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New Shimano XTR M9100 Series

Shimano released their new XTR M9100-series today at the World Cup in Nove Mesto na Morave. Technical details are nice but what does it mean for you? Key points include: 12 Speed…

Shimano released their new XTR M9100-series today at the World Cup in Nove Mesto na Morave. Technical details are nice but what does it mean for you? Key points include:

  • 12 Speed 10-51 cassette with a range of 510% – 1x drivetrains are functional when you have this much range.
  • Weight reductions – a trimmed down 1×11 system is available for additional lightweight setup
  • Multi Q-factor options in cranks – a better fit for those correcting for Q-angle.
  • Updated shift levers – lots of slide and rotation range to get the shifters matched to your fingers. Additionally 35% less shift force required.
  • Braking with 2 and 4 post designs for light weight and extra stopping power. As always efficient braking for smaller hands and lots of lever adjustment.
  • Pedals with two axle lengths for Q-factor adjustments. Also matching Q-factor between road and gravel.

XTR is first focused on the race crowd, but for the performance rider, the quality and finish,and durability is often well worth the investment.

Learn more at www.ridextr.com

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Endura Launch Film “All Tribes, All Woman”

Not only does 2018 mark 25 years of Endura #AllTribesOneClan, it is also the centenary of women in UK and Germany winning the right to vote.  Endura pride themselves on…

Not only does 2018 mark 25 years of Endura #AllTribesOneClan, it is also the centenary of women in UK and Germany winning the right to vote.  Endura pride themselves on their track record and commitment to gender equality and work with an unrivalled host of world class female athletes across all of cycling’s various tribes: road, MTB, track and triathlon and they’re proud to call them part of the Endura clan. The Scottish company’s inspirational roster includes World, European and National Champions as well as race winners at the very highest levels of our sport

In this era of the ubiquitous pouting selfie representing female youth culture, Endura are advocates of supporting alternative paths and are passionate about inspiring the next generation with the help of their female athletes. Hear from Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, Rachel Atherton, Denise Schindler and Lucy Charles, as these hardcore heroines pass on advice to their 12 year old self and what helped them become the role models that they are today.

Girl power.

What is your advice to your 12 year old self?

Share this video to encourage girls to be active, grow in confidence and help them realise their potential as individuals.

Rachel Atherton, Trek Factory Racing DH
The youngest sibling of the first family of downhill mountain biking, Rachel Atherton has as at times proven to be unstoppable – Four World Championships, Five World Cup titles, over 30 UCI World Cup race wins and an unprecedented perfect Wold Cup season in 2016 – meaning that the 30 year old’s place in MTB history is secure with more still to come.
Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, Cervélo Bigla Pro Cycling
South African rider Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio has been a professional rider since 2010 and is one of the most respected voices in the peloton – a true leader on and off the bike. Her erudite stance on the future of women’s cycling is matched by her talents on the bike and Ashleigh boasts an impressive palmares which includes sweeps of the general, points and mountains classifications at Emakumeen Bira and the Giro Toscana last season. A superb 2018 Spring Classics season saw Ashleigh claim a remarkable string of top 10 finishes at Strade Bianche, Gent-Wevelgem, Dwars door Vlaanderen, Ronde van Vlaanderen, La Fléche WalloneWallon and Liége-Bastogne-Liége.
Denise Schindler, World Champion
German para-cyclist Denise Schindler is a multiple road and track world champion and a medallist at both the London and Rio Paralympic Games. Denise was a late convert to cycling, but since then she has followed her mantra of “never stop spinning” and will be looking to build on her haul of medals in Tokyo in two years time. As well as her achievements at the in para-cycling, Denise conquered the formidable Tour TransAlp last as part of the first amputee team ever to finish the gruelling stage race.
Lucy Charles, Ironman Champion
Recognised as one of the brightest talents in long-distance triathlon over recent years, Lucy Charles broke through in style in 2017 with a host of impressive wins in IRONMAN and Challenge Family branded events. It was in the sport’s spiritual homeland of Kona that the Londoner truly marked her arrival on the world stage with a superb full debut at the IRONMAN World Championships. Her formidable swimming power saw her lead for much of the race before finishing in second place. Lucy has picked up where she left off, opening her 2018 season with a sub-9 hour PB at the IRONMAN African Championships in early April.

Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com

#AllTribesAllWoman features just four of Endura’s clan from the downhill, road racing, para-cycling and triathlon tribes, you can find out more of awesome athletes on our Stories site with a host of in-depth profiles and articles available.

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CANADA BRINGS 8 RIDERS TO MOUNTAIN BIKE WORLD CUPS

Albstadt, Germany, May 15, 2018 – Canada will bring eight riders to Europe for a national mountain bike project at Rounds 2 and 3 of the Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike…

Albstadt, Germany, May 15, 2018 – Canada will bring eight riders to Europe for a national mountain bike project at Rounds 2 and 3 of the Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Germany and the Czech Republic.

While a number of top Canadian pros will compete with their trade teams in Albstadt, Germany, on May 18-20, and Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic, on May 25-27, a selection of riders will also participate in Team Canada colours.

Dan Proulx, National Mountain Bike Coach, explains, “These World Cups are incredibly challenging and will test the riders’ climbing and technical skills. At this point in the season, most riders are in good form and we expect the races to be very fast. We’re bringing a good team of riders with a nice mix of developing athletes and experienced racers.”

“Emily Batty, Catharine Pendrel and Haley Smith will be competing with their pro teams at this event. They’ll be in the new Short Track event on Friday that will be used to establish start position for the XC race on Sunday. This is an exciting development for our sport and we’re looking forward to perfecting this event at the World Cup level. It’s going to be new for everyone in the field, so there will be a learning curve. Traditionally, when they add these sorts of events to endurance sport, Canadians end up doing very well.”

In the Elite ranks, Team Canada riders will be Andrew L’Esperance for the men, and Sandra Walter and Catherine Fleury for the women. The Under-23 squad is comprised of Mackenzie Myatt and Anne-Julie Tremblay for the women, and Gunnar Holmgren, Brody Sanderson and Sean Fincham for the men.

  • Andrew L’Esperance – Halifax, Nova Scotia [Elite Men]
  • Sandra Walter – Coquitlam, BC [Elite Women]
  • Catherine Fleury – Saint-Gedeon, Quebec [Elite Women]
  • Mackenzie Myatt – Musquodoboit Harbour, Nova Scotia [U23 Women]
  • Anne-Julie Tremblay – Chicoutimi, Quebec [U23 Women]
  • Gunnar Holmgren – Orillia, Ontario [U23 Men]
  • Brody Sanderson – Oro Medonte, Ontario [U23 Men]
  • Sean Fincham – Squamish, BC [U23 Men]

About Cycling Canada
Cycling Canada is the governing body for competitive cycling in Canada. Founded in 1882, Cycling Canada aims to create and sustain an effective system that develops talented Canadian cyclists to achieve Olympic, Paralympic, and World Championship medal performances. With the vision of being a leading competitive cycling nation by 2020 celebrating enhanced international success, increased national participation and world class event hosting, Cycling Canada manages the High Performance team, hosts national and international events and administers programs to promote and grow cycling across the country. Cycling Canada programs are made possible through the support of its valued corporate partners – Global Relay, Lexus Canada, Mattamy Homes, Louis Garneau and Bear Mountain Resort – along with the Government of Canada, Own The Podium, the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee.

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Rude and Ravenel conquer the French rocks in Montagnes du Caroux

Richie Rude and Cecile Ravanel finished day two of the third round of the Enduro World Series just as they started it, at the top of the results sheet. Ravanel…

Richie Rude and Cecile Ravanel finished day two of the third round of the Enduro World Series just as they started it, at the top of the results sheet.
Ravanel (Commencal Vallnord Enduro Team) put on a typically dominant performance, winning seven of the eight stages. Isabeau Courdurier (Intense-Mavic Collective) shook off a bad crash during practice to take second place, whilst Ines Thoma (Canyon Factory Enduro Team) put on an incredibly consistent performance to ride her way into third place.

Cecile nearly had total stage domination but a crash on the urban stage yesterday put an end to that. Photo Enduro World Series

In the men’s competition Rude (Yeti Fox/Shox Factory Racing Team) and Adrien Dailly (Team Lapierre) battled it out all day on Sunday – with just one second separating them heading into the last stage of the day. However Rude put the power down and no-one could match him, finishing the race over five seconds up on Dailly. Martin Maes (GT Factory Racing) and Florian Nicolai (Canyon Factory Enduro Team) were also locked in competition for third place, with Martin winning out after a blistering run on stage eight.

Despite a big crash in practice, Isabeau Courdurier held strongly onto 2nd place. Photo : Enduro World Series

In the U21 Men Duncan Nason (Yeti Fox/Shox Factory Racing Team) cemented his series lead with another win, with Elliot Heap (Chain Reaction Cycles Mavic) in second and Frenchman Elliot Baud in third. Ella Conolly stamped her authority on the U21 women again, with Chloe Taylor in second and Abigale Lawton in third.

Tomi Misser of Spain made an outstanding EWS debut, clinching the Masters win. Mike West of the USA grabbed second and Carles Barcon rounded out the top three. Daniela Michel won Master Women, with reigning champion Mary Mcconneloug in second and Cathy Gijbels in third.

Canyon Factory Enduro Team were both team of the day and now lead the series.

Series Leaders. Photo : Enduro World Series

Cecile Ravanel and Sam Hill (Chain Reaction Cycles Mavic) still lead the series heading into round four, the Black Hole Enduro Petzen/Jamnica which takes place in both Austria and Slovenia on June 30 – July 1.

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How to view your subscription

With our new website, we’ve imported our current archives and look forward to loading our next issues onto the web for easy on the go access. We have split our…

With our new website, we’ve imported our current archives and look forward to loading our next issues onto the web for easy on the go access.

We have split our website into two parts;

  • Cybelemag.com – our main website with news, reviews, etc.
  • Issues.cybelemag.com – our subscription site for magazine articles.

If you have a current print subscription, you can access your web subscription by going here to reset your password and gain access to the digital archives.

To become a subscriber of our digital and print editions, you can order those here.

We look forward to bringing forward new content in the coming weeks and months.

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New Name, New Website, New Look!

When we started five years ago, we wanted to fill a gap in the women’s mountain bike scene. At that time, it was difficult to find articles by other women….

When we started five years ago, we wanted to fill a gap in the women’s mountain bike scene. At that time, it was difficult to find articles by other women. Along the way we discovered that our niche was adventures by bike and personal stories from other women who ride. And we discovered that there were so many more stories that weren’t being told by women who rode gravel or paved roads. To embrace the other forms of cycling we needed a name that was all-encompassing.

Starting with the first issue of 2018 the magazine will be called Cybele, named after the Phrygian Mother of the Gods who was also the goddess of mountains, nature, and wild animals. We feel that the name is a much better fit for us since she is the original Queen of the Mountain, and it embraces all forms of cycling.

We had already started to include articles on road and gravel so we’re definitely not shifting away from mountain biking. It’s business as usual, but under a banner that allows us to grow and expand beyond the mountain bike realm.

With all of the changes, we needed to delay the first publication of 2018 when we realized that there just weren’t enough hours in the day to do it all! We are now starting to put together the first issue now and it’ll be on newsstands late May/early June 2018.

We welcome you to cybelemag.com!

A current subscriber? Watch your email with a link for digital access to all back issues!

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International Women’s Mountain Biking Day – #WomensMTBDay

Every day is a great day to ride a bike but here’s a bit of fun to get your stoke on.

Every day is a great day to ride a bike but here’s a bit of fun to get your stoke on.

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Limited Edition WTB Saddle Supports NorCal League

WTB has teamed up with the NorCal High School Cycling League to introduce a limited edition saddle where a portion of the proceeds contributes to the Buddy Newman Scholarship Fund,…

WTB has teamed up with the NorCal High School Cycling League to introduce a limited edition saddle where a portion of the proceeds contributes to the Buddy Newman Scholarship Fund, which in turn covers race entry fees for high school athletes throughout the racing season.

With over 1200 kids actively participating and racing in the NorCal League between grades 9 to 12, the league has provided an introduction to the mountain biking community for an ever-increasing amount of high school students. The NorCal League introduces riders of all skill levels to the benefits of a lifetime of mountain biking and helps support the next generation of mountain bikers.

The WTB NorCal League saddle is a Team-level Volt 142 saddle, which features titanium rails and our top-tier DNA Padding. It’s available for purchase through WTB.com for a retail price of $129.95 and a portion of the proceeds will be contributed to the Buddy Newman Scholarship Fund. We only made 100 of these California-inspired saddles, so they won’t be available for long!

NORCAL LEAGUE MISSION

The NorCal High School Cycling League was organized in 2001 to provide quality mountain biking programs for students in grades 9 to 12. Regardless of ability level, the NorCal League is committed to providing a positive experience for all student-athletes, and helping them to create strong body, mind and character through the sport of cycling.

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2018 BC Bike Race Course Announced

The changes to the BC Bike Race course this year are both big and small, but regardless of size they all achieve the same goals; more singletrack. With the introduction…

The changes to the BC Bike Race course this year are both big and small, but regardless of size they all achieve the same goals; more singletrack. With the introduction of the Cowichan Valley as the new Day 1 Squamish will be the new Day 7 and the communities in between will flow in the same order along the rugged west coast of British Columbia; Cumberland, Powell River, Earls Cove to Sechelt, Sechelt to Langdale, North Vancouver, and Squamish. Whistler, formerly the site of Day 7, will now be an optional Day 8 upgrade for racers where they experience all that it has to offer.

Cumberland start line

Yoga by the sea is just one of the perks of the BCBR.Participants will now start their race in the Cowichan Valley, on Vancouver Island, traditionally called Quw’utsun’ by the local First Nations. Racers will tackle two of the areas favourite trail networks Mt. Tzouhalem and Maple Mountain in a 1A and 1B format, each route approx. 15 kilometres of pure singletrack heaven, joined by a neutral 8km rural tour. The participants arrive the evening before Day 1 to basecamp staged amidst a landscape of farmlands, vineyards, rivers, and handcrafted singletrack. “We are honoured to be invited by the Cowichan Trail Stewardship Society to experience the incredible trails they have to offer,” shares BC Bike Race President, Dean Payne. Due to the warmer than average temperature in the valley, builders here are able to work year-round on perfecting their hand-crafted trails. “We found that each location offers something unique to our racer week, just as each of the communities we visit offer something different. It’s this diversity that paints the real picture of the true West Coast for our racers.”

Hielke Elferink racing through emerald forests

“It is important for us to always be looking for ways to enrich the event experience for our racers; we are always looking to evolve our event,” adds BCBR Marketing Director, Andreas Hestler. “BC Bike Race is dynamic. There are so many incredible communities and quality built singletrack in British Columbia, that we feel lucky to be able to continue to share them with the world.”

The race route will encompass local favorites on Mount Tzouhalem and Maple Mountain with one timed course on each mountain separated by a transition that will allow you to spin out your legs. Mount Tzouhalem will offer racers trails like the Grand Traverse; this uphill flow trail will leave riders smiling ear to ear, Field of Dreams; a classic piece of undulating singletrack, Rocky Mountain Ridge and Chicken Run; trails that will put your technical skills to the test, and Double D; fast and flowy berms and whoops that will have riders hooting and hollering the whole way down!

After a short segment through private farmland where racers will enjoy the view of Maple Bay and their next summit, they will pass under a totem pole arch onto Story Trail which was built by local Coast Salish First Nations youth. Xylem trail will take riders through the Arbutus and Garry Oak forest to the summit before dropping into Maple Syrup trail; a classic technical trail which will introduce riders to the rocky, rooty terrain that British Columbia is known for. This trail makes full use of the topography and will test everyone’s ascending and descending skills. “Maple Syrup Trail is one of my favorite climb trails in British Columbia,” says Dean. “I’ve ridden some incredible trails in our province, but this is definitely high on my list.” Solar Coaster and Loggers Lane will deliver riders to the end of the first day.

The course in Cumberland remains the same through the first half, but the back-nine has become a singletrack extravaganza. “I’m pretty excited about the changes we’ve made to the latter half of the course for this year, we’ve eliminated a challenging road climb and replaced it with a rolling singletrack climb interspersed with sections of fun descents,” says Cumberland Course Designer, Jeremy Grasby. “The first portion of the course remains the same showcasing Cumberland’s premier downhill singletrack!”All extraneous gravel roads have been removed to beat the summer heat. We are excited to introduce a new inventory of trails including, Monday’s Child, Thursday’s Child, Rapture, Two Shoes, Tunnel Canary, Crazy Ivan, Top Hat, and Iron Curtain. Racers will especially enjoy the sweet downhill to the finish! “

Not to worry, Powell River still offers the same incredible beachfront campsite and the same beautiful sunsets, however the road and gravel sections of the course have been reduced with the addition of new singletrack. The overall course length has shortened but with the addition of more technical riding, the finish times are expected to be the same.

Powell River beachside base camp

 

Sunshine Coast course designer, Rod Camposano, after eleven years with BCBR has passed the torch to Sue Duxbury and Warren Hansen. Rod’s contributions and advocacy on behalf of the BC Bike Race have been an incredible contribution towards the race’s success. The two stages, Earls Cove to Sechelt and Sechelt to Langdale, have had a significant reduction of road riding that has been replaced by singletrack.

North Vancouver, the legendary land of Gnar, was voted last year’s second favorite stage by racers. It will remain the same, but a little advice – don’t let the distance fool you, this is a tough day on the bike, rise over run is steep and finding flow through the roots and rocks will require some skill, hopefully with it being Day 6 this year, the participants will be well warmed up for it.

Consistently voted the crowd favourite over the last decade, Squamish will be the final stage for 2018! Also new for this year, racers will have one more night at basecamp with the celebratory banquet just steps from their tents.

Daily yoga to loosen those stiff muscles

Any racers who are planning to spend some extra time here post event will have the option to upgrade to a Day 8 experience in Whistler. It is a ‘choose your own adventure’ day whether it’s a spa treatment or a day in the famous Whistler Bike Park, participants are sure to enjoy this beautiful area.

Thank you to all the trail builders, bike clubs, volunteers, and community support that make the BC Bike Race experience possible.

For course maps and other race details, please visit our website: www.bcbikerace.com.

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Rocky Mountain Race Face Enduro Team

Photos by Paris Gore Video by Connor Macleod We’re very excited to return to the Enduro World Series in 2018 and announce the formation of our new Canadian partnership with…

Photos by Paris Gore
Video by Connor Macleod

We’re very excited to return to the Enduro World Series in 2018 and announce the formation of our new Canadian partnership with Race Face Performance Products. We’re incredibly proud to form the Rocky Mountain Race Face Enduro Team, and to tackle a full season of racing with passion, drive, and dedication.

Our two brands have a deep history together that began in 1993. When freeride was born Rocky Mountain and Race Face were there, under the same roof, meeting the needs of demanding North Shore riders. Now, 25 years later Race Face is making some of the best components in the world, and we’re honored to be officially reunited through our EWS team partnership.

Team Riders

Jesse Melamed

· 12th EWS Series Overall Ranking – 2017

· 1st EWS Whistler, Canada – 2017

“I’m excited to start a new chapter of this team, with Race Face on board to strengthen the Canadian vibe. I’m really looking forward to working closely with another local brand that shares my passion and roots. The crash I had in Finale Ligure at the end of last season was a tough one to recover from, but I’ve been training hard and am confident I am going to come into the first race strong!” – Jesse Melamed

Remi Gauvin

· 8th EWS Series Overall Ranking – 2017

· 5th EWS Whistler, Canada – 2017

“Partnering up with Race Face and their strong Canadian roots is something that is unique to the EWS and exciting for myself. I’m really looking forward to getting things kicked off in South America in a few weeks, traveling with Jesse, ALN, our new crew of mechanics and Team Manager! This off season has been really productive for me, and I feel super-strong coming into the first round.” – Remi Gauvin

ALN

· 11th EWS Series Overall Ranking – 2017

· 3rd EWS Wicklow, Ireland – 2017

“I feel really happy and at home with our team for 2018. With such a good set up, it really is a bittersweet feeling to be sidelined for the two first rounds with a wrist injury. With the team supporting me, the matter at hand is to regain my maximum shred capacity to join the party ASAP. I look forward to seeing us evolve as a team this season and to enjoy not only the racing but the whole vibe.” -ALN

We would also like to extend a huge Thank you to the team sponsors, Maxxis, Shimano, Fox, Smith, WTB, FTI Consulting, EVOC, Stages Cycling, and OneUp Components.

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