Simon Pagès has made it! The young Frenchman can look forward to a spot in the rider lineup for the legendary Red Bull District Ride on September 1-2, 2017, thanks to a great performance at the FMB Gold Event “GlemmRide Slopestyle” in Saalbach (AUT) last weekend. Pagès now belongs to the 20 athletes who will be dropping into the gnarliest urban course in the world and will be showing off his steeze in all five districts, whilst competing against the world’s best slopestyle riders in front of 80,000 spectators. The second FMB Wildcard for Red Bull District Ride is up for grabs in Spain at the FMB Gold Event “O Marisquino” on August 13. The FMB Wildcard is awarded to the highest ranked athlete, who has not yet qualified for Red Bull District Ride.
20-year-old Pagès has been extremely active this year and already competed at 10 different FMB World Tour Events. He also raised eyebrows thanks to stunning performances at 26TRIX in Leogang and Crankworx Les Gets a few weeks back. His experience seems to be paying off and we can expect a great show from Pagès in Nuremberg this September.
Congrats to a sensational performance, Simon! What does it feel like to know that you will be sending it with the world’s best on Red Bull District Ride’s legendary urban slopestyle course this September?
I am really happy that I will be heading to Red Bull District Ride this year! I was there in 2014 and it was just crazy. I can’t wait to be back on the Hauptmarkt!
What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about Red Bull District Ride? What makes the event so legendary in your eyes?
It is an insane event! There will be so many fans lining the streets. The fact that the course is in the middle of the city and is very diverse makes it unique on the World Tour. I like these kind of courses because they are very different. They fit my riding style.
How will you prepare yourself for the FMB Diamond Event in front of 80,000 spectators?
It feels amazing when you ride down the course with all the people cheering for you. I don’t need to prepare for that especially. It is really motivating and helps you more than it is a distraction.
About Red Bull District Ride:
After five editions in 2005, 2006, 2011 and 2014 in Nuremberg and one appearance in Catania, Italy (2006), Red Bull District Ride has acquired a legendary status in the mountain biking scene. The world-class slopestyle athletes will be sending it in a unique urban setting and thrilling thousands of spectators.
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Stoke levels were high this past weekend at China Peak for the first stop of the VP Components sponsored California Enduro Series “Golden Tour” and the Kali Road Warrior program was in effect keeping people safe throughout the race weekend. The Golden Tour is a triple crown series within a series intended to spotlight top talent and events with the added bonus of being Enduro World Series Qualifier Events. That means more prize money on the line and valuable EWS points up for grab. It also means real rowdy trails and fierce competition.
The drive up to China Peak is as impressive as the venue itself. Passing through agricultural zones of the Central Valley and rolling through the foothills en route to the heart of the High Sierras is a reminder of the beauty and diversity found within the Golden State. China Peak is located near the end of a road that was originally conceived as a trans-Sierra highway connecting Fresno and Bishop. Due to the rugged Sierra Crest and Wilderness Areas blocking the way, the two segments were never connected which has left this area more isolated and undeveloped.
With the small mountain ski area vibe also comes the small mountain chairlifts. The lift line was stacked up all day as the trusty old two-seater worked overtime to get hundreds of racers and bikes up the hill for practice. Nothing but smiles and high fives though as people were undoubtedly glad to have a lift-assist. Passing over some sections of trail (including the super rowdy and freshly cut Stage 5), the chairlift also makes for great spectating, heckling, and line spotting.
Part of the charm of China Peak is the laid back atmosphere. All weekend long, people were posted up in the shade at the balcony bar, soaking in the sights, staying cool, and enjoying the vibe of the California Enduro Series scene. With the CES race weekend officially kicking off the Bike Park opening, it’s a great way to get things fired up for the season. The mountain is now open for business so get yourself up here!
Due to the higher elevations and clear blue skies, the sun was blazing hot all weekend. Thankfully, the hydration station was complete with a “mist’er” hose which provided racers with some much needed relief from the heat. Staying cool and hydrated was definitely part of the winning strategy for the weekend.
In addition to the shade and mist provided in the base area, there is a river running right through the middle of the venue which provides opportunities for swimming, fishing, and beverage chilling. The unofficial “Final Stage” of the race weekend is held at the swimming hole just upriver from the parking lot. This is always a crowd favorite for racers and spectators alike and usually generates some solid highlight clips as people jump, dive, flip, and spin off the rocks.
The Kali Road Warrior program is designed to help keep people safe at the races and sometimes that extends to spectators too. This little rider was ripping around all weekend and she chose to protect herself with this full-face helmet. In fact, she was dedicated to it. She was so stoked on the helmet that we agreed she should take it home. The force is strong with this youngster and now it is even stronger…and safer.
With this race requiring the use of full-face helmets, it is not uncommon to see some racers choose to bring both helmets (a half-shell to climb in and a full-face for timed stages). Another strategy that seems to work well is to remove the cheek pads during the climbs. This increases your airflow and breathability for those long transfers. Either way you decide to go, it’s definitely a wise choice to ride and race with a legitimate full-face helmet when you’re pushing the limits on such gnarly, loose, and technical terrain.
The parking lot at China Peak is just as exciting as the trails are rowdy. Making rounds through the caravan of adventure mobiles, it is clear that Vanlife (and hatchback/pickup/camper life) are alive and well in the mountain bike community.
Circle the Wagons! Some of the vans spotted in the parking lot were clearly more experienced than others. These dream machines got in early and scored the shady spots. It’s official, van-life is the new Enduro and these guys are winning.
Meanwhile, at the riders meeting, it was a perfectly crisp and clear morning. Racers rolled out as they were called and the battle would begin. With live timing, there was a lot of excitement and speculation about who might be on the podium after the last stage.
After a long and challenging day of racing, the awards ceremony was a change of pace. The fastest guys and girls took their rightful places on the podium. Some of them walked away with big checks and some with big bruises but all of them walked away with a sense of accomplishment for surviving the weekend and taming these super gnarly trails. This is definitely one of the most rugged and raw stops on the Golden Tour and sets the tone for the rest of the series to come. For complete race results click the link China Peak Results.
California Enduro Series
What is the Kali Race Support Program and who is the Road Warrior?
In an effort to support events and racers of all levels, Kali Protectives has launched a new Race Support helmet demo program in conjunction with the Kali Road Warrior.
We all ride and unfortunately, crashes do happen. Sometimes that happens at an event or race weekend, resulting in your helmet being damaged and unsafe to continue to use. But you have more racing to do. What now? When the Road Warrior attends a scheduled event, registered racers/attendees have the opportunity to demo a new Kali helmet at no charge. Kali is on hand to ensure riders can continue to compete without worrying about their helmet.
Currently, the program is limited to the West Coast, however, we are preparing to launch another Road Warrior and Race Support Program in Canada. Providing this initiative continues to be successful, we may establish Road Warriors in other territories.
If you would like to learn more about the Kali Road Warrior or possibly schedule him to attend your next event, shoot an email to [email protected].
Kali Road Warrior – Saving Your Race! / @KaliProtectives
Play the next round of Crankworx Fantasy, at fantasy.crankworx.com, by selecting who you think will top the scoreboard for the Raiffeisen Club Pumptrack Challenge presented by RockShox.
Our second day of Crankworx Fantasy action is rolling out from Innsbruck, and we’ve got a Pike DJ from RockShox to give away to the lucky winner of the Pumptrack Daily League! Get your team together in the next 24 hours, and this sweet prize could be yours. Details below.
Pike DJ: Charge higher
Jumps are getting bigger, tricks are evolving further, and the slopestyle and dirt jumping crowd needs a fork that facilitates this progression. Enter Pike DJ: little brother to the award winning Pike, with the stout 35mm chassis, it is light enough to boost higher and stiff enough to shred berms harder, available in 100 and 140mm travel versions. The custom tuned Charger damper stands up on jump faces and the specific Solo Air system provides heaps of bottom-out progression to help butter the landings. Everything you love in Pike, but cleared for the biggest take offs.
Follow along with all the action as we go LIVE to the world for our first broadcast event of Crankworx Innsbruck.
Raiffeisen Club Pumptrack Challenge presented by RockShox
Friday, June 23, 8–10p.m. CEST
Friday, June 23, 11–1p.m. PST
Saturday, June 24, 6–8a.m. NZST
Who was Steve Smith?
Most people know Steve Smith for his accomplishments on two wheels. A force in the Canadian downhill mountain bike racing scene for years, Steve became an international star after securing Wold Cup victories at Leognang, Hafjell, and Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec. These victories culminated into the overall World Cup Downhill title in 2013, downhill mountain biking’s ultimate prize.
Steve became a Canadian cycling legend.
Was that who Steve Smith was? A downhill legend? The guy on the Fox Racing poster? Standing on the podium at Monte-Sainte-Anne? Tearing up a volcano in Japan for Red Bull?
Was that who Steve Smith was?
To some, yes. But not to us.
endurofficials Co-founder, Rob Fraser, Left, Steve Smith, right. Mt. Prevost, 2013
Steve was a brother, son, and an inspiration. A fierce competitor and an honest friend. A humble guy from Nanaimo that achieved so much and made you feel like anything was possible.
A guy who loved the outdoors, loved camping and fishing and golfing, just like us.
A guy who cared about people, about his family, and about his community. Just like us.
He loved to laugh, loved to smile and loved life. Just like us.
Who was Steve Smith? He was a guy… just like us.
Phenomenally talented and driven, yes. But what made Steve so great was his incredible humility and grace in spite of his remarkable success.
Steve inspired people to be their best and do extraordinary things because he was a guy just like us.
Although it’s been a year since he passed he still inspires all of us at end?rofficials to be our best every day.
As a tribute to Steve, we’ve designed the Steve Smith Legacy sock. 100% of all profits from Steve Smith Legacy sales will be donated to the Steve Smith Legacy Fund to help young athletes achieve their dreams. To date, we’ve reached over 75% of our goal to donate over $10,000 and have no plan to stop.
Steve Smith Legacy Sock
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CSixx, a South African based premium parts manufacturer has announced a partnership with former professional downhiller Andrew Neethling to supply him with their range of carbon mountain bike wheels and chain guides designed, tested and manufactured in Cape Town South Africa.After 14 years on the World Cup circuit, having raced for the likes of Global Racing, Trek World Racing, Giant Factory and most recently Polygon UR, Needles decided to transition into a ‘non-racing’ ambassadorship with Scott Bikes and cSixx for 2017.
XCM Wheelset with FOAMO’s inside
cSixx’s founder Mark Hopkins and Needles’ relationship stretches back 15 years to 2002 when the pair were locked in a battle for the South African National Downhill Title.Hopkins jokes how, at the beginning of the ’02 season he and the rest of the Elite field were wondering who this little shit was posting quicker times than them… the pinner was none other than Needles who was in his last year as a junior and routinely beating the rest of the competition, Hopkins included.
Needles would go on to win the National Downhill title overall in 2002 as a junior, with Hopkins winning the Elite title but having to settle for 2nd overall in the Championship.
Gravity Guide, DHI Wheelset with FOAMO’s inside
Hopkins and Neethling began working together when Hopkins co-developed Leatt’s DBX neck brace in 2010. “Andrew was the first South African running the DBX neck brace and his input as a professional downhiller was instrumental in the brace’s development”, recalls Hopkins.[QUOTE author=”Needles”]With our history during Mark’s days at Leatt, it was a no-brainer to call him up and propose riding his wheels in an effort to help cSixx further refine their rims as well as test prototypes. I’ve already put the +Plus and End rims through all sorts of hell and they’re performing superbly.[QUOTE]
South Africa is regarded as the epicentre of marathon racing, hosting the world’s most prestigious event, the gruelling eight-day Cape Epic every March. This competitive environment provides cSixx the ideal opportunity to test their marathon products. And now, with the addition of Neethling to the testing team, cSixx is poised to reap the rewards of his prolific travel schedule, where he’ll provide feedback on their Gravity focused wheels and chain guides from a global perspective.
Take a closer look into cSixx at We Are cSixx or browse through their Carbon Candy Components on their online store
Andrew will be running the following cSixx parts on his fleet of Scott’s :
Needle’s custom colour choice on his Hand-Made Gravity Guide
9series Wheelset with FOAMO Protective Inserts
The most progressive mountain bike movie of recent times gets the paper and ink treatment.
Feel it. Read it. Own it.
The Deathgrip Book documents the twelve plus months of shredding and filming that went into the making of Clay Porter and Brendan Fairclough’s landmark movie project. From the dust-storm berm destroying in South Africa to dank woodland steeze in California to lush Madeira to moonscape Utah, and with a stop off at home in the UK, get down with Deathgrip’s outrageously stylish crew over 172 pages of the finest printed matter.
Field notes from the movie’s cast and crew give unrestricted access to the world of Deathgrip, while epic galleries from a number of the sport’s best photographers give alternative angles on the movie’s standout moments.
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is available worldwide
now at Deathgripbook.tv
, at a cover price of £15 + P and P.
Edited by James McKnight
Designed by Jon Gregory
Printed in the UK
Published by Misspent Summers
With Photography and Contributions from:
Jacob Gibbins, Ian Collins, Chris Seager, Duncan Philpott, Boris Beyer, Brandon Semenuk, Jens Staudt, Eric Palmer, Ewald Sadie, Chris Greenwood, Roo Fowler, John Asuncion, John Reynolds, Tom Bowell, Nikki Whiles, Cameron Baird, Ty Evans, Mike ‘Cow’ Rose, Kyle Jameson, Brendan Fairclough, Clay Porter, Olly Wilkins, Ryan Howard, Andrew Neethling, Nico Vink, Josh Bryceland, Sven Martin, Sam Reynolds.
Deathgrip Book—Available worldwide now!
Deathgrip is now available to purchase worldwide on ITunes. Also Available on Xbox, Playstation, Google Play, Amazon, Vudu, Fandango Now, Vimeo on Demand http://geni.us/DEATHGRIP