Thursday, July 29, 2010

Brian Lopes Photo Shoot



I don't think all went according to plan.  Who would of thought you could get a ticket for jumping your bike?

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Dirk Peters - Champery World Cup Report

Dirk reports from Switzerland., his first World Cup XC race this season. 

Some great action pictures of Dirk (and others) can be found at spokemagazine.com too, but probably not the one Dirk would have wanted.

Mountain Bike World Cup #4 Champery, Switzerland.


My first World Cup in the Elite men turned out to be a race of mixed emotions. In the lead up to the race I was very excited. World Cup races are the pinnacle of Mountain Bike racing and finally getting the chance to have a crack at one had been a goal of mine for some time.


The weather in the days before had been wet and the track had become very muddy making several sections unrideable. Practice was good I enjoyed the technical nature of the track and felt at home in the greasy conditions. The mud only increased its difficulty as it already had plenty of slippery roots and rocks but it was good because it required good all round bike skills to do well. Race day dawned clear and fine and a 2:30pm start time gave things a chance to dry out a bit. Starting in 129th position, I had plenty of work to do to get up towards the pointy end of the field but I was very determined to have a good race.


But ..... I hadn’t been aware that I had entered a running event as that’s how things panned out for the first few laps at least. A field of 175 riders all fighting to get to the front made for a large amount of congestion and a lot of time was spent off the bike. It was very frustrating, the only real chance to get on and ride each lap was up the main climb and it was taken at a furious pace as riders sought to gain positions. Most of the moisture had dried up turning the mud into a thick sticky mess and it was very slow going. Many places were quicker just to jump off and run remounting Cyclocross style in the rideable sections. Racing against such a large amount of riders made for some very chaotic moments. Riders crashed and bikes became tangled up all over the place. A lot of very expensive equipment was destroyed very quickly and swear words in different languages filled the air. In order to make head way risks had to be taken and every little gap no matter how small was an opportunity to move up. As a result of the all or nothing attitude that had to be adopted I had several crashes but somehow my trusty Santa Cruz Blur XC Carbon made it through unscathed, thanks Bike Culture and Hyperformance Hardware.


Although I gave it everything I was unable to finish getting lapped after four laps finishing in 102nd place. I was left feeling a bit disappointed getting lapped is never a good thing but this is the top level of the sport and due to the extremely fast pace and high attrition rate only 58 riders completed the race. You can only give your best and at the end of the day I couldn’t really complain. It had been an awesome day and it was great to finally get an Elite World Cup under the belt. I will be after a better result next week at Round #5 of the World Cup series in Val di Sole Italy, Bring it on.

Dirk Peters

Friday, July 23, 2010

What's new at Santa Cruz

If you're a habitial web surfer, you probably already know that Santa Cruz bike builder mostly up and running. 
New colour option for the season is raw, which you can see in the above Jackal picture looks pretty cool.  You can also see that the Jackal has again got a build kit option, hooray!
Personally, I think the raw finish looks hot on the Nomad....some lucky guy has already got a raw finshed Nomad and posted on mtbr.com

The eagle eye watchers out there will have also noticed that the Heckler, Superlight and the Juliana will only be available to two colours each (less is more).
The Heckler will be in Lime or Black, Superlight will be White or Sea Bright Blue and the Juliana....well you have to wait and see.

Did I miss anything?

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Dirty is the new Black

Good to see MC Spand X is back, it was all about performance......


Just incase you forgot who MC Spand X is

Monday, July 19, 2010

Ibis Tranny - Inspired by the DS3 Racing

Have you seen the Citroen DS3 Racing?  Looks pretty cool in my books.....and Evo Magazine say's it goes as good as it looks.

Anyways, the DS3 Racing was a bit of an inspiration for my Ibis Tranny Pump Track bike build.....don't look to closely, it's been quickly assembled (by me) and I am still waiting on some crucial orange parts. 
Matte Black with Orange Straitline components looks good together.

I am sure I will be able to ride like Brian Lopes when this bike is finished too.

Blur XC Carbon Love

Ethan Glover's new ride.


Nice.

'Lugi Lovin'

First Ibis Hakkalugi in NZ....very nice.....owner, the very fast Anja McDonald, location, Dunners.


Carbon Nomad Love

Woodhill Forest, Big Mumma jump.......a man called Darryl and his new Santa Cruz Nomad Carbon.

More Carbon Nomad's to come....honest.  I am still waiting for mine.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Ed Crossling reports from the N-Duro

Ice, Ice, Baby
That title would sum up the general weather across the country over the weekend and, what Rotorua treated a few sifters to in the 2nd Winter N Duro race (300+).

I’m not going to complain though; after a distinct lack of vitamin D on offer in Wellington for the past couple months, it was so good to see the sun again in Vegas.
The weekend started off good and bad. Good that I had a good run of traffic Saturday morning heading up the country; bad with the Desert Road deciding to shut shop and add an extra hour to my traveling time: fail!
After a ride with in the Whaka forest, it was time to settle in for another night at Nic & Cabins place.
After a clear still night which gave most of NZ its coldest overnight temps, race day was here. Even though the sun was shinning, it still hovered in the low single digits through much of the morning; starting a race with numb feet and hands is never nice but I had no say in that matter.
Race started as always; skid around the field and into the single track in a nicely timed 5th position. Didn’t take long for things to break up; me pulling at Mike Northcott’s pockets, with Stu Houltham and Cabin chasing a couple seconds back (after about 5km).
After sandbagging along A-Trail giving 10s to Mikey in the twisty single track, I decided a bit of rampage was needed at the end of the track on the jumps to pull him back in. With a few wild flying sessions (which came very close to ending in tears), I managed to grab back onto Mike’s tail, and notice we had pulled a bit more time on the other two. Through Tickler, then onto Direct Road is where I would find that all the chocolate consumed at work is not always in your favour. Up Frontal Lobotomy to the top of Billy T, Mikey pulled out to 15-20s lead on me; but luckily I still had no view of the vultures behind me.


After a smooth decent (thank you Mr SantaCruz), the gap had only grown slightly to Mikey. But with just twisty fast Vegas single track ahead it was always going to be a big ask to pull him in. Split Endz went by accident free but not the same down Pondy DH. In exactly the same place as the previous week I had a small flip over the bars; nothing too major and back on my bike within seconds but with the other guys breathing down my back. The rest of Pondy treated me better as well as Rollercoaster and, now my mojo was returning.


Chinese menu wasn’t so kind. Halfway through, a Fern smacked me in my eye making vision really difficult. I had to relent to a hard charging Sam Shaw a bit before Dragons Tail as I was starting to ride all over the show; now I just had to hope I could hold 3rd.
All was going well until the very last track, Rosebank. Within 1km of the finish I went slightly off track, confused with direction; and who should pass me, but Cabin; damn locals! A few quick drops, a river crossing and it was into the finish; very tired and a bit battered but not nearly in the same state as the last race.


So 4th overall it was (3rd open, Sam’s a speeding junior); on paper poorer then the first race but in my head a lot better then the previous N Duro race.
A whole month now until the next one now! The trouble I could get up to… Probably not, just a bit more sifting in the average Wellington weather and working to pay for the next trip.

Have fun out there, Ed.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Distractions

Gary Numan was way-cool.


Sorry to all the young folk who don't know who Gary Numan....but really snap out of it and find out.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Butcher and Nickel Bike Builder working now


Thinking about the new Butcher or Nickel? 
Well good timing, they are up on Santa Cruz's bike builder (which is here) and I hope to have landed some in NZ in the not so distant future.
So have a go on the bike builder and then go talk to your friendly Santa Cruz dealer.....you know you want to.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Nomad Carbon - Bike Builder working

Santa Cruz's bike builder has been getting a bit of a make over for the new season options.
The Nomad Carbon bike builder part is up and running, so you too can build put together the bike that is just right for you.  Sub 30lbs....easy.

Hmmm, black or white, black or white, black or white....why is this so hard?

Check it out here;

Monday, July 05, 2010

Dirk Peters breaks into Top 20 at World Champs Training Ground

Flims is Nino Schurter home turf, so there was a big turn out for this round of the Race Bike Cup.
Dirk Peters has his best result so far and with the current World Champ setting the pace, it was never going to be an easy race.  Results can be found here and Dirk's report is below.
If you look at the Junior results too you will also spot Richard Anderson's 8th place finish.  Great results by the kiwi XC racers.

We made it to Flims on the Friday to check out the course. It was very good, short but with a little bit of everything. The main feature was a very steep climb but the down hills were really good and nothing like the carefully groomed single track we get back home. It was full on roots and rocks and lower down a few wooden features including a big wall ride and a couple of drops. I decided after one lap that it was my favourite race track of the trip so far. It really was a good track with a perfect mix of climbing and technical as well as good passing and feeding sections.
 Flims is World Champion Nino Schurters training grounds and he was the local hero. A massive crowd came out in support of the World Champ. A very strong line up of riders turned up on the day and although this was my fifth race over here in Europe the excitement of racing against the big stars of world Mountain Biking hasn’t diminished.


For this race I was aiming to really push myself early on rather than pacing myself and perhaps having a bit more left for the last couple of laps. I really wanted to be mixing it up near the front of the field and I was after a strong result in my last race before the World Cups.


Right from the gun I went well, I really pushed the pace and kept attacking whenever I had the chance and had my best start of the trip so far coming through in 13th position. It was pleasing to be so far up the field as traditionally I have been very poor in the first lap. I was hurting but I just put the hammer down and kept driving the pace. I was determined to leave everything out on the race track today. The technical nature of the course favoured the full suspension and the Santa Cruz was in its element. I was able to charge on the downhill sections and gain time on my rivals.
I rode in 12th position for the majority of the race but 8 laps turned out to be a bit too much and coming into the last couple of laps I began to run out of steam. Grovelling through the 7th and 8th laps I unfortunately dropped several positions and ended up in 16th place. Still it was my best placing of the trip and a solid result to finish of the first block of racing.
Five consecutive weekends races have been full on, but also an amazing experience. Racing such high quality events can only be a good thing and I have learnt so much. It will be good to have a bit of a break. We plan to head to France to see a bit of the Tour de France and then build up to the World Cup races in Champery and Val di Sole.
Dirk Peters

Dirk Peters - Swiss Bike Trophy (from last weekend)

This race is BIG with Olympic Champs, World Champs and World Cup contenders all there. 
An extremely competitive field.  Result's can be found here;
Dirk breaks into the top 30 overall and is 11th U23 rider.  Report below,

ALSO, a FANTASTIC result for Richard Anderson who won the Under 19 field.

The Swiss Bike Trophy is one of the biggest races on the international calendar and always attracts the top riders in the world. The race is high on a hill overlooking the city of Bern and is a magnificent setting for an event. The public come out in huge numbers to support the race and the atmosphere is amazing. The main access to the race venue is via a cable car and every spectator that entered the car received a rattle, the combined noise of several thousand rattles and the usual Swiss bells certainly created a lot of hype. Commentators report back to the start finish are from several positions on the race track and organised bell ringers drum up support every time a rider comes past. It would have to be one of the most exciting races I have competed in. Even though I was racing flat out I really soaked up the support and enjoyed the experience, it was great being a part of such a high quality event.



Summer has really kicked in over here and the temperature on race day was very hot. The heat and a very hilly course made the racing conditions very tough. Despite some steep climbing it was a very fast race track and there wasn’t really anything too technical. But it was great for the spectators with the track looping around the hill with the start finish area on top. It meant they could easily get around to several vantage points without travelling to far. Race start was 1:45 right at the hottest part of the day and I certainly felt it. But this didn’t slow anyone down, the race was super fast for the first few laps. At one stage on the 3rd lap I ended up getting tangled with several riders after someone crashed on a tight switch back corner and blocked the track. With nowhere to go I piled straight into him and then got jammed up as several more riders came crashing in from behind. Luckily the bike and I escaped relatively unscathed. The feed zone was a highlight of each lap but the fresh bottle I received each time didn’t last very long and unfortunately didn’t do much to quench my thirst. I rode well through the 2nd half of the race and gained a lot of positions. I have learnt now that the racing over here is all about those first few laps only the really top riders appear to hold the same pace throughout, everyone else goes nuts at the start and then fades away by the end. I really have to work on my speed through the first half of the race if I can gain a few positions higher after each of the first few laps I would really start to get some very good results. At the finish I was 29th which I am reasonably happy with.


Next weekend I race another Racer bikes cup in Flims and then it’s a good couple of weeks off until the World Cup races at the end of July.