Monday, May 31, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
here is a quick heads up for any UK riders
the future of the Esher Shore Bike Park in Surrey, South-East England is under threat
basically, the bike park is run as a "not for profit" company, meaning it does not aim to "make money", but to cover its running costs which are primarily the rent of the site, and liability insurance to protect the bike park from being sued if accidents occur
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Thursday, May 27, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Such a pleasure to have arrived at Plattekill mountain in New York State. This resort is definitely legendary, and the antithesis of Gucci - it is a down-to-earth, family-friendly place that makes me want to come back every year. The riding is epic. This year the weather gods were kind and only deposited a sprinkling of moisture the night before the race. Kudos to JDD for a seamless event - the Pro GRTs this year are running like clockwork, turning heads and getting attention from the global racing community.
The same course we ran for Jr. World Championships Qualifier '08. Rooty, tight in the trees with a couple of good-sized hucks thrown in for fun. Enough steepness to keep the WC guys happy and enough flat so that it wasn't going to be won on skill alone. I really enjoyed riding and racing the course because it's awesome, technical and requires a fun, playful riding style to be able to hit quickly and ride fast, and a lot of commitment for the hucks. I'm having a particularly great time riding this year with Team Geronimo teammates Michael and Brian Buell.
For more from Graeme CLICK HERE ...
Monday, May 24, 2010
The trailbuilders had a huge session yesterday after completing close to 90% of the race track.
Check out our pride and joy, the Banshee Kiara Rage DH track in full HD in this video!
Turn up the volume, pump up the bass and enjoy the video!
More on the Banshee Kiara Rage race HERE<--
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Like my hero Ricky Bobby, James has decided that it is time to go fast. The only difference between James and my hero Ricky is that James likes to go fast and hit jumps. With the right combination of jump and speed anything can happen. For me flying 25 or 30 feet on my Amp is not my idea of safe. Would much rather hit it first on my Wildcard. But James is a little bit different, he builds something and then will hit i with whatever bike he has. With both my Amp and Wildcard out of commission I was left to watch and shoot pictures.
Friday, May 21, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
We have been waiting for Mike to get used to his bikes before we made a formal announcement that Mike is now on the Banshee Team. We are working on something more formal than this but if Mike being on Banshee is a secret it is one of the worst kept secrets in biking. Listen to Mike talked about the Amp (“It’s the best bike I have ever ridden …”) and Rampant (“You can beat the dick out of it off any big hit, but yet when it comes to like pedalling it’s your hard tail …”).
Wait for something more formal … but Mike Montgomery is on Banshee …
Thanks to Justin and VitalMTB …
I was wondering around the net this morning while eating breakfast and I found this article. CLICK HERE. Basically Floyd Landis (if you do not follow road racing click here) is making allegations against several American Racers. I hate to be the one to point fingers but it is time we clean up the mountain biking industry. Greg from Straitline Components has been on HGH for years. If you have never seen him with his shirt off you may not have noticed it. I found a picture from last years Interbike …
It is clear from this picture that he is on something. Let’s clean up the industry …
We have some new grassroots riders this season. I will introduce them later in the month when their bikes have all been finished. I sent an email out this week asking that they start using the Banshee Team Blog. Paul Genovese posted, Nic Genovese posted for Brandon Hayward and an awesome edit of Dustin Greenall. Then this morning I noticed a new post from Aeron Learmonth … it was three or four weeks worth of posts all mashing into one. Click here to read the whole post. There are a couple cool videos in there, you might want a snack and something to drink.
My favorite video from Aeron Learmonth May Marathon Blog is below. Check it out …
Keep Riding. Keep Blogging.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Summer’s just around the corner, which means filmmaker Josh Talatzko’s comming to town to shoot his upcoming film “The Locals”. He just released a rad teaser showing some of the stuff we worked on this last fall. Gonna be good!
The two fellas on team Banshee deadbros racing this weekend were Nick Hansch and Curt Clementson, who have both been persuing their talents relentlessly. The courses had both been buffed to perfection by the crew at Mountain States Cup, and the dual slalom had even recieved a drenching of magnesium chloride to ensure fast times. The rain that drove us all out of practice on Friday made the courses run like Interstate 70 on Saturday, hard and fast from gate to finish line.
FOR RESULTS CLICK HERE ...
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
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Monday, May 17, 2010
James has been hard at work here in Kaohsiung. It is nice to come home and find new jumps just waiting for me. We rode most of Sunday afternoon, the trail was fast and the jumps felt good … the only problem is both James and I felt like we had SARS or Swine Flu.
We managed to get some pictures to show the trail, most with little to no style. We will do better next week.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
we are nearly there...we are fixing all the "niggles" like blow-outs (where the clay cap is too thin and has delaminated through to the sand underlayer) and reinforcements of the tops of berms, and general cleaning up!
As they say "a picture is worth a thousand words" so less of my inane babble, here are the pictures...but the pictures are so quickly "out of date" we have already done loads of work since these pictures were taken 5 days ago!
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Saturday, May 15, 2010
Well, better late than never I suppose. This Sea Otter was my favorite to date, with rad trains on the downhill course, perfect weather, and good times with the crew! Epic got me set-up with their Epic HD helmet cam so that I could get some onboard footage of the downhill course. It worked out great, and I ended up filming with that most of the time because I could ride and film at the same time!
The Post Office Jam was about as perfect as it could have been! With rain showing up on the forecast, everyone was unsure as they rolled up to the jumps. It was overcast, and looked like it could rain any second, but it didn’t, resulting in my favorite type of weather to ride in. Everyone had a good time and threw down, with some highlights being Brandon’s corked 720, the longest train Post Office has ever seen, and Alex Pro going for a swim. It was definitely one of the most fun days of riding that I’ve had; seshin’ all day with tons of riders that I don’t see very often! Plus nobody got hurt! To top it all off,we ended the day with some hefty burritos at Gordos.
Friday, May 14, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Banshee Bikes (Mythic Bikes in the UK), high end mountain bike frame producers, is proud to announce that Adam Brayton, the 20 year old ripper from the Lake District in England, and Tom Deacon, the 23 year old current British National Points Series Elite Champion from Shropshire, England, will be representing them next season on the UCI World Cup DH circuit. Both will be riding Banshee’s all new Legend MkII DH race bike.
For more pictures words and videos CLICK HERE ...
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
On the way down at like 2am, we passed a car with a black Rune on the back somewhere in Idaho.... the next day at the slickrock trailhead, we saw the same car and bike! Reed from Oregon, wassup!
A few rune pics:
Looking out over Castle Valley, from LPS
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Segnali un Bracconiere (Report a Poacher): Jay sent me this link http://www.iopedalo.it/freeride/freeride-3-citta-di-castello-raid-con-justyn-norek. Then I used my ninja language skills to translate it into English. If it is a little strange I apologize …. my Italian is a little rusty. For article in Italian click the link.
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Turns out, that support must have been pretty good, because it helped Darin on his way to becoming the new solo rider champion. In the start, there were ten solo men in an open class. At the end of the 18 hours, Darin was in first place with 28 laps, totaling 177 miles through the night. The next racer behind him had 25 laps, and a fully geared bike racing against Darin's single speed, and still couldn't quite catch him. The nearest competitor to Darin had to stop due to hydration issues four hours before the end of the race, we wished him well while prepping for our boy's next lap. Dave kept making sure that food, liquid and supplements were ready all night while I slept on the ground a few feet away, snoring and cussing in my sleep I'm sure.
My camera batteries had died on the way out from Glenwood, so I didn't get any shots worthy of showing off. I'm sorry for that, Darin, but a huge congratulations from everyone is in order. This was an amazing race, with good food and a lot of free beer from New Belgium. Darin ended up with a shocking $80 purse, little wooden 1st place trophy around his neck, and some cool swag from the organizers. Darin is one of the owners of The Gear Exchange, in Glenwood Springs, CO, so if you have a hankerin' for a new Banshee bike, drop on by and see him. If you know Darin, buy that man a cold one and don't let him play off that incredible performance. He got more laps by himself than a lot of the teams of up to 8 racers. See ya next time, NiraD!
Saturday, May 8, 2010
I met Aaron at Interbike 2009, he was a little bit too busy to talk to me so I came to the conclusion that he was a pretentious a**. Sure he was under a lot of stress because his video What’s Next was playing live over Pinkbike, but that is no reason to ignore his biggest fan.
“Jack Who? I’m Aaron LaRocque.”Aaron has a big head ... click to see him in action ...
Friday, May 7, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
So after Sea Otter, I hung out with Jack Fogelquist for a few days holiday in California.
On the Monday we went to the world famous 'Post Office' jumps in Aptos, which it would seem are about to be plowed for land development, which is a real shame, however the bike community in that area is so strong and active, that I'm sure an even bigger and better jump spot will rise from the ashes. What a great day was had by all!
At the jump jam I was talking to the photographer Jason Peters who showed me a T'shirt he had made based on one of his photos. The following words are from Jason.
'JDPETERS.COM Tuck Tee's are based off a photo by Jason Peters of a BMX rider at the world famous Post Office Jumps in Aptos, CA. The Tuck tee is printed on Tultex shirts which are made out of 100% cotton and is printed by DIY shirts in Costa Masa. This is the only run of this shirt that will be made and they are going quickly, so get yours now! Shirts come in three colors, Black, Navy Blue, White and come in all sizes from small to XL. The price has been dropped to $12! To buy a shirt email me at email@example.com or go to the Ebay page.'
I actually happen to be wearing mine now, and it fits and looks great. Thanks Jason! So why not pick up a bargain and visit his e-bay shop... in a way, if the post office jumps do get destroyed, at least you will have a bit of history.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Team Banshee Australia would love to introduce to you our newest rider, Cam Rouch. Cam is only 17 years old and already has had some impressive results in dirt jump! He came 3rd in the recent Australian Dirt Jump Competition and we were so impressed with his attitude and style, we just had to sign him up.
Cam – “I Hopped on the bike when I was 4, started dirt jumping 10 years later. My favorite trick is a 360 unturndowns and I’m currently learning Super Flips and double whips. In the next 12 months I hope to build some trails up, have fun, learn some more new tricks and attend more comps. Oh yeah, and maybe fit University in somewhere too!”
Cam recently attended Australia’s first round of a Freeride Competition in Sydney and placed 5th – which is quite amazing given he did it on his dirt jump bike. Here’s what he had to say:
“The comp was interesting to say the least. Practice went well and I was completing north-shore sections I couldn’t do before and getting the dirt jumps smooth and consistent. When it came to the comp I aimed for a clean but very good run. X-up the first jumps to tailwhip the second jump, then into the north-shore and off the biggest drop there which was so rough. Then I did the wallride but at the bottom of the hill they had these 10 meter distance jumps which would be scary enough on a downhill bike let alone a dirtjump bike. The next run I stepped it up with a no foot can and just missed out on my 360 tailwhip. Continuing down the hill I did a different north-shore and that was it.
Looking back at the comp I felt I rode well and smoothly and made friends with everyone at the competition. I ended up placing 5th in A grade when looking at the course I was proud of considering I was riding a dirtjump bike against a bunch of 20 something year old downhill riders that just hucked everything. The whole comp was judged by their mates as well which explains why a backflip tuck no hander and a 360 tailwhip didn’t rate as highly as a bar humped flip to case or a 30 foot distance jump to flat! Haha”
Awesome stuff Cam!! You’ll see more of Cam on his brand new Banshee Amp!! Welcome to Team Banshee Australia mate!!
Monday, May 3, 2010
Ran Berko is once again going to compete in the Megavalance event. More news to come.
(sweet shot of Ran on his Cove)
(I think this was pinkbike POD … I was wrong once before though)
(race run on his Wildcard to a second place finish)
More information to come about Ran and the Megavalanche as soon as I have it.