UCI New Rules for World Cup Finals

The UCI have changed the rules once again and this time they have reduced the number of women that can make it through to the world cup finals. Previously 20 women were able to proceed through to the finals from qualifying this has now been reduced to 15. The junior field has also been culled with the number of Jr riders making it through to the main event being cut from 30 – 20.

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Could this be a deterrent? Resulting in less women and junior riders attending world cups if they have less chance of getting through to the finals? Therefore preventing potential young & new talent entering the sport.

 

The UCI have stated that they have introduced these changes in order to “protect the integrity of the course and therefor improve the quality of competition”. However I can’t help but think this change won’t be anything but negative!

Whats your views?

Home Is Where It’s Happening

It isn’t uncommon to be patriotic to your home town. But it makes it a little easier when you live somewhere as awesome as I do. Fort William is known to most as the home of British Downhill, but this small highland town has so much more to offer than just a Downhill track. Sure the track is heaps of fun and brings in thousands of visitors every year but the riding is so much more diverse than just that one track. This was showcased at the 2nd round of the Scottish Enduro Series a few weeks back, the race had a perfect balance of bike park to natural riding.

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The 2nd round of the SES was my very first Enduro race so I thought I’d ease myself in and enter the lite category. I came away from the weekend with two thing.. 2nd place and an enduro convert. I now see the appeal of this discipline. You don’t have the same waiting around that you do in Downhill, your constantly on your bike having fun and after all that’s why we all ride to have fun and enjoy ourselves. Despite this I still have a love for big bikes and chairlifts which I can’t see changing anytime soon.

My favourite time of the year in Fort William is normally around late April till the end of June. The weather is usually nice, the midges are still in hibernation and most of the visitors still think we are snowed in so the place isn’t overly busy.

As I sit writing this outside in 22 degree heat I think it is a fair statement to say that winter is behind us (despite last weeks snow). I must admit I surprisingly enjoyed winter this year, there wasn’t too much snow at ground/trail level so I got out on my bike heaps and there was still enough up top to get some good snowboarding nailed. I am however glad to see the back of winter now. It was fun while it lasted but now it’s Bike, BBQ & Beach time. Summer plans are nearly finalised, we’re heading to France, Italy & Switzerland in June and then over to Slovenia in August. We also have our first Girls group ride in just under 2 weeks in Fort William. It’s a great chance to ride with like minded girls (at a discounted rate). Check it out here.

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Girls Group Ride in Fort William on the 21st of May

This past weekend was the first weekend of Gondola uplift in Fort William, which to me signifies the start of Summer, the sun even made an appearance on the Sunday too.

 

The weather over the last few days has been phenomenal in Fort William the sun has been shining so brightly that it woke me up at 5am this morning and I decided to head out on a pre work bike ride (I might be a sleep at my desk by lunch time). Long may Summer continue.

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Until Next Time 🙂 x

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

 

 

Lapierre Gravity Team Announced

Lapierre Gravity Republic Announces New Team, With the Addition of Two New Female Riders!

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Chloé Gallean & Rae Morrison

 In 2016 Nicolas Vouilloz & Adrien Dailly will be joined by two new female riders: Rae Morrison and Chloé Gallean. But that’s not all! Three further male riders will also fly the Lapierre flag in 2016: Thibaut Daprela, Maxime Folco and Florian Golay. On the team calendar: Enduro, DH & e-bike races.

Rae Morrison finished in 9th place overall in the EWS 2015, and has been riding Lapierre since the beginning of this winter.  Coming from an XC racing background in New Zealand, Rae competed self-funded in the 2015 EWS series. Gradually improving throughout the season, she finished in 5th place in round 7, Ainsa (Spain) and round 8, Finale Ligure (Italy). Other highlights for 2015 included a 3rd place finish at the Alpe d’huez Megavalanche. Rae will be doing the full Enduro World Series in 2016.

Chloé Gallean has been competing in French and World Cup DH races since 2006, regularly mounting the podium. Recently winning the 2015 San Remo nighttime urban downhill on a Lapierre Spicy, and taking her first steps in e-bike racing on an Overvolt, Chloe has proved herself to be a great all-round rider. She will be competing in e-bike races throughout France and some of the Enduro World Series in 2016.

– See more at: http://www.lapierre-bikes.co.uk/lapierre-gravity-republic-growing-family#sthash.9rpkwkUY.dpuf

Atherton Family & Taylor Vernon Join Trek

Atherton Racing in Wales, United Kingdom on the 04 November 2015

Atherton Racings Signs 3 Year Deal with Trek

News has just broke that Atherton Racing will now be joining Trek Factory Racing. As they did with GT they have signed a 3 year initial deal.

The news broke just two days after it was announced that Atherton Racing and GT Bicycles would be parting ways after 4 years partnership!

It is awesome to  see a brand as big as Trek actively supporting female riders. With the retirement of Tracey Mosely this year from their Enduro team and no female in their Downhill team in 2015 they were seriously lacking in female representation.

Rach also seem set to get more girls on board with Atherton Racing this year.

 Rachel Atherton “I’m also actively looking for a female rider.”


Taylor Vernon Also Makes the Move to Trek

Taylor Vernon Also Makes the Move to Trek

Gee: We’re stoked that we are going to have another season with Taylor Vernon

 By the looks of it Trek have ended there partnership with their current riders; Brook Macdonald, George Brannigan, Laurie Greenland and Greg Williamson!

Athertons Leave GT

After 4 years, over 50 Podiums, 3 World Championship Titles, 3 World Cup Over Wins, Atherton Racing Bids Farewell to GT!

Rachel Atherton – “I just want to say a huge thank you to the company that carried me to 2 World Championships and 3 World Cup Overalls. GT opened my eyes to the women’s specific market, they designed my first ever women specific colourway and basically made me smile every time I rode my bike. Their support for all of us has been incredible and so GT bicycles will always have a special place in my heart; the memories that we created together will stay with me forever. Good luck guys.”

QLOOM 2016 REVIEW

QLOOM SPRING/SUMMER 2016 REVIEW

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Yeah I know… I can’t believe it either! Summer 2015 is just over and we are already looking at Summer 2016 ranges!

I don’t know about you but Qloom Bikewear was completely new to me up until a few months ago! But the story really began for this brand back in 2007 with the development of a pair of shorts for a group of friends that has now developed in a magnificent lifestyle brand. Now producing High-Performance products, QLOOM offers a wide range  functional clothing for any sporting adventure.

The high performance surf inspired mountain bikes clothes are definitely some of the most stylish female bike clothes that I have ever come across. This range has a cool fresh look that you would be happy to wear on the trails or walking down the street. The products we tested aren’t available for purchase yet but these surf inspired clothes are worth the wait.The Swiss brand sent us over some of their 2016 Spring/Summer gear to test out… Here is what we thought!


 

 

Unima Enduro Long Sleeved Shirt

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The Enduro / All Mountain Jersey was really small made! We tested out the medium and would say it was roughly a size 8 UK, which made the jersey really fitted unlike most all mountain jerseys that come with a bit more moving room in them. It was disappointing as the other aspects of the jersey were so good. The light weight quality of the material made it very breathable. I would love to try this jersey out in a more accurate size as I feel the verdict would be very different.


Glacier Peak Light Weight Jacket

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I LOVED this jacket! Its offers all round protection against wind and rain. However again it was small made but not as restricting as the jersey. The bright pink colour meant there was no losing me on the trails.  With 10’000mm waterproofing not even the heavy Canadian rain could break this jacket. Ventilation under the arms meant the jacket was very breathable. It is extremely light weight and compact which makes it the perfect jacket for storing away in your rucksack while out for a day riding. One feature missing from the jacket that we really thought it could do with was a google cleaner. Most MTB jackets will have this feature built in and although it is built into the shorts it isn’t as convenient as having it right there in your jacket pocket.


 

Whiteheaven Womens Active Jacket

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All time favourite!!! The  Qloom piece is ideal for whatever adventure you are on whether it is a day out on the bike, a hike or even yoga this top works for them all. We used this hoody as outerwear during cool days on the trails or as an extra layer during a summer hike. This top was definitely the best fitting piece of clothing we tested in the Qloom S/S16 range. The two stretch panels on the side of the Jacket means that the Jacket feels comfy and loose for whatever sport you are using it for.


 

Long Sleeved Mandalay Shirt

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 Another multi activity piece from Qloom, The Mandalay shirt is perfect for a range of different activities. The casual comfy fit makes it perfect for most sporting activities or even casual wear. We used this top for a range of activities from long trail rides to yoga at the lakeside during the summer months. The thinness of the top means it doubles up well as a baselayer to wear under a jumper of jacket during the Autumn/Winter months. The Mandalay is an essential piece of clothing for your activity wardrobe. However it again was really small made so take that into consideration if buying!


 UMINA Qloom Shorts

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These Qloom shorts are a soft yet hard wearing, they provide optimum protection, yet still offer maximum comfort for a day of riding trails. The double weave stretch fabric ensures optimal freedom of movement. The shorts offer ample pocket storage for smalls tools and refreshments for those short ride that you don’t want to take a backpack on. The Shorts are extremely waterproof and held up well during rain showers, The right hand pocket also has a goggle cleaner builtin.


Tweedhead Short Sleeved Enduro Jersey

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This short sleeved jersey is perfect for those hot days on the bike. The Jersey is very light weight and breathable. It has a simple yet functional design that is perfect for summer evening rides. The shirt is made from a mixture of recycled polyester and polyester which make it perfect for hot days riding where you are likely to sweat a lot. It will keep you feeling reasonable cool even in the hottest conditions. Again it is another multi activity piece that can be used for hikes and running as well as biking.


 

ESPERANCE  gloves

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These all mountain gloves combined with their silicone padding make for maximum comfort using most grips.  They fit and feel of the gloves are excellent. However they are a bit thin on the top so I would only use during warmer summer months or you may find yourself with some cold fingers.


SARINA Short Sleeved Shirt

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This shirt is perfect for long endurance rides ( or dare I say it … even road rides on a hot day. The shirt has high performance fabrication and latest manufacturing technology. It is light weight with a back storage zipped pocket on the back of the shirt there is a place to store gels, snacks and tools for those long rides. The soft handle feel gives its it a nice feel against your skin.


I think what I really liked about this Qloom range was how most of the pieces could be used for multi activities. The well co-ordinated colours of the kit definitely gave it that factory racing feel. This bike brand might be relatively unknown in the UK and many other parts of the world at the moment, but if they keep producing quality and stylish garments such as this I can’t imagine that will be the case for long!

Pro’s

The clothes are very stylish and the bright colours definitely gives them that summer feel! They are practical pieces yet are still appealing to girls unlike a lot of other riding gear. The quality of the brand is clear in the finished product the from the gloves down to the jerseys. A lot of the gear can also be worn as casual wear or après bikewear as well as for a day of riding on the trails.

One of the most important feature of the range is that most of it comes with UV protection, which is essential if you are spending days riding in the hot summer sun!

Con’s

The sizing of the product was a bit of an issue. The pieces were pretty small made in comparison to a lot of other rival brands. So be aware if ordering you may want to order the size up for a bit more comfort.

Qloom Action

We always hope with all our reviews that any criticisms will be taken as constructive and give the brand an idea of what they can do to improve and leave their customers more satisfied.  So we were super happy to hear that Qloom had taken into account our (very few) criticisms and are set to rectify them before the range in launched in Spring 2016. The sizing problems we found during our testing will be fixed for final production.

Another problem that we highlighted was that Qloom wasn’t very accessible to the UK market, however Qloom have informed us that next Spring will see a relaunch of  there sales distribution, which will see them become a more global brand. The retail side of the website will also be opened to a lot more countries and regions, which will  open up purchasing options for places like the UK who previously haven’t had many retailers stocking Qloom!

http://www.qloom.com – Check it out!

 

MSA Qualifying Results

Looks like luck was on the girls side in qualifying today in Mount Sainte Anne! The womens qualifying finished just minutes before the heavens opened!

No surprises in qualifying with Atherton qualifying first, Raggot following closely behind her in 2nd and Carpenter in 3rd! Reports from MSA say all three girls were looking fast in practice so tomorrow is bound to be a battle till the end! Tomorrows racing is sure the be a good one!

FULL RESULTS

MSA Full Qualifying Results

MSA Full Qualifying Results

Make sure and tune into Red Bull TV @ 7:30pm Tomorrow (UK time) for all the MSA action!