Yeti Switch Infinity Overview

As the heart of the SB-66, SB-75, and SB-95, Yeti’s Switch Link has earned a devoted following, but our friends in Golden knew that they could still do better. Enter the carbon fiber SB5C, featuring Yeti’s all-new Switch Infinity suspension platform. Before it hit the market, we sat down with some of Yeti’s key players to discuss the development of Switch Infinity, and what it means for the next generation of the Yeti SuperBike.

 

Review Time on Five Ten Freerider’s

Team MoCo Rider Sean Walsh gave BikingDirty.Com his review and honest opinion on the Charcoal 5 Ten Freerider’s.

5 Ten Charcoal Freerider

 

Here is what he had to say…

“I got these handed to me the morning of the Djouce Gravity Enduro and decided to give them a lash on the spot. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right? Taking them out of the box I was surprised how firm the sole felt- I honestly expected the rubber to feel more tacky to the touch considering their legendary grip. Checking them over they looked well made and had a very understated styling to them. Size -wise they were substantial enough that I didn’t have any worries about their potential longevity issues but were still a lot less bulky than my old Sombrios. No issues there then. Formalities finished I laced them up and off I went.

My first ride wearing the Freeriders really impressed in that I almost completely forgot I was wearing them, even after reminding myself to take a few mental notes about how they performed. My feet felt comfortable all day whether walking or pedaling, despite the slop and the wet. The only time they made themselves apparent was during a near off on the second stage. I expected to slip off the pedals given the sloppy conditions yet these things just bit in harder and I rode away, much to my surprise. I’m sure aggressive riders who like to ride more on the raggedy edge will appreciate the levels of grip even more than I did in that moment. This is a quality pair of flat pedal shoes, no doubt about it.”

2012 Crankworx Whistler Dual Speed & Style

by KillingTimeWithUTUBE

BY: Crankworx
Presented BY: AVID
On August 11, 2012 the Dual Speed & Style presented by AVID had it’s Whistler debut. Britain’s Brendan Fairclough, a rider widely recognized as one of the most well-rounded racers on the DH circuit, ended up in the final with Spain’s Andreu Lacondeguy, one of the world’s best known freeriders. Lacondeguy, who actually has history battling the clock as a DH racer, gave Fairclough a run for his money but in the end pushed too hard and ended his race in a spectacular cloud of dust while the British World Cup racer sailed over the finish line.

In the battle for third place two freeriders were pit against each other; American Kyle Strait who qualified first yesterday, and Sweden’s Martin Soderstrom. Soderstrom was pulling out Joyride-worthy tricks in every heat but in the small final was bucked on a roller and fell, giving an easy finish to Strait.

A stage win, an overall win and a podium finish

On the final weekend of the Transschwarzwald stage race, Jochen Käß and Hannes Genze of the «Multivan Merida Biking Team» won a stage each. Käß managed to win the race’s overall as well, and Andreas Kugler crossed the finish line at the Stattegg Marathon in Graz in second.

This weekend saw not only a heat wave all over Europe but also a wave of success for the «Multivan Merida Biking Team»: Within two days this resulted in two stage wins and the overall victory at a stage race and second-place finish at one of Austria’s biggest marathon races. But first things first: At the five-day Transschwarzwald stage race Hannes Genze and even more so Jochen Käß were in an excellent position.

After three stages, Käß was placed in second only 0.4 seconds behind the overall leader and Hannes Genze was in third, covering his back. This set the course for a spectacular finale at the Transschwarzwald. And indeed on Saturday the same four riders rode away from the rest as on the previous days: Overall leader Markus Kaufmann was joined by his teammate Matthias Bettinger and the two «Multivan Merida Biking Team» athletes Hannes Genze and Jochen Käß. But Bettinger and Genze had to let the other two go on the longest climb of the say. Käß managed to pull away from Kaufmann by a small margin on a technical ascent, but he felt it was too early to attack full-on.

«But when I managed to put ten to fifteen seconds on the leader in a descent after about 55 kilometres, I tried my best to increase that lead», Käß commented. That worked out perfectly and he built up a lead of 1min35 at the finish line, enough to take the leader’s jersey heading into the final stage. Hannes Genze crossed the line in third, adding to what was a very satisfying day for the team. On the last day, there were no more dramas: The top riders in the overall standings marked each other throughout the stage, so after 94.5 kilometres a sprint had to decide about the final stage win.

This led to two celebrating riders of the «Multivan Merida Biking Team» on the finish line, as Hannes Genze won the sprint ahead of Markus Kaufmann. Jochen Käß clocked the same time crossing the line in third, thus winning the race’s overall. «Winning the overall here is very nice», a delighted Jochen Käß commented. «And this was also a high-quality training for the next couple of races ahead, namely the Bundesliga races in Saalhausen and Albstadt and of course the world championships in Saalfelden. Markus was a formidable opponent all week, I had to give my best to beat him.» With Hannes Genze in third, the «Multivan Merida Biking Team» had another rider on the overall podium.


At the traditional Stattegg Marathon in Graz, Andreas Kugler made it to the podium as well: «I felt really good throughout the first three hours, and accordingly I had no problems to keep my place in the lead trio. But then the heat got the better of me, so I had to let Christoph Soukup go on the longest climb that led to the highest point of the course. But at least I managed to keep the chasers at bay and finally crossed the line in second», Andreas Kugler commented on his race

Fighting for the lead in the Black Forest

On Wednesday, the Transschwarzwald stage race started in Donaueschingen. At the start: Jochen Käß and Hannes Genze from the «Multivan Merida Biking Team». After three stages, the two are in the mix at the front of the race. Käß won the third stage after two second-place finishes in the initial two stages, Hannes Genze is in third in the overall.

After the first three stages of the Transschwarzwald, a clear pecking order has materialized: Markus Kaufmann and Jochen Käß are battling for the overall victory. Kaufmann managed to win the first two stages, Käß was the faster rider at the end of the third stage. Ranked in third in the overall, Hannes Genze is ready at all times to help his partner from the «Multivan Merida Biking Team» if need be. Due to a tendon inflammation, the team’s third rider Andreas Kugler could not participate.

On the first two days, Jochen Käß was the only rider who could follow the pace of Markus Kaufmann. «Markus worked much harder in the lead and was the stronger man on the trail. On the first day I chose not to take part in setting the pace as I had no idea where Hannes Genze was placed in the race. So I decided not to contest the sprint for the stage win and let Kaufmann take it on the first two days», Jochen Käß commented.

In the third stage, Käß did things differently: First he thinned down the lead group with an acceleration, then he kept the speed up in the lead trio, attacked repeatedly on the last ten kilometres and finally beat Kaufmann in the sprint for the stage win. «Kaufmann has improved a lot in technical sections. We’re separated by less than half a second, and he finds just as little a way to drop me as the other way round. Let’s see what is going to happen tomorrow», Käß says after his stage win.

Hannes Genze had a hard time to follow the speed of the fastest riders in the first stage. So he ended up in sixth, which was decidedly less than what he would have liked. On the second day, he fared way better, taking the lead in the race at times. At the end of the day, a third place in the stage put him in the same position in the overall standings. «Despite cutting the sidewall of the front tire, I managed to solidify this third position in the third stage. And as I feel better now than I did at the start of the race, I might well go for a stage victory on the last two days», Genze looks forward.

Two stages with about 165 kilometres and 4500 vertical metres of climbing are what separates the riders from the Transschwarzwald’s finish in Pforzheim. So a lot of things might still happen, and the two riders of the «Multivan Merida Biking Team» are in an excellent position. Meanwhile, Andreas Kugler has recovered from his tendon inflammation, so he is competing at the Stattegg Marathon in Graz, which is part of the UCI World Series

MacDonald bounces back to win Lost City Challenge

Team RE-CM mountain bike racing professional, Neil MacDonald, confirmed his full recovery from a serious crash in May when he claimed a dominant win at the Best-Med Lost City Mountain Bike Challenge in the North West Province on Sunday.

The 35-year-old MacDonald completed the 56km race in just less than two hours, over three minutes ahead of RE-CM teammate, Waylon Woolcock, who outsprinted Peter Seyffert (Westvaal BMC), for second place.

MacDonald, Woolcock and Seyffert made the pace hard from the start and soon had a gap over the field. The route was run in reverse of the 2011 course, making it more free-flowing in the first half and minimising any bottleneck concerns.

                                   Neil MacDonald © Dominic Barnardt

Shortly after halfway, Woolcock put in strong surge on a steady incline, forcing Seyffert to close him down. MacDonald immediately countered on a steep climb and moved clear on his own at the 40km point. He then set off alone for the finish and his first win since his crash in May.

“Finally! Waylon and I have been fighting for a win for a while now,” explained MacDonald. “We’ve been on podiums at almost every race we’ve done recently – quite a few seconds and thirds. But winning is always the best result. It’s also a great feeling to win again after my crash.”

MacDonald broke his left collarbone and right wrist at the MTN Mabalingwe event in May and was forced to take a break from racing for a few weeks.

“Luckily it was during the winter, which is a bit quieter from a racing perspective. The collarbone was repaired with a plate and came right quickly, but the wrist took ages. I feel fully recovered now though and am looking forward to the big spring and summer races coming up,” said MacDonald.

MacDonald and Woolcock competed for stable-mate squad, Team Bonitas, in the 115km Powerade Sun City Classic road race on Saturday in support of sprinter, Tyler Day, who finished second.

“With such a full mountain bike racing calendar, Waylon and Neil don’t do that many road races these days, but with the entire road team, barring Tyler, racing the Tour of Portugal, they got stuck in supported Tyler,” explained Malcolm Lange, of Lange Sports, the company that owns both Team RE-CM and Team Bonitas. It was good to see Tyler finish on the podium again, making it a successful weekend allround for our teams.”

Woolcock and MacDonald now shift their focus to the 2012 South African Marathon Championships on Saturday at the MTN Series Gravel Travel race in Wellington, Western Cape.

By SuperSport

IDMS Round 4 Bree Results

Elite Men

Rank Bib. Name Club Run 1 Time Gap
1 4 Callaghan Greg 1:38.283 1:37.656
2 9 Doherty Ewan Plush 1:39.124 1:38.144 0.488
3 7 Cornforth Cameron 1:49.234 1:45.925 8.269
4 22 Kelly Gavin UCD CC 1:48.251 1:49.401 11.745
5 25 O Connell Gavin Epic Dh 1:54.950 1:50.781 13.125
6 5 boyd michael 2:40.797 1:51.299 13.643
7 8 Duffy Conor 1:49.296 1:52.201 14.545
8 10 Quille Darren 021 racing 1:52.836 1:52.695 15.039
9 21 Kennan David 1:52.168 2:06.989 29.333
10 2 Ross Colin 1:44.095 3:13.163 1:35.50

 

Full Results Here

Elite Women

Rank Bib. Name Club Run 1 Time Gap
     1          406 oboyle tara 3:13.012 3:20.511
    2        409 hughes emer 3:47.915 3:47.160 26.649
DNF – Run 2
        404 Hogg Abigail Full Cycle 2:52.833

Full Results Here

By © Copyright Irish Downhill 2011

Platt to defend title in Langkawi

Team Bulls rider returns to mountain bike stage race in Malaysia

Having conquered Langkawi in style on his maiden attempt last year, German rider Karl Platt has no intention of being dethroned as the Langkawi International Mountain Bike Challenge men’s overall winner.

The Team Bulls ace, who won three stages en route to topping the general classification in the second edition last year, confirmed his defence of the title in the upcoming race this October 15-20.

The challenge of facing a much tougher and longer course in addition to an expected stronger field this year has not curtailed Platt’s optimism in continuing his winning ways.

“The LIMBC was an awesome experience for me last year. Winning the general classification made for a perfect ending to my season, and I even had time to enjoy the beauty of the island a bit,” said Platt.

“I’m excited to see the new route and after my success last year, I’m for sure not only coming back to just participate.”

Platt, 34, was truly a dominant force in LIMBC 2011, winning stages 2, 4 and 5 and he never finished outside the top three en route to the overall title.

Photo: © Langkawi International Mountain Bike Challenge

The record holding four-time winner of the Cape Epic in South Africa and seven-time winner of the TransAlp from Germany to Italy is currently ranked ninth in the UCI MTB Marathon Series.

Platt’s track record especially at the TransAlp Challenge – a route that covers nearly 600km over eight days, which includes 20,000 metres of climbing – makes him a hot favourite to remain on the pedestal in Langkawi.

LIMBC organiser and CEO of Human Voyage Sdn Bhd, Datuk Malik Mydin, is happpy to have Platt back for the third edition. “We are delighted to see Karl return to Langkawi to defend his title. The moment he topped the GC in 2011, he intimated to us his plans of returning this year.

“We are happy that he has made good his promise. He showed himself to be a true champion at LIMBC 2011 against the tough competition in the form of top moutain bike cross country star Burry Stander.

“We know Karl had a long enjoyable holiday in Malaysia after the event so I’m sure the beauty of Langkawi Island was a major factor in his decision to return,” Malik said.

LIMBC Organiser Datuk Malik Mydin
Photo: © Langkawi International Mountain Bike Challenge

The course for this year’s LIMBC offers a combination of highly technical terrain with the natural jungles of Langkawi as a spectacular backdrop.

Whilst a number of the world’s best riders are expected to descend upon Langkawi in October, LIMBC remains an event that is open to all above the age of 19. “It offers a unique challenge to those who seek to test themselves against the best riders and the toughest conditions,” said Malik.

This year’s edition offers a total prize money of US$125,000 (RM400,000) and is open to four categories of rider: Men open (ages 19-39 years), Women open (ages 19 years and above), Masters men (ages 40-49years) and Senior masters men (50 years and above).

This year’s LIMBC will flag off on Monday, October 15 with the prologue – an individual time trial of 2.4km at the Eagle Square, followed by stage 1, a 65km round the island race. Stage 2 is a 45km race from East to West Langkawi, followed by a gruelling stage 3, the 87km Langkawi marathon. Stage 4 is an Olympic distance cross country race around Langkawi GeoPark followed by stage 5, a stunning beach front finale around a short circuit at Pantai Kok.

By Cyclingnews

30 Days

by Leo Zuckerman

Round III in the Whistler Bike Park. As always,they have a blast making these. Big thanks to Whistler and Crankworx for their support and for putting on a sweet festival.

Official Selection // GoPro Dirt Diaries Film Festival
Winner // GoPro Dirt Diaries Film Festival

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Crankworx Whistler 2012 – Ultimate Pump Track Challenge presented by Rick Show Sport Highlights

by Crankworx

For the third time in a row, at the Ultimate Pump Track Challenge presented by Rock Shox, defending champs in both the Pro Men’s and Pro Women’s categories kept their titles. Mitch Ropelato and Jill Kintner took the wins for the third time in as many years at Crankworx Whistler.

It was a new track in a new venue but the story stayed the same, Mitch Ropelato (USA) stayed on top to cinch the title; with Troy Brosnan (AUS) in second and Cody Johnson (USA) in third.

Jill Kintner (USA) pulled in first against second place Micayla Gatto (CAD) while Melissa Buhl (USA) took third.

Visalia Olympian Crain has her eye on Rio

The Visalia woman who competed in BMX bicycling at the London Olympics now has her sights set on the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

“I’ve got to redeem myself — I need a medal,” said Brooke Crain, 19, who was back in her parent’s home in Visalia on Thursday. She lives there when she’s not training at the USA BMX tracks in Chula Vista near San Diego.

That means four more years of training and competing in the United States and internationally, she said.

Crain, who turned pro three years ago, got to the Olympics at the last minute when another rider got injured. Crain was the only American to reach the women’s finals.

Although Crain came in last, she’s not whining.

Image by: ERIC PAUL ZAMORA/THE FRESNO BEE

“I gave it my all, I did my best,” Crain said. “Every one of those girls could have won. I’ve raced them all before and beaten them all before. It’s just who was having a better day.”

When she wasn’t racing, Crain said, she got to spend a little time with non-BMX Olympians. She ran into swimmer Ryan Lochte as he was walking into the USA House and chatted with him about BMX, shared an elevator with swimmer Michael Phelps and walked the closing ceremony with four of the Fab 5 gymnasts.

Crain got into the Olympics when friend and fellow racer Arielle Martin crashed and injured her liver two days before she was to head overseas.

Crain, already the designated replacement, left for London the next day.

“It was kind of bittersweet. It wasn’t the way I wanted to go,” Crain said.

To honor her injured pal, Crain wrote Martin’s initials on her racing glove, which was shown on a large TV for the crowd to see — including Martin’s relatives, who gratefully sought out Crain’s parents, Todd and Shelly, to thank them.

“I’m riding for her,” Crain told reporters. Martin tweeted messages of support and thanks from her hospital bed.

“It’s a high-risk sport,” said Crain, who has had five broken wrists, a broken nose and dislocated both shoulders.

On May 31, Crain cracked her upper left arm at the World Championships; in London she wiped out in a qualifying heat and injured a thigh muscle so badly that she couldn’t walk the next morning.

Through it all, Crain’s success has boosted the spirits of the local BMX scene.

“Everyone is really stoked,” said Ron Jones, who operates the Tulare BMX track. Crain will be invited to sign autographs at the track at a future event, he said.

Meanwhile, the Visalia City Council will honor Crain at 7 p.m. Monday.

The public can see her race her 20-inch-wheel bike that she used in London on Oct. 19-21 at the Fresno BMX track in Woodward Park.

“My friends are all super-excited for me,” said Crain, who graduated from Mt. Whitney High in 2011. “My friends can see why I missed so much growing up.”