Growing up in Wales, the story of the red Welsh Dragon is one that you learn whilst you are toddling around. The historic battles that formed what Wales is today and the courageous Dragon that freed the citizens. With the red dragon flown proudly on the countries flag, it is a constant reminder of the times that once were.
Many centuries ago, dragons roamed the land. The dragons battled over every town and home in the land. An ice dragons cold hearts could plunder worlds into eternal winter. Trampled towns and cliff top battles was all that lay in the dragons wake. Until the red Dragon, saviour of the land, put an end to their wicked ways. Blood pouring from its chest, the red dragon took a final blow at the ice dragon, liberating the cities from its wintery past! Returning to its cave, the red dragon fell into an endless sleep, and was never seen again.
Blake Samson steeds his Saracen Ariel down "Enter the Dragon" at BikePark Wales
The 2014 U.S. Gravity National Championships were held this past weekend at Angel Fire in
New Mexico. The fastest racers in the country came together for the biggest race on the U.S.
mountain biking calendar. Angel Fire Resort would be the host for a weekend of dual-slalom
and downhill racing, and the event would conclude by presenting the winners with the Stars and
Stripes National Championship jerseys.
Practice got under way first thing Thursday morning, and McKenna would have a very busy
four days, filled with practice and racing in two disciplines. The dual-slalom course was slightly
changed from last year, and was extremely dry and loose. Qualifying took place on Friday
afternoon, and McKenna qualified in seventh position. This put her up against the number 2
qualifier in her first round, and was unable to advance.
Downhill practice was held for several hours each day, and McKenna had ample time to get
up to speed on the extremely technical and challenging track. The course had several rough,
technical sections combined with super-fast, wide open parts. McKenna was loving the entire track
and got in plenty of practice runs each day.
Sunday morning came soon enough, and McKenna
loaded the chairlift to the top. She was the first one to go in her category, and she had a great,
but “somewhat sketchy” run, crossing the finish line at 6:20, and good enough for first place.
McKenna earned the Stars and Stripes Jersey and is the 2014 U.S. Downhill Champion for
Junior Girls 11-12.
In this episode Matt heads from Christchurch down to Queenstown - A true mountain biking town - in preparation for the Farm Jam. On the way he stops off for a dip in Queenstown's crystal clear lakes and a bit of cliff diving. Then it's on to business: sessioning on the mulch jump and riding the the famous Dream Track! Watch as he effortlessly throws superflips, flatspin truckdrivers and more.
Jonas Janssen represented Kore at the Winterberg Slopestyle and Whip Off competitions last week. He was able to come 5th in the Slopestyle and he finished 1st in the Whip Off. Check out some of the pictures form the event.
1. Jackson Goldstone spent a couple of weeks in California before and after the Sea Otter Classic. He got his backflips dialled and it looks like he progressed a lot.
2. Our riders popped up on the Pinkbike Picture of the Day a couple of times.
3. The Block Head Energy Team came out with their 2014 Promo.
We are stoked to be involved with this team, check out more here.
4. Simon Silver is an Aptos local and he makes the best of living in a great riding location.
We expect big things from him this summer and we are enjoying watching him progress. For more click here.
5. The Sea Otter Classic came and went. It was a great time and it was good to see old friends.
It was great to see Blind Bobby in California, hanging out with him is always an inspiration.
The 2014 Sea Otter Classic finished this past weekend. We had a great show and the majority of our current product was on display.
We had everything from our cross country product to our gravity product laid out for everyone to see, touch and feel.
The Mega bars come in both Carbon and Aluminum and got a lot of attention from the spectators passing by. These are the perfect bars for your all mountain bike or enduro racing.
The OCD bars come in at 800mm wide and are the favourite bars for DH racers all over the world.
For the dirt jumpers out there we have Rivera bars and stems, they come in a variety of colours to keep everyone happy.
We also make a wheel to fit almost every bike out there. We had our 26”, 650b and 29er wheels on display.
Right next to our booth Lil Shredder bikes had mini Kore wheels on their display bikes.
They also had Kore bar, stem and grip combos on a bunch of their bikes.
It was great to see all of our friends and sponsored riders at the show. Congrats to everyone on the team that made the podium.
My name is Brett Wheeler I’m 27 years old and originally from Bournemouth in the UK but now live in Lousa central Portugal. After a successful motocross career and looking for new challenges I decided to change to compete in mountain bike dirt jump contents. In 2012 I stared riding downhill and started racing in 2013. In 2013 I managed 3 first places at regional events, 3rd at the southwest downhill championship along with a few other podium results and scoring my first UCI points in elite in Bulgaria. In 2014 I will be racing in in the expert category in as many European races that I can.
But I am most excited about the business that I have started with my wife in Portugal. Wheelers Mountain Bike Holidays offers year round riding adventures in Lousa, Portugal. With year round lift assisted downhill, all mountain and enduro mountain biking. We offer qualified guides, airport transfer, all shuttles and an eight bed villa with pool, jacuzzi, WIFI, laundry, kitchen, satellite TV and secure bicycle storage.
Wheelers MTB Holidays also offers free skills coaching from a fully qualified MIAS level 1 and 2 coach. This will help riders of all skill levels to attack the trails and gain confidence come race day. We are also in a great location for winter training and testing for racers and team alike.
Wheelers Mountain Bike Holidays was started by Brett and Joana Wheeler to bring a riding holiday that is well suited for any type of riding that you may want to do in Portugal. The company is Portuguese registered and comply with all laws, insurance and financial that is needed in Portugal. For more information visit http://www.wheelersmountainbikeholidays.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
.British DH rider Fionn Griffiths has entered in to a partnership with the New Zealand based Zerode Bikes for the 2014 race season. Griffiths said; “I’m really happy to be working with a company that has such unique ideas in frame design. I can’t wait to get a solid first season on the Zerode G2 and I’m looking forward to promoting the bikes to help grow the brand both worldwide and in the UK.”Going in to the 2014 season Fionn continues her longterm partnership with Alpinestars and F10Designs.com as well as welcoming new partners KORE Bike Components and UK based Wrigley’s Drinks Co.
Fionn also released today that as of March 28th her company GR Management will be acting as the sole importer and distributor for the Zerode brand in the UK. “You can check out the Zerode products at www.zerode.co.uk “We are currently taking orders for the 2014 Zerode G2, our first shipment of frames landed in the UK this morning and as this goes out to the world we are busy building my 2014 race bike for the coming season. I leave for the South Africa World Cup next monday so I will be trying to get as much time on the G2 as possible this week.“You can follow Fionn’s travels and race results throughout the season at www.zerode.co.uk which will be up and running in the next couple of days.
The Taipei Cycle Show is behind us and the Sea Otter Classic is just around the corner. If you are in Monterey be sure to stop by the Kore booth to say hello. With March came the rain and some warmer temperatures, more people are going out on their bikes and we here at Kore have been testing new products in the rain.
Let’s have a quick look at what happened this month.
1. Olie Burton Raced in Portugal in preparation for the first round of the BDS.
2. We visited the Taipei Show, had our full line of product on display. We also go to go for a ride in the Taiwanese jungle.
3. It was spring break in Canada and Jackson Goldstone took full advantage of his time off. He was also featured in an Indian Bike Magazine; Freerider Mountain Bike Magazine.
4. Blake Samson showed us his new paint job and then he showed us what a super man looks like from his Kore Bar and Stem.
5. Matt Jones talked about Woburn Sands and then got upside down with his hands off.
We here at Kore are looking forward to the weather getting warmer and dryer. My mom is getting sick of washing my wet and muddy bike clothes every night.
KORE: This will be your first season riding for Kore, tells us a bit about yourself? What’s your name? How old are you? Where are you from?
Name: Simon Silver
From: Santa Cruz, California
KORE: Where do you ride most often?
Simon Silver: The place I ride most frequently is at the Post Office jumps in the town of Aptos. I feel very lucky to have the chance to ride there every day!
KORE: What kind of riding do you do the most?
Simon Silver: Honestly I dirt jump the most, but I also try to ride downhill, trails and free ride as much as I can.
KORE: What is your favorite place to ride?
Simon Silver: My favorite place to ride can not be narrowed down to one place! I’d have to say the Post Office, The Deer Camp and the Whistler Bike Park.
KORE: How did you get into mountain biking?
Simon Silver: When I was little, I went with a friend from karate class to see the premier of New World Disorder 7, I was hooked from then on and eventually my mom bought me a trail bike.
KORE: Who do you ride the most with?
Simon Silver: I’m super thankful to be able to ride with the people I look up to, I ride with all the up and coming kids from Aptos, as well as R-Dog, Ray George, Kyle Jameson, Greg Watts, Tyler and Cam McCaul and Jeff Herbertson to name a few!
KORE: What riders do you look up to?
Simon Silver: The riders I look up to most would be Graham Agassiz, Jamie Goldman, Kirt Voreis, Cedric Gracia and Cam McCaul.
KORE: What is your current bike set up?
Simon Silver: I’m riding a Specialized P3 for dirt jumping and a Scott Voltage for everything else! Both of my bikes have Kore wheels, bars, rips and stems!
KORE: What do you do when you are not riding?
Simon Silver: When I’m not riding, I’m at school, digging, at the gym, surfing or on the occasional snowboard trip!
KORE: What are your plans and goals for the 2014 season?
Simon Silver: For 2014, I plan on racing at the Sea Otter Classic, doing road trips to Colorado, Utah and Whistler, competing in the Outlaws of Dirt series and doing lots of really cool film projects!
KORE: What other companies are supporting you?
Simon Silver: Gamut, DZR, VP, G-Form, Sandbox, Arcade, SDG, WeAreCAGrown.
KORE: Anyone you would like to thank?
Simon Silver: Huge thanks to my parents, my friends at Epicenter Cycling, Rob Dunnet and Eric Z for letting me ride at his property!
KORE:Where can people follow you online?
Thanks Kore! 2014 is going to be a great season!
The Jin Shui Ying Historical Trail starts on the west coast of Taiwan and finishes on the east.
After riding the trail a couple of years ago with Aaron LaRocque (Mind Spark Cinema) and Richie Schley (MTB Legend), Ollie and I have wanted to do it again. For the video and pictures of the trip we did in 2012 click here.
We decided to rent a bus and take half a dozen friends riding in the Taiwanese jungle.
We met our bus driver Jerry at 9am and were at the trail head a couple of hours later.
The ride starts with a little bit of an uphill that both Ollie and I totally forgot about, but once that was out of the way there was little uphill riding.
For 19 kilometres (11.8 miles) the seven of us enjoyed single track through an untouched jungle.
Riding in a rain cloud for most of the ride, slippery would be an understatement, the trail was laced with wet roots, slippery wood steps and slick clay.
Two hours after starting the ride we were in the river valley 1500 meters (4900 feet) below our starting point.
All of us covered in mud and with smiles from ear to ear.
For more pictures head over to http://www.pinkbike.com/u/home-team/album/2014/
Thanks to everyone who stopped by the booth and said hi last week in Taipei. For all of you that could not be there here is what the Kore Booth looked like.
The backdrop picture is a rad picture of Matt Jones doing a nac nac on his Saracen Myst. I thought I shot it from a different angle but when I uploaded the pictures to my computer I didn’t have anything better than this. Here is the shot that made up the main backdrop.
Sea Otter is 40 days away and the Whistler Bike Park opens in 75 days. The official start to most people’s riding season is getting closer and closer. We here at Kore are concentrated on the Taipei Cycle Show which is this week in Taiwan. Here is a look back at what happened with Kore in February.
1. Matt Jones was active online, in print media and even out in the real world.
Mountain Biking UK Cover.
2. Filip Polc races and wins a bunch of Urban DH Races.
Filip’s winning run in the first race.
3. Blake Samson rode his bike more than you did in February.
4. Transition Bikes' Lars Sternberg and Darrin Seeds race Enduro in South America.
And for a whole bunch of pictures from the event click on the links below.
5. Jackson Goldstone turned 10 and it looks like he got a new helmet for his birthday.
We also caught up with him just a couple of days ago. Click here for the whole interview.
KORE: Let’s start with the basics, what is your name? How old are you? Where are you from?
From: Squamish, British Columbia
KORE: How tall are you? How much do you weigh?
Jackson Goldstone: I'm 135cm tall and weight 25 kg, not sure what is in US talk.
KORE: You travelled a lot in 2013, how many days of school did you miss? What was your 2013 season highlight?
Jackson Goldstone: Yes I really did get out a lot in 2013, I think I missed about 15 days of school in total, but I had do still do all the work. I think the highlight of the year was a trip I did where we went to X games one weekend, then WoodWard West for a camp and Crankwork for next week. That's a pretty tough thing to top!
KORE: You attended Rampage and Crankworx, what event did you enjoy more? why?
Jackson Goldstone: They are both amazing events, but I think I liked Crankworx more because more of my friends were there. It's also a little easier to see the whole event. That's what I really liked about Claw's event that it was super chill and you felt like you were more a part of the event than watching it.
KORE: You ride BMX, cross country, downhill, dirt jumps … what is your favorite kind of riding? Where is your favorite place to ride? What is your favorite trail?
Jackson Goldstone: It changes all the time. I'm pretty lucky that I live in such a cool place that I can hit so many great spots whenever I want. I really like WoodWard West because it's so concentrated with so many cool kids and great places to ride. I think my favourite trail is Half Nelson in Squamish. It's a lot like A line but in the forest with way less people and you can ride it all year long.
KORE: When you are not riding your bike what do you like to do?
Jackson Goldstone: In the winter I ski and snowboard. In the summer we ride so much that there isn't much extra time but we are starting to hike and rock climb more.
KORE: What riders do you look up to? Who are your favourite riders?
Jackson Goldstone: No question; Jake Kinney. He is like a big brother to me and I love his style both on and off the bike. When I watch the other guys on the FMB or World Cup I also try to imagine I'm one of them so I guess I learn a little from everybody. I thought Danny Macaskill's Imaginate video was just like me. The great thing about our sport is that the Pro Riders are all super chill and always seem to make time for the little guys. You can't golf with Tiger Woods, but if you're lucky, you can ride the chair with Semenuk.
KORE: What do you enjoy most about riding?
Jackson Goldstone: That's tough, to me riding is just so natural I don't think about it too much.
KORE: Who has the best style in mountain biking?
Jackson Goldstone: It's hard not to think that Semunuk and Soderstam wouldn't be at the top of that list. I like how Stevie Smith came back to win the world cup and Steve Peat has been around so long and still rips. Zink is just awesome as well.
KORE: What's better, speed or air?
Jackson Goldstone: Its cool because speed goes so fast, but everything slows down when you're in the air.
KORE: What tricks do you want to learn in 2014? What is your favorite trick to do?
Jackson Goldstone: I'd like to learn Bars spins and tail whips but that is probably going to take a couple more years. I think my favourite trick is a straight up steeezy moto whip
KORE: Is there anyone you would like to thank?
Jackson Goldstone: My Mom, Dad and especially my big sister Bailey. She's awesome.
KORE: Where can people find you online?
Sitting at home typing this at 11am watching the snow fall outside after 24hrs of travel I feel a world away from the race last week.
On Saturday Feb 9th I departed for the AP race just outside Santiago Chile with Darrin Seeds (Transition Bikes designer). We met in Santiago Chile with the rest of the group from our trip for the 10 days, Mallory Burda (Smith Optics TM), Joey Schusler (Yeti Cycles athlete), Nate Hills (Yeti Cycles athlete), Scott Secco (Trip filmer), and Dave Trumpore (Trip photographer). We had one day to get our gear together and get to La Parva ski area for the opening ceremony. The event consisted of 14 stages over 4 days of racing from high up in the Andes to finish at Montecillo beach, and the air was electric as everyone hunkered down for the last night before the first day of racing. No one had an idea of what we were to be subjected to over the coming days.
My plan going into the race was to ride smart and efficient, as the terrain was unforgiving and the conditions were brutal. We had a week of work filming planned afterwards so avoiding injury was paramount. Maintaining this goal proved to be difficult as I remained close to podium contention at the end each day, and constantly had to manage a balance between performance and simply successfully finishing. Nearly all four days had an average temp of 95 degrees, so hydration, food, and equipment management played a huge part in every individuals performance throughout the days.
I chose to ride my Transition Covert 27.5 frame equipped with Shimano XTR Brakes, Trail pedals, hubs and 1x10 drivetrain, Fox 160mm 34 Talas fork, Float X shock & DOSS seat post, WTB KOM rims and WTB prototype DH casing tubeless tires, KORE OCD 35mm bar and 50mm Repute stem. The bike weighed 32lbs all said and done. This was one of the heavier bikes used during the event, but I knew the durability and function would outweigh the weight penalty in the end. The gear I selected included TLD D3 helmet for timed stages, TLD protection, gloves, and riding apparel, Smith Forefront helmet for all non timed riding, Smith Fuel V2 goggles and Overdrive glasses, Camelbak MULE NV pack for it's ability to carry enough CLIF Bar food, water, and both helmets, and Five Ten Maltese Falcon clip less shoes. I obviously made the right choices because everything performed flawlessly and I managed to survive the week without a single flat tire or other mechanical during the event. Thanks guys!
Day one had the first three difficult stages linked with short transition stages, and a final brutal 3,000' ascent transfer in 109deg temps to finish out with a 17 minute stage which turned out to be one of the most physically demanding stages of the race. We ended in a beautiful valley at a campsite with a small river which was a welcome reprieve after a long day of racing. I managed to finish the day squarely in 5th place overall
Day two began early once again with a 2 hour mega drive to the start, and a first timed stage dropping over 4k vert over 23 minutes. The two final stages we're separated by two more hot and long transfer stages. I had my best race on the final stage finishing behind Jerome even while crashing twice. I think it helped to be chased by the heli carrying Scott Secco who was filming our group. It was an amazing end to another long day, and I maintained 5th position overall. We arrived at base camp at 11pm, and repaired bikes, showered and refueled before hitting the sack exhausted and unsure if anyone would be able to survive the next two days.
Day three began with an hour climb to a stunning view over the coastal mountain range. The first stage was said to be a local favorite, and proved to be as challenging as any of the others. Our crew suffered the loss of Joey on this stage who took a hit to his leg which resulted in minor surgery and a trip to the hospital. We also learned upon crossing the finish line that Chris Johnston had broken his elbow and was also out. This is news you never want to hear, and proved to make the rest of the day difficult to find the edge you need to be competitive. I again managed to hold down my 5th place position, which I was satisfied with after battling the urge to chill and ride safely after news of our fallen compadres.
Day four was a welcome reprieve awaking under cloud cover and cooler temps. This also proved to be the only day it was physically possible to ride the bike 100% in the transfers without hours of carrying. The day was filled with beautiful views, a mellow vibe, and 3 super fun timed stages. I charged hard stayed safe all day and secured my overall position in 5th place which I was extremely happy with. We finished with a final peloton race to the beach. Everyone eager to dip their toes in the sand and the Pacific ocean. We we're rewarded with a beautiful afternoon on the water and a delicious final meal and subsequent party at the disco which was coincidentally located a 2 minute walk from the final camp.
I don't think I completed a stage without some sort of fall, crash or detour off course. But this is the story with racing blind. The ultimate goal is to minimize these mistakes, and do your best to keep them short and sweet. I'm sure most other's could say the same, The organizers did a fantastic job with the logistics, and in my opinion this style of event is only going to become more refined and loved. I for one can't wait to do it again. Thank you all for your continued support and having the best products out there, see ya on the trails! Bring on the rest of 2014!
I race Enduro and Super D on the East Coast and manage www.eastcoastenduro.com as well as co-manage the East Coast Enduro group with Harlan Price on Facebook. I live near Atlantic City, NJ which is pretty flat so I have to drive an hour to 3 hours to get to real elevation for enduro riding. Because of our terrain, the local trails offer us the opportunity to get in the miles needed in the off season but no real elevation gain. I try to make the most of it but also seek out features hidden in the landscape.
It's now officially winter here in southern New Jersey and just in time to finish a fall riding edit. I had a difficult time getting out to shoot some stuff due to weather. Some of my favorite spots were hit or miss so I made the most of what I could ride. This edit turned out to have quite a bit of pedaling in it but that's what our local trails are about.
To keep up to date on enduro events and info along the East Coast, please visit www.eastcoastenduro.com and follow on Twitter: @eastcoastenduro