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So British | Riding the Hope HB.160
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Justin Leov Retires from Racing
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Bike of the Day August 21, 2017!

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Added a new video Markus Pekoll Retires from Racing 8/21/2017 12:59 AM
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Official press release:

The Austrian downhill flagship Markus Pekoll ends his career. The upcoming event at Val di Sole will be his last World Cup and the downhill World Championships at Cairns, Australia, will be the grande finale to his impressive career.

One decade of World Cup racing

2017 is the tenth full season the “boy from Schladming” is competing at the highest level of the sport. He grew up close to the legendary downhill track and picked up mountain biking when he was around 17. A full 15 years racing is enough: “It just feels right for me. I always wanted to end my career on a high note. My team is the best in the world, my material is top notch, I’m the current national champion and in the best shape of my life. I feel that I am at my personal maximum. It’s a good moment to call it a day.” Becoming a father this coming winter made his decision even easier.

Markus Pekoll’s career is – together with Marcus Klausmann's - the most impressive in the German-speaking part of the world. His consistency is unmatched. Since his first World Cup in 2004 at Schladming, he took part in 72 of them, missing only two and having a DNF in another two. He managed several top 10 results in his career. From 2011 to 2016 he never placed worse than 19th at World Championships. He became six times national champion, once European champion, took victory in the overall standings of the European cup and was best placed German-speaking rider in the UCI ranking from 2011 through 2015. From 2011 on until now he was riding for MS Racing owned by speed record holder Max Stöckl.

What the future holds for the MS Mondraker rider is uncertain. “I will take my time to look at all the options, but I’m pretty anxious to see what’s now coming at me.” Markus is once more in mountain bike race action at the IXS Downhill Cup Final in Leogang and the Austrian enduro championships at the end of September. This will not be the start to a second career though, as he makes clear: “It will be just for fun!”

from Markus Stöckl, team owner MS Mondraker:

”We always wanted an Austrian rider on the team as this was how we started… in 2010 we met Markus in a meeting where he was really convincing and we gave him a ride. We never regretted this decision as Markus had some great success with the team. Not having him on the team anymore will be a loss, but I understand his decision and his new focus as being a dad - good luck for you and your family.“



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RESULTS: Red Bull Joyride
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Added a new video The Gatekeeper 8/20/2017 1:57 AM
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You don’t have to like me. But I demand your respect. I have earned it. I might not know your name, and it’s perhaps better if I don’t. Because I don’t play favorites. It’s not my job.

I don’t care what you did 12 seconds ago, or what you did yesterday, or what you did last year. The only thing that matters now is what you do with this moment right here — what you do for the next small handful of seconds.

Every sport has a gatekeeper. A line, a flag, a clock, an opponent. This sport has me. You can be a hero everywhere else on my course, but you can’t afford to get me wrong. Getting me wrong hurts in every possible way.

But if you get it right, the people will cheer. And they won’t stop talking about what you have done. And the next generation of riders will remember, and they’ll build on your legacy.

In other words, if you treat me right, I can make you a legend.

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Bike of the Day August 20, 2017!

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RESULTS & Highlights: Canadian Open DH
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RESULTS & Highlights: Crankworx Dual Slalom
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If that is really what you take away from these features, we might as well not bother doing them anymore. Why That Bike is all about our members, we cruise the bike check section looking for sweet rides that people have put some effort into customizing, and then we showcase those bikes in the feature to share the stoke and maybe inspire new builds. Advertising has nothing to do with it.

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Added a new video Crankworx Deep Summer Photo Challenge 2017 8/18/2017 10:24 AM
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Here are the 6 slide shows from the 2017 edition of the Deep Summer Photo Challenge. The winning slide show was from Daniel Ronnback, shown above. The remaining 5 follow below:

Runner-Up – Steve Shannon

 

Third Place – JB Liautard

 

Julien Grimard

 

Satchel Cronk

 

Ollie Jones

 

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RESULTS & Highlights: RockShox Pumptrack Challenge
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A never-ending quest for more perfection.

Caroline Buchanan is well spoken and immensely professional. Her smile is bright and contagious. And her riding style tells the story of a lifetime spent trying to make her bicycle go faster.

Caroline rides bikes. She rides all kinds of them, in fact. She speaks fondly of all her bikes, from her Harley to her downhill rig to her BMX race bike — the one that made her a star. She talks about learning new skills and perfecting others. She talks about new experiences in bicycling disciplines she’s still trying to master. 

But her roots are found the short, almost violent bursts of speed out of a start gate, and the perfect timing and skill it takes to extract the maximum amount of speed out of a BMX track. Which is why the Crankworx event she simply cannot stand to lose is the Ultimate Pump Track Challenge.

Gone here, though, are the powerful starts, because there are no chains allowed on the Crankworx pump tracks. Here, it boils down to making the most efficient use of your body and the track layout to find winning speed. A lap is only a few handfuls of seconds long, but laps of practice and qualifying and then the live show start to add up. It’s no joke. 

Caroline grew up doing this. She’s built for it. She owns the experience of thousands of races. And she’s forever focused on the win. If you think about it for a minute, almost every other Crankworx event gives the rider at least a moment in the run to reset and refocus. There’s no time for that here. You have to get qualifying and heats right if you want to advance to the final. And the only way to win the final is to make it perfect. 

Caroline Buchanan knows what it takes to lay down perfect laps when she has to. And she loves it when everything comes together for the win.

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