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pinkbike.com

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1 year ago

Getting to Know: Enduro World Series Champion Elliott Heap

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Even at just 20 years old, Elliott has certainly made an impression on the sport since transitioning from motocross in 2013. In his first elite year racing DH World Cups, Elliott was a regular top-30 rider and has continued to show his intentions. After the CRC/Mavic team announced they’d be focusing their efforts solely on enduro at the end of 2017, Elliott had already built up a strong understanding of how to be competitively successful. Luckily for Elliott, enduro wasn’t a new discipline and as we can see from his form in 2018, he’s exceptionally talented. We caught up with Elliott to find out how his racing is going, what it’s like being on a team with such legendary and seasoned veterans and how he feels about winning his first EWS title.

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cog.konaworld.com

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1 year ago

Connor Fearon is the Australian National Enduro Champion

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Over the weekend, in Connor Fearon’s hometown of Adelaide, South Australia, he unleashed a can of ass whooping on a stacked Aussie field at the Gravity Enduro National Championships and pulled off total stage domination over the two days racing. His eight first places would give him and the Process 153 CR DL 29 he was riding the title by over a minute.

“For the second year running the Enduro National Champs were held in my hometown of Adelaide, SA at the Fox Creek trail network. The race was a two-day event with eight stages split over the two days. I chose to race my 29er as a lot of the stages are fast rolling and it feels a bit easier to keep the momentum going with the big wheels. I know Fox Creek like the back of my hand so it definitely was an advantage I had over all the competition from out of state. Although there were some new sections built for the weekend which were really technical and challenging. I had eight perfect stages with no crashes or mechanicals and the Process ended up being the bike to beat! I had a clean sweep and ended up with the title once the weekend was done.” – Connor Fearon

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pinkbike.com

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1 year ago

Jolanda Neff Joins Trek Factory Racing

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Swiss cross-country mountain bike champion Jolanda Neff will join the ranks of Trek Factory Racing XC. The three-time World Cup overall winner will continue to focus on the World Cup cross-country circuit, but will also race select events with the new Trek Factory Racing Cyclocross and Trek-Segafredo teams.

At just 25 years old, Neff has already made an indelible mark on cycling. She is an elite World Champion, three-time World Cup Champion, three-time European Champion, four-time Swiss Champion, and the winner of 12 World Cups.

“I’m extremely excited to join the Trek family,” said Neff. “I love Trek as a brand and am passionate about their philosophy of developing strong women’s programs alongside their men’s teams. It’s also a great pleasure that I will be able to race in MTB, CX, and road, all under the same family of teams. It has been my lifelong dream to race at the highest level on the fastest bikes across different disciplines, and I have found the perfect partner.”

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marathonmtb.com

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1 year ago

Always finish the stage race – Cape to Cape lessons

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If I’m honest, when I woke up this morning I really didn’t feel like racing the 4th and final stage of the 2018 Cape to Cape. This sounds a bit rubbish but there are a few excuses (I can’t call them reasons). It was raining again, I was tired, the ride to the start (this is a race training camp after all) was over 20km, and did I mentioned it would be wet. I don’t particularly like riding my mountain bike in the wet. It sounds soft, but I’ve done it plenty of times over the past 15+ years of mountain bike racing. I’ve done my time. I know I don’t particularly like it, so given the option of riding in the wet, or not, I’d opt to not ride.

But this isn’t just choosing about getting on the bike or not, it is finishing a stage race. It is very easy to justify not starting a stage, or a race at the time when you’re not feeling it. But you cannot change that decision later on. Remorse can be strong, and if you truly are too tired or unwell then you can always stop. But I’ve learnt the best thing to do is to just finish it.

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pinkbike.com

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1 year ago

Photo Epic: EWS Ainsa 2018 – Day Two

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What a weekend of racing. Seven long stages, brutal heat, and rocks that claimed plenty of wheels and tires. Although it was nice to not have the timing equipment washed down a river that formed on stage six, the 90 plus degree heat made racing tough. Sam Hill was hoping to clinch the series title here in Ainsa but it will have to wait until Finale next week. A front flat and a bent pedal cost him valuable time he couldn’t make up. Richie Rude was the man to beat taking twelve seconds to the field on Saturday and winning the race today with eight seconds on 2nd place Martin Maes. Damien Oton raced consistently and took third. Cecile Ravanel was once again the woman to beat winning five of seven stages. Isabeau Courdurier won the final two stages and took second. Andreane Lanthier Nadeau had her best race yet and took third place.

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bikerumor.com

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1 year ago

#MTBgirls: World’s top female XC mountain bikers unite to get more women riding!

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Off the bike there’s apparently not a lot of bad blood between the best women mountain bikers in the world. Countering stereotypes that mountain bikes aren’t for girls, these seasoned pros – from 23 year old Anne Tauber to 45 year old Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå – crush it head-to-head on the XC World Cup, but can all get behind the common mission of getting more women & girls on mountain bikes.

#MTBgirls, “Go Out and Ride your Bike!”

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cog.konaworld.com

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1 year ago

Dust and Rocks: Ryan Gardner Reports from Northstar CES

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In what’s become the crown jewel of the California Enduro Series, Northstar brings a generous serving of rock smashing, bike breaking, and dust slashing to the series. Because of these traits, as well as its lifts, facilities, and location next to beautiful Lake Tahoe, Northstar has been slated for an EWS bid in 2019. In a sort of warmup to the big event, the newly developed Continental Series came for a visit last weekend, and like any good enduro racers, the Kona enduro Team made the trek from far and wide to get in on the fun.

Becky Gardner drove her 400,000 mile Ford E-350 from Colorado, Ali Osgood left the loamy goods of Norcal, Scott Countryman cruised in from the high desert of Flagstaff, and Ryan Gardner made the grueling drive through Bay Area traffic to join some of the best Enduro racers America (and abroad) has to offer.