Archive for July, 2010
Aaron Chase headed to his favoriate place on earth- Highland Mountain Bike Park for the start of the Hold On Loosely Tour. This is going to be a 2 part series. Aaron made an exclusive deal with VitalMTB and Lucent Production, grabbed Cam Zink, Smutok and others and headed on the open road. Check out the teaser above.
Check out Cam McCauls and Aarn Chase`s runs at Claymore Challenge wich happened mid July.
Cam ended up 2nd and Aaron 6th.
Read some quotes:
“It was great to be back at the Claymore challenge after winning in ’08 and being out last year due to an injury. My Trek Team-mate Brandon Semenuk won last year, and I knew I’d have to up my game if I wanted to try to win again. I qualified first and was sitting in 1st after the first final runs, but I knew Brandon had some stuff up his sleeve for his second run. He pulled out a banger run and bested me by .25 points. I let it all hang out in my 2nd run, but crashed on the last jump. At the end of the day, Trek snagged 1st and 2nd so we’re stoked!”
“I can’t say it enough…those guys are doing ALL the right things. I got up there to train about a week early and helped the team there finish filling their brand new foam pit! They opened the HTC (Highland Training Center) and it is dope! It was sweet to be able to ride a little fresh foam and get ready for the event. The event was broadcast LIVE on 6 different websites and nearly 50k people watched it LIVE! Amazing stuff. I did a bunch of Go Pro POV footage for the Pre Game show as well as made a deal with PinkBike to blog from the event. Check out all the links…PinkBike is re-playing the entire webcast for the next week. So sick! oh- and by the way I finished 6th. I was stoked! If you missed the LIVE feed check it here:
2 podiums and more at the Big in Bavaria dirt contest in Munich last weekend. In mountain bike dirt Sam Pilgrim got 2nd, Amir Kabbani 5th and our ambassador Simon Kirchmann, who qualified through Go Big Or Go Home for the pro event, ended up on the 14th place. BMX saw Markus Hampl on the 3rd place followed by Ricardo Laguna (4) and Patrick Guimez (5).
The weather conditions at the BIKE EXPO trade show in Munich didn’t make it easy for the riders: The first training day on Thursday was sunny, but Friday and Saturday were rained out. So the whole comp had to be rescheduled to Sunday.
The mountain bike riders were the first ones to go big on the 150 meters long dirt line in the early afternoon.
Swedish young gun Martin Soderstrom landed his tricks super clean. In his best run he showed a tailwhip at the start tower step down, a huge 360 table top, a double tailwhip, another 360 and a 360-double tailwhip. But guess who was his strongest competitor. Of course, it was TSG`s Sam Pilgrim. Sam and Martin had a lot of trick battles this season and Sam had only a 1,25 points gap to winner Martin Soderstrom. Pilgrim showed 360’s at the step-down, 360 x-ups, backflip no handers and as well as a 360 double tailwhip.
Another big highlight was new TSG ambassador Bienvenido Alba’s front flip from the start step down, which was landed well but a tiny bit overshot, so he had no speed left for the upcoming jump. So the Spanish rookie that is famous for his frontflip combos ended only 21st place.
The prize ceremony was very traditional in a Bavarian way: The winner got a 30 liters beer keg, the second a spigot and the third a hammer. A few minutes of teamwork later, the men on the podium were able to celebrate their success with a zip of fresh and cold beer.
After the 26” class, everybody was anxious for the upcoming BMX finals and the hottest tricks on 20” bikes: Australian Dane Searls, who is well known as an airtime lover, went crazy on the super-sized doubles of the BIG IN BAVARIA dirt line and showed tricks like 360 superman seatgrap indian airs or a super nice downside whip to tailwhip. Second place went to Ben Hennon from the United Kingdom. The German BMX legend and TSG rider Markus Hampl rocked the line with opposite 360 combos, flipwhips and 360 super seaters, so he finished with a great third place in front of TSG`s Ricardo Laguna and Patrick Guimez.
We’re happy to announce that the VANS Kill The Line is back this year stronger than ever! The event supported by TSG will be on 18th & 19th of September at the famous spot of PEYNIER in south of France. The trail will be prepared by all the locals (Dropsy, Bibi, Guilbert, Bimart etc…) especially for this weekend. If you were there last year you know that you have to come back. If you weren’t, you don’ have choice…Come and have pretty good time in south of France. Good riding, amazing party, beach not so far…
You’ll just have 2 missions: Enjoy a weekend in south of France and KILL THE LINE!
The Scott 11 team is in Champéry for the UCI MTB World Cup. The 1. practice on the Downhill World Cup track confirmed what everybody already knew: it’s steep! But other than in 2007, riders have the choice between the radical straight lines and the flowing round lines. It took quite a bit of thinking finding the best option for every rider.
The weather stayed dry during practice which was highly appreciated by the athletes who needed a bit of time to get used to such a steep track. Though, it started raining hard thursday evening, and it might be a whole new story today.
Fabien Pedemanaud has some problems with his shoulder, as he dislocated it during the french championships and did the same today landing from a jump without even crashing. We hope that he’s going to be able to race after the treatment of his physio.
Emilie Siegenthaler is back from her injury break and is very happy to be back on her bike!
Floriane Pugin is one of the two girls who managed to jump all of the big jumps on the track.
Watch the race on freecaster.com. The LIVE action starts Saturday 24th at 13:15 CET with the women’s DH, followed by the men’s race. Go to http://freecaster.tv/live/mtb/1011052