TV Show – MTB Adventures

Well i wasn't going to lead with a pic of Doddy was I!
Well I wasn’t going to lead with a pic of Doddy was I?

It reminds me a little of Ride Guide that used to be on Extreme TV a few years back; I’m talking about the new show on the Bike Channel that started last night called –

MTB Adventures

Hosted by Andrew Dodd of Factory Jackson and Anna Glowinski of well of Anna Glowinski I suppose. That’s a little unfair, Anna has hosted ITV The Cycle Show and pops up every so often as a spokeswoman for womens cycling and for various brands and media organisations.

Bikes were supplied by GT
Bikes were supplied by GT

Anyway, MTB Adventures is at last a TV show about riding in UK. Most mountain bike media is a bit too “Top Gear” for me – you know expensive bikes and beautiful riding in far away exotic places.  Finally we have a show based here in the UK that looks set to explore the UK trail centres (maybe some natural /wild stuff too Doddy/Anna?) – places I can ride and visit with out too much investment in money or use of my annual holiday allowance!

How was Episode 1?

Well no-one really liked Jar Jar Binks, Yoda looked bizarrely older than in Return of the Jedi and the less said about Ewan Mcgregor’s weird Obi Wan voice the better. Hang on…

In episode 1 of MTB Adventures Doddy and Anna visited Dalby Forest and showed us some of the riding available there from the 1 mile Green trails, to Dixon’s Hollow Bike Park and the 21 mile Red loop.  All good stuff.

Just like in a Singletrack route guide they covered some accommodation, talked about the visitor centre, surrounding area and gave a local bike shop a mention.

The show is trying to cater for a broad audience, talking about some basic stuff like tightening skewers and carrying spare tubes and also giving some info on the more detailed elements of the trail – how it flows and what to expect.

Some discussion on bike tech (this week how Doddy would rather a dropper post than suspension forks) added to the mix and altogether it was an enjoyable 30 mins of TV.

The show was filmed by the talented Liam Murphy and has been book marked in my series planner.

If you missed it, I’m not sure Bike has a catch up option but you can be sure this show will be repeated a few times throughout the week ahead.

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RedBull Rampage 2013 – results and review

RedBull Rampage 2013
Image thanks – RedBull.com

Like many other fans around the world I tuned in via my computer last night to watch this year’s RedBull Rampage live from Virgin, Utah on RedBull TV.

Having watched a few highlight reals from the Rampage over the last few years I was really looking forward to watching the whole event unravel live. It didn’t disappoint – well it did a little, but it was still an awesome spectacle and display of extreme mountain biking.

The action kicked off with Tyler McCaul setting the bar very high with his first run and it just got better… A few falls from Brandon Semenuk meant the contender didn’t really score. Brit Brendon Fairclough finished in the top 10 and represented the UK well! Highlights for me were some awesome tricks from Cam Zink, Kelly McGarry and Cameron McCaul. Two blistering runs from Andreu Lacondaguy made my night – I think he was robbed of a podium finish with some simply amazing moto style tricks at high speed! Fastest descent surely!

Cam Zink made history with the biggest back flip step down of the Oakley sender and Kelly McGarry blew the scoreboard wide open with his back flip over the 72 foot canyon gap!

Eventual winner Kyle Strait put in a solid run ahead of buddy Cam Zink with a suicide no hander off the same Oakley sender. It was a superb night of extreme mountain biking.

The disappointment came in the form of some high winds. This prevented what the public really wanted to see and that was Zink, Strait and McGarry fight it out for first place with their second runs. Rumours were front flips of the same gaps and senders – it would have been amazing to see what McGarry could have delivered with the final run of the day, with a win in his sights and well within his capabilities.

Maybe the wind was divine intervention. This year Rampage was bigger than ever and the tricks were breathtaking . A few falls and injuries stopped some riders and maybe enough was enough – these guys were pushing themselves to the limits and its more than possible that one of them could have done a serious injury (or worse) if the had pushed it harder.

For videos of the runs visit the Dirt website here.

So now we have to wait until 2014 but with rumours of Rampage coming to Europe or even a multi-location global series to come…

Final results:

1. Kyle Strait
2. Kelly McGarry
3. Cameron Zink

4. Andreu Lacondeguy
5. Tyler McCaul
6. Pierre Edouard Ferry
7. Cameron McCaul
8. Brendan Fairclough
9. Garett Buehler
10. Thomas Genon
11. Ramon Hunziker
12. Mike Montgomery
13. Logan Binggeli
14. Wil White
15. Geoff Gulevich
16. Nico Vink
17. Graham Agassiz
18. Kyle Norbraten
19. Brendan Howey
20. Mike Hopkins
20. Brandon Semenuk
20. James Doerfling
20. Antoine Bizet
20. Paul Basagoitia
20. Mitch Chubey

Failed

Sorry folks. I know you were hoping to tune in and see some photos taken while riding in the sun this weekend.

Well sorry, I failed to ride either bike this weekend.

Today we went to the Cotswold Water Park where we enjoyed a summer day, dipping in and out of the water and having a picnic lunch. Returned later afternoon to spark up the BBQ and watch the end of the tennis. Well done Andy Murray!!

To follow was a cool off in the paddling pool and once the kids were in bed it was time for the season opener for the very last season of Dexter.

Off to bed now to dream of riding later in the week and prepare for a big ride next Sunday in Wales.

Reshuffle

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Had a productive day so far. Sky came out and moved my dish feed in preparation for our big lounge reshuffle. Did a bit of DIY and house work to follow.

I have made the decision to shift the lounge around so we can accommodate a new big comfy sofa and maybe a new sound system for the lounge.

Until today I didn’t realise how far away from our TV we were sitting. According to the Internet (which is always right!) our sofa was 4 feet further away than it could have been.

So a new layout a bit of PS3 and Wales v Scotland on the telly and I am pretty pleased with the way things are going.

Next we need a builder, select some new furniture and I have some decorating to do…

Breaking Bad – what’s the fuss?

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Breaking Bad – I know its not new but I haven’t seen one episode yet. My nephew just loaned my 4 series on DVD and I will try and find time to start watching this week.

In other TV news, The Walking Dead returned last night. Good action and gritty story again but I’m not sure about Rick and his hallucinations. Hope the hole thing doesn’t turn out to be a dream and he wakes from a coma in the end…

And in yet more TV news Dexter returns on the 24th Feb. That I cannot wait for!