Unite Components – Made in Wales

Unite Components – Made in Wales


Unite Components are a fresh new company who have a genuine passion for mountain biking. They produce quality precision machined mountain bike parts on an international scale–with their base being one rural welsh border workshop.

They’ve constantly been working to design and produce high end, quality products which will stand the test of time–and the trail! The focus has been on providing quality via the materials and manufacturing process, which is kept as local as possible. They know you can’t polish a turd and that’s why they don’t start with one! Unlike some of the brands out there, they have spent time finding the right suppliers to guarantee consistently high-end raw materials; you can be sure no stone is left unturned. After all, pride and reputation matter and they sure don’t want to let you down.

Since the initial launch in 2016, Unite Components have continued to update the roster. We recently caught up with company owner Andrew Cooper to introduce the complete product range.

ISCG-05 Top Guide
Chain Guide

• Back plate precision CNC machined from 6082 Aluminium
• Slider CNC machined from engineering plastic with hard wearing, low friction properties and good resistance against chemical attack.
• Light and simple design
• Suitable for oval chain rings
• No need to remove cranks for installation
• Includes stainless steel hardware
• Compatible with 30T to 36T chain rings
• Weight – E-mount: 42g ISCG-05: 50g
• RRP – £50

Our chain guide was released at the same time as our chain ring. The Compact Guide is a light, simple guide that offers excellent chain security and mud clearance with silent retention. The back plate is CNC machined from 6082 aluminium and the slider has been designed to offer the perfect balance between weight, chain retention and durability. The open design offers excellent mud clearance and is also suitable for oval chain rings.
The slider itself is CNC machined from a high-tech engineering plastic, which is not only incredibly strong but also offers excellent chemical resistance from bike cleaners/polishes and chain lubes. The use of two fitment points not only saves weight but also makes it possible to fit the chain-guide without removing the cranks. Because of the large array of different chain lines, we have designed our e-mount guide to include the use of spacers so that it will align perfectly with the chain. Stainless hardware and spacers are included as standard with both ISCG-05 and e-mount versions available.

Unites Grip Ring come in a good selection of sizes amp BCD s
Chain Rings

• Narrow/wide chain profile prevents chain drop
• Wide tooth profile for extra retention
• Recessed for improved mud clearance and improved chain ring life
• CNC machined from hard wearing 7075-T6 Aluminium
• Hard anodized for increased durability
• Available sizes: 32T, 34T, 36T
• Compatible with 9, 10, 11 Speed Chains and 104 BCD cranks
• Weight: 30T-40g 32T-42g 34T-52g 36T-60g

Our range of chain rings were our first products to hit the market and we wanted to make sure they can stand the test of time. They offer excellent chain retention, great mud clearance and longevity with a very high quality finish. Grip rings are CNC machined from 7075 aluminium (one of the hardest grades of aluminium available) and are then hard-anodised to create an even tougher, more durable finish. This’ll mean you don’t have to worry about rock strikes!
A large amount of wear occurs on the front face of chain rings due to the extreme chain-line caused by 1x set ups. The extra wide alternating tooth profile on ours improves both durability and retention. As chains begin to stretch they start to bind in certain places, damaging the chain and ring; our grip rings have specially machined recesses which help to prevent this damage, increasing the longevity of the chain ring and chain. The rear face carries very little of the wear from the chain ring and so has been heavily recessed to clear mud in some of the worst conditions.

Unite headset spacers come in 5 anodised colours.
Headset Spacers

• Fitment – 1″1/8 steerer (straight and tapered)
• Spacer thickness – 2 x 5mm, 1 x 10mm, 1 x 15mm

Our headset spacers are available in five different colours to spruce up your headset and stem. They add the extra bling factor and will keep your trusty steed looking fresh. We also offer matching top caps.

Santa Cruz Top Link Bolts are easy to fit and finish off that dream build.
Santa Cruz Upper Linkage Bolts

• 2 Bolts included (pair)
• CNC machined from 7075 Aluminium
• Colour anodised
• Weight – 20g
• Fitment – Nomad 2015 onwards, Bronson carbon and Alu, Solo Carbon and Aluminium, Hightower.
• Colours: Blue, red, purple and orange

A recent addition to the product range. Our linkage bolts are available in a range of four colours (which are designed to complement our headset spacers). With tough anodising, they’re guaranteed to spruce up your Santa Cruz and last through the elements.

Compact Bash Device - 75
Compact Bash Guide

• Back plate precision CNC machined from 6082 Aluminium
• Slider CNC machined from engineering plastic with hard wearing, low friction properties and good resistance against chemical attack.
• Light and simple design
• Suitable for oval chain rings
• No need to remove cranks for installation
• Includes stainless steel hardware
• Compatible with 28T to 36T chain rings
• Bash Sizes – 38T to 34T and 34T to 28T
• Weight – From 50g

The compact bash guide is newly developed and follows on from our initial chain guide. The specifications are the same, however, it also has an integrated bash plate designed to absorb all the hits on the trail. We now also offer the option of the stand-alone bash guard, too.

Feel free to visit www.unitecomponents.com if you fancy more of an insight into the company and the products on offer. If you fancy seeing their products in person, don’t forget to check out their dealership page to find your local stockist. Unite are also looking for worldwide distributors, so please get in touch if you think you can help.

To keep up with Unite’s latest products, you can follow them on social media:
Instagram: @unitecomponents
Twitter: @unitecomponents
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The man with the plan - Andrew Cooper
Andrew Cooper – The man with the plan.
Rose, Canyon, Trek: Factory Team Battle at 26Trix

Rose, Canyon, Trek: Factory Team Battle at 26Trix

The three factory teams battling for the crown on the FMB World Tour will be competing for vital points this weekend at 26TRIX in Leogang. After the first FMB Diamond, Gold, Silver and Bronze events have taken place, it is time to take a look at how the ROSE Rad Squad (2732 Points), Trek C3 Project (1766 Points) and Canyon Factory Freeride Team (1504 Points) are faring in the FMB Factory Team Ranking.

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This year’s competition for the FMB Factory Team Title seems to be shaping up to be a close one! A factory team must consist of at least two athletes competing on the FMB World Tour and the six best results during the course of the season count towards the ranking. One rider can however only submit a maximum of three scores; the three other scores must come from their teammates.

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After missing the podium last season as “Rose Gravity” the newly founded ROSE Rad Squad has to be taken as a serious title contender this season. Together with the new additions of Antoine Bizet (FRA) and Anthony Messere (CAN), the ROSE Rad Squad, got off to a flying start; Especially thanks to Torquato Testa’s really strong showing at Crankworx Rotorua and Swatch Rocket Air, where he took second place at both contests. With Jakub Vencl (CZE), Lukas Knopf (GER) and Tobi Wrobl (GER) also in their line up, the ROSE team can look to many more opportunities to stock up the points in order to take home all the glory.

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Emil Johansson (SWE) had an astonishing start to his season for the Trek C3 Project securing a third place at his first Crankworx contest of his career. The young Swede confirmed his riding level with a great win at FISE Montpellier, which was also his first ever career win. Emil’s points will be vital in future weeks.

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Swatch Rocket Air also saw the return of Brett Rheeder (CAN) to the FMB World Tour stage. The Canadian showed glimpses of grandeur and it was great to see him back on the bike competing. Even though he didn’t get the result he probably had hoped for, he and Emil will be a force to be reckoned with this year, even though they post the smallest factory team of the year with only two members.

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The Canyon Factory Freeride Team, reigning FMB Factory Team Champion, is in third position at the moment. The team had to take a blow to begin the season, losing Thomas Genon (BEL) at Crankworx Rotorua due to a broken foot. The Belgian is however on the mend and will be back for 26TRIX at Leogang (June 10).

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His fellow colleagues were able to put on a solid performance at Crankworx Rotorua; Tomas Lemoine (FRA) came in 5th whereas Anton Thelander (SWE) just came in shy of the Top 10. Lemoine and Thelander weren’t quite able to live up to the expectations at Swatch Rocket Air in Thun, but at least Lemoine was able to get a win under his belt at the FMB Bronze Event “Outdoor Mix Festival” in his home country and add some more points to the total.

FMB Wildcard Update
Two FMB Wildcards are up for grabs this weekend at 26TRIX. The two best ranked riders at the upcoming FMB Gold Event in Austria, who have not yet qualified for the FMB Diamond Event at Crankworx Innsbruck (June 25), will be awarded with a spot each for the third Diamond Series Event of the season. Thanks to a great performance at FISE Montpellier, Paul Couderc (FRA) and Reed Boggs (USA) will be heading to the next FMB Diamond Series Event at Crankworx Les Gets, June 18.

Keep your eyes peeled for further information about live webcasts and calendar updates on www.fmbworldtour.com or stay informed and sign up for the FMB World Tour Newsletter.

And do not forget that all the action from the FMB Diamond Series is broadcasted live on www.redbull.tv. Get the latest on everything bike-related at the Red Bull Bike Channel: redbull.tv/bike.

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Nigel Page’s Custom Nukeproof Mega

Nigel Page’s Custom Nukeproof Mega

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.

Tribute to Barry Sheene
Better than Christmas?
Barry Sheene Tribute bike

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.

Tribute to Barry Sheene
Tribute to Barry Sheene
Personal details using the retro Texaco and Champion logos.
Barry Sheene Tribute bike
Tribute to Barry Sheene
Tribute to his hero
Tribute to Barry Sheene
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.

Tribute to Barry Sheene
Nukeproof CRC
bigquotes 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!

Tribute to Barry Sheene
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.

Tribute to Barry Sheene
Barry Sheene would have been proud! 2nd master home
Nukeproof CRC
Team Trio of Nukeproof podiums with Elliott 1st in I21 and Sam 2nd overall
Tribute to Barry Sheene
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!

Dirt Diaries Gets Down And… For Crankworx Whistler

Dirt Diaries Gets Down And… For Crankworx Whistler

Dirt Diaries Gets Down And... For Crankworx Whistler

Filming for Dirt Diaries at Crankworx Whistler started June 1st with some familiar faces taking their turn behind the lens.

The video competition puts the camera in the athletes’ hands, sending the lucky winner home with a $10,000 prize for the best story told, the hand-picked crew of up to six riders, and the assistants to support.

bigquotes We want to show how the athletes would produce an edit, so I look for people we’ve been seeing a lot of on camera lately and know the Whistler Mountain Bike Park and Sea to Sky area well, so we can really see the area through the eyes of the talent who flock to it.Jill Young, 2017 Content Curator
The August 15 show will be the sixth annual event and marks the first cultural showcase of Crankworx Whistler. Held in Olympic Plaza, mid-run during the 10-day home-base festival, each Dirt Diaries edit shows the athlete’s talent as filmmaker and rider, but also as the storyteller. Every edit must go beyond the shred junkie’s dream reel and spin a yarn for the audience, whether dark, humorous or intriguing.

All six crews will be working the Whistler Valley over the next couple of months to ensure at least 25 per cent of their content features the general area, and 25 per cent showcases the Whistler Mountain Bike Park.

bigquotes I’m probably going to shoot the intro first, so we can see how it shapes up from there.”Ian Morrison
Similar to most of the videographers, Morrison had been a team member before being asked to compete this year and says his storyboard was ready to roll before the competition opened this week, he’s so stoked to be participating.

The 2017 Dirt Diaries athlete-videographers are:

KC Deane – For the past 10 years, KC has been a professional skier, so he is somewhat new to the mountain bike world. Inspired by the Red Bull Rampage, he began riding in the Utah desert, chasing the same feeling he got during the winter on a pair of skis. His passion for creating amazing film projects and imagery in mountain biking has made him one of the few dual sport professional athletes in the world.

Ian Morrison—Born, raised and living in Whistler, Ian Morrison lives and breathes mountains and biking – but only riding down them, not up. A regular in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, and in front of the camera, Ian could be considered, by some, to be a professional bike model and local hero. Ian pays the Sushi Village bills by tuning bikes at the local Whistler shop Fynataco.

Micayla Gatto – Micayla is an ex-World Cup downhill racer-turned-professional good-times haver and storyteller. She aspires to become a bike adventurer/vlogger, own her own lifestyle brand, and be riding until she’s 95. You can usually find her on her bike or snowboard, at the gym, wandering in the woods, camping, drawing, writing, making music or blowing up your Instagram feed.

Dylan Forbes – In the past three years, Dylan’s been hard at work pumping out content for the MTB world. In 2014, he helped Claire Buchar get to third place in this contest, followed up by a second-place for Yoann Barelli, and last year he claimed the win for himself with the film “Shred Till Ya Dead” edit. This year he and his crew have returned to defend his title.

Steve Storey – Steve is a mountain biker, trail builder, and traveller. He was the winner of the 2016 GoPro Line Of The World and his biking is a product of being born and raised in the Coastal Mountains of British Columbia. When not enjoying B.C.’s bountiful backyard, he can be found wandering the world, searching out burgeoning riding scenes and new places to explore by bike.

Zander Geddes – Zander Geddes is a 22-year-old graphic designer who grew up in Whistler. He currently rides for the Whistler Bike Park Team.

MENTIONS: @officialcrankworx

Slopestyle at its Best: Out of Bounds Festival in Saalfelden Leogang

Slopestyle at its Best: Out of Bounds Festival in Saalfelden Leogang

Only a few days to go: The world’s best Dirt Jump and Slopestyle athletes will be showing off their incredible skills at 26TRIX at Out of Bounds Festival from June 8-11: Plenty of airtime, stylish moves and insane tricks will cause jaws to drop. For the twelfth time, top athletes will battle for the 26TRIX crown and for important world ranking points during the FMB World Tour Gold Event. We spoke to Diego Caverzasi (ITA), Emil Johansson (SWE), Tomas Lemoine (FRA), Nico Scholze (GER) and Nicholi Rogatkin (USA) about the ongoing season and their experiences at Bikepark Leogang.

Out of Bounds Festival

Emil Johanssson (SWE) by Keith Valentine

1. What are you looking forward to the most when coming to Saalfelden Leogang?

Diego: Waking up and looking at the beautiful mountains of Leogang!

Emil: Getting to meet all my friends and ride the course. Last year I was there for the first time.

Tomas: Some riding with the homies and the big party!

Nico: I like the atmosphere with all the mountains. The feeling to be riding in between the peaks is just amazing. Whether winter or summer, I always like the course and the crew of Saalfelden Leogang.

Nicholi: I’m most looking forward to the vibe of a massive event in both slopestyle and downhill. With one of the biggest downhill races happening directly beside our course, the entire weekend is filled with incredible bike riding from some of the world’s best athletes. I’m stoked to be part of it.

Out of Bounds Festival

Diego Caverzasi (ITA) by David Robinson

2. Out of Bounds Festival not only features 26TRIX, but also the UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup. Would you give the Speedster World Cup track a try?

Diego: Mmmm, I’m not sure (laughs). I’m not very confident when it comes to big bikes so maybe next year (laughs).

Emil: No, I will stick to slopestyle.

Tomas: Nah, I will leave that crazy track to those guys (laughs).

Nico: No, I’d rather not… (laughs).

Nicholi: I’ve been fortunate enough to walk the downhill track there in Leogang several times, and I’ve been amazed at how gnarly it is. I would definitely give that track a try, but I’d be going significantly slower than the racers, haha!

Out of Bounds Festival

Tomas Lemoine (FRA) by Richkphotography

3. How often have you competed at 26TRIX? Were you happy with your result?

Diego: I’ve been to 26TRIX three times in the last three years, and I can say that I’m definitely happy about my win last year!

Emil: I was there for the first time last year and came 5th, so that was such a huge thing for me back then and still is, so I am very happy with that result.

Tomas: I competed at 26TRIX twice, but I got two bad results, so I wasn’t happy. (laughs). But I’m looking forward to doing better this time!

Nico: Just once last year and I was really happy with my result. I managed to win the GoPro Best Trick which was rad!

Nicholi: I’ve competed at 26TRIX three times, coming 1st, 2nd and 4th. The competition level has been massive every time. I was incredibly stoked to win 26TRIX in my first ever year riding the event, that is a moment I’ll never forget.

Out of Bounds Festival

Nico Scholze (GER) by David Robinson

4. How is your season going for you so far? What are your goals for the rest of the season?

Diego: Until now it went well, my results got better and better at every contest starting with a 5th place than 4th, 3rd, 2nd. It’s time to get the win somewhere (laughs).

Emil: My season started off well with a 3rd place at Crankworx in New Zealand. And then a 7th place at Rocket Air after slipping out in the first run and not getting a good second run. My highlight, though, was winning FISE Montpellier at the end of May. That was my first ever FMB win – I’m absolutely stoked! My goal is to have fun and do my best.

Tomas: The season started pretty well, I just wanna land some good runs having good times and enjoy life!

Nico: I would say very well. No injuries and a lot of fun at home and on every event with the other riders. My goal is to end the season with a good score in the rankings, of course staying healthy and at least finishing the new line at our local spot before the season ends.

Nicholi: So far this season has been awesome for me. The most important win was of course at Crankworx Rotorua. For the rest of the season I’m going to continue pushing my limits as much as possible and try to stomp the best runs that I can at every event.

Out of Bounds Festival

Nicholi Rogatkin by Richkphotography

5. What is your favourite sport besides slopestyle?

Diego: I like every kind or extreme sport, also athletics, gymnastics, motorbike – everything!

Emil: Just got my first downhill bike and I enjoy riding that thing a lot. So, I think downhill riding is one of the things I enjoy the most besides slopestyle. Skiing is a lot of fun, too, but I have rarely done it lately.

Tomas: I like all kind of bicycle riding and I like to surf a lot! And rap! (laughs)

Nico: I really like to ride motocross and skateboard, but when the summer arrives, there’s nothing better than a good session of wakeboarding.

Nicholi: Besides slopestyle, I spend a lot of time playing and watching hockey. Hockey has been a passion of mine since I was young just like bike riding. I of course pursued bike riding as it was my sport at heart. However, I still play a lot of hockey and am a big fan of the sport.

Thanks a lot for your answers and good luck for 26TRIX!

MENTIONS: @SaalfeldenLeogang / @FMBA

Ibis Cycles EWS Team Holds Down Number One – Ireland Race Report

Ibis Cycles EWS Team Holds Down Number One – Ireland Race Report

Photo by Dave Trumpore

The new Ibis Mojo HD4 delivers
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…

Photo by Dave Trumpore
Photo by Dave Trumpore
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.

Photo by Dave Trumpore

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.

Photo by Dave Trumpore
bigquotes 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
Photo by Dave Trumpore
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!

Photo by Dave Trumpore
bigquotes 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
Photo by Dave Trumpore
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.

Photo by Dave Trumpore
bigquotes 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
Photo by Dave Trumpore
bigquotes 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
Photo by Dave Trumpore
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.

Photo by Dave Trumpore
bigquotes 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!Robin Wallner

Photo by Dave Trumpore
Photo by Dave Trumpore
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.

Photo by Dave Trumpore
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.

MENTIONS: @ibiscycles