NSMBA AGM – November 26, 2014
The North Shore Mountain Bike Association (NSMBA) will be holding its 2014 Annual General Meeting on Wednesday November 26th at the Lynn Valley Rec. Centre at 3590 Mountain Highway in North Vancouver.
At this meeting we will elect the Directors of the Board for the 2015 operating year, as well as report on what we did to make mountain biking better on the North Shore in 2014, we hope to see you at the meeting.
If you want your voice to be heard and want to contribute to mountain biking on the North Shore, this is your best opportunity. The meetings starts at 8.
Cam Cole Retires from International Racing
In a statement released earlier today on his website, he has announced his decision to retire from World Cup racing to focus on studying full time:
Photo: Matthew Delorme
Well it has been a bit quiet on the news front for me. It is that time of the year when deals for the coming 2015/2016 seasons have been finalised and the public is waiting and speculating as companies endeavour to build anticipation prior to releasing team details.
I have some news about my future as a professional athlete on the world cup circuit. I will not be riding for a world cup team next year or racing world cups. At 26 years old, for now I have made a decision and I am committing to a career after racing. It was a decision that I was prepared to make when I realised my situation. Moving into the 2015 season my main goal was to find a team that had good bikes and products and I was committed and believed I would be back on the podium this coming season. However, after many emails and conversations I found there were no vacancies on any of the top teams for the coming season. After having raced for some of the best teams during my career you begin to understand that the systems and processes that these top teams have in place, and the finer details that receive attention, all really put riders in the best position to make the most of their talent and the hard training undertaken in the off season. I have loved racing at the highest level, along with the ups and downs that come with the risk taking that is required to be at the top. I love to push myself to the limit, which you may have all noticed, I am sure that this will carry me through this next stage in my life.
I love biking and racing too much to stop, so I’ll be at local and national events moving forward and who knows about World Champs. I have partnered with one of New Zealand’s leading bike brands and there will be some news about this in the coming weeks. Otherwise I’ll be fulltime at the University of Canterbury and I’m looking forward to the challenges that studying will offer.
I have to thank a few people who helped me out in many ways during my time racing overseas. Starting at the beginning with Lahar and Aaron Frankiln who took a risk with me as an underdog to win the junior world champs title in 2006. Winning world champs as a junior kicked things off for me, and since then I have learnt a lot about being an athlete and getting to the top in my sport. I have enjoyed many good times along the way and have to thank Mum, Dad and my family, Reece Mcleod, Lester Perry, Aaron Fernandez, Skinner, Baron, Mavis, Gary Wolf, Christopher Warrick, Hulen King, John Kirkaldie, Mark “Fitzy” Fitsimmons, Nathan Rankin, Jason Marsh, Hamish Ferguson, Katherine Prumm, Justin Leov, Simsy and Red-Dog, Bass Man, Dodzy, Sabrina Jonnier, Luke Strobel and his family, Peter Valance, Andy Ward, Rob Warner, Chris Kilmurray, Matt Clarke, John Oldale, Laurent Delorme, Jack Roure, Loic Bruni, Sam Blenkinsop, Thibaut Ruffin and the whole Ruffin Family (I really enjoyed 2014 with you all) and my wife, Amy. Plus everyone else who has made racing overseas such an experience, I know I’ll have missed some of you, cheers.
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Big Mountain Enduro Announces 2015 Schedule
The Yeti Cycles Big Mountain Enduro presented by Shimano has just announced their 2015 series stops, in addition to information about their pro payouts this year. Big Mountain Enduro, now in it’s third year of producing the premier enduro series, is excited to release its 2015 schedule, including a stop on the Enduro World Series (EWS) and North American Enduro Tour (NAET), as well as publicizing an equal pro payout for Pro Men and Pro Women at all events and the Series Overall. The Big Mountain Enduro will return to Snowmass, Keystone and Crested Butte in Colorado, and pay visit to a new big mountain venue for its Series Finals.
“As a racer and behind the scenes of Big Mountain Enduro Series, it is with great honor to be the first enduro series in the country to support women in the sport with equal pro payout,” said Sarah Rawley, Big Mountain Enduro public relations. “We strongly believe in growing the sport through example, and that is men and women are of equal value to our series. If we want to see more women show up to the races, we need to initiate the momentum by providing a platform for women to pursue racing with just as much support.”
The 2015 season will kick off with a return to Aspen/Snowmass, June 27-28, with an expanded trail selection. “Bike Snowmass is excited to once again kick off the Big Mountain Enduro season,” said John Rigneym VP of Sales & Events for Aspen Skiing Company. “Last year was fantastic, a great experience for all, and we’re looking to have the 2015 event incorporate even more of the diverse mountain biking terrain here in the Aspen/Snowmass area.”
Next up on the schedule, is Keystone Resort, July 11-12, known for it’s aggressive trails, drops, berms, rock gardens and 2360’ of vertical in almost every stage. Stakes will be high with pros from all around to country, competing for valuable points and increased payout.
Crested Butte will see the return of the BME in the form of the Enduro World Series. The only U.S. stop of the EWS, Big Mountain Enduro will play host to international competitors and share the best riding they have to offer in their backyard, August 1-2.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled to host the only U.S. stop of the 2015 EWS tour right here in my backyard – Crested Butte, Colorado. This is a true honor, but knowing the unique trails we have and high expectations we enforce with BME and our crew, it was a matter of time before the world found out about this mountain biking mecca and what our organization is all about,” said Brandon Ontiveros, executive director of Big Mountain Enduro. “And what better platform to showcase to global riders, our sponsors and the international bike industry what big mountain backcountry riding is all about; CB-style, the supposed birthplace of mountain biking where the roots run deep.”
The Crested Butte Ultra Enduro will return in 2016 in full form as a five-day format, including traditional big days in the backcountry and culminating at Evolution Bike Park for the final day.
The Series Finals will take place at a new destination of rugged backcountry terrain and progressive, purpose-built gravity trails. The Big Mountain Enduro will craft a weekend of riding in some of the most stunning mountains in the U.S., that will challenge every racer and culminate the season, counting three out of four races for the Series Overall points.
Many Pro Women are thrilled with the news of equal pro payout, including series’ veteran, Krista Park. “This will draw more women, not for the Pro/Open class payout, but for the inclusion and value it attributes to women as racers in all classes. Big Mountain Enduro is leading the way with equal payout and utilizing the media to provide photos and stories of the women who race.”
“The training, preparation, and effort that women put into their race weekend is no different than the boys,” said Heather Irmiger, the 2013 Big Mountain Enduro Series Overall Champion and winner of several BME events over the years. “It’s really great to see that the Big Mountain Enduro will be stepping up with equal payout in 2015 – rewarding the best riders, regardless of gender, means a lot to me as it indicates that the promotors, sponsors and fans recognize that the adventures and ‘battles’ at the top of the women’s field are just as grand as what goes on with the men.”
Registration for Snowmass, Keystone and the Series Finals will open on Monday, January 12 at 9 a.m. MST. Registration for the Enduro World Series in Crested Butte will open February 4 online at Event Brite.
More details will be released the first week of January in the Big Mountain Enduro Newsletter and online atwww.bigmountainenduro.com. You can also visit Big Mountain Enduro on Facebook and Twitter for the latest details.
NS Bikes Analog
The Analog is an urban fixed gear bike that will let you fly across the city with speed and let you throw in some style too! Jump some curbs, throw in a barspin here and there and make your daily commute something to remember.
The Analog has proved to be a good balance between a commuter and trick bike. It uses the same tubes as our dirt jumping frames and has the same attention to detail and the same focused design as all our dirt products. Some of the highlights of this bike are the special fixed gear hub, much tougher than a traditional threaded cog hub. The frame has plenty of tire clearance and the amazing Resist Nomad tires make good use of that.
For the 2015 the frame is fitted with an integrated headset that is super elegant and stylish.
Piotr Jurczak who works in our sales department and shreds his Capital like none other also uses our Analog for his daily commutes. Check out Piotr cruising the streets of Gdansk on his way to the NS office.
Frame: NS Analog OEM, custom butted 4130 cromoly, integrated headset
Fork: NS Analog OEM, custom butted 4130 cromoly, 410mm (a-c)
Headset: Salt by WTP, sealed bearings
Stem: NS Bikes Quantum 31.8, 45mm reach
Handlebar: NS Terra 31.8, cut to 650mm
Grips: NS Sam Pilgrim signature, w/o flanges
Brakes: Promax RC453 medium reach with 249A levers
Bottom bracket: TH, square taper
Crank: Lasco, 165mm w/ 42T CNC chainring
Cog: 16T (16T freewheel included)
Rims: Jalco DRX3000
Hubs: Joytech (loose ball), custom fixie rear hub with 16t cog (IS2000 6-bolts mount)
Spokes: 14G-2.0mm w/ 14mm nipples, special laced on front wheel
Tires: Resist Nomad 700x45C
Seatpost: Kalloy, 27.2, painted
Saddle: Octane One Rocket
Pedals: Odyssey Twisted PC w/freestyle straps
Weight: ~10.7 kg including pedals
More details about the Analog bike at NSBikes.com/analog
SixSixOne Mini Downhill: Winter Series 2014/15
The SixSixOne Mini Downhill is back! Following the amazing success of previous years, the race series returns to the Forest of Dean this winter.
Started in 2007, the mini downhill has evolved into a much loved race series giving riders a chance to stay race ready and gain BC points in a relaxed, fun environment during the winter. Aimed at new and experienced riders alike – even attracting the likes of Tracy Moseley and Danny Hart in previous years. Held over one day, riders’ get two race runs and a chance to win some great prizes.
Chris Roberts, race organiser and the brains behind the Mini Downhill said:
“There are loads of people who ride around the area that have never raced, so we have brought a race to their local track, the tracks are fun ride but a real challenge to ride flat out to the limit. The event is open to anyone who wants to try downhill, no need for a race licence, so tell your friends and get your bike ready.”
Flowy, rooty and rocky is the theme for this winter. The races are run on existing tracks in the FoD such as Ski run, Corkscrew, Sheep Skull and GBU. The tracks are open all year round giving you plenty of time to visit and practice. All the tracks are fun and flowy providing an exciting challenge for everyone. Tracks range from one minute to two and a half minutes on average, you get two chances to race and your best time counts. The race track will normally be announced the Wednesday before and will remain open on the Saturday before taping for those who wish to visit and practice.
Registration and Fees
You can collect your number board on Saturday afternoon to save time on Sunday morning. Please bring a £5 note for your deposit for a number board (This will be refunded on return of your number board after the race) You can collect your number board on:
Saturday 4.00pm to 5.00pm (from cafe) or Sunday 8.15am to 10.00am from the registration tent.
You must sign on and collect your number board before 10am on Sunday. Full face helmets must be worn and fastened for practice and racing. The race is £30 online and £35 on the day (if spaces remain available) £20 for rippers and £25 on the day. Race licenses are not required for entry.
Rippers: Age 10 – 12
Juvenile: 13 – 14
Youth: 15 – 16
Junior: 17 – 18
Senior: 19 – 29
Master: 30 – 39
Female: 13 – 29
We had a record number of 28 girls for the 2013/14 winter series, and we want to try and beat that record in 2014/15! The series is very laid back and everyone is friendly and encouraging so we urge you to come and give it a go.
SixSixOne products and trophies will be given to the top three in each age category. The winner of each category also wins a free uplift day from Flyup Downhill.
Practice 9.00am – 10.45am
Race Starts (2 x runs weather and light permitting) 11.00am – 3.30pm
Prize Presentations 4.00pm
Location – Facilities:
Café, Hot Showers and bike wash are located at Pedalabikeaway Cycle Centre, Cannop Valley, Nr. Coleford, Gloucestershire. GL16 7EH
Find out More
www.minidownhill.com or www.nakedracing.com
Social Media & Contact
Chris Roberts – Naked Racing
Email: [email protected]