Off Camber #9

Not2Bad from Anthill Films is out in July

Back again with more fun and hijinks interspersed with awesome riding in great places it’s Anthill Films latest offering. The trailer is out now (via Pinkbike) Due out on iTunes on July 11th.

Trans-Provence 2016

Watching these summaries of each day makes me want to be there soaking up the atmosphere, riding some of these trails, and especially racing them, is beyond my abilities but I’d like to have a crack at some of them and you can bet the nature and spirit of the event would make the riding even better.

Links via MTB Mag

Wiggle and CRC to Merge

After earlier speculation the Competitions and Market Authority gave the go-ahead for the merger to form WiggleCRC. I’ve ordered lots from both companies and have had nothing but good experiences, though that probably can’t be said for all. It’s gonna make researching prices easier as I won’t have to compare these two anymore. Via Singletrack.

Changes to Red Bull Rampage for 2016

Will be interesting to see what the changes will bring to the event, going back to basics, less riders. Best of all it’s scheduled for my birthday so a day off is on order to kick back with a beer and watch it live. Via MTB Mag.

50 Sketches of a Bicycle

Gianluca Gimini shares his collection of sketches of mens bicycles, drawn by his friends and random strangers, from memory.

There are some interesting models there, some of which would not hold up well to being ridden should they actually be made.

 

Mountain Biking: The Untold British Story

The makers of acclaimed film “Bicycle”, Pip Piper and Michael Clifford, have teamed up with Singletrack Magazine to tell the story of off-road mountain biking in the UK.

The 60 minute film with a release date of July 2016 is currently being crowd funded via Indiegogo.

Their target is £10,000 and they are almost halfway there with 20 days left. Contributions with perks start at £15 which includes a digital download of the film a week before it’s official release (I chose this option).

Please check out their project and consider supporting them in telling this story.

Emily Chappell on the Transcontinental Race

Unfortunately we missed Emily Chappell’s talk at the Alpkit Big Shakeout as we were unable to get there in time on the Friday evening after finishing work.

We do however get to enjoy her fantastic writing thanks to her blog, including her experiences on the Transcontinental race.

Emily’s writing is a fantastic insight into the physical and mental determination it takes to participate in adventures like this, and a reminder that we can all push our boundaries and gain something positive from the experience.

…endurance is far more about mental strength than physical ability; about the brain’s ability to ignore, or subvert, or over-ride, the signals from the body that say ‘this hurts, this really hurts, I can’t go on, please can we stop now?’. You don’t have to stop when it starts to hurt. Pain isn’t the end.

Head over to Emily’s blog to read more, here are links to the Transcontinental race articles:

Off Camber #6

A weekly, or more likely occasionally-sometimes-kinda weekly, roundup of news, videos and other tidbits I found interesting and/or entertaining.

Video: Thomas Vanderham’s Maiden Voyage – via Pinkbike
Great riding in this edit for Rocky Mountains’s new carbon DH bike. The bunny hop at speed about 2 mins in is highly impressive. Also checkout the comments section for some metal related name puns.

Are we Misapplying Light Hands-Heavy Feet to MTB? – Pinkbike
An interesting article by Pinkbike reader (user) James Wilson on how this often dogmatically taught concept of correct body position, if taken too literally, can lead to bad habits.

Bike park Wales – Terry’s Belly New trail open at BikePark Wales (VIDEO) — Singletrack Magazine
This looks like a great trail, long and winding, this might prompt a visit in the near future.

“BikePark Wales, hope of some very entertaining runs indeed, has opened a new Blue, ‘Terry’s Belly”.”

UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup – Windham

Last weekend’s action at round 6 in the US saw Rachel Atherton not only take her fifth consecutive win (her biggest World Cup winning streak) but she also placed 1st in qualifying giving her enough points to take the overall title. Go Rach!

Add to that the return of the Missy ‘Missile’ Giove thanks to the round visiting her home state. Despite losing a pedal Missy didn’t back off an inch and had an exciting run.

The legendary Missy Giove takes on Windham (VIDEO)
—Singletrack Magazine

“Last Saturday saw the World Cup downhill circuit take to old-school Windham in the United States, with the return of the legendary Missy Giove.”

As always Claudio’s course preview was entertaining as he chased Aaron Gwin down the mountain. Well done to Gwin on taking 1st in the mens in front of his home crowd.

Off Camber #5

A weekly, or more likely occasionally-sometimes-kinda weekly, roundup of news, videos and other tidbits I found interesting and/or entertaining.

Claudio’s Course Preview: Mont Sainte Anne – via pinkbike
As always a highly entertaining course preview but this time with double the fun thanks to two previews, one solo run and one with Tahnee Seagrave.

“This is not Super Mario Land, this is Canada.” – Claudio Calouri

Welcome to the Church of the Holy Trail
Cranked magazine with an interesting piece, it’s all about having fun on two wheels. Debate can be healthy but though we may all differ in our approach and values we are also all jaunt enjoying riding our bikes.

“Mountain biking isn’t a **** religion. It’s riding around around muddy fields in circles.„

How Do Bikes Stay Up via @CTC_Cyclists
Bikes are magic, but there’s also a bit of Physics involved too.

Off Camber #4

A weekly, or more likely occasionally-sometimes-kinda weekly, roundup of news, videos and other tidbits I found interesting and/or entertaining.

Video: Martyn Ashton – Back on Track —Pinkbike.com

“Martyn is joined by Danny MacAskill, Chris Akrigg and Blake Samson as he gets back on his bike to shred the trails after a life-changing injury in 2013.”
Really, really inspirational and moving story of Martyn’s first time back on a downhill bike since his accident. The smile on his face being back on a bike brought a huge smile to my face.

Rachel Atherton talks Downhill — BBC Sport
Rachel takes BBC Radio 5 live presenter OJ Borg on a spin round some local trails and talks about downhill mountain biking, getting started and encouraging others in this short click for BBC Sport: Get Inspired.

Lenzerheide Course Preview with Claudio
So the race was last weekend, check out the excellent coverage on Red Bull TV, but Claudio’s preview ride of the course is fantastic as always.

“I Win I Win I Win!”

How do Bikes Stay Up via @CTC_Cyclists on Twitter
1 minute physics looks at how riderless bikes can stay upright based on 3 principles of physics working in concert. science!

Bikes are magic, but there’s also a bit of Physics involved too.

Off Camber #3

A weekly, or more likely occasionally-sometimes-kinda weekly, roundup of news, videos and other tidbits I found interesting and/or entertaining.

Getting Rid of Granny by Girl With a Singletrack Mind – Cat recently switched to a 1×10 setup (from a 3×10) and shares her thoughts on her first ride with the more minimal setup.

New Entry Go-Pro Announced via Singletrackworld – the claimed feature list sounds great and I do wish I had an LCD back built in so I could quickly check framing when setting up (without resorting to using the phone app).

UCI Announce Further Rulings Regarding On-board Helmet Cams via Pinkbike – cameras mounted to detachable visors/peaks are back in so long as testing shows the don’t interfere with the safety performance of the helmet.

“After further in-depth examination, the UCI have made new rulings regarding the use of onboard helmet cameras during mountain bike and BMX events.”
UCI DH World Cup, Fort William – Course Preview via Pinkbike – preview of the Fort William World Cup track with the ever enigmatic Claudio Calouri and his entertaining track commentary.

Manon Carpenter & Emmeline Ragot Hard Crashed at Fort William – ermmm so who was saying women generally don’t push their limits or race against time (Superior Bikes)?

Off Camber #2

A weekly, or more likely occasionally-sometimes-kinda weekly, roundup of news, videos and other tidbits I found interesting and/or entertaining.

Shooting Bikers Outta Nowhere via Singletrackworld – a short and funny take on a mountain biking crash compilation video mixed with Call of Duty.

Restrap Link – quickly following on from the success of their last Kickstarter project, Yorkshire cycling product manufacturer Restrap expands their magnet based product range with the Link belt. There are still 7 days left in the campaign if you want to get in on it.

Specialized Stumpjumper 2016 at Singletrackworld – their first impressions after a short ride of the 29er model at the demo day at Cannock. The 27.5 version I rode felt nice but a bit too twitchy for me (used to riding a 29er now). The 29er felt great and quite like my Fuel EX8, albeit a bit lighter.