X-Bionic Shorts

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Sports clothing innovators X Bionic have a real passion for getting it right. Every aspect of there kit is researched and designed thoroughly, technology wise this kit is on another level to most of its market competitors. But the question is does that justify the high price tag that come with it. The kit is definitely more trail or XC based as apposed to Enduro or Downhill.

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I have been testing out the Mountain Bike Pants for a few months now, the shorts feel very XC, they are fairly short and definitely not compatible with knee pads, a large gap was left between my pads ending and the shorts starting. The waist fit on these shorts however is excellent I found them comfortable and non restricting when moving around the bike. If you are more XC inclined these shorts are probably perfect for you, they are extremely lightweight, they are quite fitted & have a light compression level so don’t give the same restrictiveness as lycra. I probably wouldn’t recommend them for DH or Enduro style riding.

Overall these shorts are good for XC, the price tag attached to them is pretty high and I’m not sure they gave me any enhancements to my performance unlike the Anatomical Bike Beaver X Bionic top. However when combined with other pieces of the kit such as the Beaver Top I believe they work exceptionally well together. The shorts retail for £127 and can be purchased directly from X Bionic.

These shorts were provided FOC by X Bionic UK.

Price: £127 

Discipline:  XC

Rating: 2.5/5

World Cup Rd 2 Cairns

The world cup season is well underway! I can’t believe we have already had the 2nd round.

Local Aussie Tracey Hannah put a stop to a British 1,2 &3 grabbing 2nd place and her best result since Wyndham 2012, Rachel Atherton continued to dominated securing the win by a huge 7 second gap.

There wasn’t any major surprises in this race. We had previously predicted that Tracey Hannah would do well on her home track and that Atherton would continue her domination.  Carpenter however seems to be struggling to get out of the start gates, after dominating back in 2014 she has never quite got that flow back.

Rd 3 sees the World Cup to head back to the old favourite that is Fort William on the 4th/5th June!

Full Womens Results

 

Current Standings 

 

 

Lourdes Full Results

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Lourdes

Lourdes was never going to be an easy race, but the continual rain for days before certainly didn’t help. The three British riders, Manon Carpenter, Rachel Atherton & Tahnee Seagrave looked like the top contenders right from the off and with Myriam Nicole out with her 3rd broken collar bone and Raggot retired the field was looking a little more bare than usual. All the French hopes were on 2012 World Champion Morgane Charre.

Australian National Champion Tracey Hannah was looking pretty fierce on track despite having a nasty crash in Lourdes last year. She is one to watch out for this season, after a few seasons of lacking in form and being riddled with injury it is clear she is thirsty to be back on that top step.

Qualifying & Race

Switching the snowy French Alps this winter for the muddy Welsh countryside has clearly paid off for former junior World Champion Tahnee Seagrave after she smashed qualifying by almost 5 second, even with a crash.  But on the day no one could hold off Rachel Atherton as her good form from 2015  looks set to continue into the 2016 season. But Seagrave was hot on her tail with a gap of less than 5 seconds between the two.

Surely this is the year Seagrave will get that first World Cup Win.

The next round is just under two weeks away in Cairn Australia and my prediction is that Hannah is going to pull something special out of the bag for her home round, she is clearly hungry for a win!

Full Womens Results Below!

Qloom The World

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Absolutely delighted to announce that MTB Girls Ride will be ambassadors of Qloom Bikewear in 2016! The surf inspired range is some of the best kit that I have ever worn so I’m super stoked to have been asked to be an ambassador for such an awesome brand!! 2016 is going to be one hell of a year! Look out for our awesome Qloom/MTB Girls Rides group rides throughout the summer.

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Our first group ride is happening next month, it will be hosted at the mountain bike mecca that is Fort William! So come along and get involved! It is going to be and awesome day!

Details Here

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EWS & BDS Results

What a weekend of racing! With the 2nd round of the EWS taking place in Argentina & the 1st round of the BDS being held at AE Forest. I don’t think there could have been anymore contrast between the condition these two lots of riders faced over the weekend.

Unfortunately the stereotypical Scottish weather prevailed and the riders were subject to rain & mud for the entire weekend. Still looked like a fantastic weekend of racing. With Rachel Atherton missing it is hard to say if these result are an indication of the world cup season that is kicking off next week in Lourdes.

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Photo Taken from Manon Carpenters Facebook

Elite Womens Top 3

  1. Manon Carpenter
  2. Tahnee Seagrave
  3. Katy Curd

Women Top 3

  1. Eleanor Maxfield
  2. Megan Whyte
  3. Deborah Primrose

Junior Womens Top 3

  1. Cairn Bell
  2. Rona Striven
  3. Rosy Monaghan

Full BDS Results 

EWS Results Rd 2

Conditions on the other side of the globe couldn’t be more of a contrast to the delights offered in Scotland, the sun was out and the dust was thick!

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Photo: Sven Martin (Taken from Anneke Beerten Facebook)

Womens Top 3:

  1. Celine Ravanel
  2. Casey Brown
  3. Isabeau Courdurier

Full EWS Results Here

 

 

EWS Rd 1 Results

The first round of the EWS is over and the season has well and truly kicked off!

Sounds like it was an awesome race! Check out the results below!

Top 3 Women

1. Cecile Ravanel
2. Anneke Beerten
3. Isabeau Courdurier

Full Results

Anne-Caroline Chausson Recovery Update

Press Release Courtesy of Ibis Cycles.

In July of 2015, At the Samoens Enduro World Series race, the winningest mountain biker in history, Anne-Caroline Chausson, suddenly quit the race and disappeared from view.

Anne had not been feeling right for quite some time, and had an MRI before the race. When she returned to the doctor the following week, she found out that she had Ovarian cancer.

After a long fall and winter of numerous operations, surprises and chemo, ACC is on the road to recovery, and hopes to be racing again this summer.

We caught up with Anne at her home in Southern France in mid-March, 2016. Here is her story.

Hello Anne-Caro, happy to know that the hard part is behind you.

Yes, I had my last appointment in late February. As with every appointment, waiting for the results was unbearable. And I was really happy to know that all was well after seven difficult months.

How did you find out you had cancer?

During the winter 2014/2015, sometimes I had painful stomach aches. I went through periods of feeling great and periods of fatigue. But I was not too worried about it. In late March, I went to New Zealand and I won the first round of the Enduro World Series. The return was difficult and I was slow to recover. In late May, during the round in Scotland, I was tired, I had a stomach ache and I was not feeling well. When I returned home to France, I could not recover. I thought it was because of overtraining. Then I decided to do a blood test. We saw that there was a lack of red blood cells, which is quite surprising for an athlete. Then in late June, I raced the Coupe de France of Enduro in Millau. I won, but I was very very tired. When back, I did an MRI. Waiting for the results, I went to the EWS mid-July in Samoens. I left because I was not really good. Then I got the MRI results. At the hospital, the doctor warned me that I had a tumor to be removed. But nothing more.

And ?

In late July, the tumor has grown rapidly. It was decided to operate in early August. During the surgery, they saw that it was more serious than it appeared. We decided for a second operation in early September, just to give me time to recover from the 1st. I started chemotherapy in early October. The day after the chemo, Tom (Tom Morgan from Ibis) came to see me. We went for a walk towards the Dentelles of Montmirail. I was tired, I had back pain and trouble to breath. I thought it was because of the chemo. I spent 10 days feeling like this. One day I went to the mountains. There, I could not breathe. We went to the emergency room and I was diagnosed with a pneumothorax [collapsed lung], which was not caused by the chemo. It was the icing on the cake!

Have you had already one?

Yes, two years ago at the opening of the World Cup in Punta Ala. I fell and broke 3 ribs.

What happened next ?

I had a 3rd operation! The operation was not the most painful, it was a pleural talcage to repair the pneumothorax. After 3 operations, I had lost a lot of weight and I was down in the dumps. I had to go through a 6 chemo program, every 3 weeks. The last sessions were spaced out a little more, because my red cells were not high enough. So, they lasted from early October to late January. They call these preventive chemo. Late January, my results were good. Everything that could have been affected by the bad cells was removed. Today, we can’t say I’m healed, because cancer is complicated. But everything was done so that it goes well. Above all, it was treated in time and hit nothing else. The important thing they told me, is to listen to my body. If I’m tired, I rest. And if I’m OK, I do what I want to do.

Did you do some activities during your treatment?

When you are opened in two, it takes few weeks to recover, walk or move normally. Treatment is heavy. This is not a small injury or a little weak moment. Chemo knocks you down. When you are tired, you don’t need to add tiredness in your body. I tried cycling, not for training, but to clear my mind. I did a lot of skiing, a little motorcycle and electric bike. For many people, what I did was a bit too much. For me, it was just a way to clear my mind and to think about something else.

With your competitive spirit, it should not be easy to go slow.

I had no choice, I had to rest! I want to do lots of things, but I have to live at the rhythm of my body. For once, I’m listening to my body! The goal is not to tire it more, but restart it gently.

What’s the latest with your pneumothorax?

I still have pain in breathing. I do a lot of rehabilitation. I think my lung capacity decreased a little bit. So, it will take time to re-educate all this.

How do you see the future?

I need a goal, because I’ve always lived this way. Today, what will help me is telling myself that I will return to race. Without cutting corners. It will allow me to re-mobilize and be back in shape faster. I’m sure about that. I hope to start doing smaller competitions in June, without specific performance goals.

And you told us about another goal.

My real goal is to be able to finish a big enduro race by August. I want to go to Whistler on August 13 and finish the race. If I would race downhill or cross country, I think it would be really easy to get to the finish. On the other hand, I’m not able to spend 6 hours on a bike for 3-4 days for now, honestly speaking. But this goal will allow me to motivate me, after seven months without making real sport.

See you in Whistler?

You can count on that !

The Queens Are Going Strong

Both the current Queen of Crankworx Anneke Beerten & the former Queen Casey Brown both got off to an awesome at the opening day of Rotorua Crankworx.

Casey took the win at the Official Oceania Whip Off Championships

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Photo by Pinkbike

 

Women’s Whip-Off Results presented by Spank:
1. Casey Brown (CAN)
2. Emilie Siegenthaler (SUI)
3. Karen Pastenor

The current Queen Anneke Beerten took the win at the Giant Toad Enduro beating a pretty pack NZ endure field.

at Crankworx in Rotorua, New Zealand.  (Photo by Clint Trahan/Crankworx)

at Crankworx in Rotorua, New Zealand. (Photo by Clint Trahan/Crankworx)

 

Women’s results, Giant Toa Enduro:
1. Anneke Beerten (NED) 00:40:38
2. Rae Morrison (NZL) 00:40:52
3. Annika Smail (NZL) 00:41:14
4. Vanessa Quin (NZL) 00:43:01
5. Katie O’Neill (NZL) 00:43:28