The hills are calling and this season 7iDP have brought together some of the greatest riders to have ever raced mountain bikes. In the company of these legends are the fastest and most
stylish names of the present and future.
4 World Champions in the shape of Steve Peat, Sam Hill, Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel are joined by Chris Akrigg, Adam Brayton, Craig Evans, Neko Mulally, Joe Barnes, Florian Nicolai and Mark Weir plus a host of others.
Our family of riders mixes rainbow stripe speed with the style and attitude that embodies 7iDP The season has kicked off and the podiums have started rolling in, from the Enduro World Series to British Downhill 7iDP riders are primed for their best season yet.
Neko Mulally tops off his recent move to the YT Mob joining the 7iDP family for the coming season. Back with Aaron Gwin the pair were last on a team together with Trek World Racing when the first 7iDP knee pads were in development.
Legend of the downhill race scene, Steve Peat will be out on his big bike and helping us develop new products for SeveniDP. Sam Hill may be concentrating on the EWS but his downhill experience will flow to teammates Mike Jones and Elliot Heap racing the full World Cup Downhill series.
Keswick Kestrel Adam Brayton will continue to fly the flag for 7iDP off the back of his best season to date in 2016. A winter of training everything from moto to cyclocross sets him up for another cracking season that he kicked off with a win at the first SDA race a few weeks back. Craig Evans joined 7iDP last season and with a new season, he’s ready to mix things up across the downhill race scene. Marcelo Gutiérrez, Eliot Jackson, and Jacob Dickson will all be riding 7iDP as part of the Giant Factory Off-road Team.
The Enduro World Series has exploded in recent years and we’ve joined up with some of the best talent for 2017. Both the Canyon Factory Enduro and Rocky Mountain Urge bp teams have been Team World Champions and they go into 2017 as strong as ever.
Storming into the EWS for 2017 Sam Hill leads out the Chain Reaction Cycles | Mavic team with Elliot Heap down for some enduro racing this year along with team manager Nigel Page. Flat pedals won a race last year and with full focus on enduro for 2017 all eyes are on Sam.
Justin Leov, Ines Thoma and Dude of Hazzard Joe Barnes make up the 2017 Canyon team and after two wild races in New Zealand and Tasmania Ines Thoma is currently 2nd in the series. Joe and Justin have battled hard and are clearly loving their racing this year and we’ve no doubt the rest of the season will give them the results they crave.
2016 Team Champions Rocky Mountain Urge bp carry on their winning group from 2016.
Florian Nicolai, Jesse Melamed, Remi Gauvin, Andreane Lanthier Nadeau and Sebastien Claquin will all be pushing for more top level results in 2017.
Headed up by 10 time World Champion Nico Vouilloz the Lapierre team will also be working with 7iDP in 2017. Adrien Dailly winner of the Tasmanian EWS race is joined by Remy Quillevere and Chloe Gallean for 2017.
The Giant Factory Off-road Team rounds off our enduro teams for 2017. Josh Carlson and Rae Morrison are joined by young pinner McKay Vezina with their eyes set firmly on racing consistency. We wish all our teams the best of luck this year.
Yep, we’ve got RADNESS too! Racers are going against the clock for glory in 2017 but a lot of our guys are getting out there, exploring new places and finding their own limits, often with a lens pointed in their direction.
Taking on everything from the EWS to UK downhill, Craig Evans was part of the crew that helped Tommy Wilkinson take the Crankworx Deep Summer challenge in 2016. Style for many, many miles Craig will be ripping it up with the 50:01 crew all year long.
The legend that is Chris Akrigg is back in Seven Protection for 2017 no doubt blowing our minds with his videos again. After shoulder surgery in the winter, Chris is back on his bike and has some amazing plans up his sleeve for this year.
Ben Deakin comes to the 7iDP family for 2017 and will be keeping us entertained though the whole season. He started his year off in New Zealand and will be all over the UK and Europe with videos dropping into your screens all year long.
Spreading their wheels far and wide the Trippin’ Fellaz will be keeping us entertained throughout the season with travels to far away riding spots. Their most recent release is from Nepal where they went in search of the Thorong La Pass set at 5400m above sea level, well worth checking out.
The Dudes of Hazzard will also be running protection from 7iDP this season, Joe Barnes and new addition Lachlan Blair will be rocking 7iDP protection and coming up with video gold like their latest Dudementary.
That’s us! If you want to follow all of our riders through the season and beyond then check out our social media links on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and our brand new website with all our latest products. See you on the trails!
For one weekend only on 29th and 30th April, Dirt Factory will host a pop-up event at the iconic Great Northern Warehouse in Manchester city centre. The Urban Action Weekend promises an indoor pump track, air bag, demo bikes from Evans Cycles, competitions, giveaways and much more.
Whether you’re a mountain biker, BMXer, road rider, or cycle commuter, experience the thrill of the pump track, hone your jump skills on an air bag or race against the clock for your chance to bag some prizes from leading bike brands.
After their successful crowd fund last year, the Dirt Factory team are working to secure a permanent base for their large-scale indoor bike park project. Alongside their search for premises Dirt Factory will be popping up at events and schools throughout 2017 to give people a taste of their bike park experience.
Dan Makin, one of the founders and Directors of Dirt Factory, said: “We’re delighted for Dirt Factory to be returning to its roots with a collaborative and fun weekend of action at the Great Northern.
“Urban Action Weekend is all about having fun, getting active and meeting up with fellow riders from the city and beyond. We thought it would be great to give the people of Manchester a flavour of what we’re about ahead of us securing a permanent space to operate in.”
The Urban Action Weekend at Great Northern will also include a chance to demo Swifty Scooters, an industrial fitness and strength challenge run by Test Your Steel, DJs, food and drink stalls.
Mark Schofield, Great Northern’s Centre Director, said: “We’re delighted to host Dirt Factory and their exciting programme of events to Great Northern – they’ve wowed us with their big thinking ideas and we know they will be a huge hit with our visitors.”
The Urban Action Weekend will take place on Saturday 29 and Sunday 20 April from 10 am to 5 pm on both days.
For more information about the Dirt Factory Urban Action Weekend, visit: dirtfactory.org/urbanaction
You have hopefully seen on social media that Myriam Nicole, Rémi Thirion, Gaëtan and Thibaut Ruffin chose Portugal to concentrate and refine their training before the opening round of the UCI World Cup in Lourdes (France) next month. George Brannigan, the team’s Kiwi contingent, is making his international comeback this week at Crankworx in Rotorua (NZ). Therefore, it’s time for the Commencal Vallnord DH Racing Team to give you all of our 2017 news and the schedule for the coming season!
Commencal and Vallnord remain the title sponsors of the team.The whole team will ride the Supreme DH V4.2 frame and continue to work closely with the Andorran brand’s RandD department. Vallnord’s support remains a real bonus because, in addition to offering the riders a prime training ground, it reinforces the Andorran identity of the team.
The partnership is expanding with Spank since, in addition to wheels, the bikes will be equipped with a combo of bars and stems from the Spike Race range and its famous vibrocore technology which will be a real asset on the most difficult tracks.
The team is very happy to continue with SRAM for transmissions and brakes as well as Rockshox for suspension. The X01 DH and the Boxxer have already proven themselves, the super deluxe and super deluxe coil rear shocks, new in 2017, immediately impressed the riders during testing.
iXS is one of the big changes of the off-season. The riders will wear the complete kit which includes helmets, protections, and clothing. Come to Lourdes to check out the new look!
For tires, the contract with Hutchinson extends to the delight of the riders who will continue to mix between the Toro and DZO from the DH range!
In addition, the team is proud to welcome Oakley (eyewear) and Lizard Skins (grips) and continues to have the support of Prologo (saddles), E13 (chains-guides) and CN Spoke (spokes). Also, after having benefited from Axxios (anti-vibration sensors) throughout last season, the partnership with the Swiss company becomes official for 2017.
Thanks also to Unior Tools, Five Ten, Rynopower, Finishline, GoPro, HT, Thomson, Feedback Sports, Works Components, Crankbrothers, Huck Norris, Forbike, and Super alloy springs. What a great list of sponsors to have!
The 2017 program
It’s no surprise that the UCI World Cup DH rounds and the UCI World Championships are among the main goals of the year. Parts of the Crankworx Series, the National Championships as well as some National races, are also on the program.
Let’s finish by focusing on who makes the team tick! The bro-duo Thibaut and Gaëtan Ruffin continue to manage the Riding Addiction structure. Damien Bideau begins his third year as Head Mechanic, and he works alongside Ryan Thom and Maxime Auguin.
The media department creates its beautiful stories with Kéno Derleyn in charge of photography, and we’re pleased to see the return of Jean Rémy Céron for videography. Bérengère Boës joins the team to manage the PR. The physiotherapist, Brieuc Duplessis-Kergomard has the task of optimizing everyone’s performance! Finally, Marilyne and Jean-Pierre Ruffin pursue with their passion for the management of the logistics, transportation and cooking side of things.
See you soon at the first events and thank you for your continued support,
The Commencal Vallnord DH Racing Team.
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Connor Macfarlane rounds a berm in the Mons Royale Dual Speed and Style. Photo: Clint Trahan
He’s a Kiwi who couldn’t be more stoked on sharing New Zealand’s dirt gold with the world. Sound familiar? It’s no surprise Conor Macfarlane walked away with the first Kelly McGarry Spirit Award at Red Bull Rampage last year. Unfortunately, he also left the event with a broken wrist. But in true McGazza spirit, he hasn’t let that dampen his spirits as he enters the Crankworx season with a full roster of events, and a full schedule over the year ahead. We talk to Kiwi warrior C-Mac ahead of the Mons Royale Dual Speed and Style about McGazza, bouncing back, ripping some great track and doing it all.
Impossible to talk about Crankworx Rotorua without mentioning the big man with the big smile. Kelly McGarry was instrumental in bringing Crankworx Rotorua to life, and in building what many of the slopestyle athletes say is the best course on the Crankworx World Tour. In 2016, you took home the Kelly McGarry Spirit Award at Red Bull Rampage. How does it feel to be recognized as someone who embodies Kelly’s positivity and determination?
First off, it was quite a surprise. I was still at the physio tent when I got told, just getting bandaged. It was the last thing I expected. To me, it’s pretty cool to be voted by your peers for something like that, especially ‘cause they’re the ones that are out there with you every day, doing what you do. That being said, I don’t feel like I’m like Kelly in the way that he was definitely a larger-than-life guy, and the most approachable guy out there, whereas I feel like I’m a little bit more shy. But it’s cool to be recognized for probably what’s more about my hard-charging attitude, and not giving up, and to have something in common like that. He definitely was a trooper, and an all-round good dude.
Why do you think it’s important to recognize and foster that positive attitude in the mountain biking industry that Kelly did?
For mountain biking, which is definitely a smaller industry than, say, baseball, or rugby for New Zealand, or any of those massive sports, it kind of keeps it down-to-earth to have awards like that. It’s quite a tight-knit community of riders at that level. I feel it brings it together ever more. It shifts the focus to something a little more light-hearted.
Some people’s last memory of you is from taking a serious beating at Rampage. You walked away, but with a broken wrist, and have spent a big chunk of the last while recovering from surgery. What happened, and how are you feeling?
It happened first day of practice at Rampage. Everyone thought it was a sprain for ages. I thought it was broken, but they were like “nah, it’s not” so I was like “sweet, sounds good to me.” I’ve definitely learnt to trust and listen to your body. It’s slowly getting there now. I haven’t been able to go hard on the bike, but now we’re straight into it. Crankworx for me is going to be the first proper test of the wrist. That’ll set the standard. Soon after that I think I’ve got four videos in the month of April that I’m supposed to be doing, so it’ll just be full noise from there I guess. There’ll be a little lull before the next set of Crankworx in Europe, then it’ll be straight back into it.
Aside from being known for your positive attitude, you’ve distinguished yourself as being one of the more versatile riders on the Crankworx World Tour circuit, having competed in Rampage, slopestyle, enduro, even XC World Champs as a Junior. How do you think that versatility benefits you?
For Crankworx there are so many different disciplines within the festival, so it definitely helps to have a bit of everything in the can. For the likes of speed and style, you’ve gotta have a bit of speed and you’ve gotta have a few tricks and a bit of style as well. And then, obviously, for whip-off, you want to be able to jump and be comfortable. For enduro, or an Air DH, it’s about speed and fitness.You have to be able to tie it all together…especially for the King and Queen. They’ve got an amazing all-round skill set.
In a way, that’s what the Mons Royale Dual Speed & Style is all about – versatility. Riders need to have a strong mix of both tricks and speed. What’s the vibe like on course when you bring this mix of riders together?
It’s sweet. There’s one or two that are definitely a bit more serious than the rest, but generally speaking, pretty much everyone’s just there to have a good time and ride their bikes and, obviously, do as well as they can. It’s a fun course and fun to ride. It sort of chills everyone out. I like stuff that doesn’t feel too serious, and it’s got that vibe, which suits me perfectly.
It’s the day before the Mons Royale Dual Speed and Style. What are you doing?
To be honest, pretty much every day before Dual Speed and Style I’ve got something else. I’m normally pretty flat out over Crankworx week, trying to juggle whatever other race or training there is, so I don’t get heaps of time to think about what’s next. But I’ll usually just jump on my bike that I’m going to use for the event and have a little ride around and hopefully practice the course. I think it’s more about before you get to the event – that’s when it’s important to have spent the time on the bikes. When you get there you should be comfortable enough to get on it and go, even though you’re jumping between different bikes.
On that note, you said goodbye to Knolly at the beginning of this year, and joined the Intense Cycles team. How’s the change been so far?
The change has been good. Knolly were awesome but to be riding product which Wide Open distributors, my first ever sponsor, bring in is something both Wide Open and I have wanted for a while so I’m pumped! The new bikes are awesome. They’re lighter for a start which means I feel I can flick them around easier and are lively in the air which for me is perfect. I have only jumped the DH bike so far, so I’m looking forward to seeing how it goes on some gnarly DH. I’ve given the tracer a good all round testing and its loving everything I’ve thrown at it so far.
Take us through your set up for the Mons Royale Dual Speed and Style.
I’m still undecided. It’ll be between my new Deity hardtail or my Tracer. I haven’t got to ride the hardtail yet, as was waiting on a few parts, so if I feel comfy on that maybe that, otherwise the Tracer.
Frame Size: Tracer is a large
Bar width: FSA gradient 170
Grips: ODI vans lock on
Stem: FSA gradient
Bike Weight: Can’t remember but 1kg lighter than last year’s when I weighed it.
Suspension setup: Pretty firm, heaps of ramp up and slow rebound so it’s better for jumping
Pedals: Deity T-Mac flats or Shimano clips when I’m trail riding
Wheel size: 27.5
Carbon vs. aluminium wheels: Carbon
Brakes: Avid Guide
Air vs. coil suspension: Air, so I can pump it up for steep jumps if I needed.
Number of tokens in air springs: none at the moment but that is on my list of things to get done this week!
Gearing: 32 front with a 42-12 I think it is on the rear
Tyres: Maxxis Minions front and rear
Tyre pressures: For speed and style would run higher than usual, maybe 40 psi
Anything else we should know? It’s got a dropper so I can get back up to the top of the course ASAP and smash the laps out haha.Frame Size: Deity – one size fits all
Bar width: 140
Grips: ODI longneck
Stem: FSA gradient 35mm
Bike Weight: unsure
Suspension setup: Will run it pretty stiff but hopefully with some small bump sensitivity in there as well.
Pedals: Deity T-Mac
Wheel size: 26
Carbon vs. aluminium wheels: carbon
Air vs. coil suspension: Air
Gearing: 26 -12
Tyres: Maxxis Icon
Tyre pressures: 40
Anything else we should know? Would put a front brake on it for Speed and Style but normally wouldn’t run one or the icon tyres.
In 2016, you became the face of Crankworx Rotorua, after starring in Tourism New Zealand’s Great Wheelie North video. How does it feel to have Crankworx returning to your home country for the third year, and to see how much the country has embraced the festival, and how fans and riders from all over the world have fallen in love with New Zealand?
There’s definitely a little bit of pride there because I quite like New Zealand. I think it’s a pretty sweet country, so I’m pretty stoked that, for starters, it’s come here, and as well that the fans love it. And ever more that the athletes love it. If you’re having fun, that shows, and that makes the crowd get stoked, and the people watching it get more stoked. It all just ties together.
Watch Conor in the Mons Royale Dual Speed and Style at Crankworx Rotorua, LIVE on Crankworx.com.New Zealand and Europe
Thursday, March 30
Wednesday, March 29
9 p.m.-11 p.m. PDT
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As Crankworx Rotorua is approaching, Rose Bikes have announced their new freeride team for the season: Rose Rad Squad. The team includes top mountain bike riders; Anthony Messere, Antoine Bizet, Torquato Testa, Jakub Vencl, Tobias Wrobel and Lukas Knopf. 2017 mountain bike season is about to hit it off with a new strong unified force by Rose Bikes. Six top riders have teamed up under the German bike brand, to showcase their skillset, push the sport and drop some jaws, while hitting the slopes and sending it at the competitions. We had a chat with all the team riders about their new bikes and their thoughts of being part of the Rose Rad Squad.
Both bikes are set up with the following parts:
Frames: ROSE The Jester/ The Bruce
RockShox Pike DJ, 100mm 3 tokens, 180psi
RockShox RT3 High tune/ 240psi
Sram XO DH cranks 165mm / Direct mount narrow wide chainring XO
Truvativ stem 30mm
Truvativ descendant colab bars 28.75”
Crankbrothers Stamp Small pedals
Truvativ Noir T-40 Carbon seatpost
Sensus DISISDABOSS grips
Maxxis DTH Rear, IKON front
DT Swiss EX471 Rim, 240S hub
Avid XX Brake, or BB7 mechanical disk with Slopestyle gyro
HSBC UK is the title sponsor for the next eight years of the British Downhill Series (BDS) with GT Bicycles being the presenting sponsor for 2017. Known as the HSBC UK National Downhill Series presented by GT Bicycles. The increased investment will see the series grow to new heights and further establish the series as the leading national downhill series in the World. The 2017 series will comprise of six rounds and will be co-ordinated by British Cycling in partnership with the experienced BDS Team.
This weekend, the 1st and 2nd of April sees round 1 of British Cycling’s National Downhill Series at Nant Gwrtheyrn, in North Wales. The cream of UK downhill will descend into “The Nant” as it is often called, now home to the National Welsh Language and Heritage Centre. This magical place is located in a former quarrying village on the northern coast of the Ll?n Peninsula in North Wales. This secluded Victorian village has undergone a £5m renovation in recent years which included construction of a new access road and the addition of a new weddings and conference centre.
A full house of 250 riders are booked in with practice scheduled all day Saturday from 09:30 to 18:00. Sunday is race day with practice from 08:30 to 11:00 quickly followed by seeding runs and then race runs. Round 1 winners will be crowned come 17:00 in the finish arena straight after the final race runs.
Headlining the event are current UCI World Champions; Trek Factory Racing’s, Rachel Atherton and MS Mondrakers’, Danny Hart. They will be up against stiff competition with Rachel up against Radon’s Manon Carpenter and FMD Racing’s Tahnee Seagrave in the Elite Women’s category along with ten other female athletes contending the category.
The Elite men’s final is set to be a nail biter with the Santa Cruz Syndicate’s, Steve Peat and Trek Factory Racing’s, Gee Atherton going head to head against the likes of the 2016 BDS series winner, Matt Simmonds as well as the likes of Adam Brayton, Marc Beaumont, Jack Reading, Mike Jones, Graeme Mudd, Taylor Vernon and a number of top contenders in the 30 strong category.
For further information on this weekend’s event for both riders and spectators, please click HERE The location is: Nant Gwrtheyrn, Llithfaen, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, North Wales. LL53 6NL.
Entries are open to everyone and we welcome International riders of all ages to enter and compete in the series (International riders do not require a British Cycling Licence to enter). To enter please click HERE.
2017 HSBC UK National Downhill Series presented by GT Bicycles Dates and Venues:
Round 2: 13th and 14th of May at Fort William, Scotland.
Round 3: 17th and 18th of June at Rhyd-Y-Felin, Wales.
Round 4: 29th and 30th of July at Moelfre, Wales.
Round 5: 19th and 20th of August at Llangollen, Wales.
Round 6: 16th and 17th of September at Hopton, England.
We can also confirm full factory race support for all riders from Shimano, Hope Technology, Crankbrothers, WD40 and Sprung Suspension.
MENTIONS: @si-paton / @GTBicycles / @BritishDownhillseries