SDG owner, Tyler Anspach is passionate about the new post stating, “Throughout the development, we sent 120 posts to SDG athletes, product testers and key product managers at several large bike brands, from all over the world. The final results have all been positive and that was the ultimate goal. SDG will never put our name on a product we don’t believe in - that’s why we’ve remained committed to saddles and not just throwing our name on products for the sake of making a buck.
What do you get when one of the most reputable MTB saddle companies with over 25 years of experience buys a $140 linear actuator? The dropper post you’ve all been waiting for, that’s what! SDG has been committed to making saddles for decades and after watching silently, we’ve decided to address the four problems we found with dropper posts on the market: durability, simplicity, feather light actuation and affordability.
READ FULL REPORT IN OUR NEXT ISSUE 49
Follow Gee through some gnarly testing in San Remo - and a brush with the Italian Police! Then there's a much gentler tour of the Endura Factory en route to sunny Fort William and the second round of the UK National Series!
It's a big ask for Gee and Rachel this weekend, returning to the scene of last year's major injuries for the first time.
The psychological elements of racing are definitely taking their toll on the siblings as they share their apprehension in the start-gate.
Gee speaks openly of how disappointed he is not to have put last year's hip dislocation behind him in order to reclaim his famous Fort William pace. Charlie walks away from a Finals crash but there are celebrations too with a hat trick of victories for Rachel, Kade and Atherton Academy's Luke Williamson.
In their latest edit “Home of Trails” Danny MacAskill and Claudio Caluori shred through all five destinations of Graubünden within five minutes. But the work that went into creating this fun-loving and action-packed piece took months of preparation and a 10-day shoot in Arosa Lenzerheide, Davos Klosters, Engadin St. Moritz, Flims and Scuol Samnaun Val Müstair. The only thing that needed no planning was the cheeky commentary by local hero and Downhill World Cup POV star Claudio Caluori.
84 meters, 14 stitches and 6 flats… Shooting “Home of Trails” was a challenge for both man and machine, but it was a hell of a lot of fun as well. Take a peek behind the curtain with the Behind-The-Scenes-Clip and see how the Cut Media team worked with Danny MacAskill and Claudio Caluori in the Swiss alps. Director Stu Thomson, Danny MacAskill and Claudio Caluori comment on a few fun-facts from the shoot.
After the location check Danny decided it would be a good idea to ride a line on the Landwasser Bridge crossing the Zügenschlucht, a deep gorge leading to a river 84 meters below the rickety wall. Understandably the whole team was a little nervous facing this one. “I had hit my head shortly before and was a still a little dizzy so I was preoccupied with trying to ride in a straight line on the bridge”, laughs Claudio. “I could tell the whole camera team was nervous, but Danny was as chilled and relaxed as ever and it seemed as though it was an every-day thing for him.” Director Stu Thomson adds in hindsight: „The bridge was a location that had jumped out as a great spot from the start. With the huge gorge and train line running alongside, it captured a lot about the area that we wanted to show off. When it comes to riding, it’s always Danny’s call though. I get far more nervous than Danny on those types of lines… Danny is super confident with these things. He wants to do it and argues that he has ridden along walls like that his whole life and that the size of the drop makes little difference, as it’s just as easy to do for him. I fully trust Danny as a mate and as a rider. That said, I always want to get these shots in the bag as quickly as possible and get him off there.”
Danny describes the “Front Flip to Flat” off the wooden roof in Val Müstair as being one of the most difficult tricks he has ever done on a mountain bike. And still, the 32-year-old Scot stuck the landing cleanly on his 25th attempt. „Myself and Stu spent a week scouting all over Graubünden looking for locations for the film. On the last day we visited a nice wee place called Val Müstair. After riding some amazing local trails we had a look around the village and a sloped wooden roof caught my eye. It was basically a perfect ramp. Originally I thought about a wall ride on the building next to it, but in my wildest dreams I also thought a front flip might be possible off the thing; a trick I hadn’t yet done on my mountain bike. During the shoot I tried it onto mats first to see if it was even possible to get the rotation. After a few goes the mats were removed and the cameras were in place. To add even more pressure, I had biking legend Claudio Caluori following me in. I took a couple of run-ups to gauge my speed. Then I just went for it! Amazingly myself and my bike rolled away in one piece. I was absolutely buzzing on landing one of the biggest tricks I’ve ever done on a bike!“
While the crew was waiting for the weather to clear at the top of the Weissfluhjoch in Davos, Danny and Claudio decided to get a few photos done. Claudio fell unluckily, cut his cheek and had to get 14 stiches. “We had been waiting for the sun to appear all morning. There was only a small spot on the mountain, which was reached by the sun. I made my way over but I was a little too slow so my front tire got caught between two rocks and I flew over the bars. In hospital the doctors tried to mummify my head. I told them that they didn’t need to bother with all the bandages. Being a former professional rider, you just know you have to suck it up sometimes and just carry on.”
Cut Media collected 40 hours of footage during the 10-day shoot in order to create the five-minute edit: „It’s generally not too difficult to bring it down to around 10 minutes of the best clips and lines but once you’ve reached that point you need to get brutal for the edit. I’ve always been a believer in only having the clips in that showcase the riding, character and story the best. Sometimes you have to sacrifice your favorite shots and that’s not easy. At Cut Media we’re lucky enough to have an amazing team of creatives and filmmakers nowadays, so it’s very much a team process. It’s come a long way from shooting and cutting myself! Our studio is definitely a super collaborative place with all the team being able to add their input.”
3,022 meters a.s.l.
Danny MacAskill and Claudio Caluori had to stay over night at the summit of Piz Nair, so they could film the opening scene with a stunning sunrise. „We stayed in some amazing hotels on the trip but the highlight had to be in the lift station at the top of Piz Nair. Looking over St. Moritz, the glaciers and surrounding mountains, it was almost surreal! We stayed in the top station so we could be up at sunrise and it was pretty awesome to be standing there beside the Ibex the next morning, taking in the views and more importantly scoping out the trails we would be riding later that day! It’s times like that I think to myself‚ I really do have a dream job”, Danny explains.
6 flat tires on one trail
During the shoot on the Green Valley Trail in Flims alone Claudio had to deal with six flat tires, hinting at how close to the limit he rode: “My mechanics must have thought, I would be riding uphill all day and mounted the lightest tires to my bike. They didn’t cope with all the action when riding with Danny. I was surprised to see how hard Danny was pushing it, so I had to go all in as well”, says Claudio grinning. “Once we had changed to a heavier casing, it was all fine though!”
For further information about the trails Danny and Claudio hit, head to www.homeoftrails.com
A video by Cut Media
Trail shred in the Orient - Iran
Chain Adventures - India
AES Nepal 2018
#mtbmagasia #iran #india #aes #nepal #enduro #trailbuilding #shredding #race
The WallRide Park in Hyderabad, India was the location for the 4th stop of the Red Bull Pump Track World Championship where India’s best battled it out on the Velosolutions Asphalt Pump Track for their place at the World Championship final later this year.
Since joining YouTube in 2008, the edits of Austrian trial and mountain bike star Fabio Wibmer have accumulated over 125 million views. As just recently the number of his subscribers closed in on the mark of 1 million, it was clear to Fabio that he wanted to do something big to celebrate this milestone with his followers. The result is Fabiolous Escape 2!!
2、2017 GDL 精英组年度积分前十名和公开组年度积分前三名的选手，必须参加精英组比赛，超过40岁的选手可选择参加大师组；
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GDL Guangdong Downhill League First stop
Saturday, May 12, 2018 (Training Day)
Downhill official training time: 10:00 - 16:00
Driver's sign-in, collar number, and vehicle inspection: 10:00 - 12:00, 14:00 - 17:00 (check-in is at the main venue of the event)
May 13, 2018 Sunday (the race day)
Qualifying time: 9:00 - 12:00;
Final time: 12:30 - 16:00;
Awards: 16:00 - 16:30
The order of the categories are:
Youth Group (U18)
Master Group (40+)
Open Group (U39)
Open Group (U29)
Women's group (WOMEN)
Elite Group (ELITE)
Zhongshan Quanlin Happy World River Mountain Bike Park
Mobile Navigation (Search on map with your phone): Zhongshan Quanlin Tourist Villa
The track is 2026 meters in length and 247 meters above sea level
Elite: limited to 30 people in the 16-60 year old (born from January 1, 1958 to December 31, 2002).
Open Group (U29): limited to 40 people in 19-29 years of age (born from January 1, 1989 to December 31, 1999).
Open group (U39): limited to 40 people in the 30-39 year old (born from January 1, 1979 to December 31, 1988).
Master Group (40+): limited to 30 people in the 40-60 year old (born from January 1, 1958 to December 31, 1978).
Youth Group (U18): limited to 30 students for 12-18 years old (January 1, 2000 to December 31, 2006); guardians must accompany them during the competition.
Women's group (WOMEN): The competition is for 14-50 years old (born from January 1, 1968 to December 31, 2004). Limited to 10; riders under 18 years of age must be accompanied by guardians during the competition.
Medals, certificates, and souvenirs will be awarded to the top 3 players in each group.
For the 4-8th ranked players in each group, awards and souvenirs will be awarded.
Enter the Guangzhou Wethill Sports Association WeChat Public Number (gzdh-sa), select the menu - "GDL-" contest registration, or click "Read the original" (if you have Wechat)
Or enter the racing bike website (http://m.zestbike.com/match/introdetail/match_id,1262) or the WeChat public number to register zestbike01; the mobile WeChat pays attention to the public number “inflammable bike network”, after registration, login Click on the menu "Events - Event Registration". This event provides WeChat Live service. Live photos and competition results will be published in real time via WeChat. For registration and team registration, please contact customer service Yingying directly: 020-89888802 (working day 9:00-18:00).
Registration information: The registration information must be authentic and reliable. It should be confirmed by the identity of the individual. The age of the vehicle should be declared by the rider himself. The organizer should review it and only accept online registration and payment of registration fees. The competition day will no longer accept on-site registration.
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Rachel Atherton first met Mille Johnset in 2012 when Mille was a flower girl at Hafjell handing Rach her 15th World Cup. At the tender age of 11 she had already been racing for a year and had won the 2012 Norwegian Championship.
Mille said “ My first race was a small local race in Drammen called Aron cup, I loved the excitement, the speed and the feeling of flow. I was already hooked – even though I was the only one in my class! I know Rachel had the same experience many times”
In 2013 she was a World Cup course sweeper and seeing her ride the steep and technical track the team all agreed that this was somebody that they be should be keeping a close eye on! Rachel said “Even aged 12 or 13 Mille was so strong! Its so exciting to be able to help her develop her potential on a bike.
Part of the ethos of the Atherton Academy is to provide a pathway to World Cup success without the pressure of young riders having to deliver results or be too much in the public eye. but after her 2016 season, when in addition to the British Downhill Series she also swept to victory at Red Bull’s Foxhunt there has been a definite surge of interest in Rachel’s protégée!
Rachel said “Mille is so mature, she is so sorted with regards to how she presents herself, her instagram account gives a real sense of this girl’s dedication and drive, she is having fun riding her bike, training with her friends, she doesn’t feel the need to strike sexy poses or to wait for some editor to come along and organise a shoot, she is telling her own authentic story – and she has almost 10,000 followers already – she’s so switched on. It’s exciting how a few of the girls coming through into Juniors now are all so good at promoting themselves and their sport , I follow them all!”
Mille said “I love being part of the Atherton Academy – trying to follow Dan down his crazy tracks in Dyfi is amazing and I was stoked when he said that I ride like Rachel used to when she was my age! But Rachel is my inspiration – she’s so kind to me with loads of tips and advice. It really is like being part of the family ; when I come and stay in the UK with the team I usually stay at Gill’s (Head of Communications) house and get woken up with her kids jumping on me – I’ve got a little brother the same age so its like being at home! I’m pretty good at packing my bike (less than 10 minutes) but its great to have mechanics Pete and Joe around for any more serious fixes!
I’m pretty serious about my training - I go to the Norwegian School of Elite Sports. It’s great because we have time to train during school hours. Every morning we go for a 2-3 hours ride –its hardcore! I do have a less serious side, I love just hanging out with my friends, having a laugh, Brage Vestavik has been a friend on the Norwegian training squad for about 4 years so I’m super excited that he’ll be here for my first World Cups, I have a girly side too – I’ll always get my nails done before a race – I guess its pretty balanced in the end!”
Team Director Dan Brown said “ Our primary objective for Mille has been for her to gain some solid race experience. We took racing pretty easy in 2016, just the IXS Cup and a couple of rounds of the BDS; unfortunately Mille was off the bike for 10 weeks after a crash left her with internal bleeding, 2017 was a bit more intense!
Because of UCI rules and how they apply to Juniors, Mille will be racing this year’s World Cups for the Norwegian Federation. (Atherton Academy isn’t a trade team) Whatever shirt she’s wearing, we will be supporting her 100%. We haven’t set Mille any targets for 2018, except to have fun. It’s a massive step up to World Cup level and often riders find that first year of Juniors very disorientating, I know that our new team-mate Charlie Hatton has talked to Mille about his own experience of struggling to make that necessary leap of confidence.
All that said the thing about Mille is that she is so stoked to ride her bike, I wouldn’t be surprised to see that Norwegian jersey on a podium very soon!”
Words: Gill Harris
Images: Dan Hearn, Thomas Killgenbeg
What a start into the European Series 2018! Among 400 riders from 33 nations Laurie Greenland and Myriam Nicole took the first title of this year’s EDC on Maribor’s legendary race track.
After three years, Maribor (Slovenia) finally returned to the international stage this weekend with the first race of the iXS European Downhill Cup 2018. It soon became clear that Maribor did not lose an inch of its popularity during these years, even if the track has changed a lot since the EDC’s last visit. The whole section after the renowned Rock Garden has been reorganized, without harming the track’s special characteristics. Even despite the extremely difficult conditions due to heavy snowfall during March, the organizers managed to present a perfect course this weekend.
Despite the early date for the race this year, the overall conditions could not have been better. After all, warm temperatures and dry conditions are not a given in April. More than 400 riders from 33 different countries – and among them the world’s downhill elite – made their way to Slovenia to fight for the first points of the rankings and to prepare for next week’s World Cup in Losinj (Croatia).
After Friday’s obligatory track walk and first training runs, the seeding run was on after the training session on Saturday afternoon. For the Elite Men category this was the only chance to qualify for the Super Final and to fight for the podium on Sunday. And, of course, it was also a chance for everyone to collect some first points for the overall rankings.
In the Elite Women category Myriam Nicole (FRA - Commencal Vallnord) set the best time of 4.06,275 minutes, followed by Tracey Hannah (AUS - Polygon UR) and European Champion Monika Hrastnik (SLO - Blackthorn) as her strongest competitors.
In the meantime, Amaury Pierron (FRA - Commencal Vallnord) went fastest in the Elite Men category with a time of 3.31,629 minutes, finishing only split seconds faster than Troy Brosnan (AUS - Canyon Factory Team).
Sunday welcomed the riders and visitors with perfect weather conditions under a bright and shining sun and after a last four-hour training session the race was finally on!
In the Masters category Fabrizio Dragoni (ITA - Alessi Racing Team) finished fastest in both seeding and race, leaving Dominik Dierich (GER - TREK AmperRad) and Billy Caroli (SUI - Fabien bike tramelan) in second and third place.
U17 & U19
After that all eyes were on the youngest riders of the series in the U17 male category. In the end, Simon Chapelet (FRA - Polygon UR Development) dominated the race setting a time of 3.42,845 minutes, followed by Blake Ross (NZL - Revolution Products NZ) and Chris Cumming (ITA - Wideopenmag), while Siel van der Velden (BEL - VDV) succeeded in the U17 female finishing 20 seconds faster than in her seeding.
In the U19 category Valentina Höll (AUT - Sram Rockshox Factory Racing) succeeded with a result that would have landed her in third place in the Elite Women category and once more boosted her self-confidence for her World Cup debut this season. Lisa Gava (ITA - 3stars) and Ottilia Johansson Jones (SWE - Propain Gravity Juniors) completed the podium in second and third.
After that the Elite Women riders provided the crowd with some high-class racing fighting for the Red Bull Hot Seat. When Nina Hoffmann (GER - Santa Cruz Bicycles) first delivered a time close to Saturday‘s best time which not even Petra Bernhard (AUT - Friesis Bikery) managed to beat, suspense kept growing more and more.
Then Monika Hrastnik took over finishing seven seconds faster than in her seeding, before Tracey Hannah finished even faster with a seemingly solid 8-second lead. Who could have known that Myriam Nicole would manage to cross the finish line even faster?! In the end, Nicole set the best time with 3.55,398 minutes, followed by Hannah and Hrastnik.
In the U19 category George Kerr (GBR - Propain Dirt Sixpack) was one of the first riders down the hill after he did not finish his seeding run. With a time of 3.51,172 minutes he came close to Saturday’s best time and had some time to sit back and relax in the Red Bull Hot Seat, before his competitors took over again. In the end, Kye A´hern (AUS - Canyon Factory Racing) finished fastest with 3.31,371 minutes (faster than Saturday’s Elite Men best time, by the way). Henry Kerr (GBR - Propain Dirt Sixpack) finished in second place, followed by Stefano Introzzi (ITA - Scout / Nukeproof) in third.
Super Final Elite Men
After that it was finally time for the Elite Men Super Final! The first promising result was delivered by Junior World Champion 2015 and Vice World Champion 2016 Laurie Greenland (GBR - MS Mondraker Team) who finished with a time of 3.27,997 minutes.
By this time, however, two thirds of the category were still waiting for their turn. But when even elite riders like Mark Wallace (CAN - Canyon Factory Team), Brendan Fairclough (GBR - Scott Velosolutions) and Brook MacDonald (NZL - MS Mondraker) did not reach his result all eyes were on Greenland in the Hot Seat, while three more riders were yet to come. Rain may have played a part in the final results as the last few riders dealt with moisture. First both Dakotah Norton (USA - Unior Devinci Factory Team) and Troy Brosnan failed to beat his result and then the clock revealed a +1.7 when Amaury Pierron crossed the finish line – crowning Laurie Greenland the first champion of the EDC 2018. Amaury Pierron and Brook MacDonald completed the podium, while Brendan Fairclough and Mark Wallace followed in fourth and fifth place.
What remains to say is that Maribor delivered a perfect race weekend: the track even increased in its quality and popularity after the makeover, the atmosphere was incredibly good and the weather was even better than in some summer races last year! The next stop of the series once more takes the riders to Slovenia in June for EDC #2 in Kranjska Gora.