Thursday, August 26, 2010

Dirk Peters Racer Bikes Cup Final, Muttenz race report.

With World Champs fast approaching the final round in the Racer Bikes Cup series would serve as a great last hit out before the big one on the third of September. It was also my last weekend in Switzerland after almost three months of training and racing.
Luckily for us the wet and cold weather that we had experienced in our last couple of weeks was put on hold, as summer made one last effort and treated us to brilliant weather for our final days in the Country. Arriving in Basel we were surprised to find the track was quite close to the main City and it seemed to be a very unlikely venue for a Mountain Bike race. There wasn’t really much to the track either. It was predominantly flat with very little in the way of single track. The main highlight was a small but fairly steep climb followed by a fast descent and apart from a small section in the main start finish area the rest was open & flat. Despite this it was a good race venue as it allowed a lot of people to come and watch. The start finish area was in a horse race track with a grandstand and there was a good atmosphere with the main start loop and finish line on the horse track and a few twists and turns with a couple of jumps to keep the spectators happy in the middle. The start list was very strong with the race being the last in Europe before all the top riders headed to North America for the final World Cup in New York and then Worlds in Mont Sainte Anne, Canada.
The race itself was very frustrating as it turned out to be a bit like a road race with big groups forming and a lot of mucking around with no one wanting to drive the pace. I perhaps made the mistake of pushing a bit too hard early on and through the middle of the race. I was strong up the climb and would attack there every lap, trying to get further up in the race but would get run down by the big bunch of riders that had formed mid field and then the speed would slow right down again as no one wanted to set the pace, with a group of riders sitting on their wheel. Eventually I did manage to get a bit of a gap but by then I had run out of gas and was slowly reeled in over the last couple of laps dropping down to 27th.
I wasn’t very pleased with my result as I would have liked to have finished higher but it was very good training and perfect preparation for Worlds.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Building the Butcher - with my crappy photography work.

I like the look of Santa Cruz's new APP bikes and I would have to say, that the Butcher is more my cup of tea....not sure if I will get an opportunity to spend any quality time on one, so I was pretty happy to hear that Chris Burr was keen to upgrade from his current Heckler.
Chris is pretty handy on a bike, has owned the last two generation Hecklers and also runs around on a Chameleon set up as a single speed.  He's also won the odd XC race or two.....so I'm pretty keen to find out what he thinks of Santa Cruz's new APP bikes.

For 2011 (2010.5?) Santa Cruz have started clear coating their frames, as you can see in the above picture, the frame is pretty shiny...and you can also spot my finger prints.  I must remember that, next time I take some pictures to try not to handle the frame too much.

(tapered headtube, with grubby finger prints)

(new APP top rocker, so much attention to detail)

(We were on a tight budget with the build, but I'm not sure what I was supposed to do with this stuff)
(Less is more, new SRAM X9 10 speed, we'll go for a 1 x 10 setup, the new X9 looks mint and is good value for money)
(Mmmmm, straitline silent guide, no moving parts, light and just works)

(supposedly Chris is changing the sliders to red, but I quite like the green)
(Coming together quite nicely, 780mm Boobars..nice and W I D E)
(10 speed X9 looks very nice)

And we're done, ignore the saddle, seatpost and wheels.  Chris has got some nice red hope hubs laced to Stan's rims, a Joplin R and his favourite saddle hidden in the shed somewhere.

I look forward to his first ride impressions....it passed the carpark test with flying colours.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Mark Weir's Nomad Carbon

As I contemplate my new Nomad Carbon build (which will have Santa Cruz's new 1x10 X0AM kit) I see that Mark Weir's bike has a similar build........other than he will be pushing a 40T front chain ring and I am hoping to be able to push a 32T front (12/36T rear cluster).
 Anyhow more info about Mr. Weirs Nomad Carbon and his adventures with the guys at Singletrackworld.com

Friday, August 13, 2010

Brian Lopes win Air DH......again, 5th year in a row.



Blinky came a very, very, very, very close second.  With Gee 3rd.

Lopes was riding his new Mojo HD and was a full 5 seconds faster than last year.....you can read more here;

Saturday, August 07, 2010

APP Saturday

Down Town with Brown........I think I might need a Brown Butcher.
A MASSIVE thanks to Mr. Finch for his handy camera work and his skills at interpreting my instructions.


The Deftones,  they've seen the Butcher and had to sing about it.


APP Saturday

And here we have the Butcher.......



APP Saturday

The first APP Santa Cruz's have landed in NZ, they look nice as.

Here's the Nickel in white.