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Saturday
Apr262014

Neko Mulally Takes His First World Cup Podium!

Round 2 of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup took place today in Cairns, in very difficult conditions that saw the venue pounded by torrential rains during the week, with very muggy and steamy conditions today. The track was extremely slippery in places and brought many an experienced rider undone. Neko Mulally who came into the race ranked 8th in the World Cup qualified well yesterday in 7th, despite a crash, but showed he had the speed to win. With a 1st at the first split, and 2nd at the second split, the signs were good for today.

The 21 year old from Pennsylvania remained focused on race day and was determined to get the job done and not be distracted by all of the attention his form was attracting. In the race run all was going to plan and all of his lines were working well, until just before the second split where a line which he’d been trialling all week had deteriorated with more exposed roots, dropping the rear wheel off line and eventually the whole bike from under him. A quick recovery and a solid finish in the third sector despite damaging a brake in the crash saw Neko cross the line in 2nd, and eventually hold on for an incredible 3rd place. His first ever World Cup podium and the 36th Downhill podium for the Trek Session since Trek World Racing began racing the bike in 2009.

Neko said: “This is a dream come true and something I’ve been working really hard to achieve. This week everything just fell into place, the bike, my set up, having Justin and Chris on course helping me, I just couldn’t be happier. Saying those words, ‘I got third’, it’s just incredible.”

Moving into the next round Neko will hold plate number 4.

Neko’s teammates had mixed fortunes on the demanding track. Brook MacDonald ‘had a messy run’ in his words, but the speed is returning after coming back from surgery, and his 27th is up for 36th at Round 1. George had a crash in his final training session and hurt his hip and this had an impact on his race run. Both Brook and George are looking forward to racing with Neko on the East Coast of the US, in some Pro GRT events, as a good lead up to Fort William, as they did last year.

Greg Williamson had a good smooth run going but crashed on the rock garden, buckling his wheel and was unable to race the rest of his run at speed.

Meanwhile Trek World Racing’s Junior rider Laurie Greenland had his first World Cup race this weekend, and despite a crash and losing time to bigger guys in the heavy muddy conditions, was happy with his 11th and like his team mates, can’t wait to be at Fort William.

Team Manager Martin Whiteley acknowledged the incredible work done by the team mechanics and staff under extremely difficult conditions at the remote venue, and that Neko’s result was a wonderful way to finish what had been a challenging week.

Friday
Apr252014

2014 UCI World Cup Round 2 Cairns Qualifying Results

Junior Men

Pro Women

Pro Men

Monday
Apr212014

Easton Is Sold To Race Face

BRG Action Sports to continue to focus on growing core product in Giro, Bell & Blackburn brands

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. — April 21, 2014 — BRG Sports, Inc.,

The terms of the deal were not disclosed and it is expected to be completed in the next 60 days.

“We are very pleased that the Easton Cycling unit will be under the leadership of an accomplished industry veteran and business professional like Chris,” said BRG Sports Executive Chairman and CEO Terry Lee. “We have enjoyed a long-standing relationship with him both in business and in our shared passions for cycling, and when he put forth an attractive offer, we felt the timing was right to proceed with a deal. We are confident that Chris and his team are the best candidates to create a bright future for the Easton Cycling brand.”

BRG Sports’ brand portfolio features market leaders across the sports equipment industry. Bell is synonymous with protection and progression as the leader in motorcycle and cycling helmets and accessories. For over 80 years, Riddell has been the premier designer and developer of football helmet technology and continues to deliver innovative protective equipment that helps today's athlete perform at the highest level. Since creating the first lightweight, high-performance helmets for cycling and snowsports, Giro has excelled in the design, fit and engineering of products that complement the body and improve the ride experience. Blackburn looks at things from the user’s perspective, showing respect for materials and their functionality, while bringing unprecedented innovation to lights, pumps, bags, racks and other bicycle accessories.

Winston & Strawn LLP acted as legal advisor to the Company in connection with the transaction.

About BRG Sports

A leading designer,
developer and marketer of branded sports equipment, protective products and related
accessories, today announced that it has entered into an agreement with cycling
industry veteran Chris Tutton, under which he will acquire the Easton Cycling business.
Tutton has long worked as an independent sales representative for Easton Cycling’s
OEM business and he also owns Race Face Performance Products, a company that
has been designing and manufacturing leading-edge performance cycling components,

clothing, and protection for more than 20 years.

Recently, BRG sold the Easton Baseball/Softball business to Bauer Performance

Sports. The Company is also continuing to work towards an agreement with a third

party for the sale of Easton Hockey.

BRG Sports is a leading designer, developer and marketer of branded sports equipment, protective products and related accessories. The company markets and licenses products under such well-known brands as Easton, Bell, Riddell, Giro, and

Blackburn. Its products incorporate leading technology and designs and are used by professional athletes and enthusiasts alike. Headquartered in Scotts Valley, California, the company has 32 facilities worldwide. More information is available at: www.brgsports.com.

Tuesday
Apr012014

Santa Cruz Announces New Carbon Nomad

Features

  • 165mm VPP suspension
  • 27.5” wheels
  • Internal routing
  • New compact lower link and V10-style upper link
  • Full carbon frame and swingarm in S, M, L & XL sizes
  • Single-chain-ring-only design
  • RockShox Pike RCT3 Solo Air160mm fork
  • RockShox Monarch Plus Debonair or Vivid Air RC2 shock
  • USA pricing from $6,599 complete for SRAM X01 build, inc. Reverb Stealth
  • $2,999 frame only
  • Frame weight from 6.2 lbs (2.8 kg) with Rock Shox Monarch Plus
  • Complete from 27.1 lbs (12.3kg)

 

The new Nomad sends the all mountain category into Andean Mountain sized territory. Now in its third generation, the full carbon frame has been completely redesigned to stay ahead of enduro racing’s ever-more DH trajectory. An aggressive 65 degree head angle delivers V10 handling at Syndicate speeds. We've also added a V10-style upper link, increased VPP travel to 165mm and improved small bump performance.

The one-by only design also permits a neatly recessed and protected lower link, resulting in some seriously compact chain stays.

With an inch more reach in the cockpit, the Nomad's got the ideal geometry for tearing down the side of Chilean stratovolcanoes! And as ever with carbon technology, it's what's on the inside that counts. The internal cable routing is so trick it's a shame it never sees the light of day.

Thin carbon fibre tubes molded into the frame from entry to exit, ensuring completely integrated hassle-free routing every time. The ground-up redesign incorporates a steeper seat tube angle, creating an efficient pedaling position for total liaison stage domination. Available now in stealth black or aqua/magenta colors with coordinated fork and wheel decals, the new Nomad shows just how rad things can get with some single-ring-minded focus.

The new Nomad sends the all mountain category into Andean Mountain sized territory. Now in its third generation, the full carbon frame has been completely redesigned to stay ahead of enduro racing’s ever-more DH trajectory.

Dylan Wolsky and Iago Garay return to stages from the Andes-Pacifico to throttle the new Nomad on the dusty blown out trails that made the race so infamous.

Full details of the Nomad can be found at www.santacruzbicycles.com.

Video best served in HD, on a big screen, with speakers cranked up to 11.

Thanks to La Parva ski resort in Chile, for allowing us to film. Huge respect to Ennio Morricone for The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Props to Soundhog (www.soundhog.co.uk) for his mighty mash-up of Led Zeppelin and The Beatles. All credit to Cut Media for their filming and editing. And gracias to Montenbaik.com for all their location scouting and logistics.

Monday
Mar172014

Intense Tracer T275 Announced

The Tracer T275 carbon marks the next step for Intense in its continued campaign to lead and elevate design and innovation for the sport’s Enduro segment. The new bike embodies the perfect balance of beauty and aggression while delivering an unprecedented ride quality.

The carbon monocoque construction combines a solid one-piece front triangle while the new geometry features a slacker headangle, lower bottom bracket and shorter chainstays. Integrated 142×12 dropouts mean fewer parts and offer a simpler approach and more pure design. Also noteworthy is a new internally-guided cable routing system that allows for flawless assembly and easier maintenance.

But most impressive is the ride. Toss a leg over one and see for yourself.

Features

  • Adjustable Travel: 145mm – 160mm (5 3/4″ – 6 1/4″ )
  • Frame weight (Med w/ Fox CTD): 2.5 kgs (5.6 lbs)
  • Patented VPP design (and logo – see attached guidelines)
  • ISCG 05 Mounts
  • Internal Cable Routing for Stealth Reverb
  • Monocoque Front Triangle
  • Modern Trail Geometry
  • Integrated 142X12 dropouts
  • Integrated Internal Cable Routing System

Intense Tracer T275