New ranges of bikes are flooding into the market from many of the big brands, including Merida, Lapierre and Norco. A launch event was held in August at Spicer’s Hidden Vale resort west of Brisbane to show off the new gear to retailers who stock these brands, with new model information presentations and test riding on the network of MTB trails and quiet roads. Here is a sneak peek at some of the new gear.
The Norco Valence, a performance oriented full carbon road bike with endurance geometry and Ultegra Di2 shifters. RRP: $3,199. See a full review in the November December issue of Bicyclig Australia.
Contrary to popular opinion, you do not need to be an elite athlete to benefit from recovering with the right fuel mix after training. In fact if you are training several times each week and/or preparing for an upcoming event, in addition to balancing work and family commitments, a good recovery program is exactly what you need to ensure you have enough energy to maintain your hectic schedule minus injury and fatigue.
When looking for the epitome of the great Australian spirit you need look no further than Victoria cycling legend John Beasley (Snr). The Humble and grounded 84-year old former racer is a man that took on the big wide world of European pro bike racing and lay down some very early paving stones for today’s Aussie grand champions along the way.
I still hold a clear memory from the mid-90s of foraging around in search of an old corflute for-sale sign. When faced with a muddy XC event, we would cut them up and zip-tie a piece to the underside of the down tube as a makeshift fender. To this day you can still buy them (called the Crud Catcher) and they certainly reduced the amount of crap that you’d cop in the face on a muddy ride—especially important for me as a special wearer.
When the 60 participants of that first Tour de France set off from Paris in 1903, they were racing for a first prize of FF 3,000 (old) French francs that at the time would buy you 7,500 one-kilogram loaves of bread. Our present day Tour winner nets 450,000 Euro that equates to rather a lot of bread.
We’ve had our share of Whytes come through the MBA offices in the last 24 months. This distinctive UK based brand is a minor player in the global bike game, but their bikes have consistently impressed us. A while back I rode their carbon framed 29C and declared it the best hardtail I’d ever ridden—to this day I’m more than happy with that statement!
If you’ve been living under a rock for a year or so, you mightn’t have heard about ‘gravity enduro’. It’s a real buzzword around the MTB world at the moment with enduro-specific this and enduro that popping up in everything from helmets to handlebar grips.