atherton. Carpenter took the leading time down to 5:02, but Atherton smashed that time, recording a 4:50, to take both the win and the leader’s jersey.
“I think everyone was nervous, because the track is absolutely ruined,” stated Atherton. “It’s like riding through peanut butter. But when you hit the rocks you were worrying about crashing and you were sliding all over the place! For me it’s been a hard start to the year after getting sick [at Round One in Pietermaritzburg], and then getting such hard conditions here. The team worked so hard on the bike and the suspension set up … here I was definitely just a passenger.”
Atherton and Carpenter are now tied with 450 points, followed by Nicole at 297 points and Ragot at 295.
The men’s race saw American Eliot Jackson become the first rider to go under 4:20, and the leading slowly crept down, with many riders having a good start only to slide out further down the course. Australian hopes were raised when Sam Hill (Chain Reaction Cycles.com/Nukeproof) took the leading time down to 4:07, 15 seconds faster than the time of fastest qualifier Sam Blenkinsop (Lapierre Gravity Republic).
However, Hill didn’t get to spend much time in the Hot Seat, as Josh Bryceland (Santa Cruz Syndicate) knocked another three seconds off with 15 riders remaining. Loic Bruni (Lapierre Gravity Republic) and Neko Mulally (Trek World Racing) were both fastest at the top section, only to crash further down, leaving Bryceland in the top spot ahead of Mulally, with hopes of his first World Cup win. Unfortunately for Bryceland, compatriot Gee Atherton showed why he is one of the top riders on the circuit when he obliterated the leading time by 4.2 seconds, almost cracking the the four minute barrier.
None of the remaining riders could match Atherton’s time, with World Champion Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate) sliding off course (he was later disqualified) and Round One winner Aaron Gwin (Specialized Racing DH) losing time in the slippery root sections. The final rider, Sam Blenkinsop, struggled through the rocks before making up some time at the bottom, but it was only good enough for sixth.
“It’s absolutely amazing to win,” said Atherton. “It’s been a tough week, with changing conditions all the time, but the crowd was pushing all the riders on. It was a wild ride, so I’m absolutely over the moon to be on the top step. In conditions like these you don’t know if you can do it. I knew I had the speed, and luckily I held it together and made it to the bottom. The first World Cup was a rocky start for me, so I’m stoked to win this next one.”
Gwin, after finishing fourth, retains the World Cup lead with 415 points, while Gee Atherton vaults from tenth to second in the standings at 305 points, followed by Minnaar with 275 points.
In the Junior men, Loris Vergier (Lapierre Gravity Republic) was the top finisher, taking the lead in the overall standings with his victory.
Photo: Gee Atherton (GT Factory Racing) set the time that was impossible to beat
Want to race against the best racers from Western Canada and the Pacific North West on one of the best tracks on the BC Cup circuit? Want to spend a weekend with the coolest people around and live like a rock star?
Dunbar Cycles, Intense Cycles, Silver Star Bike Park along with the entire line-up of Dunbar Summer Series sponsors have teamed up to offer a wicked prize package to this year’s Silver Star BC Cup & NW Cup event.
To win, you need to create and submit a three minute DH video showcasing what ‘intensity’ means to you. It should have energy, strength and feeling. Show us why you love DH racing and why you should win an Intense weekend at the Silver Star Bike Park this summer!
In•ten•si•ty ~ Exceptionally great concentration, power, or force.
Prize Pack Includes: • Two free spots in the Kovarik Racing clinic for the weekend with coaches Claire Buchar and Chris Kovarik • Accommodations for two from Thursday to Monday of the event weekend (July 24th to July 28th 2014) • Lift tickets for two from Thursday to Sunday of the event weekend • Two free race entries for the 2014 Silver Star BC Cup / NW Cup downhill event • Priority bike support from Jason Louden of Loudenterprise for two • Pit & hangout with Dunbar racing team throughout the Silver Star event • Two POV cameras from Reel Cameras • Two free prize packs from Troy Lee Designs • Swag for both winners from Pinkbike • (1) TRACER 275 FRAME FROM INTENSE CYCLES
Videos will be judged and short listed by Chris Kovarik and the Dunbar Racing Team. Then the winning video will be selected by the Pinkbike community through online voting!
How To Enter: 1. Create and submit a 3-minute film of ‘Intense’ DH footage captured in the 2013 / 2014 biking season. 2. Add the provided “Intense for Life” video bumper found here. No bumper = No entry. 3. Download your entry onto Pinkbike.com by midnight May 20th, 2014 4. Include the tag “Intense for Life” in your description and add a link into the comments section below.
What Happens Next: 1. A panel of judges including the Chris Kovarik and Dunbar Cycles team will pick the top 5 films to be featured Pinkbike.com for peer-voting starting May 26th. 2. On May 29th, the video entry with the most votes at the end of the day will be awarded the Intense weekend prize pack!
Notes: • You may feature ANY bike brands and gear within the video you like • You may enter from anywhere in the world, but it is your responsibility to get to Kelowna BC airport or Silver Star Bike Park • You may keep your negative comments to yourself. One year airfare will be included as the event grows • Winner must be 13 years or older in 2014… If winner is under 18 they need to bring a parent or guardian as their guest • Event insurance is not included. You will need a UCI license or to purchase a one event license from Cycling BC at the event $10.00 – $30.00 CAD • The official rules can be found here ~ By submitting your video to this contest you acknowledge that you have read and agree to the rules and regulations of this contest • To vote for the winning entry you must have an active Pinkbike profile
Judging Criteria: • Demonstrates a connection to the theme • Video Theme: in•ten•si•ty ~ Exceptionally great concentration, power, or force • Integrates creative shots and techniques • Original, captivating and entertaining – the audience engaged, inspired and stoked • Attention to technical detail – The music and/or sound track is royalty-free, appealing and captures the mood of the scene, volume is consistent and background noise is minimal • Editing of the film leads to emotional build-up and audience response
Prizing: The video entry with the most votes at the end of the voting period will win: • Two free spots in the Kovarik Racing clinic for the weekend with coaches Claire Buchar and Chris Kovarik • Accommodations for two from Thursday to Monday of the event weekend (July 24th to July 28th 2014) • Lift tickets for two from Thursday to Sunday of the event weekend • Two free race entries for the 2014 Silver Star BC Cup / NW Cup downhill event • Priority bike support from Jason Louden of Loudenterprise for two • Pit & hangout with Dunbar racing team throughout the Silver Star event • Two POV cameras from Reel Cameras • Two free prize packs from Troy Lee Designs • Swag for both winners from Pinkbike • (1) TRACER 275 FRAME FROM INTENSE CYCLES
Silver Star BC Cup is part of the Dunbar Summer Series of events presented by Intense.
Kovarik Racing Race Skills Clinic Top World Cup racers and PMBI(Professional Mountain Bike Instructor)Level 2 instructors, Chris Kovarik and Claire Buchar of Kovarik Racing will be holding a two day Race Skills Clinic for intermediate to advanced racers in conjunction with the Silver Star Bike Park. From a track walk and bike set-up to line choice and putting a race run together, riders will learn skills, tactics and approaches to tackle any race weekend. Begin developing your race weekend formula with two of the industry’s top racers and most humble, passionate people! Riders will leave the camp with some Mental Training literature suggestions and a basic DH Specific Training Program from Strand Training. Chris and Claire will both be racing the Silver Star BC Cup/NW Cup and trying to lay down a new course record in 2014!
Learn from Chris Kovarik & Claire Buchar at the 2014 Silver Star Bike Park
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Base area for the 2014 BC Cup and NW Cup dual event
About Silver Star Bike Park “Silver Star Bike Park is stoked to host another big BC Cup race this summer. The bike park has a long history of hosting DH races, dating back to the early 1990’s. The current course, run on Dag’s Downhill, is a racers dream trail. It’s packed with lots of tight turns, rock gardens, and fast and tight treed sections that test the riders skills. There’s a reason why Silver Star Bike Park is one of the most popular rides in B.C. It’s not only the trails but it’s also only an hour from Kelowna, located in the sunny Okanagan. It’s also an easy visit off of Highway 1 from Vancouver or Alberta via Highway 97A or C. Every BC Cup racer receives 10% off select accommodation at the resort, which is on sale now. Call 1-800-663-4431 or email[email protected] to find out about the options and let them know you are racing the Silver Star BC Cup.”
For more information on the Dunbar Summer Series or this contest visit www.SERacing.ca.
Liege-Bastogne-Liege set to shake up the UCI WorldTour rankings
Liege-Bastogne-Liege set to shake up the UCI WorldTour rankings
The Belgian classic is considered the hardest one-day race of the season and marks the end of the spring classics
Sunday’s Liege-Bastogne-Liege marks the end of the one-day classics races on the UCI WorldTour calendar, with the 100th edition of the race expected to be a great finale to the spring.
In recent weeks the best riders in the world have fought for victory and UCI WorldTour ranking points at Milan-San Remo, E3 Harelbeke, Ghent-Wevelgem, the Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, the Amstel Gold Race and Fleche-Wallonne.
Spain’s Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) leads the individual UCI WorldTour ranking with 308 points after success at the Tirreno- Adriatico and Vuelta al Pais Vasco. However the classics riders dominate the other places.
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) rose from 17th to sixth place after wining Fleche-Wallonne on Wednesday and now has a total of 182 points.
The winner of Liege-Bastogne-Liege is awarded 100 points and so the Spaniard could move to second in the individual ranking in case of victory. Poland’s Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) currently has 174 points and could also rise from seventh place if he again rides well on Sunday.
Other favourites for victory at Liege-Bastogne-Liege include 2013 winner Daniel Martin (Garmin-Sharp), 2013 UCI WorldTour winner Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), Amstel Gold Race winner and local hero Philippe Gilbert (BMC) and Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali (Astana).
The race will also be important for the UCI WorldTour team and nations rankings. Omega Pharma-QuickStep leads the team ranking with 623 points but eight other teams all have at least 300 points and will be fighting for places in the top five.
The centenary edition
This year’s Liege-Bastogne-Liege is the 100th edition of the Belgian race, making it the oldest one-day Classic. It is affectionately known as ‘La Doyenne’ or ‘Old Lady’ of cycling but is also recognised as the hardest one-day race of the season.
The 263km race route includes ten testing climbs or ‘cotes’ with the most important in the finale of the race after the loop south to Bastogne in the south of Belgium.
Race organiser ASO has changed the route to include all the climbs that have made the history of the race. The sequence of the Wanne, Stockeu and Haute-Levee climbs has been changed, while the Cote des Forges and Cote de la Roche-aux-Faucons return this year. There will also special sprint after 100km of the race in Bastogne with a 5000 Euro prize going to the winner.
The Wanne, Stockeu and Haute-Levee climbs form an important trio and often inspire the first attacks, while the best riders emerge on the Côte des Forges, the Côte de La Roche-aux-Faucons and especially the Côte de Saint-Nicolas.
Riders have made successful solo attacks as the Côte de Saint-Nicolas climbs through the Italian district of Liege, while the others have waited for the final rise to the finish or even a sprint finish in the Ans suburb.
Liege-Bastogne-Liege always reveals who is the strongest rider on the day.
Photo: Climbing the Côte de Saint-Roche in the 2013 Liege-Bastogne-Liege
After 18 years, the international mountain bike circuit returns to Cairns, Australia, this weekend for the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano. Cairns was the site of the 1996 UCI World Championships, and will be again for the 2017 World Championships, with this year’s World Cup the first of a series building to the championships.
This weekend, Round two for both the cross-country and downhill will take place in Cairns, while the Eliminator competition will get underway with its opening round.
A week prior to the event, Cairns was hit by massive tropical storm, but the courses survived remarkably well, a testament to construction skills of the organiser. The 4.9 kilometre cross-country circuit will favour climbers, with a long climb on the main loop and a shorter one on the second loop. The course is full of rocks and roots, and is expected to remain wet and slippery, so technical skills will be very much required. Organisers have managed to incorporate some of the technical sections from 1996, including the ‘Crocslide’, smooth rock slab descent. One new section of note is the ‘Rodeo Drop’ dropoff, which will also be used in the eliminator.
Elimnator opens competition
The eliminator course is just over 800 metres long, starting with some BMX-style berms and jumps, followed by a climb into the woods and over the Rodeo Drop and into a fast descent back to the finish.
The eliminator will open the competition on Friday afternoon. The women’s field will see World Champion and defending World Cup champion Alexandra Engen (Ghost Factory) go up against Eva Lechner (Colnago Sudtirol) and Jolanda Neff (Liv Pro XC), the winner of the first round of the Cross-country World Cup. Another to watch will be Jenny Rissveds (Scott-Odlo). For the men, Australian hopes will be on Paul van der Ploeg, but he will have to face defending World Cup champion Daniel Federspiel (Oetztal Scott), Thomas Litscher (Multivan Merida), German national champion Simon Gegenheimer and Mels Fabrice (Salcano Alanya), all top performers last season in the Eliminator.
Cross-country: leaders Neff and Absalon looking to confirm
The cross-country will see women’s Under-23 World Champion Jolanda Neff try to replicate her first round victory from two weeks ago in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. She faces strong competition from the legendary Gunn Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Multivan Merida), who came close to catching Neff in the final laps of the Round One. Others to watch include Neff’s team mate Maja Wloszczowska and 2008 Olympic champion Sabine Spitz (Sabine Spitz Haibike).
On the men’s side, Julien Absalon (BMC), the winner of Round One, will be missing his usual rival, Nino Schurter (Scott-Odlo), who is taking a brief hiatus to race the WorldTour road event, the Tour of Romandie. Absalon will be looking for his 28th World Cup victory, putting him on par with American Julie Furtado for the most World Cup wins in cross-country. However, Absalon was pushed in Round One by Manuel Fumic (Cannondale Factory), who is looking for his first-ever World Cup win.
Downhill: slick and slippery after rain
The Downhill also incorporates sections of the 1996 course with updates to reflect modern course design. The 1.9 kilometre run is, like the cross-country very slick and slippery due to the wet conditions which, combined the with roots and rocks, will force the riders to balance between going for maximum speed and sliding out and crashing. After a couple of short rock gardens near the top, riders hit some jumps, then a brief uphill section that will test their fitness, before tricky 360-degree wraparound turn into a drop. After this, it is mostly narrow, rooty and slippery all the way to the bottom. However, the riders have to save some energy for the long pedalling section to the finish line.
The Cairns course will suit the same type of powerful and fit rider who did well in Pietermaritzburg, so we can expect to see a renewal of the competition between British rivals Manon Carpenter (Madison Saracen) and World Champion Rachel Atherton (GT Factory) on the women’s side. Atherton was just coming off illness in Pietermaritzburg, and Carpenter was able to take her first ever World Cup win there, but the defending World Cup champion is sure to be anxious to take back the lead in the standings here in Cairns.
For the men. it will be a chance to see if Round One winner Aaron Gwin (Specialized Racing DH) is truly back at the top of his game. Gwin dominated the sport in 2011-12, but struggled in 2013, before returning to the top step of the podium at Pietermaritzburg. Local hopes will be on Mick Hannah (Hutchinson UR), who finished second to Gwin in Round One, and World Champion Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate), third in Pietermaritzburg. Another to watch will be Gee Atherton (GT Factory), runner up in the World Cup last season.