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New IMTTO ‘Constructors Champs’ for bike builders

img_8128Bit of a geeky industry one this but it's quite interesting. The 'International Mountain bike Teams, Tech support and Organizers' group has created a new 'Constructors Championships' for '09. Basically, when a race is won the company that built the winning bike is awarded points and ranked in a league. The idea is that the companies behind the winning bikes get some recognition for their hard work.

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Fort Bill Overflow: Lapierre Zesty Carbon vs Orange Strange

img_9378-1We're all back and recovered from Fort Bill - meaning it's time to start unpacking and digging through the Ben Nevis sized mountain of photos. Sunday AM I had a quick cruise of the pits to see what was what and spotted a couple of gems lurking in the Orange and Hotlines/Lapierre pits. Check it out... ...
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Sam Hill’s kit busts the $1000 mark!

bt9qrqb2kkgrhgookkiejllmukorbklhztwrlw_1Sam Hill's Fort William race kit is up on ebay and raising loads of cash for “The Weekend to End Breast Cancer benefiting Jewish General Hospital“ in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. No doubt the kit is absolutely gopping but it's a great cause and well worth a look if you want some super special memorabilia. It's just bust the $1K mark so head over to here and get bidding!...
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POC Sports

pocsportsthumbPOC are a new company to the MTB world but have been making a splash in other sports for some time now. We took a quick look around their produce and were very impressed. Here's a sneak peak of what they're up to - just click read more below. One big well known online bike shop is stocking their products so if you like what you see go and check out the C R C......
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Team: RLS4X Rd2 at Leamington Spa – Chris’ Report

yj9m0003-editWideopen team rider Chris Mucklow is a busy boy at the moment and just fired over a quick report from Rd2 of the RLS4X series. It's his local series and having bagged a silver medal in senior at the last round he decided to step it up to the Elite cat....

Read on 4X fans...

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DMR Olly vs Drone video

dmrthumb The guys at DMR just posted this vid of their team rider Olly W giving the 24" Drone a test to see how it performed compared to his custom built Transition team bike. Click to view... ...
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Fort Bill World Cup DH Finals – Minnaar and Jonnier take it, Jnr win for Danny Hart

gregwinthumbDH Finals just finished here at Fort Bill with Sabrina and Minnaar taking the win. Danny Hart delivered the goods for the UK and is now the highest ranked junior rider. It's been a hell of a day with constant hot seat changes, a screaming crowd and some of the most exciting racing I've ever seen. Possibly not the best ever day for British riders but bloody exciting none the less! Check it out here for some quick results.......
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Fort Bill World Cup – Sunday DH Practice

img_9863-1Here's photographer Andy Dunwoody's report from the Fort. "Some people went quick, some people went slow and some people were fair to middling". He's about hit the nail on the head - DH practice just finished and everyone is taking it easy before the main event - kicking off at 1:15 this afternoon. The riders were out blasting some runs this morning and styling it up for the crowd - big whip award this morning to Brendawg . All that's left is the main event......
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Emulsion: Justin Leov’s crash

leov-thumbJustin Leov had a hell of a crash in today's DH qualies. He was flying through the top section of the track but managed to lose his back wheel - grind the board walks with his chain ring and EXPLODE off track and into a photographer. Was pretty nuts! He did the walk of shame back up track to the gondola and sat out his qualy run. He'll still race tomorrow because of his overall points in the series. Our mate Scott at eggraphy.com captured the carnage and sent over these top quality snaps. Cheers mate!

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Weather Report – Saturday

img_9318-30Well looking outside at the weather, it's cloudy, grim and crap. Today is Downhill qualifying followed by the 4X finals tonight, remember to check out Freecaster for the livecast and MTBcut have got a huge 30 metre high crane for some bird's eye view shots, keep an eye on their site mtbcut.tv for that. The 4X track has seen a brand new rock section which cuts down before the big tabletop jump, should make for some interesting action, especially if it rains!...
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Fort Bill World Cup – 4X Qualies

img_9328-1Friday night was 4X qualies here in Fort Bill with Joost Wichman and Jill Kintner taking the top spots in the pissing rain. The weather stayed pretty dry and clear all day for DH practice but it started lashing down as the 4X'ers rolled into the gate. Read on for some soggy photos and results......
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Team Blog – Fort Bill Friday Update.

midgebastardsHaving hooked up with Mono yesterday and the rest of the WideopenMag Media Circus this morning we've spent the day watching the downhill practice session, while Mono and Paul started filming for FootOutFlatOut 2. As expected no one was pushing it this morning but the pace picked up a bit this afternoon. There's an interesting new diverision in the woods which has cut in quite nicely but it could easily become messy if the rain comes. The rest of the track is pretty much the same with the exception of a couple of corners thanks to some wide taping....
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New longtermer…

PukyIt's a little smaller than our usual rigs... a PUKY balance bike for my 2 year old daughter. Expect a mini writeup in Issue 10!

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Wideopen World Cup Invasion

Yo! It's World Cup weekend and the Wideopen team will be out in force at Fort Bill to bring you the latest action... With any luck we'll be beaming heaps of great pics, video and updates to you through the webby and our facebook..... There's a tonne of coverage available all over the web so be sure to include us on your list to check out - especially if you wanna see how the UK young guns are getting on - we like them the best... I'm currently 30 minutes into my journey and sat on a train to cardiff to hook up with paul and tim from footout flatout... Soon as we hook up we'll start the mammoth 12 hour drive north! I'm pretty sure that's longer than the flight to whistler. Shit. Proper updates start tomorrow... But if you want to see some words from the road stay tuned. The boarder I get the more i,ll update! Stay tuned! Jamie - Wideopenmag's travel sick editor ...