All aboard the Eastern Express with MSG's Graham Elliott

13-05-2016  Andy Mawer   Interviews 

The long drawn out downfall of XC MTB racing has been a topic of conversation for nearly as long as this great sport has been with us. A game of pin the blame on the donkey - or, to give the donkey it's full name, British Cycling - is the establish pre and post season pastime for many a racer,...

News: Fumic, Fontana and Cooper to ride Dalby?

09-05-2016  Andy Mawer   XC Race News 

Although the official start list is yet to be confirmed by British cycling, we have noticed 3 new names appear on the entrants list for Round 3 of the British National XC series from Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire. With the UCI World Cup hitting Albstadt next week, could Manuel Fumic, Marco...

EURO XCO Champs: Wright Crowned 2016 European Champion!

07-05-2016  Andy Mawer   XC Race News 

Wright shines on a great day for the Team GB young guns! It was the in form Sophie Wright who stepped up and stole today's Euro XCO show. Wright took to the line of the Junior womens race and dominated, taking the win by over 3 minutes and becoming GB's first ever Junior womens Euro XCO...

Racer Blog: Are UK XCO courses lacking bite? - Maxine Filby

04-05-2016  Andy Mawer   Rider Blogs 

I have been meaning to write this article for about four weeks now. I have had lots of words zooming round my head and spoken to lots of different people gathering as many different opinions. The topic that has got me going is the state of XCO courses in British mountain biking. As a rider I put...

Rider Blog: Soreen, traffic cones and a bike race - Lomas Wefing

27-04-2016  Andy Mawer   Rider Blogs 

After a week off training in which I simply rode my bike for fun with my cousin who was visiting from England, I started the first build phase of my training two weeks ago. The focus has moved away from base training elements, but not totally, and onto more race specific elements. In particular the...

Rider Blog: Time to start racing again - Lomas Wefing

26-04-2016  Andy Mawer   Rider Blogs 

It feels like forever since I last raced. In fact it’s been six months since Bad Säckingen in September last year. It was the race which really brought home to me just how much I needed to work on my technical skills. Six months and lots of technical training later, I lined up for the start...

Race Report: ABSA Cape Epic - Stage 6 (Stuart Spies)

20-03-2016  Andy Mawer   XC Race Reports 

After a very damp night that had me grateful yet mildly perturbed the solid downpour would continue through the morning we lined up in cooler conditions to tackle the penultimate stage of this years Epic. I hadn’t wanted to trouble my team mate, Scott Cornish, but the invariable ’stage race...

Rider News: Origins Fitness sponsor mountain bike racer Derek Shanks

18-03-2016  Andy Mawer   XC Race News 

With the 2016 cross-country mountain bike race season just about to get underway, Origins Fitness is delighted to announce its sponsorship of Derek Shanks, who will be racing in the Expert category of the British and Scottish Cross Country Mountain Bike Series, along with various endurance and...

Race Report: ABSA Cape Epic - Prologue (Stuart Spies)

13-03-2016  Andy Mawer   XC Race Reports 

Just a quick one at the Epic today, a short(ish) 26km out and back over a few hills - pretty big hills to be fair - to get the racers warmed up for the challenge ahead. Here's Team Momsen Bikes UK's Stuart Spies to guide you through how the day went for himself and Scott... Wow! Ok so I’m still...

Race Report: ABSA Cape Epic - Day '0' (Scott Cornish)

12-03-2016  Andy Mawer   XC Race Reports 

Some people get all the good jobs... Our Endurance Ed, Scott Cornish, has teamed up with the experienced stage racing machine Stuart Spies to take on the legendary, wild and untamed ABSA Cape Epic. Stay tuned as the pair endeavour to bring you all the pain, suffering and glory of this legendary...