Barry Sheene; a true legend. A unique character with a huge personality. He has inspired a generation and was a hugely influential beyond the motorcycle racing scene. The British two-time world champion was more like a rockstar with his antics on and off the track made him a hero around the world. It’s easy to understand how a young impressionable two wheel fanatic from Wigan could not help but idolize Barry Sheene growing up. With No. 7 strapped to his bike, just like his hero, a youthful Nigel Page was shredding the BMX tracks. From BMX came a successful career racing mountain bikes, and now he is the manager of the Nukeproof powered Team CRC-Mavic.
Better than Christmas?
The discussions for this bike started last year, we just failed to mention to Pager that we had sorted it and surprised him at EWS Ireland, think he was a little stoked. The frame is a Large Nukeproof mega 275, with team partners Mavic helping out with a set of Gold painted Deemax Pro wheels and Barry Sheene leather replica custom race kit. Not 100% arranged a Barry Sheene replica Aircraft Helmet.
Personal details using the retro Texaco and Champion logos.
Tribute to his hero
Tribute to Stevie #longlivechainsaw
Despite his many years of racing, Nige has never had a custom lid! we sent Herve from 100% an idea and the OCD knocked it out the park with the custom painted Aircraft lid. Definitely worth the wait.
It was a very special weekend for myself as Rob from Nukeproof surprised me with a very special custom Nukeproof Mega 275 frame. We had discussed some ‘hero’ bike designs over a year ago and Rob had been working hard to get me a custom painted Barry Sheene replica bike done (my childhood hero) and to top it off Mavic had custom painted my Deemax Pro wheels gold like Barry’s and made me some custom pants and jersey to replicate Barry Sheene’s racing leathers.
Then the icing on the cake: 100% had custom painted me an aircraft helmet – again, a replica of Barry Sheene’s helmet. I was like a big kid at Christmas, what an amazing gift thanks so much to Rob and everyone involved I am very grateful, I definitely won the coolest bike and gear award for the weekend!
Looks stunning all together with the Nukeproof Horizon components, Gold Mavic Deemax and powered by the gold SRAM Eagle
As with any bike they are made to be used! Despite his reservations of getting it dirty, it wasn’t long before it was ready to shred the trails in Wicklow.
Barry Sheene would have been proud! 2nd master home
Team Trio of Nukeproof podiums with Elliott 1st in I21 and Sam 2nd overall
Embracing the spirit of Barry Sheene (Not Barry White, Sam..)
Massive thank you to all that made this possible, Scott and Alexis at Mavic, Herve at 100% and OCD. Enrique our graphic designer for helping the vision come to life and a special thanks to Johnny at Elite Refinishing/ Refurb My Bike Belfast who knocked it out the park again!
The race in Wicklow Ireland is a classic in the Enduro World Series and promised to be a spectacular one with thousands of spectators lining the tracks. The short but demanding stages on the 46-kilometer course—with 1,500 meters of vertical—has it all from steep rock sections to pumptrack like parts in the lower sections. It was set to be a great race and the Ibis Team couldn’t wait to get out there aboard their new secret weapon, the brand new Ibis Mojo HD4 bike. This was to be the first official reveal of the bike, and the team was buzzing to give it a proper baptism.
Ahead of the six stages on race day we had two full days of practice, and the conditions for the two days could not have been more different. The first day greeted us with the best weather Ireland could’ve offered. Sunshine, dry trails and warm weather—what else do you need? Even though the trails are on the mellower side, compared to other EWS venues, you had to watch out for the sharp, sniper rocks that littered the tracks everywhere. A few flat tires in practice made reminded us all to stay on alert for them come race day…
A bit of rain was forecast in the morning for Saturday’s practice session, so no one was in a rush to start riding too early, but the torrential downpour wouldn’t stop and “waiting it out“ in the pit area didn’t help. We just had to “man up” at some point and get it started! Big puddles and deep ruts were the order of the day, compared to Fridays dry, even dusty at times practice.
Sunday – Race Day
Fortunately, it stayed dry for the race on Sunday, but this didn’t make the conditions any easier. The saturated ground was very difficult to read. Between good grip to black ice, there was everything. The first rider from our team to leave the pits was our young American kid, Dillon Santos, who had joined us for his first EWS race this year, and indeed his first race in the open category, as prior to this race, Dillon had only competed in the U21 category. We sent him off with a big cheer and got ourselves ready!
Prior to the race, Dillon visited his friend and former team mate Gary Forrest in Scotland to prepare himself for the Euro mud races. It helped him to adapt to the trails we had to race in Ireland, and boosted his confidence to attack the wet and slick conditions. By the end of the day, he found himself on a solid 62nd place and is eager to build on that.
This was my EWS of the year with the team, as well as my first race overseas. The week consisted of tons of fun riding, walking, and practicing the iconic tracks of Wicklow Mountain. Saturday’s practice threw everybody a curve ball with lots of rain, which made for a wild and slippery race day. Having not ridden a ton in the wet, I made it my goal to give it my best, but more importantly finish the race. So at the end of the day, I’m healthy and really eager to get to some more of these races and sharpen my race craft.—Dillon Santos
Our other youngster, Zaharias Blom Johansen, was loving the trails in Ireland and it showed in his riding. He was able to pull consistent stage results throughout the whole day and was rewarded with his first ever Top 10 EWS result, way to go Zakka!
Stoked, emotional and relieved are the words I would use to describe this race weekend. Something just clicked for me this time. I was riding relaxed and with confidence, all weekend and couldn’t be happier leaving Ireland with my first ever Top 10 EWS finish! Proud of the whole team for putting in some solid work this weekend that ended with us continuing to lead in the overall team standings. Thanks to everyone that supports the team and make it possible for us to do this.—Zakarias Blom Johansen
The Gehrig Twins were looking to snag a podium spot in Ireland. They knew it was one of this year’s races that would best suit their strengths. So the battle was on! Unfortunately, both sisters started were a bit off the pace in the first stages, but they were able to turn it up towards the second half of the day. Anita’s 4th was off the podium by a mere 0.5 seconds, and with several impressive stage results who knows what would have happened if Caro would listen to her ‘older’ sister’s advice about line choices on Stage 3! In the end, she settled for a solid 5th place.
It was my third time in Wicklow and it’s definitely one of my favorites. It is an intense race with short stages where mistakes are costly. All the crazy Irish fans lining the track is always an extra boost for me. I had a really good race and I’m happy with how I rode. The conditions were very tough. It was my goal to deliver a consistent race without big crashes and mistakes. In the end, I missed the podium with less than half a second, which of course disappoints me, but this keeps me hungry and motivated to keep on charging the new bike.—Anita Gehrig
With a crash in the first stage I did not have an ideal start to the race, but after that, I improved steadily and had some really good stages. A bad line choice at the start of Stage 3 buried my podium ambitions. My sister Anita advised me to not jump on the rock just after the start cause I suck at trials. I didn’t listen to her. So I found myself upside down even before I even had my front wheel on the rock… She’s definitely the smarter racer out of us. Stoked on a 5th place and some sick stage results! The speed is here, but I need to hold it together better for a full race to be able to step it up in Millau!—Caro Gehrig
After Robin’s mechanical in Madeira at the previous race but still a Top 10 result, he was more than eager to pull it together in Ireland to show his true ability. He was riding at his very best the whole day and truly made an impressive mark in the front row of the pack with this career-best 6th place.
Racing in front of the Irish crowds was just amazing! Last year I DNF’d in this race. So I just really really wanted to pull through and get the full experience this time! Small hill racing is usually not my strong suit. So I am super happy that I was again fighting for a Top 5 placing at the midpoint of the race. After a crash on Stage 3, I lost my momentum a little and had a bit of a hard time after that. I “kept it lit” like the Irish would say, and am more then happy to hold onto my best EWS result to date.
I have been riding with a bit of an injury for a while that is looking forward to a bit of a break so I feel confident that I can recover and do my homework for the second part of the season and start fighting for a podium! I am so happy to see my brother from another mother Zakka making it into his first Top 10 ever with some amazing riding!! Thanks to all our friends, sponsors and everyone that came out to cheer for us this weekend you guys rock!
The Irish fans made the race to an unforgettable experience and we came back home with a huge smile, four Top 10 results in the women’s and men’s races, and 2nd in the team competition for the Ibis Cycles Enduro Race Team. With that, we are still holding onto the number one overall ranking in the Enduro World Series Team competition! Way to introduce the new race bike!
Now we’re stoked to have a few weeks at home now to get ready for the second half of the season. It’s crazy that we are already at the halfway point by now.
Thanks to all our team sponsors and mechanics Mats and Tassilo for the amazing support, we all can’t wait to see what we can do in Millau at the beginning of July.
So this is where it all gets real, The Gnarcissist is officially for sale.
Slack, stable, handmade, steel, super-steed. Goes up as well as it goes down. 27.5+ and 29 compatible. Straight up gnar!
All frames will be handmade in the UK out of Reynolds 853 Steel, at Downlands Cycles.
Playful, whippable, railable; still able to smash single track, enduro races or bike parks. Once you’ve had ten minutes with it; feels like a second home.
In its first enduro race, it took second place, would have been 1st but we insisted it didn’t need a chain device (it did, lesson learned)
Looking at the geo on paper, logically speaking, it shouldn’t climb well; but it’s a hardtail, with a steep seat tube angle, the bike is long and planted so actually it does. The steering is slower on the uphills due to the slack head angle than you typically may ride, but really when was the last time you had to react fast on an uphill? “Watch out for that tree, bro!”
It’s not made for Olympic XC races—it’s really not—but to shuttle runs at a bike park or enduro events? It’s got you. Ripping single track? It’s got you. Boosting A-Line whips? It’s got you. Coming offline in a rock garden, in the wet, in Wales on a Sunday? You guessed it, it’s got you.
Prices on Kickstarter start at £750. For a handmade frame? A steal.
The full 2017 squad (left to right): Eliot Jackson, Jacob Dickson, Marcelo Gutierrez, Rae Morrison, Mckay Vezina, Mike Day, Josh Carlson, Carl Decker, Stephan Davoust and Tofor Lewis. – Cameron Baird photo.
The 2017 Giant Factory Off-Road Team gathered in Southern California earlier this month for a pre-season training camp before the start of the upcoming race season. The new-look squad includes a global lineup of returning stars and new faces from around the world.
With varying ambitions, ranging from UCI World Cup Downhill races, to Enduro World Series events and major XC races in North America, team riders spent time in California getting to know each other and dialing in their new bikes and gear before kicking off the race season March 25 at the Crankworx Rotorua event in New Zealand.
This year’s roster includes ten riders representing six different nations. One of the most notable changes includes the addition of Rae Morrison, an enduro racer in the elite women’s category who will represent Giant’s sister brand Liv. The team is also expanding its XC presence at the developmental level with young American riders Stephan Davoust and Tofor Lewis joining.
Other new faces this year include Jacob Dickson, a four-time junior national DH champion from Ireland; Eliot Jackson, a former motocross racer from the U.S. who scored top-ten results at two Crankworx DH events last year; and Mike Day, a former BMX star and Olympic medalist who has transitioned into mountain biking. Day will represent the team at select enduro events this year.
Returning riders include six-time Colombian DH national champion Marcelo Gutierrez; enduro specialists Josh Carlson of Australia and Canadian Mckay Vezina; plus veteran U.S. XC racer Carl Decker.
Here’s a look at the 2017 roster, along with a video and photos of the riders with their new bikes, gear, and apparel from official team sponsors.
2017 Giant Factory Off-Road Team:
• Josh Carlson (Australia), Enduro
• Mike Day (USA), Enduro
• Stephan Davoust (USA), XC
• Tofor Lewis (USA), XC
• Karl Decker (USA), XC, Enduro, Cyclocross
• Jacob Dickson (Ireland), DH
• Marcelo Gutierrez (Colombia), DH
• Eliot Jackson (USA), DH
• Mckay Vezina (Canada), DH
• Rae Morrison (New Zealand), Liv Women’s Enduro
This year Rae Morrison, New Zealand’s top-ranked women’s enduro racer, joins the team to represent Liv, Giant’s sister brand for women. Morrison, who scored two top-5 finishes in the 2015 Enduro World Series, will race on the Liv Hail Advanced, the first women’s specific 160mm travel trail bike. – Cameron Baird photo.
Mckay Vezina makes the step up this year from the Giant Co-Factory Team. This past season, the young Canadian emerged as a strong contender in the Enduro World Series during his rookie year. He’s picture here riding his Reign
Advanced team bike and wearing the Giant Rail helmet. – Cameron Baird photo.
Marcelo Gutierrez is a six-time DH national champion in his home nation of Colombia. For 2017 he will again focus on major downhill races around the world including the UCI World Cup series. – Cameron Baird photo.
Josh Carlson will captain the team’s enduro squad in 2017. The Australian had a strong 2016 season that included a podium at the Whistler, B.C. round of the Enduro World Series. Josh is pictured here training on his Reign Advanced team bike with SRAM drivetrain components, RockShox suspension and fork, and Schwalbe tires. – Cameron Baird photo.
New to the team this year, young DH rider Jacob Dickson is a four-time junior national champion from Ireland. Dickson is pictured here riding his Glory Advanced team bike and wearing a helmet and kit (jersey, pants, goggles, gloves) from team sponsor 100%. – Cameron Baird photo.
American Eliot Jackson is a newcomer to the team this year. The 27-year-old former motocross racer, who scored several top pro DH results last year, is pictured here riding his local trails in Southern California on his Giant Glory Advanced team bike. – Cameron Baird photo.
Three riders are representing the Giant Factory Off-Road Team’s XC unit this year. With an aim to develop young riders, veteran Carl Decker (middle) is joined by promising talents Tofor Lewis (right) and Stephen Davoust (left), both from the U.S. The XC riders are wearing kits from team sponsor Jakroo, along with Giant helmets and Giant Charge XC shoes. – Cameron Baird photo.
Giant Bikes: Team riders have a full fleet of Giant off-road bikes to choose from this year. Cross-country riders have the XtC Advanced 29er hardtail for fast, smooth courses or the Anthem Advanced with Maestro rear suspension for more technical terrain. Enduro riders typically choose the Reign Advanced with 160mm of suspension front and rear, or, for certain courses, the Trance Advanced trail bike featuring a composite frame and 140mm of Maestro rear suspension travel. For the World Cup downhill crew, it’s the legendary Glory Advanced, a proven DH machine that has won World Championships and World Cups all around the globe.
Gear Sponsors: 100% DH and enduro kits, full-face helmets and goggles/sunglasses; Giant helmets for XC and enduro (Rev, Pursuit, and Rail models); Giant footwear, including the Charge for XC racing; Jakroo XC racing kits; GoPro cameras; Re-fuel power chargers; Jaybird headphones; Honey Stinger nutrition; Thule travel gear.
Rae Morrison will be aboard the Liv Hail Advanced for enduro racing, and will also be equipped with Liv gear including footwear, saddles and helmets. You can follow the Giant Factory Off-Road Team all season long at facebook.com/giantfactoryteam and Instagram.com/giantfactoryoffroadteam.
About Giant:Giant is the world’s leading brand of high quality bicycles and cycling gear. Since 1972, Giant has combined craftsmanship, technology and innovative design to create the ultimate cycling experience for all riders, casual to competitive. Through its products, people and retail partners, Giant inspires passion for cycling all around the world. For more information, go to giant-bicycles.com.
About Liv:Liv is the first cycling brand completely dedicated to women. We offer the only comprehensive product collection designed specifically for female cyclists, ranging from beautiful apparel to premium bicycles. No matter the rider’s level or style, Liv provides the best products to help women discover new possibilities through cycling. For more information, go to www.liv-cycling.com
It’s a big year for the team, new riders, new bikes, new pit set-up, and a few new sponsors.
First, we are excited about our partnership with SRAM/Rockshox for the next few season. Currently we are testing with them in New Zealand, and could not be happier! Sam (Blenki) was with SRAM/Rockshox brand in the past, so he was enthusiastic to renew the relationship. The team’s entire drivetrain is SRAM components, and suspension is Rockshox (including Reverb seatposts on enduro bikes).
Next is Kenny Racing. When it came to apparel, we needed a brand who could deliver the performance and appearance. As a team that competes in the World Cup series, Crankworx series, and selected EWS events, an apparel brand needed to check all the right boxes. Kenny did exactly that. We love the way perform and think it looks pretty darn good!
Also new to the team is Deity components. With a few options available, the team ended up choosing Deity as the product was well liked and performed at our high standards when tested. As race team performance could not be compromised. Deity will cover our cockpits (handlebars, stems, grips, saddles, and DH seatposts).
Last new sponsor to the team is E-Thirteen. This was a simple choice, as we needed a brand who could meet the chain guide needs of our bikes, from downhill to enduro. E-Thirteen was the clear choice and it’s been nothing but aces from testing here in New Zealand.
Continuing with the team will be:
Bounce Protein Energy Balls
Nanuk – Hard Cases
Otherwise, we know we need to address the elephant in the room. Yes, we are on a new DH bike this year and currently looking forward to putting it to work by racing it at the highest levels of downhill competition. The bike is part of the Norco Race Development program and we are stoked to be testing and racing it. As a World Cup team part of our ‘job’ is to push development. Norco engineers have been really receptive to our feedback and much is being learned. Although we cannot reveal the bike in full detail, be prepared to see it slaying all through 2017!
We are proud to announce three new partnerships for the 2017 season. GT Bicycles has come aboard as the official supplier of frames for all bikes including rental, retail and programs. Spank Industries is now the official bar, stem, and pedal supplier. And just recently, E*thirteen is on as the Official Chainguide Supplier.
Quit dreaming, the mean looking GT Fury will be the weapon of choice for your sleepless summer. Close to 400 of these in the fleet.
“The opportunity to join forces with GT, a brand that has such deep roots in the mountain bike community, is an honour and we are thrilled to see where the relationship takes us in the future”, said Rob McSkimming, VP of Business Development at Whistler Blackcomb. “GT’s reputation as a race and freeride-driven organization will bring new energy to the Bike Park allowing our guests to hit the trails on the best bikes possible. We are stoked to roll out this season’s line up which consists of the Fury as the DH sled and the Sanction as the All-Mountain/Enduro option”.
The support I’ve received from GT as a Pro rider over the last 8 years has been nothing short of amazing, and I know their involvement with the Whistler Mountain Bike Park will exceed the expectations set by any other brand in the past. Whistler is arguably the greatest place on earth for gravity mountain bikers to get their fix, and what better way to enjoy the trails they have to offer than on a GT. – Tyler McCaul
Crabapple Hits has been the long time home of the Crankworx Official Whip-Off World Championships presented by Spank, and Spank Industries this year deepens its commitment to Whistler by providing the parts to keep the bikes under control. The entire GT fleet is equipped with Spank’s innovative Vibrocore bars, Spank stems, special edition seat posts, and Spike and Oozy platform pedals will provide the reliability you need to bag lap after lap on your favourite trails.
The big rig has been proven on the World Cup circuit; we are excited to let it loose in the Bike Park.
Spank’s innovative Vibrocore bars dampen the harmful vibrational frequencies that cause hand / arm fatigue over hours of repetitive riding. A perfect solution to optimize hours of comfortable riding in the Bike Park.
Sink your shoes into these and you will feel like you’re clipped in
For those looking for a more nimble machine, the GT Sanction is capable of handling all of the dreamy tech and flow you get get your hands on.
Can you hear Top of the World calling your name?
Thanks to the guys at Fluid Function the bikes are running well and looking mint.
Dreaming season if just about over, it’s almost time to throw a leg over these beauties and go wild.
Returning to the program for the 2017 season are our friends at SRAM, Maxxis, ODI, DT Swiss, IXS, GMC, Clif, Pinkbike, Monster, Oakley, GoPro, Dakine and Kokanee – thanks for making it all happen.
To celebrate the new partnership, GT will be giving away a trip for two to opening weekend of the Bike Park where GT will also be on site. Be sure to stay tuned to @gtbicycles and stop by their booth at Sea Otter to see the custom built bikes!
While winter is still very much underway on the West Coast of Canada, our dreams are no less filled with the sound of tires ripping through dirt and air whizzing through our helmets. Start prepping, tuning and polishing; the Bike Park opens May 19.
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