Intense Owners Clinic, Brisbane.

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

Planned Itinerary:
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 contact@kovarikracing.com

****This is an exclusive and FREE event for Intense trail bike owners only!****

Hope to see you there!

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Kovarik Racing Gravity Weekend, Perth.

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!

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Intense launches new Spider 275

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!

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Epic TV In The Dirt Episode 6

Follow Claire on a trail ride out her door in Whistler during her favourite month, Hucktober!

http://www.epictv.com/player/embed-player/600825

Straya

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.

Mt. Beerwah, Glasshouse Mountains QLD.

Mt. Beerwah, Glasshouse Mountains QLD.

Xtreme Spots

Claire has a neat little profile and interview up on xtremespots.com Click here to read the full interview

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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 ForbesMitch Gulliver and Justin Roy for doing an epic job putting this together and thanks to some of my favourite characters,Chris KovarikFalcon Falcone and Ian Morrison for being a part of it. Much love!
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/summer-of-summit-claire-buchar-dirt-diaries-video-2014.html

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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Reel Cameras Hook Up

This year we’ve hooked up with Reel Cameras to record some of our bike adventures. Together, we want to hook YOU up with a bit of a deal. Head over to www.reelcameras.com and check out the all-new HD Slayer with built in LCD screen and see why Reel Cameras is taking the industry by storm. Use code (kovarik20) when checking out and receive $20.00 dollars off and a FREE T! #reelcameras #reelriders #hdslayer

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Cairns World Cup

We had been looking forward to the Cairns World Cup for months and months. We knew that it may be the only World Cup we can get to this year so it’s kind of heart breaking when you put all your eggs in one basket and it doesn’t go super amazing.

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Always glad to be amongst it!

We drove the battle truck up from Brisbane, 2 day drive.  Little did we know, we were really heading into battle, what a race! We opted to drive so we could bring our trail bikes and explore some rainforest km’s before all the WC madness began. We’re on a tight budget so it worked out cheaper than flying, getting raped with excess baggage and renting a car etc. Cairns is such an amazing place to visit, let alone as a mountain bike destination! “Mountains”, fresh water gorges, epic rainforest,  the reef, all the wildlife.  Definitely one of our favourite places in Australia.

heading into battle

Heading into battle.

The Cairns track in itself was actually pretty basic for a World Cup track. In the dry. Fun berms and corners, technical sections, rock gardens, plenty of roots, high speed jumps, whoops, sprints. Bit of everything, quite normal. Add the rain and rain and rain and rain and it just became a mess. The volcanic soil in Cairns is the greasiest dirt can get when it’s wet. Spread it across already slimy rocks and roots and no tire tread or compound can help you. And because the track was not the steepest, it became so physical as you were fighting through the roots and muck. At times, you felt like you were going backwards and you were putting all out effort in to keep your momentum.

Despite the conditions, we were having a lot of fun and we were both riding great. So good to reunite with old friends, to be a part of the incomparable DH World Cup atmosphere. The crowds were wild, obviously, Straya. So much good energy around the place.

Claire’s adventure:

Things went wrong for me in my quali run. The infamous rock garden, which I was getting through alright, hurt me. Pretty bad.  Slammed super hard and barely remember getting down to the bottom. Brought me back to the car accident just over a year ago. Couldn’t believe it. Same shoulder, ribs and pelvis all flared up again and fuzzy vision, headache. I basically knew then that any chance of me performing to my best ability was over. Race day, my body was in healing mode. It was tired, slow. Head was fuzzy, it was hard to tap into mental strength. And did you ever need it! I wasn’t sure if it was going to be safe for me to ride. So I went to find out. Went up for a practice run and it was pretty horrible out there. Picked my way down carefully. I decided that at least I’d be a part of the madness. Was going to have some fun. Race run, I slayed the rock garden! Even gave a little fist pump to the deafening crowd haha. But I pretty much felt like a muppet the entire run, crashing a bunch, pedals stuck on roots etc etc. If you couldn’t manage to keep your flow, it was just exhausting. Can’t even explain. But because I had such a shitty run, I made myself stand up and sprint the entire last stretch through the finish. No sitting allowed. Even though it felt like my bike weighed 500lbs caked in mud and my wheels would barely turn.  It was my birthday and I wanted to feel like I put in an effort and that I didn’t give up. And it just goes to show how crazy the conditions were for everyone if I could finish 10th after an adventure like that!

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Fighting my way down. Dwayne Bridgland Photography.

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Quali crash, ouch.

Mr. Speed Trap:

At least he knows he was going quick somewhere! Chris took out the speed trap but had a run off the track in the lower woods. “Just kills your momentum every time you make a mistake in those muddy slow conditions and makes it such a battle, physically, to try to get going again. I was overheating at the bottom, I had to take my goggles off for the last sprint. Even though I ran off track Im still pretty happy with how I was riding and 31st is alright considering.”

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Tuckin’ into the whoops. Dwayne Bridgland Photography.

always a fave with the media

Always a fave with the media.

Congrats to all the top riders and respect to all the privateers as it was especially a hard 3 days in the mud without big team support.

Special thanks to NSDynamics and Zelvy Carbon for sharing your pits with us! Glad to have a place to hang with all that rain.

We are migrating north next week, back to Whistler! Looking forward to starting another summer season.

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