We were pretty excited to be racing at crankworx rotorua and the event didn’t disappoint. The event itself is set around the base of the skyline gondola with amazing scenery, with the manicured slope style course amongst the huge redwood trees, the dual pump track basically in the pit area and the downhill finish just above that, and honestly, i don’t think I’ve ever seen a better finish to a downhill course ever, really entertaining for any spectator!
Claire and i had entered both the downhill and enduro and little did we know what we were in for. We managed to get a few enduro laps in the first day and i will say I’ve never ridden anything as technical, off camber, rutted, rooty, blind, wet, blown out, sketchy, blind , wet, blown out sketchy you get the picture, and did i mention the transitions and climbs! These are amazing trails but after a taste of what the Enduro and the DH track had to offer we decide it was best to take a step back, as the enduro and DH practice over lapped each other it would have been quite a big ask to perform %100 at both so we decided to focus on DH.
The DH track looked like the crew had put a lot of work into it with some decent sized jumps, berms, off camber sections and man made rock gardens and it was super fun to ride not to mention the dirt in the woods was amazing, super loamy. Claire and i were both pumped to dial in our last 2 runs before racing in the afternoon, claire hit a hole and went over the bars in the woods on her first run and got sent venturing into the jungle pulling muscles in her back and neck, i went over the first man made bridge at the top section, slid on the wet wood and went flying down the other side like a penguin into the grass, gotta love that combo wet wood! Second run was great untill we both suffered rear flat tyres on the second man made rock garden, not the best start to a race day but thats where the tough prevail and re focus, right.
For race run claire said she toned it down as she was sore and not her best performance but managed to stay on pretty clean, she was killing it on the big jumps and even womaned up to hit the huge step up hip jump before the finish one of only 3 girls to attempt it, big effort and a 4th place. My run was going well and i was enjoying the loose conditions but again suffered a rear flat tyre on the second rock garden, i was pretty dissapoionted as i was really looking forward to coming into the off camber finish section hitting gaps with that crowd buzzing!
Considering the circumstances we had a blast here, the trails and woods are unreal and everything is pretty close to access, it always really cool to see all the gravity riders in one place shredding,hanging out with mates and having a good time.
Here’s some footage on Vital that will give you a good taste of what we were enjoying:
ATTENTION BRISBANE!!!! Do you own an Intense trail bike? If so, you are invited to come out for a free skills clinic followed by BBQ and refreshments with Professional MTB Athletes, Brand Ambassadors and PMBI Level 2 Instructors, Chris and Claire of Kovarik Racing.
When: Saturday February 28
Where: Gap Creek Reserve
1pm Ride/Skills with Chris and Claire.
4pm BBQ & Beers in covered picnic area.
Spaces are limited so please register your interest by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
****This is an exclusive and FREE event for Intense trail bike owners only!****
Hope to see you there!
We are excited to be pairing up with Perth based Rock and Roll Mountain Biking and WAGE(Western Australia Gravity Enduro) for an action packed weekend of gravity. We will be teaching 4 clinics and racing the first WAGE round. Thanks for the invite guys, looking forward to passing on some tricks of the trade, meeting more rad people and shredding some west coast dirt!
Jeff Steber and team has done it again. This bike is beautiful and we can’t wait to go fast on it. Alloy, new geometry, new i-box and 115 to 130mm adjustable travel without affecting geometry. This bike is a trail weapon. Check out the full review on Pink Bike! Of course, ours will be spec’ed with all of our amazing and preferred component sponsors: Chromag, Magura, Fox and DT Swiss!
Follow Claire on a trail ride out her door in Whistler during her favourite month, Hucktober!
Migrated south again for the Whistler winter and we are looking forward to starting another year aboard Intense Cycles. We also have some exciting new sponsors and projects in store for 2015, will keep you posted as things develop. Should be another amazing year of riding bikes! For now, back to playing in the Aussie bush.
Claire has a neat little profile and interview up on xtremespots.com Click here to read the full interview
So happy to now be able to share this project with you all! I am still really grateful that I was given this opportunity. For those of you who couldn’t make it out to the show during Crankworx Whistler, this is me and my teams 3rd place Dirt Diaries edit. Our story was subtle: How just simply getting out for a ride can turn sad into rad and how the characters and friends we make in this sport are what really keep us hooked. Most importantly, I really wanted the riding to shine as you can’t always express that as a name on a results sheet. Thanks to Dylan Forbes, Mitch Gulliver and Justin Roy for doing an epic job putting this together and thanks to some of my favourite characters,Chris Kovarik, Falcon Falcone and Ian Morrison for being a part of it. Much love!
I was recently asked to write a little MTB Instructional article for Wiggle. Check it out here! I decided to write about my mental and tactical approach to an obstacle on the trail which, in my opinion, is as useful and important as any physical skill set. The photos/action are from Ranch Camp a couple weekends past where I taught this approach with great success. Would highly recommend this Kamloops event, put on by absolute shredder Lorraine Blancher, to dust off the cob webs and get some early season skills coaching. We had a blast there. Thank you Justin Kious for the great shots. Hope you enjoy the article and hope you get some good tips for your riding progression and knowing your limits but challenging your comfort zone!
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