Jul 242014
 

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You will be forgiven for not knowing the name as up until a few months ago neither had I. But then a video edit stating doing the rounds. It was captured in the same vain as Martyn Ashton’s Road bike party films, but with a twist.  You may of seen it posted on here or a Social network site but I bet you watched it twice. I now I did. At least twice. Vittorio seems to be a rather peaceful fellow up until the point you watch him in the film. Then you see a stylish and inventive rider. 

 So I did a little homework. It turns out he’s more than just a little bit handy on his bike. He holds numerous titles and a big handful of World records too. So who is he? Or rather, Vittorio  Brumotti.. Who are you?

 

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Jul 202014
 

 

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Well you know us by now, and you know we like to catch up with folk across the board. This time we catch up with a fellow who is as sound as a pound and  likes nothing more than getting a bit wild on his Titanium Staunton Slackline.. Yes I’m jealous too.   I have only ever really meet him rather briefly sometime ago at the Unofficial Hardtail Champs down at Gawton.  I think.. Well whilst we might have rather regular jobs Steve’s isn’t. In fact it sounds like it’s a right old game and having your wits about you is rather important. That and check your bed before getting in. But when he’s home there’s nothing more than a nice bit of Loam to put a grin on his face. He lives down this way in the South of this nice little isle and not only rides but like to have a go at the odd race.. He may well be known to some of you, but for the rest? We ask.

Who are you?

 

 

 

 

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Jul 202014
 

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First off something to read. Yes I know some of you will of had a copy for a while but not delivered by Mr Jamie Edwards in person. Okay I had to ride down to the campsite to get it at last weeks Mondraker Gravity Rally. It’s a good tea break or post ride read and best of all it’s free and full of the good stuff and no trinkets to lure you in.

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This rather snazzy jersey  called the Zenith, comes from Madison and looks to be just the ticket for Warm days on the trail. It sports a few interesting details like a rear pocket for those “Enduro” kids and a glasses wipe. Even though it’s black it should still be okay in this rather warm weather.

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Well it’s okay to have a jersey but what oh what shall I wear with it? Simple Zenith shorts from Madison obviously. These rather bright green numbers have a number of useful pockets and are pretty lightweight but are pretty Bombproof too.

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Care of Madison this Hydration pack is from Shimano. It’s called the Unzen holds 10 ltrs of gear and 3 ltrs of water. the Bladder is rather clever and there are some unusual features too, like the way it fits. One snap buckle in the middle of your chest which also hold the tube from the bladder. Looks different and….just landed 012

It has it’s own back protector built in. Given my current riding that might come in handy..just landed 013

Now you too can pretend to be an X-Men..

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Cast your mind back and you will remember we tried out one of Whackjob’s rather funky jerseys. Well fast fwd and we caught up with the Whacky Whackjob gang and went home with this rather Snazzy jersey. Made from Bamboo and possibly the comfiest thing I have worn.just landed 015

 It’s rather different from the norm and there is no reason why you can’t wear this running, Climbing, Cycling of pretty much any sort or come to that any form of activity that will be a bit different, plus it’s not going to look out of place down the local either.

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And if you do like the Pro/factory/Freerider/enduro-loon look this rather retro loose fitting number from Royal racing ould be for you.

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 Well what TTM would be complete without a cake? Not this one. I turned 42 a week or so ago and my rather lovely young lady baked me my very own cake. Lets just say this test/review didn’t take long..Burp… scuse me. Now if you are wondering what the picture is, here’s a clue. It’s a character from a certain MTB mag that would go Baaaaaaa, but doesn’t instead goes on numerous adventures with another white one a black one and one that would go Moo but doesn’t.. Don’t worry it took me a while too. 

100 HTN points if you get it in 10 sec.

 

www.madison.co.uk

www.whackjob.co.uk

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Jul 032014
 

 

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Coors Duel Descender 1994 @ Grundig World Cup Newnham Park, Plymouth

For this months “Who are you?” we catch up with well known Photographer, Bmx racer, Downhill and er..Air Traffic Controller? Yep, thats right folks. When Jon isn’t shooting film or racing he his making sure aircraft don’t get out of shape. He has also written for Dirtmountainbike Magazine in the old “Your neck of the woods” section.  If it involves dirt and bikes there’s a good chance Jon is in there somewhere with a big ol grin on his face. So Racing?, Check, Photo’s? , Check, Family?, Check and descent-world.co.uk website? Check. I think it’s fair to say Jon doesn’t do boredom, or slow when I come to think about it.  Jon may of been on the racing scene for a while but he shows no sign of slowing down yet. But to find out more about this rather busy fellow, we simply had to ask..

Who are you?

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Jun 302014
 

 

Well it seems the Brits are out to make a name for them selves and if you haven’t heard our very own Freeride/4x/Dh/ Gen shredder Chris Smith ( Also a former “Who are you?” interviewee) has gone and set himself a new World record for the longest manual on flat. This has been a lengthy project for Chris, so to get it in the bag is a achievment and a half.  We Catch up with Chris as he sets off on yet another adventure.

 

 

 

1, So Chris, how are things?

Yeah all good been keeping busy riding loads,been busy filming,photoshoots etc,just sat on a plane to passportes du soleil as I write this actually!

2, You’ve been a bit busy of late haven’t you?

Yeah been away doing some shoots for mbuk for my “back country Britain ” series which is a big Freeride trip taking in the best spots from Scotland to Cornwall,amongst all my other stuff too

3, A world record Manaul eh?

Yeah it’s always been one of my strong points in riding so I thought I’d give it a go.

4, How did you decide that this was was the record you were going to break?

I saw the previous attempt and thought it was within reach

5, It wasn’t one of those moments you have where you’ve pulled a sweet one and then thought, ” i wonder what the World record is?”?

No I did a bit of research into it,measured it out and had a few goes and was fairly close

6, It’s taken a while with one thing and another?

Yeah it was bloody annoying last year I tried only to get beaten by a headwind all day!

7, But now it’s in the bag, I bet you are pretty happy?

Yeah pretty pleased,nice to get it done finally.

8, When dis you know you had done it?

I had a couple of close runs that day and knew it would be done that day

9, I bet finding somewhere suitable was a mission on it’s own?

Yeah that’s the hardest thing,finding a location that is surveyed flat or a positive gradient that is over 200m with a run up is hard,it’s the flat ground that makes it bloody hard,I mean this location had a lake alongside the track and one way it was too downhill,and I don’t know of too many downhill lakes! My attempt is actually done on a positive gradient so is actually uphill!At the end of the day a bike will only freewheel a set distance on flat ground only entry speed will effect the distance,or other factors like tailwinds etc!

10, So are we going to see your name in the Guinness Book of Records?

Yeah

11, So  fancy having a crack at another record? Maybe the long nose wheelie?

Yeah been looking into longest distance jump!

12, Any thanks or shout outs?

Thanks to all my past and present sponsors,all my family and friends for there support,The Davies family,Warminster Wobble  and Vicky my girlfriend for all her support too!

 

So keep an eye out for Chris’s next record attempt. In the mean time seek out some of his other riding vids..

Jun 292014
 

 

 Unless you’ve been hiding or riding you can’t help but notice we have a new Champion. World champion too. No, not those boys that kicked a ball about. In 4x. To say that Katy is a little happy is a bit of an understatement. I should imagine there’s a Cheshire cat grin still being sported by her even now a couple of weeks later. Well, the girls are flying these days and we have been fortunate enough to grab Katy for a lo-down on what er.. went down.

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1, So 4x World Champion then?
World Champion, pretty mad!
2, Has it sunk in yet?
Ha, it has just about now, it feels so good to have finally got it done. Knowing all the hard work over the last few years has actually paid off.
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3, Did it come as a complete surprise or did you get a “Feeling ” about it?
To be honest I was real confident going in to the race but after I burped the air out my tire in qualifying I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. Landing the 2nd pro line jump did come as a surprise though! I never had any intention of doing it but when you see the rainbow jersey disappearing of in the distance I had to do something!
4, Talk us through the Race?
For the first 2 heat of racing it went fairly easy, Anneke and myself were the only 2 jumping the top pro line so after we had done this we were leading by a comfortable distance. Sat on the gate for the final I knew anything could happen, as the gate dropped Anneke and me were level down the first straight but Anneke soon shot ahead out the first corner. Trying to keep calm (but failing miserably) I followed Anneke’s back wheel down the track thinking where I could make the move. As we came over the bridge I knew I had to hit this last jump, as Anneke pull off to left around it the next thing I knew I was in mid air praying I was going to make it! I landed and it paid off, I landed just in front of Anneke and shot in to the last berm. At this point my head was going wild but knew I still had to get to the finish line to claim that jersey. When I crossed the line everything has kind of just gone in to a blur! It was wild, I couldn’t believe it at the time. Without a doubt the best feeling ever.
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5, You’re now a member of an elite club now who wear the Strips. Not only that but But a Brit too. How does it feel?
Pretty amazing to be honest, I put so much work in to this over the last few years and it really got to me last year only managing silver. Silver is still an ok result but when you put so much in to that one race its heart breaking when it doesn’t go your way. This year how ever makes up for everything! Ive put 4X to one side now to focus on downhill but I think I may have to race at least one national race just to wear that lovely jersey!
6, I bet there was a fair old party after eh?
Oh yeah! I think my last memory of the night was Slavik and myself up on someones shoulders both in our jerseys just partying hard! My head was pretty cloudy the next morning!
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7, Ok so you are World Champ, but what’s next?
This year for me is a little different, i’m focusing on downhill now and want to try claw my way to the top in that sport. The girls are pushing so hard it will take a lot of work but I love a challenge and love being back on the big bike again. I will be racing the rest of the downhill world cups with the aim of being selected for world champs in downhill.
8, This must fire you up for the series now?
I’d love to say yes but I just need a change of direction. I love 4X and really cant say a bad word about it but I have reached my goals in 4X and now want to see if I can push myself to get to the top in downhill.
9, Who was you main worry on the day?
I knew Anneke was going to be a strong contender there, with qualifying working in Anneke’s favour as well I knew she would get the advantage in the gate. Anneke is a strong athlete and I love racing against her, it pushes us both on for sure.
10, Any last words or thanks?
I need to thank so many people but I think most of them have had a personal message from me so I wont bore anyone with a list of thanks but will just say thank you to everyone out there who has supported me from day one, I appreciate it so much and wouldn’t be here with out everyone’s support.
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  So there you have it. Britain has another member in the exclusive Rainbow jersey club. We will have to keep an eye on this young lady as she switches over to Downhill. I have a feeling a few cages will be rattled along the way. Oh did we not mention? Katy has been on here before in a Who are you? Interview too.
 http://www.hardtailnation.co.uk/2011/01/who-are-you-18/
We here at HTN wish katy the very best in her future endeavours.
Jun 152014
 

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As you will no doubt know by now. DMR has revamped the much loved V12 pedal. They are in the same vain as the Vault but a darn sight cheaper. but don’t let the price fool you. These are the Mag version so are silly light and lo-profile and grippy as a grippy thing. I shall be giving these a tough time over the next few months.

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www.upgradebikes.co.uk

 

 

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Schwalbe also sent us some new Boots to put through their paces too. First up is the Big tread front tyre the Magic Mary. Aggressive tread for maximum grip with vert star compound, evo version and Snake skin side walls. this should be good in soft, muddy, deep dusty, rocky, and loamy trails. This is the Super gravity version for Enduro like escapades. Tubeless ready as well. But you’ll have to wait and see.

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and on the back?

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this is the counterpart to the Magic Mary, the Rock Razor. lo-Profile tread for fast accelerations and low drag but aggressive side treads for corners. This comes in Trailstar compound for hi grip and longer milage than the Vert Star.  This too is the Evo version with Snake skin side walls. This too is a Super Gravity version which can also be run Tubeless.. This tyre looks like it’ll be fast. Time will tell.

 

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New tyre? check. New pedals ? check. A damned good set of tunes to go with them? oh hell yeah. This Album is from Zoltar Speaks. Definitely one to get and will make you 10 % faster*. A nice mix of tunes for pre-during ride/races.

*Personal results may vary.

www.zoltarspeaks.bigcartel.com