Sunday, February 27, 2011
We arrived on Tuesday mid morning and commenced practice that afternoon on a track that had been changed slightly to make it even more technical. The dry conditions had the track running very loose with powder like dirt and small sharp rocks creating a few issues with flat tires. Once again I managed to break a Hope Pro2 hub axle (that's now 7 in about 12 months!!) but fortunately we were carrying a spare and managed to get going pretty quickly. Seeding for Elite and Under 19's was held late Friday afternoon and I managed a clean run to take out 4th position for the following days race.
Racing commenced at 4pm on Saturday and the dark rain clouds started to roll in but fortunately, not much rain fell during the races. My race run was clean however; the track was not running as fast as predicted and times were only slightly improved (if at all). I finished the race in 4th place and was very pleased given that the 3 riders in front of me included current Junior World Champ - Troy Brosnan.
The final round of the Aussie National Series takes place in Shepparton Victoria on 20 March in conjunction with the Oceania Championships and I will be keen to do well to secure a top 5 finish overall. I would like to give a huge shout of thanks to sponsors Banshee Bikes, NSDynamics.com.au, Chunked.com.au, KWT-Maxxis, Summer Harvest. Special thanks to Darren & Carol Boman - Barspin Imports (Banshee Distributor Australasia) and Team Banshee Australia team mates Ryan Hunt, Cody Eichorn, Lachlan McLaren, Cam Rouch, Jane Rutter and support crew Dave Hunt and Harvey Power for a fantastic week away!
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Another short video edit from Matej Charvat's training in south Italy.
„I just came back from sunny south of Italy. Due to a freezing cold here in the middle of EU I had to travel about 13 hours to the coast of Mediterian sea. It is really popular place for training in the stack field of worldcup riders. High concentration of DH tracks around San Remo gives you pretty good training options in pre-season.I’m really looking forward for the season already.“
Matej is one of the guys, who will ride for Banshee Bikes World cup team with Adam Brayton. Both will use their brand new Banshee Legends Mk2 to achieve the best results.
Here you can find the video:
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Friday, February 25, 2011
Good luck to Brandon and the new LamaCycles/NS Bikes Canadian Team in 2011. But in the video above it is straight Banshee Amp footage ...
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
More Mountain Biking Videos
Last week we had a post showing some of the CNC goodies that you will find on the Prime. Check that out too ...
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Self edits are kind of hard..it's a lot of drop the bike...run down the trail to find a good shot, turn the camera on and then run back to your bike to get the shot, now as I don't have a chesty, frame or helmet mounts I had to do the whole thing like this, when all you want to do is flow down the trail it makes it a bit hard, but I think it came out OK for my first try.
In the future I will edit it a bit tighter and make a few other little changes, but I had a lot of fun doing it....so expect more videos in the future.
Monday, February 21, 2011
Thank you Mate!
The Fat Butchers shirt is feeling awesome!
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Here a nice built of the island of Reunion !
About 17 kg!
Banshee Legend M size
Boxxer Fork with Elka Cartridge
Atlas FR stem and handlebar
Sram descend crank
For the record, the rider (a friend) who has ordered a Frame of another brand ..... shitttttt ....Tran ...... which has still not arrived ! when he has his first race this Sunday, February 20th!
I agree to lend him a Legend Frame : So he can make his race and test a real bike ! ha ha ha !
That's the spirit Banshee
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
or here ...
or even on my name ...
Thursday, February 17, 2011
This accident was the second time I was loaded into an ambulance not knowing if I would walk again. This was the second time that doctors would not tell me what was wrong with me, this was the second time that I would walk out of the hospital ...
I am writing this with tears fresh on my face after watching this video ...
I am so lucky that I am able to walk, ride ... so let's support those who are not so lucky.
Dean always puts a lot of thought and effort into his builds, and this Legend build is certainly no exception, and comes in at a featherweight 34.50lbs.
He sent me across these photos of the pretty pimpin' build, as well as a video of his first ride. Check it out.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
maybe you catched the post about the live coverage on freecaster from a unique Downmall race.
Here you go a few words, pictures and a video:
A really unique race right through the shopping centre was held in the centre of Prague (the capital of Czech Republic - EU). The 4 floor shopping mall provided a few sets of escalators, 180 turns, slippery waxed floor and a final drop/gap to the finish line.
40 riders were invited including World Champ in 4X Tomas Slavik, Guido Tschugg etc. - really stack field. There were 3 rounds which were making the field stacker. 1st round - all, 2nd round - top20, 3rd round - top10(finals). It was pretty hard not to slip and the times were pretty close. I did about two mistakes in the finals and finished on 5th.
Picture gallery: http://on.fb.me/f6zEaw
Don't forget to use subtitles in youtube player (click on CC).
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
I just pick up a new Banshee Rune ...
This is a short video of my new 2011 Banshee Rune build!
The frame build came together great!
Just before the build I had a bad crash smashing 3 ribs.
So, I was out for a short while and finally got out for my first ride on,
Monday, February 14, 2011
Camp of Champions website, not only will you get the chance to ride the Legendary Banshee Legend MKII, you will also get a chance to ride with Jack "Fogel" Fogelquist, Alan "no nickname" Hepburn (though we all know that is not true ... right Alan) and of course new head coach Mike "i dream of tricks" Montgomery.
Good chance I will be hanging out for a good portion of Camp so you will also get a chance to ride ahead of me while I eat your dust or watch you ride away while having the best time of your life.
oh i googled "hot girl pinkbike" into google images and this image was on the first page ...
Camp Coaches Casey Groves and Brett Tippie ... two of the hottest girls I know ...
Friday, February 11, 2011
It’s been an awesome week around here, with the sun shining and friends like Christian in town. We took advantage of the weather and trail conditions to get in a fun day of riding big bikes. Another day, Jeff and I had a cool little sesh at the step-up, before heading over to Post Office. The classic sundown-seshes have become routine this time of year, but what’s new are some of the younger riders like Jared, Simon, and Fin shredding with us. Just a week ago they were doing run-ups into the line and now they’re flowing through with style and even throwing a few tricks! Stuff like that always gets me stoked to see!
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Palác Flora offers again very attractive and challenging mall of 4 floors just perfect for the race. If you remember, the last race in Plaza shopping centre took the start at the local discotheque club. This year the start will be in the vestibule of the Palace cinema on the highest floor of the shopping centre. The race will then continue by the passage round the inside gallery on each floor of the shopping centre. The very popular escalators and the finish drop won’t be of course missing. For the audience there is prepared 5 cameras shooting the whole race that will be aired through LCD screens placed throughout the whole shopping centre.
Not very popular custom of this DownMall event is that the whole race is very limited with the number of participants so it is only for 40 invited riders. Thus we can again be looking forward to the top international and local DH and 4X riders.
This year DownMall is not intended for the DH and 4X riders only but there will be also introduced totally different MTB branch by our top dirt and slopestyle riders! The prize money in height of 30.000,- CZK will be surely the good motivation for all the participants so we can all be looking forward to the great show.
And what about you? Will you come to Palac Flora to see this great and exciting event on 12th February 2011? Or you want to participate itself in this great and mad race by taking the wild card? And is it even in your powers to win? Can Michal Prokop win for the third time in a row? Come and you will know it all!“
For More Information Click Here ...
For Race Video Click Here ...
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Nicknames: Chucker, Chuckerdoo
Age: The big 30
Riding Since: Well I have always had a bike as a kid and a teenager. Then somewhere in my teenage hood I took up skateboarding and didn’t really play with bikes again till I was able to afford my first “big girl” bike. I got a Rocky Mountain Element XC bike and played on that till I realized I was gonna need a much burlier bike to play on the trails I wanted too! And basically for the last 5 years riding as played a big part of my life.
Current Bike(s): Banshee Scythe, Banshee Rune and a Banshee Morphine and a Legend on the way!
Riding Style: I play around in a bit of everything. Mostly downhill but I like a good xc adventure and spend some time playing on the dirt jumps and pump tracks.
Racing Highlights: Finishing all 7 BC Cup races in my first season of racing without major injury.
For those of you who want to ride with Jack and make your own Fogelmoment ... then sign up for Camp of Champions.
Monday, February 7, 2011
So the other day I did something I should have done a while ago - full thorough inspection of the Legend MkII frame. This frame has seen a full season in Whistler, including 70+ days in the park and probably another 10 outside the park, plus riding as much as I can for the last 3 months since I've been back in Aus. I'm ~90kg (200lbs), ride reasonably fast and am certainly not easy on my bike.
So what did I find? Absolutely nothing wrong. Still on the original bearings, they're probably rough to the touch by now but there's no play and when you move the swingarm from the axle you don't feel anything unusual. There's no play. Nothing is cracked, despite my best efforts, including some really f#*king hard landings (like the kind that broke the Mk1 haha!).
-All Photo credits go to Ross Dunlop, thanks for the great shots!