GT Announce New Factory Team!

After it was announced that the Athertons had left GT factory there was much speculation about where Treks riders would be going? Who would be joining GT?

Well “most” of the speculation is over as GT have announce there new Factory Downhill & Enduro teams.

 

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GT Factory Racing New Downhill Team: Brook MacDonald (NZ), Sam Dale (GB), Wyn Masters (NZ) & Jackson Frew, Junior (AUS)

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Last year saw Wyn Masters focus on Enduro as well as Downhill and after a successful year on the Enduro circuit it is no surprise to see he will be racing the full EWS this year along with the World Cups!

2016 sees Martin Maes continue with GT.

But now for the Girls! One of the most successful multi disciplined female mountain bikers of all time and current Queen of Crankworx Anneke Beerteen will join GT for the 2016 season & American Rachel Throop will also join the team, after proving herself on the US enduro scene she is ready to take on the international scene now and with a GT behind her we are in no doubt that she will storm the scene.

I think my favourite part about this new GT Enduro team is that it is one of the first times in a MTB Factory team that women have received the same representation as men! GO GT!

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GT Factory Enduro Team: Wyn Masters (NZ), Martin Maes (NE), Rachel Throop (USA) & Anneke Beerten (NE)

The Christmas Gift Guide

MTB GIRLS RIDE TOP 5 CHRISTMAS GIFTS

With Christmas just round the corner it is the perfect time to replenish your biking gear! So here is what we have on our christmas list! Hopefully it will give you some inspiration for yours!

1. Muc-Off Ultimate Bike Cleaning Tool Box Kit

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With the rainy, muddy and cold winter season well under way we may hate the idea of cleaning our bike. But if we want it to keep running smoothly then we need to give them some TLC. So make this Muc-Off kit a top priority for your Christmas list to help your bike make it through to the Summer Season!

2. Elite SuperCrono Power Mag ElastoGel Trainer

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The winter nights are drawing in and unless you are night riding mad then it can be hard to find the motivation to put the night lights on and go for a spin. So for most of us at this time of year the trails are for Weekends only. Making this Turbo Trainer the ideal Christmas present if you want to keep your legs moving even when you can’t face the cold and dark night.

3. X-Bionic Anatomical Bike Beaver Shirt

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We choose this shirt because it is a great all rounder. The heavy price tag is justified by the fact that you can use it throughout the entire year. So whether you are sweating in the Summer sunshine or freezing during a snowy winter ride this shirt has you covered.

4. O’Neal Rockstacker Shorts

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I love these shorts, despite the fact they are male shorts they are the perfect fit and so comfy to ride in. I much prefer an over the knee short, however most of the time women shorts are too ‘short’ and guys shorts are far to long. They retail for around £70 which is in line with most other MTB brands.  The roominess in these shorts make them ideal for winter riding when you are probably going to have tights on under your shorts, yet they are light weight enough for summer too.

5. Bell Super 2 Helmet 2016

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We’ve been taught it from a young age… Always use protection… and before your dirty minds do over time I’m talking about MTB Protection! A helmet is by far the most import piece of equipment when riding, so it’s important that it fits just right. This Bell Super Helmet is my choice of helmet it is a great fit. It’s loaded with technologies including cooling Overbrow Ventilation, a new breakaway camera mount, and an upgraded TAG fit system that makes dialling in fit easier than ever. And best yet, it is compatible with the Super 2R chin bar.

 

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Skins RY400 Review – Ice Baths are a Thing of the Past

Skins RY400 Women’s Compression Tights Review

Could ice baths after a long ride be thing of the past? We think so after testing out the Ry400 Women’s Compression Long Tights For Recovery. The purpose of the tights is to aid recovery after long and enduring exercise session.

 

 

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Our Testing

I use the tights after almost every ride whether long or short for over 3 months and I definitely noticed the difference. I would come in from a ride and the first thing I would do is put on the tights.

The first day I wore the tights I had been on a ride where I had covered around 30km of climbs and normally after a day of ascending this much I wouldn’t be able to walk the next day never mind ride my bike. However as soon as I got in I put the tights on and the next day the stiffness in my legs was significantly less than it had been after previous rides of a similar length. I even managed to get back out on the bike the next day for a short while, normally I wouldn’t even contemplate going out riding the day after a big ride.

 

How Do They Work?

All compression clothing should have a mmHg measurement, the tights have a measurement between 19-22 at the base and calf and 9-11 at the hips and waist. The levels of compression are designed specifically to maximise venous blood flow in post-exercise recovery. The compression in the tights is definitely obvious when you put them on for the first time but its not at a level where you are uncomfortable and they can easily be worn for long periods of time.

The comfort of the tights makes them ideal for when you just want to chill out after a tough day on the bike. However, I wouldn’t recommend using them for active wear. The waistband has a tendency to slip and if you move around too much.

The fabric has permanent antimicrobial treatment built in to it that helps discourage bacteria, which means your tights stay cleaner and odor free for longer.

They also have 50+ UV protection feature… although because I live in the UK I didn’t really get to test this feature out!

Verdict

The one things that might put a lot of people off these compression tights is the price, like most of Skins products they are quite expensive (retail for around £90), however I am a firm believe in that you get what you pay for and the tights are definitely value for money!

The tights also come a a wide variety of sizes to suit must people.

I would definitely make these my number 1 choice for leg compression apparel. They do what they are supposed to do and at the same time they are incredibly comfortable, which means you can wear them for longs, which in turn means more recovery time!

The only downside is that despite having antimicrobial treatment the tights lose shape after a short while, however this problem is easily fixed. Throw them in the washing machine and they basically go back to new.

Check out: http://www.skins.net

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Les Gets To Host European Crankworx

ITS OFFICIAL!

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After much speculation at the beginning of November Crankworx have confirmed that Les Gets will become to new stage for the European round of the world wide event! Les Gets is just one of twelve resorts in the Portes Du Soleil, one of the biggest MTB lift accessed areas in the world.

Les gets will host the event for the next three years!

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Les Gets was one of the first Ski Resorts to really embrace mountain bikers, offering uplift to riders as far back as the 80’s. Mountain Biking is deep rooted in Les Gets, which makes it the perfect stage to hold such a world class event.

I was lucky enough to call the Portes Du Soleil home for two summers and it is great to see it finally getting to play host to such a well known event again after so many years!

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Get The Dates in the Diaries! We Will Certainly Be There and Hopefully You Will Too!

World Cup Legend Steve Peat Announces Retirement after 2016

The world cup legend Steve Peat has announced that 2016 will be his last world cup season! His announcement couldn’t have been delivered in a more fitting way, with a fantatsic edit from the creators of The Ridge Cut Media!

The 41 year old rider is without a doubt one of the most recognised riders on the circuit and has done so much to help the sport grow, the world cup scene won’t be the same without him but we are sure he isn’t gone forever.

 

Red Bull TV 2015 Season Highlights

The 2015 is over and Winter is fast approaching, luckily for us though Red Bull TV have put together some 2015 season highlight to get us through this Winter.

2015 Downhill Season Highlights

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2015 XC Season Highlights

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Urban X Remember the Troops Race

Urban X Remember the Troops Race

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This remembrance Sunday Urban X held a Remember the troops race at Wharncliffe Woods to raise money for the Royal British Legion, and although we weren’t there physically we were pretty stoked to be a part of it in some way!

MTB Girls Ride were one of the sponsors of the female category at the event. From what we heard the conditions and weather weren’t the kindest so it was great to see so many girls still turn out! The event raised a whopping  £1522.00

Check out Amber Louise’s Race Review on PinkBike!!

Top 3 Girls in Their MTB Girls Ride Tops


 

1st Becci Skelton
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2nd Amanda Vaughan
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3rd Ami Grindley
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Atherton Family & Taylor Vernon Join Trek

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Atherton Racings Signs 3 Year Deal with Trek

News has just broke that Atherton Racing will now be joining Trek Factory Racing. As they did with GT they have signed a 3 year initial deal.

The news broke just two days after it was announced that Atherton Racing and GT Bicycles would be parting ways after 4 years partnership!

It is awesome to  see a brand as big as Trek actively supporting female riders. With the retirement of Tracey Mosely this year from their Enduro team and no female in their Downhill team in 2015 they were seriously lacking in female representation.

Rach also seem set to get more girls on board with Atherton Racing this year.

 Rachel Atherton “I’m also actively looking for a female rider.”


Taylor Vernon Also Makes the Move to Trek
Taylor Vernon Also Makes the Move to Trek

Gee: We’re stoked that we are going to have another season with Taylor Vernon

 By the looks of it Trek have ended there partnership with their current riders; Brook Macdonald, George Brannigan, Laurie Greenland and Greg Williamson!

Athertons Leave GT

After 4 years, over 50 Podiums, 3 World Championship Titles, 3 World Cup Over Wins, Atherton Racing Bids Farewell to GT!

Rachel Atherton – “I just want to say a huge thank you to the company that carried me to 2 World Championships and 3 World Cup Overalls. GT opened my eyes to the women’s specific market, they designed my first ever women specific colourway and basically made me smile every time I rode my bike. Their support for all of us has been incredible and so GT bicycles will always have a special place in my heart; the memories that we created together will stay with me forever. Good luck guys.”

Polaris Womens Trail Shorts – Review

Polaris Womens Trail Shorts

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I love the concept of womans specific clothing, but a lot of the time the end result of these womans specific products can leave me disappointed. Normally because the sizing is completely wrong or the products just aren’t practical for the kind of riding I want to do.

So when I was sent these Polaris Trail Shorts a few weeks ago I wasn’t entirely confident that I would be writing a positive review. However I now have to eat my words! I LOVE these trail shorts. They are probably the comfiest, best fitting shorts I have worn in a long time!

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They are cut in such a way that they are specific for women. The high back and front to the shorts mean that there is no gaping of bare skin when you are bent over the bike. The double stud button at the top of the shorts offers reassurance that the shorts aren’t going to pop open at any unexpected moment. The adjustable Velcro side panels allow you to tighten and loosen the waist band to a size that is comfortable for you.

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The four way stretch meant free movement and no restriction when moving around the bike. The shorts have ample storage with three front pockets, the zipped pockets also mean you can keep your valuable on you while riding without risking losing them during your ride. The DWR finish also means they are the perfect shorts for riding in the winter in Scotland.

The shorts retail for around £49 which is a steal for these shorts. Most other shorts of this quality in the current market retail at a significantly higher price.

The shorts come in a vast array of sizes from a UK 8 -16.

www.polaris-bikewear.co.uk

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QLOOM 2016 REVIEW

QLOOM SPRING/SUMMER 2016 REVIEW

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Yeah I know… I can’t believe it either! Summer 2015 is just over and we are already looking at Summer 2016 ranges!

I don’t know about you but Qloom Bikewear was completely new to me up until a few months ago! But the story really began for this brand back in 2007 with the development of a pair of shorts for a group of friends that has now developed in a magnificent lifestyle brand. Now producing High-Performance products, QLOOM offers a wide range  functional clothing for any sporting adventure.

The high performance surf inspired mountain bikes clothes are definitely some of the most stylish female bike clothes that I have ever come across. This range has a cool fresh look that you would be happy to wear on the trails or walking down the street. The products we tested aren’t available for purchase yet but these surf inspired clothes are worth the wait.The Swiss brand sent us over some of their 2016 Spring/Summer gear to test out… Here is what we thought!


 

 

Unima Enduro Long Sleeved Shirt

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The Enduro / All Mountain Jersey was really small made! We tested out the medium and would say it was roughly a size 8 UK, which made the jersey really fitted unlike most all mountain jerseys that come with a bit more moving room in them. It was disappointing as the other aspects of the jersey were so good. The light weight quality of the material made it very breathable. I would love to try this jersey out in a more accurate size as I feel the verdict would be very different.


Glacier Peak Light Weight Jacket

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I LOVED this jacket! Its offers all round protection against wind and rain. However again it was small made but not as restricting as the jersey. The bright pink colour meant there was no losing me on the trails.  With 10’000mm waterproofing not even the heavy Canadian rain could break this jacket. Ventilation under the arms meant the jacket was very breathable. It is extremely light weight and compact which makes it the perfect jacket for storing away in your rucksack while out for a day riding. One feature missing from the jacket that we really thought it could do with was a google cleaner. Most MTB jackets will have this feature built in and although it is built into the shorts it isn’t as convenient as having it right there in your jacket pocket.


 

Whiteheaven Womens Active Jacket

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All time favourite!!! The  Qloom piece is ideal for whatever adventure you are on whether it is a day out on the bike, a hike or even yoga this top works for them all. We used this hoody as outerwear during cool days on the trails or as an extra layer during a summer hike. This top was definitely the best fitting piece of clothing we tested in the Qloom S/S16 range. The two stretch panels on the side of the Jacket means that the Jacket feels comfy and loose for whatever sport you are using it for.


 

Long Sleeved Mandalay Shirt

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 Another multi activity piece from Qloom, The Mandalay shirt is perfect for a range of different activities. The casual comfy fit makes it perfect for most sporting activities or even casual wear. We used this top for a range of activities from long trail rides to yoga at the lakeside during the summer months. The thinness of the top means it doubles up well as a baselayer to wear under a jumper of jacket during the Autumn/Winter months. The Mandalay is an essential piece of clothing for your activity wardrobe. However it again was really small made so take that into consideration if buying!


 UMINA Qloom Shorts

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These Qloom shorts are a soft yet hard wearing, they provide optimum protection, yet still offer maximum comfort for a day of riding trails. The double weave stretch fabric ensures optimal freedom of movement. The shorts offer ample pocket storage for smalls tools and refreshments for those short ride that you don’t want to take a backpack on. The Shorts are extremely waterproof and held up well during rain showers, The right hand pocket also has a goggle cleaner builtin.


Tweedhead Short Sleeved Enduro Jersey

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This short sleeved jersey is perfect for those hot days on the bike. The Jersey is very light weight and breathable. It has a simple yet functional design that is perfect for summer evening rides. The shirt is made from a mixture of recycled polyester and polyester which make it perfect for hot days riding where you are likely to sweat a lot. It will keep you feeling reasonable cool even in the hottest conditions. Again it is another multi activity piece that can be used for hikes and running as well as biking.


 

ESPERANCE  gloves

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These all mountain gloves combined with their silicone padding make for maximum comfort using most grips.  They fit and feel of the gloves are excellent. However they are a bit thin on the top so I would only use during warmer summer months or you may find yourself with some cold fingers.


SARINA Short Sleeved Shirt

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This shirt is perfect for long endurance rides ( or dare I say it … even road rides on a hot day. The shirt has high performance fabrication and latest manufacturing technology. It is light weight with a back storage zipped pocket on the back of the shirt there is a place to store gels, snacks and tools for those long rides. The soft handle feel gives its it a nice feel against your skin.


I think what I really liked about this Qloom range was how most of the pieces could be used for multi activities. The well co-ordinated colours of the kit definitely gave it that factory racing feel. This bike brand might be relatively unknown in the UK and many other parts of the world at the moment, but if they keep producing quality and stylish garments such as this I can’t imagine that will be the case for long!

Pro’s

The clothes are very stylish and the bright colours definitely gives them that summer feel! They are practical pieces yet are still appealing to girls unlike a lot of other riding gear. The quality of the brand is clear in the finished product the from the gloves down to the jerseys. A lot of the gear can also be worn as casual wear or après bikewear as well as for a day of riding on the trails.

One of the most important feature of the range is that most of it comes with UV protection, which is essential if you are spending days riding in the hot summer sun!

Con’s

The sizing of the product was a bit of an issue. The pieces were pretty small made in comparison to a lot of other rival brands. So be aware if ordering you may want to order the size up for a bit more comfort.

Qloom Action

We always hope with all our reviews that any criticisms will be taken as constructive and give the brand an idea of what they can do to improve and leave their customers more satisfied.  So we were super happy to hear that Qloom had taken into account our (very few) criticisms and are set to rectify them before the range in launched in Spring 2016. The sizing problems we found during our testing will be fixed for final production.

Another problem that we highlighted was that Qloom wasn’t very accessible to the UK market, however Qloom have informed us that next Spring will see a relaunch of  there sales distribution, which will see them become a more global brand. The retail side of the website will also be opened to a lot more countries and regions, which will  open up purchasing options for places like the UK who previously haven’t had many retailers stocking Qloom!

http://www.qloom.com – Check it out!

 

Bee Pollen Banana Berry Smoothie

Bee Pollen Banana Berry Smoothie

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Ingredients:

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1 handful of baby spinach washed

Half of a banana
Handful of blueberries
Handful of strawberries
Splash of almond milk
Tsp of hemp seeds
Tsp of bee pollen (optional)
Tbsp of Greek plain natural yoghurt (optional)








Method

Blend all the ingredients together for 1 min and serve in a a glass, garnish with bee pollen.

Suitable For

Suitable for veggies, gluten free vegan only if you remove the bee pollen and yoghurt

Nutritional Advice

Smoothies can produce a lot of natural sugar (fructose) from the fruit quickly into the bloodstream therefore I would not recommend drinking smoothies more than once a week.