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.
I am super motivated to ride for Rose. I like all their bikes from freeride to dirt and enduro, and I’m super excited to finally ride a Slopestyle bike. I will rock The Jester Slopebike a lot in 2017. My Jester will be almost a normal factory The jester II, I’ll just have some fresh Michelin tires on it, a badass Fabric Seat and some sick Fabric grips. I´ll have TRP Cycling brakes and all of this will roll on Spank wheels, while being strongly guided by Spank stem and handlebars! Get ready 2017, we’re all set for some big riding sessions!—Antoine Bizet (FRA)
It’s awesome to ride for Rose Bikes. I´ve been riding for them for two seasons already. It’s cool to have such a big brand covering your back, especially now having those new additions to the team. Rose is going to go big this season! My bike of choice is a Rose The Jester and also The Bruce, which is a Slope and a Dirt jump bike. Both of Rose frames are with KMC Chain, Novatec Wheels, and Kenda Tires. The set up is pretty light and stiff for sure! I can’t imagine a bike which would suit me better.—Lukas Knopf (GER)
Riding for Rose Bikes feels awesome and I´m stoked to be part of this big family once again .Perfect bikes, great teammates and for sure, great people behind this, makes it feel like a family. For 2017, I switched on to a larger frame size and I tried to build it up as clean as possible. I ride a RockShox Pike Dj in Acros headset and built up my wheel sets with Maxxis IKON tires to have the perfect grip on every course. As for the brakes, I chose a Shimano XTR with enough power and great handling. I also got the e*thirteen LG1 cranks on my frame and completed the bike with Kore parts.—Tobias Wrobel (GER)
I feel pleased and honoured to be on such a professional Team! Rose Bikes are seriously the best bikes I have ever ridden! Most of the time I´m riding with my”The Bruce” and “The Jester” dirt/slopestyle bikes! Both frames are really perfect for all my tricks, super-fast and light, to let me spin in every direction! I also used to ride some freeride with my “The Unchained 2.0” and I’m still super stoked on how light my bike is! I can almost do the same tricks with my DH bike, that I usually do with my hardtail.—Torquato Testa (ITA)
I´ve been riding for Rose for six years now, and it’s always been great. I appreciate all the support through all the years. These bikes feel like home to me. The Bruce is a great small dirt jump beast. It has a few original features, and it’s overall really stiff. Exactly what a dirt jumper should be, I would say.—Jakub Vencl (CZE)
I am stoked to be riding for Rose Bikes. In the past I have heard nothing but good things about their bikes. After taking a look at the geometry of the frames, I knew Rose would be a good fit. I was itching to get the frames built so I could ride them, and after riding The Bruce (Hardtail) for the past two weeks, I couldn’t be happier with how it feels. Now I’m excited to spend time on all the other Rose Bikes as well. As for the build of the new bikes, I have kept the hardtail and; slope builds identical, to make the transition from one to the other easier.—Anthony Messere (CAN)
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
The Rose Rad Squad is simply stunning and one of the strongest teams on the tour. With Anthony and Antoine, we have two new entries at Rose, which are among the best that the mountain bike world has to offer. Torquato has already shown us what level he is able to ride this year, and he is certainly prepared for some big things. Lukas is, in my opinion, the strongest rider in Germany and simply a rad trick machine. Jakub, like no other, embodies the fun and lifestyle, for which the team stands. Tobi is fit again and we will see him more often in 2017, with mouths open for sure. I wish all riders safe flights and good times!—Anatol Sostmann, Marketing and PR Manager, Rose Bikes
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.
Red Bull Media House unveils the teaser for its latest feature, Blood Road, coming out in 2017. The bold documentary captures ultra-endurance mountain biker Rebecca Rusch’s inspiring voyage in search of the crash site where her father’s plane went down during the Vietnam War. Blood Road won the Sun Valley Film Festival’s coveted Audience Award, following the film’s world premiere that opened the festival.
Rusch’s father died in 1972 when his U.S. Air Force fighter plane was shot down over Laos. Audiences are taken on a powerful journey as Rusch teams up with Vietnamese competitive cycling champion Huyen Nguyen to cycle 1,200 miles of the notorious Ho Chi Minh trail in search of his crash site more than 40 years after his death. The two women navigate the dense jungles of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, discovering a shared humanity that can help heal the wounds left by this historic conflict.
I’ve spent most of my life racing around the world only to find it was all leading to the most important journey of my life. To be able to share the story with the help of Red Bull Media House is a powerful gift to the memory of my father. I’m so proud to be the messenger for this important tale of healing and discovery.—Rebecca Rusch
Directed by Nicholas Schrunk and produced by Sandra Kuhn, Blood Road is more than a history lesson, it’s a daughter’s love letter to her lost father, and a remarkable undertaking fueled by the power of a newly formed friendship.Although Red Bull Media House has been producing films for several years, Blood Road is Red Bull Media House North America’s first feature film to be written, produced, directed and edited entirely in-house. The small production crew rode enduro motorcycles with gear strapped to their backs to capture this story despite the many challenges presented by unpredictable jungle terrain.
“Blood Road is a testament to Red Bull Media House’s commitment to independent cinema, storytelling and the power of human perseverance around the world,” said Scott Bradfield, Senior Vice President of Production and Development for Red Bull Media House North America. “We are very proud of this film, which shares such a unique and inspiring story.”
Blood Road will release worldwide in 2017. For more information about Blood Road and where and when it will debut, contact Red Bull Media
Professional racers Remi Gauvin and Miranda Miller came out to cheer on the high schoolers at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.
“School cycling sees itself as the nest of cycling. We provide the opportunity for the kids to learn to compete.That’s why the events are challenging, but not so challenging that a kid will go, oh I can’t do this,” said Kevin Searle, Chairman of Cycling New Zealand Schools.
Cate Mastny-Jen, of Tauhara College, approaches the feed zone at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.
According to Searle, mountain biking is only just taking off in the 50-year old program school cycling program, and cycling, as a whole, is growing by leaps and bounds for teen athletes.
With the youngest competitors just eleven years old, the Cross-Country turned the Whakarewarewa Forest into a circuit of cheering fans for the bulk of Tuesday. The event was expected to be the largest high school event in the country, in terms of competitive space, and this week, the first stand-alone high school mountain biking championships in New Zealand. Results for the day’s events were posted by late afternoon. (VIEW HERE)
Emma Lord (133) at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.
Ruby Ryan, of Rotorua Lakes High School, chases down Tauhara College’s Sammie Maxwell, with Poppy Buissink, of Epsom Girls Grammar School, pulling in behind. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.
Annalise Gillespie heads for the feed zone at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.
Millie Day attacks the singletrack at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.
Ruby Ryan on the attack at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.
The boys of Macleans College Cycling team at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.
Bikes all over at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.
Shelley Pfister (116) and Sarah Harvison (125) head down the start straight at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.
The U17 Girls head up the road at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.
Ella Wyllie heads for the feed zone at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.
Harriet Neradt chases the leaders at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.
Jessica Guiney leads out Emily Hannah at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.
Emily Hannah chases down Jessica Guiney at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.
Jamie Kara at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.
Sacha Earnest, U13 girls, rides in the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.
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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This weekend in the Dyfi Forest the 2017 Atherton Academy intake enjoyed a weekend riding with the Trek Factory Racing DH team. It was wet, windy and hard work but the three young riders dug in and showed us the kind of talent and determination that earned them these coveted training places. There were smiles for miles as Mille Johnset, Luke Williamson and Jamie Cable shredded Dan Atherton’s Dyfi trails, chilled at the skatepark and collected their specially designed 2017 team strip.
Dan Hearn was on hand to capture some of the action.
The weekend started with a meet at Atherton HQ. It quickly got like Christmas as iXS protective gear, Bell helmets, and new team strip and casual wear were fitted and distributed. Team Director, Dan Brown and Dan Atherton gave a short welcome while Head Technician, Joe Krejbich made sure that set ups were optimal on the Trek Session 9.9s.
Jamie ” like Christmas morning!”
I’m delighted to be working with these three young riders. Without taking anything away from what they’ve achieved so far, all of this year’s intake have so much to learn and such potential for growth that it’s going to be very exciting to be a part of that journey. The primary objective for all three of them this year is to gain a solid foundation of race experience.—Dan Brown
Browny leading by example.
We’re all passionate about creating a pathway to World Cups and a pro riding career. Ours is a young sport so there are many young talents out there who are in the dark about the opportunities available. A huge driver for me building these tracks is so that young riders can rock up and ride here on the same facilities that World Cup pros are using for their training, that they get to see real early that there is no reason that they can’t be the best.—Dan Atherton
Joe casts an expert eye over Mille’s Trek Session.
One of the most exciting things for me this weekend has been watching Jamie and Luke ride together and learn from each other, they are pretty much from polar opposite ends of the scale. Jamie relies 100% on his skill, Luke leans on his strength and power more so over the whole track they are pretty equal but you’ll see Jamie pulling away down the steep sections, Luke is faster where it’s flat – it’s partly physical make-up, partly what they are used to riding.—Dan Atherton
Luke and Jamie.
During Saturday night’s skate park session and Sunday’s DH shred the team were joined by Rachel and Danny Hart so the Academy had the advantage of two World Champions to follow down the trails!
It’s awesome how these guys would just watch us and then learn from that, if we did tell them something once, that was it they got it instantly, that’s so refreshing.—Dan Atherton
Mille Johnset. (Racing Youth Year 2)
16-year-old Mille has been working with us for a couple of years now, in last year’s first full season with the Atherton Academy she took a spectacular win at Fort William BDS (16 seconds clear of the field), the Scandinavian Cup and the Norwegian National Champs – despite 10 weeks off the bike with a liver injury.
Dan in the observer seat as Mille goes on the attack!
I spent a lot of time this weekend riding behind Mille, watching her throw herself into every corner! She doesn’t back off for anything, she’s so brave and her passion shines through in how she rides. Every corner, every pedal stroke she hits it with her full heart. After so long at the top of the World Cup game, Rachel has learned to become a very calculated rider but Mille reminds me of how Rach was when she was young.—Dan Atherton
Jamie Cable (Racing Youth Year 2)
Jamie is the least experienced racer of this year’s intake but he is a passionate and dedicated rider who has put in unbelievable hours on the bike to achieve the extremely high standard required to be invited to the Atherton Academy.
Does Jamie’s style remind you of anybody?
I got to know Jamie when I was running some Tuesday night coaching rides with the kids from the local school. There were two kids, in particular, Jamie and Tim, they were always pushing each other on, Tim’s already doing really well on the national XC races and Jamie’s gone a different way to focus on DH. The first thing I noticed about Jamie was his balance, years riding the Dyfi trails on his hardtail had taught him well! He’s so focused and single-minded, absolutely lives for his riding and his digging. He reminds of how we all were when we started out.—Dan Atherton
Luke Williamson ((Racing Youth Year 1)
At 14, Luke Williamson has seven years race experience behind him, first at the motocross track and since 2014 on a downhill bike. He has a series of local wins to his credit and in 2016 was 4th Overall in the British Downhill Series Juvenile Class (despite missing Fort William) and 2nd overall in the Pearce Cycles Series.
Luke! It’s easy to forget he is just 14 years old…
Luke is strong! A really powerful rider though you wouldn’t necessarily think so just to look at him, he outputs a hell of a lot of power in every pedal stroke. Maybe at 14 he relies a little bit on that strength but underneath and underpinning that there is a very talented rider. He’s really focused and already one of the most professional young riders I’ve ever seen.—Dan Atherton
Gravity mountain bikers Timo Pritzel, Amir Kabbani and Sam Pilgrim have represented the world of TSG for many years and are the standard bearers of the new TSG apparel line S2017. They are its inspiration and driving force and have taken the TSG motto “designed by riders” to the next level!
Although very different in personality and style, Timo Pritzel, Amir Kabbani, and Sam Pilgrim make a solid team and together ride and trust TSG protection gear and clothing. TSG head designer Jonas Janssen has tailored the patterns, colours, and cuts of the new TSG apparel line S2017 to suit Sam’s positive vibes, Amir’s multifaceted skills, and Timo’s urban down-to-earthness, all of which leave distinctive marks on the three lines in the new clothing range.
TIMO PRITZEL TP1 LINE, PRO-LEVEL PERFORMANCE:
Timo Pritzel is one of the founders of gravity mountain biking in Germany, with his experience, self-confidence, and charisma capturing the imagination of consecutive generations of riders. Wild BMX races and his fast-moving urban surroundings have given the Berliner a sharp edge, while power yoga is his calming force: This yin and yang is represented in the TP1 line.
The ventilated, quick drying fabric of his red and grey TP1 Jersey LS delivers pro-level performance and is designed to feel comfortable and look rad both on and off the trails.
His black TP1 Bike Shorts are the perfect partner for muddy downhill runs and freeride adventures, thanks to the waterproof fabric and stretch panels in the back yoke and crotch, which provide a comfortable, performance driven fit for all-day downhill sessioning.
The TP1 line is the perfect union of style and functionality for fresh shredding!
AMIR KABBANI AK1 LINE, VERSATILITY IS KING:
Amir Kabbani is the new skool rider in the German pro mountain bike scene, combining traditional values with new skool trickery.
An industrious builder of parks and obstacles, he embraces freeride, Enduro and slopestyle, is at home on all bikes and is one of the most multitalented riders in the world.
This versatility is the inspiration for his AK1 Line.
The bold black and green AK1 3/4 Sleeved Jersey delivers supreme moisture-wicking, mesh panel breathability and stretch for ultimate riding comfort and regulated body temperature on warm days and intense climbs.
The AK1 Bike Short is the number one short for charging trails and digging jumps. It is made from a tough, waterproof fabric for maximum durability and adaptability, while stretch panels in the back and crotch give total comfort. An elastic waist and ratchet closure offer secure hold and perfect freedom of movement.
SAM PILGRIM SP1 LINE, URBAN STYLE WITH FUNCTIONAL DETAILS:
New skool rider and FMB World Series Champion, Sam Pilgrim rides by the motto “always happy,” combining fun, mountain bike slopestyle, and BMX tricks to explore his limits. This is the inspiration for his SP1 Line, which blends street style with pro-level performance.
The short-sleeved, grey and blue SP1 Jersey is made from a breathable, lightweight fabric for all-day comfort and protection, and features a perfect fit, 4-way stretch construction for complete freedom of movement.
Sam’s black and yellow SP1 Bike Shorts also feature cutting-edge design and riding technology, with a 4-way stretch, quick-drying back yoke providing unrestricted movement, a hardwearing crotch for durability and zonal, laser-cut perforations for perfect breathability.
TSG BLACK EDITION, PROTECTION AND STYLING FOR DOWNHILL RUNS:
TSG’s Black Edition Line combines mountain bike performance with all black street styling.
The long-sleeve BE1 Jersey is made from breathable, quick-dry, stretch fabric with vent panelling and a drop rear hem that can be worn with or without body protection. It also features an under-helmet hood to keep riders on their bikes when a chill sets in.
The race-ready BE1 DH Pant is specifically designed for serious downhill descents, offering ultimate durability, long leg protection and strategically placed 4-way stretch mesh panels for superior movement when pedalling.
TSG BIKE APPAREL, CLOTHES FOR ALL CONDITIONS:
The Bike Apparel line completes the functional TSG summer 2017 bike clothing collection and offers styles for all conditions. The 3/4 sleeve red John Jersey has loads of performance features including a relaxed fit, lightweight and quick-drying material, mesh armpits for odour and personal climate control, a ticket pocket and sunglass wipe.
The Drop Rain Jacket is an all-weather pass to the trails, made from lightweight, breathable 4-way stretch fabric that is both water resistant and ultra comfortable.
TSG APPAREL, STYLES FOR THE TIME AFTER:
TSG also makes clothes for chilling, partying and general off-bike fun.
The line provides stylish t-shirts, hoodies, caps, longsleeves, and socks.
The 2017 Fuji Enduro Team will kick off a stacked season of racing this weekend when elite riders Meggie Bichard and Lauren Gregg tear up New Zealand aboard their Fuji Auric bikes.
Bichard and Gregg will compete at the first round of the 2017 Enduro World Series in Rotorua, New Zealand on March 25-26. While Bichard is competing in the full EWS schedule, Gregg will race half the EWS schedule and the full North American Enduro Tour. Teammates Quentin Emeriau and Ed Kerly will race selected EWS dates.
With round one of the EWS on Bichard’s home soil, the 32-year-old Kiwi from Nelson is ready to make a statement at the start of the series despite an offseason injury.
I am looking to establish myself as one of the best 10 women in the world. My off-season has been hampered by a broken hand and the beginning of the season has come a little early for me, but I expect to get stronger and faster as the season progresses.—Meggie Bichard
Bichard placed in the top 10 at EWS Ireland and France in 2016, as well as winning the Trans BC Enduro, Trans-Sylvania Epic Enduro and the Welsh Enduro Series Eastridge.
From her homebase in Reno, NV, Gregg, the 2014 California Enduro Series Champion, is not only focusing on her select EWS races but also the premier enduro events in North America.
I’ve really got my eyes on winning the North American Enduro Tour. I’d also love to better my bronze medal at the 2016 U.S. Enduro National Championships, which this year are in West Virginia.—Lauren Gregg
Rounding out the Fuji Enduro Team are pro racers Emeriau, from France, and Kerly out of New Zealand. Emeriau, 31, will race rounds 3, 6, 7 and 8 of the EWS. Kerly, 35, is set to take on EWS rounds 1, 3, 5, 7 and 8.
The Fuji Enduro Team will be battling the world’s best aboard their Fuji Auric machines. With 160mm of travel engineered around the ground-breaking M-Link suspension, 27.5? wheels and an A6-SL alloy frame, the Auric is the ideal enduro racing platform.
I absolutely love the Auric. The bike is very playful and maneuverable while also feeling stable, which is great for the unpredictable terrain in an enduro race. The M-Link is super efficient at climbing, which really helps mitigate fatigue during long days in the saddle.—Lauren Gregg
The Auric, Bichard said, immediately felt like the perfect bike for ascending and descending.
The geometry and M-Link backend feel very well judged without being overly biased toward one type of riding at the detriment to another. The pedaling efficiency is a stand-out feature for a bike with 160mm travel and a great attribute for stomping between turns.—Meggie Bichard
With Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships won on Fuji mountain bikes in 2011 and 2012, the brand is excited to stake a claim in the world of enduro with the team and the all-mountain Auric, said Fuji Sponsorship Manager Milay Galvez.
Fuji has a long history of sponsoring top riders and now, with the Fuji Enduro project led by Meg and Lauren, the opportunity to have these top-performing athletes on Fuji’s M-Link technology is a sponsorship dream come true.—Milay Galvez
Look for Meggie Bichard and Lauren Gregg at any of their races in 2017, and don’t hesitate to ask them about their awesome Auric rigs.
Meg and Lauren’s 2017 Enduro World Series Schedule
March 25–26: Round 1 – Rotorua, New Zealand (Giant Toa Enduro) Meg and Lauren
April 8–9: Round 2 – Tasmania, Australia (Shimano Enduro Tasmania) Meg and Lauren
May 13–14: Round 3 – Madeira, Portugal (Enduro World Series Powered by Freeride Madeira) Meg
May 28: Round 4 – Co Wicklow, Ireland (Emerald Enduro Wicklow) Meg
July 1–2: Round 5 – Millau, France (Natural Games Millau EWS driven by URGE) Meg
July 29–30: Round 6 – Aspen Snowmass, USA (Big Mountain Enduro Aspen Snowmass) Meg and Lauren
Aug. 13: Round 7 – Whistler, Canada (SRAM Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized) Meg and Lauren
Sept. 30: Round 8 – Finale Ligure, Italy (Bluegrass Finalenduro powered by SRAM) Meg
Lauren Gregg’s 2017 Race Schedule See above for Enduro World Series
April 28–30: TDS Enduro, Grass Valley, CA
May 7: Fraser Valley Enduro, North American Enduro Tour
May 27–28: Whistler Spring Classic, BC, NAET
June 10: The Gryphon, Squamish, BC, NAET
June 25: Blue Mountain Enduro, Ontario, NAET
July 8: Winter Park Enduro, Colorado, Big Mountain Enduro
July 19–23: USA MTB Cycling Championships, Snowshoe, WV