Dropping in: Short Stuff You Should Know

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Like a flower in bloom, the world is once again starting to open. Albeit it with trepidation and hopeful optimism. There’s stuff happening, races, launches, events and more. Here’s a round-up of what’s been happening, and here’s hoping we can safely continue.

Rapha Teases new MTB line

Launching in June, Rapha will be extending their line to include kit for mountain bikers. They’re just teasing things at the moment, but you can check out the full launch next month. In the meantime, check out their Instagram for more.

Tom Pidcock Wins his First XC World Cup

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No easy feat, but Tom put down somewhat of a superhuman performance in some pretty wild conditions. Racing will be super tight this season.

Pirelli Launches SmarTUBE

Pirelli say their new tubes offer a 70% reduction in weight and take up 50% less space.

PIRELLI SmarTUBE
Road PZero, MTB scorpion and Cinturato for gravel and endurance.

Pirelli say that, “The SmarTUBE promises a reduction in the weight up to 70% compared to the already lightweight latex tubes. This is the most advantageous way to reduce the weight of a bike: an advantage that also translates into less mass on the wheels and therefore better responsiveness of the bike, particularly when climbing and accelerating.”

Pirelli tubes
Pirelli SmarTUBE range.

The tubes are yellow with black valves and available now at €29.90/ £27.99. See more here.

Atherton Bikes Move into New Premises

Atherton Bikes have now moved into their new home at Dyfi Eco Parc, Machynlleth. Following the launch of the brand in January 2019, the brand has grown quickly and are now ready to take their next steps.

Atherton bikes HQ
Atherton Bikes’ new home.

The new site will house their staff, with the ground floor operating as the factory and upstairs as office space. Upstairs will also have a showroom and coffee bar.

We’re privileged to work with and alongside some of the pioneers of MTB in the UK and we have great relationships with many more. ‘Mach’ is awash with mountain-bike heritage from the first trails in the woods in the 80s to the first Dyfi Enduro in 2002, British Singlespeed Championships in 2005, Rhugog National Point Series, and of course Red Bull Hardline and Dyfi Bike Park. When it came to finding a location for our manufacturing business there was nowhere that came close.

Dan Brown, CEO Atherton Bikes.

ION Launch 2021 Footwear Line

The title sounds boring, and let’s face it, footwear launches are rarely that exciting but Ion have launched their new line with a sweet new video. However, if you want to see the shoes in detail, we’d suggest visiting their website for the 2021 range. This video is full of good vibes.

The FEST Series parts ways with Darkfest

In a statement posted to their Facebook over the weekend, the FEST Series announced they would no longer be running Darkfest as part of their series.

Racing During the Weekend

The weekend was filled with racing from XC to DH both locally and internationally. Round two of the UCI XC World Cup took place in Nove Mesto, and DH racers were busy in Italy and Portugal.

Nove Mesto XC World Cup 2021
Elite WomenElite Men
1. Loana Lecomte: 1:25:131. Thomas Pidcock: 1:20:55
2. Haley Batten: 1:26:522. Mathieu van der Poel: 1:21:55
3. Rebecca McConnell: 1:27:043. Mathias Flückiger: 1:22:10
4. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: 1:27:234. Ondřej Cink: 1:22:55
5. Evie Richards: 1:27:405. Jordan Sarrou: 1:23:16
See the full results here.
2021 Portugal DH Cup
Elite WomenElite Men
1. Myriam Nicole: 2:21.5521. Amaury Pierron: 2:07.266
2. Telma Torregrosa Sancho: 02:362. Angel Suarez Alonso: 02:07.764
3. Agnes Delest: 02:373. Thibaut Dapréla: 02:08.207
4. Margarida Bandeira: 02:464. Antoine Rogge: 02:11.998
5. Ana Leite: 02:59 5. Ronan Dunne: 02:12.736
Full results here.
Coppa Italia DH 2021
WomenMen
1. Vali Höll: 2:45.7001. Loris Vergier: 2:24.419
2. Veronika Widmann: 2’52.1862. Davide Palazzari: 2’27.084
3. Alia Marcellini: 2’53.3263. Remi Thirion: 2’29.917
4. Gloria Scarsi: 2’54.7494. Davide Cappello: 2’30.667
5. Sophie Riva: 3’03.5265. Fabien Barel: 2’32.862
Full results here.
2021 Mini Downhill Round One

It’s good to see UK races starting to get running again. You can see the full results for round one of the Mini Downhill in Hartill here.


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