Added a new video Vero and Joel light up Morgins 9/11/2018 12:11 AM
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With the summer fading into the distance in Europe, heres something to get your fire stoked. Stan’s NoTubes riders Veronique Sandler and Joel Anderson let loose, lighting up Morgins bike park. With the pair blowing up turns and sending gaps before trying new stunts in Champery.

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Added a new video Norco Factory Racing - Val di Sole 8/27/2017 11:24 AM
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After a hard fought year we find ourselves in Val di Sole for the final round of the UCI MTB DH season. The Italian venue has always been known for its rocks, roots, dust galore and there was no change this weekend.

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Added a new video Chris Keeble-Smith Roostin' in Morzine 7/31/2017 5:55 AM
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Chris Keeble-Smith takes his Marin Wolf Ridge down the rooty, loamy and dusty trails of Super Morzine. Running fast and dry it was all systems shred until Chris ripped a hole in his tyre, it resealed but with not much air left all you can do is schralp some turns eh! roostdh.com

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Added a new video Veronique Sandler - Messin’ in Morzine 7/18/2017 10:48 AM
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Veronique Sandler aboard her 2018 Marin Attack Trail taking on the tricks and tracks of Super Morzine in the heart of the Portes Du Soleil. Stopping off at Roost MTB Vero was quick to hit the trails with a professional workshop to set up the bike, lift pass waiting and a belly full of great food to keep her going! roostmtb.co.uk

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Added a new video Norco Factory Racing - Lenzerheide 2017 7/9/2017 2:22 AM
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Immediately following Vallnord, Andorra World Cup, the team packed up and headed for Lenzerheide, Switzerland for World Cup #5. This would be the second double event (DH and XC), so once again, added spectators and action for everyone! As most World Cup riders would agree, it would not be fair to label Lenzerheide’s purpose built World Cup track as very 'bike park'. It may have multiple berms and man-made features, but it’s a very technical and demanding track as well. Due to the high speeds, loose terrain, and top rock garden alone, it test both rider and bike at peak levels. You do not hear many comments about the track being simple or easy. The word wild and sketchy are more often shared amongst the top downhiller’s on the planet. One of the most critical and amazing abilities of these approx. 200 World Cup downhill athletes who travel the globe, is the skill and mindset to push the limits from day 1 of practice. The reality is, with 1 day of practice prior to narrowing the field down by over 50% during qualifying, there simply isn’t time to ‘get comfortable’. You are on edge from day 1. For this, we have RESPECT to all riders who enter. For our guys, it was no different. From day 1 of practice, it was all about getting a handle on the limits of the track. To be fair, this track seems to catch a few riders off-guard. More specifically, sometimes it hard to know whether one is going quick or not on this track. Maybe this is what makes this track so difficult mentally. It’s just hard to know whether you’ve got a hold of the beast or not. Enter Friday's qualifying, and all 3 riders were looking ready to rumble. Starting with Sam, just being outside of top 20 protection, there’s a pressure to have a run that satisfies both speed and preservation (of both rider and equipment). Despite a small leak in the rear tire, Sam was able to qualify 39th, he was moving on the finals. Next up was Joe. With a steady charge, and run he considered less then ideal, he surprised himself with a season best 12th place qualifier. Very impressive, especially with a partial injury. Last up was Henry. Confident in his plan, using ‘modern technology’ (his LITPro GPS timing system) to improve continually improve his performances, the momentum was there. As we agree, numbers don’t lie. For Henry, we believe it’s been a key tool. With a time in mind, Henry came down with a solid run, and qualified for his first World Men’s Elite final. Well done. For Saturday’s finals, there’s not much to say. All guys had good practice, and with it being just being past the ½ mark in the World Cup season, strong finishes and points are on the line. With Henry up first, it was great to see him racing in the finals. Unfortunately the top rock garden (maybe the toughest of the year) decided to pull him off his bike. Getting back up, he finished his run with a decent time considering a big fall. Hank finished up 75th on the day. Next was Sam, simply put, this tracks has not been tough over the years (never finishing inside the top 20). As some of you can appreciate, sometime you just can’t get a handle of certain tracks or trails. With a steady run, Sam came down an impressive 6 seconds quicker then qualifying, finishing 33rd on the day. Last was Joe, steady and slightly conservative (his words) might summarize his run best. So this made his season best 19th place finish even more impressive. A good day. The team is now off for a few weeks, besides Henry racing Canadian National Championships in 2 weeks, the remainder of the team gets a bit of a chance to rest and recover after a 6 week straight race tour. Next big events, Mont Sainte Anne World Cup, and Crankworx Whistler, including EWS Whistler. - Norco Factory Racing

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Added a new video Norco Factory Racing - Vallnord World Cup 2017 7/2/2017 1:25 AM
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Following the Crankworx Innsbruck, the team was immediately off to Andorra for round 4 of the UCI World Cup series. This would be the first World Cup of season with a double event (DH and XC), so it's always exciting to have the extra riders, staff, pit set-ups, and fans. We also had Norco Bicycles Factory XC team as neighbours, so lot's of good team vibes in the pits! If anyone remembers last year's World Cup here in Vallnord, then you might remember Sam's little trip in a helicopter to the emergency room. Here we are a year later, and Sam was ready to prove this place was still one of his favourites. For Joe and Henry it was much the same, one of their favourite DH tracks of the year. From day 1 of practice, all was looking good for the team, including Sam going 8th quickest in timed training. The weather was pretty much was on and off rain showers throughout the first couple days. But conditions remained fairly ideal. For day 2 of training and qualifying, Sam ended up 13th with a ’safe run’, and Joe 42nd, also playing it safe and saving his shoulder for the finals. For Henry, it was a very strategic day, as he once again logged some timed runs with his LIT GPS during morning training, and focused on elevating his performance to what seemed to be a time needed to qualify for the finals. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough, and he ended up about 4 seconds short of required qualifying time. His closest gap of the year. For Saturday finals, conditions looked good. Both Sam and Joe started the day with great training sessions, and were ready to let loose in the finals. Ultimately, the guys targeted to better their qualifying performance. First up was Joe, and with what he described was a steady and smooth run, ended up finishing 39th on the day. A decent finish, all things considering. Next was Sam. Coming through splits 1 and 2, he was back about 3 seconds from the guys on the hot seat. But in usual fashion, he then put down what ended up at top 5 performance through the second half of the run, and finished 12th overall. Sam best World Cup of the season, and great progress forward. The team is now off to Lenzerheide, Switzerland for round 5 of the UCI World Cup series. Everyone is looking to continue the forward progress. - Norco Factory Racing

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Added a new video Norco Factory Racing - Crankworx Innsbruck 6/25/2017 11:29 PM
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Following Crankworx Les Gets, the team was off to Innsbruck, Austria for the 3rd Crankworx event of the year. As we’ve mentioned before, these are such great events to race, have some fun, ride bikes, and hang out with fans.

This was the first year for Crankworx in Innsbruck, so everyone was excited to see the venue and city. With continued hot and humid weather in Europe, it was once again looking like great weather for the event. Nice to see for the fans!

Like Les Gets, for Sam and Henry, first up was Whip Off. Again, Joe would sit out so he could preserve his shoulder for DH event. The rumor was, the jump was BIG! Well the rumor was right. For their first year, the event builders did it right! A couple massive jumps for the riders and fans to get excited about. Sam and Henry were loving it!

Following Whip Off, next up was the iXS Downhill event. Again, nobody knew what was in store. But once up on course for track walk, everyone was happy to see the very natural layout of the track. Like Les Gets, it was also great to see a many of the top World Cup athletes show up to participate.

After a few good on-bike training days, the guys were stoked for the finals on Saturday. First up was Henry. With what he called a 'too conservative' run, Henry ended up 49th on the day. Next up was Joe. Sam mentioned Joe was looking fast through all training, and when the Welshman came through in 1st to the hot seat, it was confirmed! A great day for Joe, as he ended up 5th on the day. Great to see Joe feeling better and better on his bike since his shoulder injury. Last up, was Sam. As explaining after his run, he rode very tight up to top (probably due to miscalculating his warm-up), and then over-road the bottom half of the course. Sam finished up 13th. He's ready to redeem himself in Vallnord this weekend for the next UCI World Cup.

Now it’s off to Vallnord, Andorra, for Round 4 of the UCI World Cup Downhill. Four weeks into our 'European Tour,' everyone is still feeling strong on the team and ready to put in strong effort.

Thanks! - NFR

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Added a new video Norco Factory Racing - Leogang DH World Cup 2017 6/11/2017 3:41 PM
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Leogang, home to round 3 of the UCI DH world cup series. A Marmite track, you either love it or hate it, either way it always makes for good, close racing. With a few subtle tape changes since 2016, smoothing out rock gardens and adding a bit more fresh soil, hopefully this was enough to keep the riders entertained. There was no margin for error as the track was so fast, the slightest mistake could either drop you far back in the field or land you in hospital. Sam was having a real fun time, hitting out laps after lap and looking real strong. The root section had most riders confused and with damp spells overnight conditions in this section kept changing. Finishing strong in qualification Sam was eager to put down a good run, where we saw old Sam form, pedalling in the air and fast, loose riding. When it came down to finals he just felt he could not push that extra bit and with times being so tight he finished out 44th. Joe, still recovering from his shoulder injury claimed the track was tame, but seemed to be taking out quite a few other riders. With the bike set up for a more smooth, fast track than the prior two rounds, he was looking good, styling through the motorway all practise. In the woods he was getting lines dialled and in the finals was less than 0.6 seconds off Sam, just scraping inside the top 50. Henry is learning, with no crashes this weekend we were glad to see him on his feet and smiling. The Canadians unique style over the jumps made for good watching and he wasn't hanging around in the woods either. Like many though, he struggled to hack the pace on such a flat out, tight for time track, missing the final show.

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Added a new video Norco Factory Racing - Leogang DH World Cup 2017 6/11/2017 3:41 PM
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Leogang, home to round 3 of the UCI DH world cup series. A Marmite track, you either love it or hate it, either way it always makes for good, close racing. With a few subtle tape changes since 2016, smoothing out rock gardens and adding a bit more fresh soil, hopefully this was enough to keep the riders entertained. There was no margin for error as the track was so fast, the slightest mistake could either drop you far back in the field or land you in hospital. Sam was having a real fun time, hitting out laps after lap and looking real strong. The root section had most riders confused and with damp spells overnight conditions in this section kept changing. Finishing strong in qualification Sam was eager to put down a good run, where we saw old Sam form, pedalling in the air and fast, loose riding. When it came down to finals he just felt he could not push that extra bit and with times being so tight he finished out 44th. Joe, still recovering from his shoulder injury claimed the track was tame, but seemed to be taking out quite a few other riders. With the bike set up for a more smooth, fast track than the prior two rounds, he was looking good, styling through the motorway all practise. In the woods he was getting lines dialled and in the finals was less than 0.6 seconds off Sam, just scraping inside the top 50. Henry is learning, with no crashes this weekend we were glad to see him on his feet and smiling. The Canadians unique style over the jumps made for good watching and he wasn't hanging around in the woods either. Like many though, he struggled to hack the pace on such a flat out, tight for time track, missing the final show.

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Added a new video Norco Factory Racing - Fort William DH world cup 2017 6/6/2017 2:36 AM
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The second round of the UCI MTB downhill season took us back to the historic Fort William track in Scotland. With the same top section since the first round, they added a new tweak after the deer gate to shake things up, this coupled with the grim woods section made for interesting racing. We have had mixed results here, with a track so prone to causing mechanical malfunction and crashes it is hard to stay consistent. A good percentage of the field where either rolling down with flats or going over the bars in the tricky woods section. Sam Blenkinsop was one to get a mechanical. After killing it all weekend Sam was looking real good on track, did lots of work to set up the bike and even did 14 runs over the weekend as he was loving the track. After a stormer in timed training he showed up in 12th but the following day stomped his run to place 6th in qualification. Sadly though, in the finals Sam suffered a mechanical halfway down, a shame as he was still in sight coming through the first split. Joe Smith was back! After crashing out hard in Lourdes and dislocating his shoulder he was far from 100% but decided to give it a go, the rest of the season rested on wether the freshly damaged shoulder could take the punishment. Joe was looking really fast though and qualified in 28th place. Although Joe was not alone in falling in the woods on his race run, a small hole had formed chucking riders over the bars. Luckily though Joe didn't land on his bad shoulder and, muddily, finished his run for a top 50 finish, not bad saying its been five weeks or near no bike riding. Henry Fitzgerald, the young gun. With a mixed background also of crashing and punctures Henry was keen to show Fort William what he had got! The young Canadian could be spotted far up by his unique bike style and speed. Another rider looking great all practise but in qualification had two crashes, leaving him muddied and out of finals. Hopefully we can see what this kids really got in Leogang next weekend!

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Added a new video Norco Factory Racing - Lourdes UCI DH round 1 4/30/2017 5:06 PM
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A long winter has gone and the long anticipated round 1 of the UCI MTB downhill world cup is now complete. Gripping action from start to finish in the holy town of Lourdes. With the Norco Factory Racing boys on new bikes, the equipment was in check, the only thing standing in their way was the challenging Lourdes track. Rooty, rocky and hardpacked, it wasn't going to be easy. Henry took to the hill, the stoke was high, loving the trail and bike. All through practise he looked solid but come qualification run and in his nations jersey, he washed out, putting him out of contention for the big day. A sobering entry to his first elite world cup, showing just how unforgiving the category can be. Joe was looking super quick, ready for war and eager to get a good result under his belt after some stormers at Crankworx Rotorua. But in his qualification run he flipped the bars just before a big compression and after taking it like a champ, rode another 100 foot before ducking out the the tape with a dislocated shoulder. A sad start to the season for Joe, who has never not completed a qualification in world cup competition until now. Heal up soon brother! Sam was feeling good, just excited to ride after being off with a shoulder injury from New Zealand and it showed! Looking loose and fast Sam came through qualifications in 17th place, but eager for more come race day. Race runs came and Sam was looking good, pedalling hard, even in the air! Frenchman Fayolle had set a blistering time, enough to hold Blenki off, with Sam finishing 20th, enough to protect him for Fort Will and sit in a top 20 spot coming into a fresh season. Just a start of things to come for the kiwi.

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Added a new video Norco Factory Racing - Crankworx Rotorua 2017 4/2/2017 5:40 AM
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The last five days have been eventful for the Norco Factory Racing team. After a great finish in the Rotorua Enduro World series Sam Blenkinsop has had a crash, putting him out of any action during the entire Crankworx week. This leaves the newcomers Joe Smith and Henry Fitzgerald to take the reigns as they put their Norco Development bikes through their paces at their first DH event. The air DH was a great show, the track lined with jumps and the crowd eager. Henry came down first, super aggressive but hesitating in a few corners giving him a 26th place finish. While Joe pushed hard for 6th. Rain has been the main factor in the last days events, postponing the whip off and air DH race, meaning shorter practise times and an event in the dark! Lit by floodlights the boys took to the skies for the whip off. Fitzgerald gave it full elbow sneeze while Joe made the finals, given'er! The grand finale was the IXS downhill race, the course was technical, littered with root sections and the "pond jump" that took down a few riders. Henry looked good, just to get down this track is a feat in it self! Again, riding pretty conservatively, Henry came down safe but feeling like he left something out there, a 34th place finish. Joe came down for an amazing 5th place finish, great for himself and his new team and new bike for the first official DH race of the 2017 season. Stoked!

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Added a new video Norco Factory Racing - EWS Round One, Rotorua 3/26/2017 12:40 PM
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Norco Factory Racings Sam Blenkinsop and Joe Smith take on the Whakarewarewa Forest and the seven stages of the first Enduro World Series. Whilst Joe seemed to get off with a good start, missing the rain on stage one and two and taking third on the first stage, he held tight for a solid 18th place finish. He finished, 3, 25, 24, 25, 21, 28, 44. Sam got hit with all the weather as his start times where later, a big mistake on stage one leaving him right back in 53rd but he battled on back to finish 16th! He finished 53, 14, 33, 15, 19, 17, 26. A tough day none the less, but no mechanicals and grit got the boys through with two top 20 finishes, top work!

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Updated photo album Norco 2017 3/24/2017 10:53 PM
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Norco Factory Racing – 2017 Sponsor Introductions
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Added a new video Norco Factory Racing says “Thanks Race Face!” 1/5/2017 11:16 AM
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“First, we would like to thank Race Face for all their support in 2015 – 2016. They have been an amazing group of people to work with, who’ve supported our team from it’s start in 2015. With some of the top MTB products out there, we have reached many milestones due to their support. We wish everyone at Race Face all the best for 2017 and beyond. See you on the trails!” - Norco Factory Racing

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Added a new video Norco Factory Racing says good bye to Harry and Fraser 1/1/2017 10:26 AM
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"With our 2017 – 2018 team announcement coming soon, we wanted to send out a ‘THANKS' and 'best in the future' to team riders Harry Heath and Fraser McGlone. Both who are both not on the team in 2017.” "As some know, Harry has decided to ‘retire’ from professional mtb racing indefinitely. After 8+ years of professional downhill mountain bike competition, he’s excited to explore other aspects of life outside of racing. Many of us have watched his progression, and have been inspired by his dedication and hard working approach to reach top 10 World Cup results. As a team, we are fortunate to have spent the 2015 – 2016 season with him. He’s played a big part in this team’s development and growth. We’re also excited to see where his next journey takes him!” “As a professional mountain bike team, we are highly supported by sponsors so we can perform at our best. This gives our riders an opportunity to shine. From the start of our team in 2015, we have decided (when possible) to add a privateer rider to our roster. We can then do our best to provide them with the equipment and support needed to further their success. For 2016, this position was held by Fraser McGlone. With an infectious laugh and smile, Fraser definitely helped keep the vibe positive. But we’re a race team, and there’s expectations. Fraser had decent results throughout the season, but not what he was aiming for. So for himself, and the team, we believe a change is the right decision. We hope the best for Fraser in 2017.” Todd Schumlick Norco Factory Racing | owner/manager

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Added a new video Norco Factory Racing 2016 World Tour - Episode 6 9/4/2016 1:46 AM
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The final round of the UCI mountain bike world cup took the team to Andorra, a little country sandwiched between Spain and France. The track was fast and loose with dust being a massive factor, trains where impossible and keeping it rubber side down was proving tricky for most riders. Word of the lips of the riders was that it was possibly the best track this year, pretty much out the gate you are hauling between tight trees, hitting wide open bike park sections like no other before finally dropping into the steep woods at the bottom. A perfect venue to end on for the Norco Factory Racing boys. Sam was looking great. The loose dirt suits the Kiwi and pulling out a 19th place qualification run confirmed this. Coming into race day Sam was feeling confident, with some good results behind him from Crankworx Whistler and the last few EWS rounds he knew he could let it go. Top 20 in the second split Sam had a big crash, clipping his outside pedal in a corner which threw him down into the next turn, unfortunately leading him to a heli and onwards to hospital with blood in the lung. Heal up soon dude!!! What to say about Baz, his last world cup! With his family on track supporting, the lad from the Congo gave it his all. Having a steady quali run he knew he also had a lot more to leave on track come race runs. This was apparent as he came down straight into the hot seat, staying there for a little while before getting bumped off by a barrage of French, Spanish and Swiss riders. After all was said and done though he was still good for 24th position, his best result of the year and a good end for the lad. All the best pilot! Fraser was battling hard with his ankle, after crashing big in Whistler it was heavily strapped to try and help him take the abuse Andorra had to throw. Not feeling himself Fraser struggled and sadly didn’t make it through to the big day. A sad way to finish the season but injuries can have this effect on any rider. Cheers.

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Added a new video Norco Factory Racing 2016 World Tour - Episode 5 8/26/2016 9:56 AM
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Oh Canada! In this episode the team takes the show across the pond, firstly to the heritage DH stop at Mont Saint Anne, then onto Crankworx in Whistler. www.norco.com www.thomasgaffneyphotography.com

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