Friday, January 29, 2010

More from Seb Kemp and the Joys of Tallboys.



Supposedly Seb's coming to visit me, or did I say something to upset him?

Friday's with Mike Ferrentino

This should make you chuckle.



Moron the Santa Cruz blog;

What do you mean I haven't update my blog for a while?  Yes, I'm going to do it......you should check out the results for the Nelson MTB cup round, some podium hogging by NZ Santa Cruz riders there, more info here;

Oh yeah, I thought I should get my blog's hit count up so if you're looking for Apple Ipad info, click here;

Monday, January 25, 2010

N-duro Summer Cup Race 2 by Annika Smail

Ok this time round I felt a little better prepared, I had done a few short but pain inflicting training sessions since the last race to get a bit more race shape going. It doesn’t do wonders but it certainly helps the body get more used to race intensity. I rode in through the forest this time round, instead of along the road, and did my warm up on the single trails. I prefer warming up on the trails as you already get into the swing of things and get a feel of what condition the trails are in. I had a better start this time round and was reeling in a few riders on the first climb, felt pretty good. However I dropped 4 spots when I took a wrong turn down the first downhill single trail called Doctors Orders, it was very hard to see where the trail was going (that’s my excuse anyway ;) ). I found myself a little way back to the next few rides, Nic Leary and Michael May were two of them, when I rode out of Doctors Orders but there was another big climb ahead of us so I focused on getting a steady pace going and managed to catch up to them with not too much pain, but I was starting to feel the heat. It was surprisingly warm even before the race, probably more so due to high humidity. I was struggling with the heat as I was a bit dehydrated due to eating too many veggies the day before the race (so much for being better prepared!?!), very clever yep and I really should know better, but it makes it more of a challenge! ;) So I was staring to feel the heat get to me and I was looking forward to getting to the top of the climb and into the shady and therefore cooler single trail. This was a little way away still as I was still climbing Direct Road and just behind Nic Leary. I was expecting the course to go all the way to the top of this climb past the entrance of Hot-X-Buns but instead we turned right, following Direct Road, to get to Sidewinder. This is where I made a move to try drop Nic, I was pushing it along the flattish road to the entrance of Sidewinder, and expected Nic to be on my wheel but she wasn’t; I must have picked the right moment to go. The next climb up Hill Road and then Frontal Lobotomy felt rather hard as I was getting really hot again, so going into Billy T was just a treat! ;) and I enjoyed the long downhill all the way to the end of Roller coaster and felt rather refreshed after it for the rest of the race, enjoying the trails and roads back to Waipa and the finish line. The course was awesome!

Thanks heaps for your great help Nic and very sorry you weren’t able to focus on reeling me back in. Looking forward to the next race without distractions! ;)

Mike Northcott won by a wheel length to Cabin!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Distractions - Nexus One, Ninjas

Been thinking I might need a new mobile phone, but it just seems crazy the amount of options there are.
Manufacturers, operation systems, providers, phone plans etc.......I just want to ring people, answer the phone and maybe check my email when I'm away.

Or maybe I need some Ninja's?



Yeap, how do I get a Ninja phone......oh not available in NZ.  That sux.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Images from Round 1 XC in Christchurch.

Good representation and results for Santa Cruz riders in the first NZ MTB Cup at Living Springs Christchurch.  Full result can be found here;

Thanks to Tony Hutcheson for the pictures.


Santa Cruz riders 'Hog' the podium
The race to watch was the womens Pro-Elite XC, Harriet Harper who is recovering from a shoulder injury, could not race the DH.  So she entered the Pro-Elite XC on her 'all mountain' spec Blur LT carbon.
Harper had a fantastic result for her first XC Pro-Elite race, with a 3rd place finish.  The other surprise result was Amy Liard (who has made the transion from DH to XC), seemed to control the race from the start and took the win.

Harriet Harper showing her DH skills
Cathy Hamer, comfortably finished second and had paced herself well throughout the five lap race.  Hamer is a seasoned racer and it was good to see her finish on the podium.

Cathy Hamer pilots her Blur XC carbon to 2nd place

The Pro-Elite mens was not without action, but of a different kind. Richard Anderson (U19) crashed on his second lap and needed a helicoptor to be taken to hospital, reports are that he will be back in race form for the Nelson Cup race.
Brendon Sharratt lead from start to finish with no one threatening his position, a good race for Sharratt.


Ethan Glover on the attack
Santa Cruz rider, Ethan Glover, this season moved to the U23 class (which now race with the Pro-Elites and do the same number of laps), showed he was competitive in the class.  Glover finished 4th overall and 2nd U23 rider, with a visiting U23 Swiss rider taking taking 3rd (1st U23) and new comer to Pro-Elite, Brent Miller finishing 2nd.

Hannah Thorne showing some nice cornering style


Joel Macmillan finished 5th in the very competitiveU19 field.

DirtTV - Episode 3

Worth watching!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Bike Vegas Summer Cup 2010 - Race 1 (by annika smail)


First of all; a very HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone! :)

Yesterday I had my first race of 2010! It was just a ‘little’ shock to the system, yeah right ;) But there is nothing like a bit of pain and suffering to get back to reality.

It was a pretty big field that gathered to do the first of the series of three races here at Whakarewarewa forest which was great. And there were quite a few girls amongst it too, so good to see!

It was a good hard race with a good pace and Nic Leary pushing me along for the big part of the race, thanks for a great race Nic!
I didn’t have a good start but managed to ride my way back up the field bit by bit to finish 15th overall and 1st women.

The thing that was missing was some more single track, the distance we covered on the gravel roads unfortunately was quite a bit longer then the distance through single trail, I am looking forward to more fun single trails in the next race. 'got my fingers crossed' ;)

It has been a fantastic summer so far with very little rain and pretty hot temperatures which shows in the rather dusty trails and you could tell by looking at the rides coming over the finish line, everyone was covered in dust it looked very funny. What a shame I don't have a photo of this to show you.

Congratulations to Dirk Peters who rode a fantastic race and cleaned up!
And Carl Jones got 3rd, awesome effort!

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Ibis Mojo HD - More details



Looking good eh?
Some details;
Mojo “HD” Specifications

• 160mm of rear wheel travel.
• DW Link Suspension.
• 26″ Wheels.
• Weight for the frame and shock, size large: 6.3 lbs, 2.86Kg.
• 67 degree head angle with a 160mm fork.
• Polycarbonate down tube cable guard.
• Chain stay length: 17.125″.
• 12 x 135mm Maxle rear axle.
• Post mount magnesium left dropout, carbon right dropout.
• Compatible with the new tapered steerer standard: 1 1/8th hidden upper, 1.5 traditional lower.
• Compatible with both Chris King InSet and Cane Creek Frustum headsets.
• If you want to run your current straight 1 1/8″ fork, we’ve got you covered too. We will have an adapter available, and you will be able to use a King headset top and bottom.
• 2.35″-2.55″ rear tire depending on brand and height of cornering knobs.
• Dual row angular contact bearings in the front of the lower link that have less play than standard sealed bearings. Preload adjustment is not necessary. Large 28mm x 15mm x 7mm radial bearings in the rear for stiffness and long wear.
• The leverage ratio, like the Mojo and Mojo SL is designed for air shocks. The Mojo HD comes with a 8.5″ x 2.5″ Fox RP23. A DHX air will work on all but the small size. A coil shock is not offered because the linkage rates weren’t designed for it. We lowered the top tube to get slightly better standover than the regular small mojo while having a higher BB because of the longer travel (we managed to retain the DHX air compatibility in 3 of the 4 sizes).
• The Bottom Bracket height is 13.8″-14″ depending on tires.
• Front derailleur (if you use one) and adjustable seatpost housing (if you use one) run along the top tube.