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When we started five years ago, we wanted to fill a gap in the women’s mountain bike scene. At that time, it was difficult to find articles by other women. Along the way we discovered that our niche was adventures by bike and personal stories from other women who ride. And we discovered that there were so many more stories that weren’t being told by women who rode gravel or paved roads. To embrace the other forms of cycling we needed a name that was all encompassing.

Starting with the first issue of 2018 the magazine will be called Cybele, named after the Phyrgian Mother of the Gods who was also the goddess of mountains, nature, and wild animals. We feel that the name is a much better fit for us since she is the original Queen of the Mountain, and it embraces all forms of cycling.

We had already started to include articles on road and gravel so we’re definitely not shifting away from mountain biking. It’s business as usual, but under a banner that allows us to grow and expand beyond the mountain bike realm.

With all of the changes, we needed to delay the first publication of 2018 when we realized that there just weren’t enough hours in the day to do it all! We are now starting to put together the first issue now and it’ll be on newsstands late May/early June 2018.

Please find us at cybelemag.com!

A current subscriber? Watch your email with a link for digital access to all back issues!

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The changes to the BC Bike Race course this year are both big and small, but regardless of size they all achieve the same goals; more singletrack. With the introduction of the Cowichan Valley as the new Day 1 Squamish will be the new Day 7 and the communities in between will flow in the same order along the rugged west coast of British Columbia; Cumberland, Powell River, Earls Cove to Sechelt, Sechelt to Langdale, North Vancouver, and Squamish. Whistler, formerly the site of Day 7, will now be an optional Day 8 upgrade for racers where they experience all that it has to offer.

Cumberland start line

Yoga by the sea is just one of the perks of the BCBR.Participants will now start their race in the Cowichan Valley, on Vancouver Island, traditionally called Quw’utsun’ by the local First Nations. Racers will tackle two of the areas favourite trail networks Mt. Tzouhalem and Maple Mountain in a 1A and 1B format, each route approx. 15 kilometres of pure singletrack heaven, joined by a neutral 8km rural tour. The participants arrive the evening before Day 1 to basecamp staged amidst a landscape of farmlands, vineyards, rivers, and handcrafted singletrack. “We are honoured to be invited by the Cowichan Trail Stewardship Society to experience the incredible trails they have to offer,” shares BC Bike Race President, Dean Payne. Due to the warmer than average temperature in the valley, builders here are able to work year-round on perfecting their hand-crafted trails. “We found that each location offers something unique to our racer week, just as each of the communities we visit offer something different. It’s this diversity that paints the real picture of the true West Coast for our racers.”

Hielke Elferink racing through emerald forests

“It is important for us to always be looking for ways to enrich the event experience for our racers; we are always looking to evolve our event,” adds BCBR Marketing Director, Andreas Hestler. “BC Bike Race is dynamic. There are so many incredible communities and quality built singletrack in British Columbia, that we feel lucky to be able to continue to share them with the world.”

The race route will encompass local favorites on Mount Tzouhalem and Maple Mountain with one timed course on each mountain separated by a transition that will allow you to spin out your legs. Mount Tzouhalem will offer racers trails like the Grand Traverse; this uphill flow trail will leave riders smiling ear to ear, Field of Dreams; a classic piece of undulating singletrack, Rocky Mountain Ridge and Chicken Run; trails that will put your technical skills to the test, and Double D; fast and flowy berms and whoops that will have riders hooting and hollering the whole way down!

After a short segment through private farmland where racers will enjoy the view of Maple Bay and their next summit, they will pass under a totem pole arch onto Story Trail which was built by local Coast Salish First Nations youth. Xylem trail will take riders through the Arbutus and Garry Oak forest to the summit before dropping into Maple Syrup trail; a classic technical trail which will introduce riders to the rocky, rooty terrain that British Columbia is known for. This trail makes full use of the topography and will test everyone’s ascending and descending skills. “Maple Syrup Trail is one of my favorite climb trails in British Columbia,” says Dean. “I’ve ridden some incredible trails in our province, but this is definitely high on my list.” Solar Coaster and Loggers Lane will deliver riders to the end of the first day.

The course in Cumberland remains the same through the first half, but the back-nine has become a singletrack extravaganza. “I’m pretty excited about the changes we’ve made to the latter half of the course for this year, we’ve eliminated a challenging road climb and replaced it with a rolling singletrack climb interspersed with sections of fun descents,” says Cumberland Course Designer, Jeremy Grasby. “The first portion of the course remains the same showcasing Cumberland’s premier downhill singletrack!”All extraneous gravel roads have been removed to beat the summer heat. We are excited to introduce a new inventory of trails including, Monday’s Child, Thursday’s Child, Rapture, Two Shoes, Tunnel Canary, Crazy Ivan, Top Hat, and Iron Curtain. Racers will especially enjoy the sweet downhill to the finish! “

Not to worry, Powell River still offers the same incredible beachfront campsite and the same beautiful sunsets, however the road and gravel sections of the course have been reduced with the addition of new singletrack. The overall course length has shortened but with the addition of more technical riding, the finish times are expected to be the same.

Powell River beachside base camp

Sunshine Coast course designer, Rod Camposano, after eleven years with BCBR has passed the torch to Sue Duxbury and Warren Hansen. Rod’s contributions and advocacy on behalf of the BC Bike Race have been an incredible contribution towards the race’s success. The two stages, Earls Cove to Sechelt and Sechelt to Langdale, have had a significant reduction of road riding that has been replaced by singletrack.

North Vancouver, the legendary land of Gnar, was voted last year’s second favorite stage by racers. It will remain the same, but a little advice – don’t let the distance fool you, this is a tough day on the bike, rise over run is steep and finding flow through the roots and rocks will require some skill, hopefully with it being Day 6 this year, the participants will be well warmed up for it.

Consistently voted the crowd favourite over the last decade, Squamish will be the final stage for 2018! Also new for this year, racers will have one more night at basecamp with the celebratory banquet just steps from their tents.

Daily yoga to loosen those stiff muscles

Any racers who are planning to spend some extra time here post event will have the option to upgrade to a Day 8 experience in Whistler. It is a ‘choose your own adventure’ day whether it’s a spa treatment or a day in the famous Whistler Bike Park, participants are sure to enjoy this beautiful area.

Thank you to all the trail builders, bike clubs, volunteers, and community support that make the BC Bike Race experience possible.

For course maps and other race details, please visit our website: www.bcbikerace.com.

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If this manifesto resonates with you and you are passionate about growing cycling among women and girls, we would love for you to apply to be a Norco women’s ambassador. We’re looking for women just like you to help spread mountain bike stoke throughout the women’s cycling community.

What’s in it for you:

  • A Norco women’s bicycle that suits your riding style and allows you to push your limits, without breaking the bank
  • A Norco Bicycles apparel kit
  • Giveaways for your events and a tent to shelter riders
  • Support from Norco Bicycles in communicating rides or events that you organize
  • Education and training on bike maintenance and Norco Bicycles’ products
  • Behind-the-scenes look into the Norco Bicycles brand and the cycling industry
  • Opportunities to participate in global Norco Bicycles events and photoshoots
  • A bike company that listens to you and takes action on your feedback

What we need from you:

  • Monthly women’s rides that start and/or end at your local Norco dealer
  • A passion for getting more women and girls out on bikes
  • Event summaries and photos

You don’t need to be the fastest, or the most connected. You just need to be passionate about creating and growing the women’s cycling community.

There’s nothing better than having a strong, supportive community of women.

Join the Norco family and apply here.

This year, our women’s ambassador program will only be open for Canadian applicants with the potential of extending its reach in the years ahead.  Applications close March 2, 2018 11:59 PM PST.

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Photos by Paris Gore
Video by Connor Macleod

We’re very excited to return to the Enduro World Series in 2018 and announce the formation of our new Canadian partnership with Race Face Performance Products. We’re incredibly proud to form the Rocky Mountain Race Face Enduro Team, and to tackle a full season of racing with passion, drive, and dedication.

Our two brands have a deep history together that began in 1993. When freeride was born Rocky Mountain and Race Face were there, under the same roof, meeting the needs of demanding North Shore riders. Now, 25 years later Race Face is making some of the best components in the world, and we’re honored to be officially reunited through our EWS team partnership.

Introducing the Rocky Mountain Race Face Enduro Team - YouTube

Team Riders

Jesse Melamed

· 12th EWS Series Overall Ranking – 2017

· 1st EWS Whistler, Canada – 2017

“I’m excited to start a new chapter of this team, with Race Face on board to strengthen the Canadian vibe. I’m really looking forward to working closely with another local brand that shares my passion and roots. The crash I had in Finale Ligure at the end of last season was a tough one to recover from, but I’ve been training hard and am confident I am going to come into the first race strong!” – Jesse Melamed

Remi Gauvin

· 8th EWS Series Overall Ranking – 2017

· 5th EWS Whistler, Canada – 2017

“Partnering up with Race Face and their strong Canadian roots is something that is unique to the EWS and exciting for myself. I’m really looking forward to getting things kicked off in South America in a few weeks, traveling with Jesse, ALN, our new crew of mechanics and Team Manager! This off season has been really productive for me, and I feel super-strong coming into the first round.” – Remi Gauvin

ALN

· 11th EWS Series Overall Ranking – 2017

· 3rd EWS Wicklow, Ireland – 2017

“I feel really happy and at home with our team for 2018. With such a good set up, it really is a bittersweet feeling to be sidelined for the two first rounds with a wrist injury. With the team supporting me, the matter at hand is to regain my maximum shred capacity to join the party ASAP. I look forward to seeing us evolve as a team this season and to enjoy not only the racing but the whole vibe.” –

ALN

We would also like to extend a huge Thank you to the team sponsors, Maxxis, Shimano, Fox, Smith, WTB, FTI Consulting, EVOC, Stages Cycling, and OneUp Components.

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Adapting to change is a skill that few can truly master, and during the last 25 years the mountain bike world has changed immensely.

Who remembers square taper cranks and chain tensioners? It’s not just product that has changed either. We’ve gone from being a sport with no dedicated riding facilities to now having bike parks, trail centers and more around the world.

The riders have also evolved. Counting the number of pros who have remained relevant after such a long time barely requires two hands. Tracy Moseley is one of those riders and is always present in the changing landscape of MTB.

XC was really the only discipline in racing that had any structure when Tracy first started riding. She started out by tagging along with her brother, Ed, who was a top World Cup DH rider in the early 2000s. She soon displayed a natural flair for riding bikes—fast!

As it turned out, this young rider from the Malvern Hills was destined for a bright future. Racing, but more so bikes, were to become a key component of Tracy’s life.

DH took over the MTB scene and she raced for high profile teams through the late 90s. Tracy was winning many world cups, but in 2010 she won the World Championship at Mont St Anne. That was over 7 years ago, and Tracy had been racing DH world cups since 1998. To sustain such a career through all the changes that DH has seen in that period of time is incredible. Few riders can compare to the great achievements and career longevity that she has had and continues to have.

Already cemented as one of the greatest riders of all time, Tracy then turned her attention to Enduro where she won the EWS and became World Champion three years in a row. Being able to adapt has been one of Tracy’s defining attributes in a sport where so many riders grab 5 minutes of glory before quietly fading from the limelight.

Now Tracy’s focus is beginning to shift more into a mountain biking icon and voice for woman around the world. She pushes the rise of women in MTB by encouraging young girls and women of all ages to get on a bike, have fun, and challenge themselves. Tracy’s riding has gone full circle—from the pressures of racing EWS and chasing victories on all corners of the globe to simply enjoying riding trails she’s known for two decades. And don’t forget that she still races in select Enduros and DH events, dominating the field most of the time.

Some constants have naturally remained during this 25-year period: hard work, drive, keeping yourself protected and a sense of humor that keeps you on your toes.

Filming with Tracy in the Tweed Valley in Scotland was the perfect place to give a nod to the past as well as a glimpse into the future. Tracy has embraced the change and we have no doubt that she’ll be around for some time to come.

“Maintaining a long career, I think, is quite hard in this sport. Where often you’re pushing the limits and having crashes frequently. Having good protection and me working with G-form the last few years has been real key to making sure you always take those precautions and that you are protected when you go out and ride.”

G-Form Athlete Tracy Moseley: Life On A Bike - YouTube

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Boulder, CO Sept 27, 2017 – The organizers of the Women’s Off-Road Cycling Congress [WÖRCC] announce the inaugural conference night, to be held October 25, 2017 at Pearl Izumi World Headquarters in Colorado. WÖRCC, organized by Boulder-based Sports Garage Cycling [SG], asks a congress of 100 female off-road cyclists and mountain bikers “What do you love, hate, and hope for?” Billed as the antidote to bike shop ladies’ nights, the WÖRCC event will solicit the feedback of female riders of all experience levels during fast-paced breakout sessions covering an array of topics relevant to mountain biking and gravel cycling. The information gathered at WÖRCC will be compiled into a comprehensive report, available to industry and subscribers during the 4th quarter of this year.

“Our experience as a retailer is not unlike the opinions expressed in recently published reports.” Says SG co-owners Brad James and Elorie Slater. “The mountain biking industry continually progresses in the way they serve female riders, but the progress is slow.”

SG reports they have made conscious choices, such as tripling their store’s number of demo bikes appropriate for women, to improve service to female clients. The Women’s Off-Road Cycling Congress grew from their desire for a women’s event offering intrinsic value other than “wine, cheese, and discounts”, says James. With sponsorship and support from Camber Outdoors, Pearl Izumi, Shimano, VIDA, and Suerte Tequila, among others, WÖRCC has already captured the attention of notable brands. Guest speakers include Amy Thomas (Founder, Beti Bike Bash), Ashley Rankin (Founder and CEO, Shredly), and Dorothy Nichols (tenured industry executive).

“There is a difference between gathering data about female mountain bikers and straight-up asking their opinions,” responded Slater when asked what will differentiate the WÖRCC report from prior efforts to define the women’s marketplace. The October 25th agenda not only discusses industry improvement, but connects consumers’ voices with a road map for moving the needle. “The most rewarding part of this initiative won’t even happen at the event,” commented the organizers, who have an eye on multiple markets for 2018. “That will come later, when we find out who in the industry is listening.” More information about registering for WÖRCC can be found at www.womensoffroad.com.

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Wednesday, August 15, Whistler, BC— For mountain biking fans, the current King of Crankworx frontrunner, Adrien Loron, would have been a random pick to with the Fox Air DH Wednesday afternoon, but the man himself says it is a four-year goal achieved, and hopefully, the launch of a career-topping week if he wins one more second place to secure the King of Crankworx title.

Crankworx Whistler Fox Air DH Enduro Racer Caroline Gehrig with some airtime.

Buoyed by the confidence boost of two first place wins in recent months—after several years of second place finishes—Loron pulled out all the stops to win the highly competitive downhill event, a discipline well outside his normal competitive range.

“I didn’t know if I could do it or not, but today I can say yes. And yeah, it’s not my specialty, but at the same time, it’s a track that I love and I have a great bike this year to race it,” said Loron.

Thursday will see the pump track champion back in the saddle of his ultimate comfort zone as he tries to secure a second first-place finish for the week in the Ultimate Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox. And after knocking competitive downhill racers like Sam Blenkinsop (NZL) off the top step, for the first time this year, he acknowledged he is also extending his lead in the overall points total for King.

Adrien Loron in action from the Fox Air Downhill at Crankworx Whistler.

Loron typically eschews any speculation about his chances in the season-long battle secure the Crown, but said he knew the Air DH win was pushing him further out front. Reigning Queen of Crankworx Jill Kintner, by contrast, is very up front about her goal to win that overall title and was looking ahead to the events at the end of her Crankworx agenda to see whether she might be able to call it early.

Crankworx Whistler Fox Air DH Jill Kintner (USA) on her winning racerun.

“Winning the title, that’s like winning the war,” she said, noting she might opt out of the Canadian Open DH presented by iXS if she knows she’s clichéd her crown.

Kintner is in an excellent position to take that well-deserved break, particularly after securing her fifth Fox Air DH win in a row to share that top step with Loron.

Five seems to be the lucky number for the big downhill leaders this year. Kintner’s fifth win on the the fast, jump-laden Air course down A-Line, comes just one day after Marcello Guiterrez crushed his fifth win in a row in the Garbanzo DH. The races represent the extremes of downhill racing on the Crankworx circuit.

Crankworx Whistler Fox Air DH Enduro Racer Cecile Ravanel with some airtime

The Fox Air is a punchy rip down the most iconic trail in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, whereas Garbanzo is one of the longest downhill race courses in the world. Both are internationally revered and both are courses most racers know well.

“The secret to this is just being on the edges of the trail, knowing where to land and where to take off from,” said Kintner, noting she probably knows the course better than any other racer on it.

By this point in the season, and mid-run on the 10-day festival many racers are nonetheless starting to feel the impact of relentless competition, and Blenkinsop was feeling it as he pulled in for second.

“My run was pretty good. My legs were just really burnt from the enduro and Garbo, so I just didn’t feel really fresh and I wasn’t really pushing as hard as I should have,” he said.

Vaea Verbeek in action from the Fox Air Downhill at Crankworx Whistler.

North Vancouver’s Vaea Verbeeck, by contrast, was quite happy about her finish, though she took first in this event at Crankworx Rotorua.

“Honestly, I could picture doing really well and we got third place, so I’m happy with that,” she said.

Verbeeck is having a strong season, keeping her World Cup finishes in the top 10 and bringing home some strong Crankworx results, but said her ultimate goal is just to finish uninjured and build for next season. She will try the Dual Slalom this week, and the Canadian Open Air DH presented by iXS, but wasn’t prepared to speculate on how well she would do.

Tracy Hannah (AUS) Fox Air DH, Crankworx Whistler 2017

Results for the first five events are posted on the Start Lists and Results page.

Check Crankworx.com for up-to-the-minute schedule changes HERE.

Find out what’s happening this week: SCHEDULE.

Fox Air DH Pro Men:

  1. Adrien Loron (FRA) 4:02.17
  2. Samuel Blenkinsop (NZL) 4:03.26
  3. Marcelo Gutierrez (COL) 4:05.33
  4. Magnus Manson (CAN) 4:05.72
  5. Kiran MacKinnon (USA) 4:06.58

Pro Women:

  1. Jill Kintner (USA) 4:24.18
  2. Tracey Hannah (AUS) 4:27.73
  3. Vaea Verbeeck (CAN) 4:28.69
  4. Caroline Buchanan (AUS) 4:29.30
  5. Emilie Siegenthaler (SUI) 4:34.11

Don’t miss the final coronation of the King and Queen of Crankworx on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017 following Red Bull Joyride.

LIVE BROADCAST SCHEDULE: All four events in the quest for the Triple Crown of Slopestyle are broadcast LIVE on all your devices exclusively on Red Bull TV. The final event of the series, Red Bull Joyride will see Nicholi Rogatkin attempt to become the first man ever to win the Triple Crown.

Raewyn Morrison (NZL) Fox Air DH, Crankworx Whistler 2017

Please don’t miss joining us for the remaining live broadcasts:
Ultimate Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox
Thursday, August 17, 8:00-10:00 p.m. PDT
Friday, August 18, 5:00-7:00 a.m. CEST
Friday, August 18 3:00-5:00 p.m. NZST

GIANT Dual Slalom presented by 100%
Friday, August 18, 6:00-8:00 p.m. PDT
Saturday, August 19, 3:00-5:00 a.m. CEST
Saturday, August 19, 1:00-3:00 p.m. NZST

Canadian Open DH presented by iXS
Saturday, August 19, 3:30-5:30 p.m. PDT
Sunday, August 20, 12:30-2:30 a.m. CEST
Sunday, August 20, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. NZST

Red Bull Joyride
Sunday, August 20, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. PDT
Sunday, August 20, 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. CEST
Monday, August 21, 5:30-8:30 a.m. NZST

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PRINCE GEORGE, BRITISH COLUMBIA – The BC Bike Ride kicked off as mountain bikers from ten different countries set out to stretch their legs and warm up on the world famous trails of North Vancouver. Perhaps a bit of an ambitious location to call a ‘warm up,’ but Olympian and all-round great guy, Adam Craig thought it was great – “Welcome to Canada, this is mountain biking here!” Led by seasoned guides from Endless Biking and BC Bike Race Bike Patrol, the riders rode a variety of laps on Mount Fromme that included classics like Expresso, Dream Weaver, Seventh Secret, and Crinkum Crankum.

North Vancouver local, Mark Woods, is excited to be starting his ultimate road trip experience!

“I’ve got a soft spot for riding on the shore, it’s awesome there and it’s cool,” says Adam, who is along for the whole week of BC Bike Ride North. “Any biking road trip around BC should start there in my opinion. That’s kind of the port of entry and that’s where some of the best riding in the world is, so it would be rude not to! I’m glad we got to go out and have Andreas [Hestler] show us around, it was a treat!”

Riders stretch their legs with a warm up on Fromme Mountain in North Vancouver.

The next morning riders headed to the airport where they boarded the private planes that would take them to Prince George and the official start of their ultimate road trip experience. Stepping off the bus and getting straight onto the waiting planes may have been a thrill, but better yet was watching the landscape change as we flew north. “The flight up was awesome, I really, really love flying over mountain ranges and terrain, especially that you have a bit of familiarity with, so it’s always interesting. We flew over Whistler and the Pemberton Ice Cap, and just looking at places you’ve been, it was beautiful.” Adam – like most of the riders – has never been this far north. “And then seeing the landscape change as we travelled north and made it over the coast range and kind of out into the foot hills and into the rolling hills and the upper Fraser River Valley – it’s pretty neat way to tie it all together, like it’s obvious that you’ve travelled.”

Prince George was our first stop along the incredible Route 16, which connects budding mountain bike meccas like Burns Lake, Smithers, and Terrace – all locations full of incredible purpose built singletrack. This is the new frontier of mountain biking! Otway and Pidherny are two of the main riding areas of Prince George and we made time to explore both of them.

Riders board their private plane that flew them from Vancouver (YVR) to Prince George for the start of the northern portion of their road trip!

The Otway trail network offered smooth and sandy undulating bench cut trails that crisscrossed to create what seemed like a never-ending combination of loops that spread out from the Nordic centre. With so few people riding them the trails were in incredible condition and our riders hit up a classic loop suggested by the locals Ben Yeager and Jacob Mullen, that included Curves, Espresso, Missing Lynx, AC/DC, and Tornado Alley.

Otway trail network in Prince George offered up some sandy and flowy bench cut that riders loved.

The Pidherny trails stepped things up a notch with a little steeper and looser favourites that included The Kitchen Sink, Lazy Susan, Flow Job, and Ditch Pig. This network also offered up some unique and well-crafted woodwork, especially the 16-foot high hand built woodwork on The Kitchen Sink, constructed by Mark Trumphour and Shannon Moldowan.

This hand built wooden monster was a favourite feature on the Pidherny trails in Prince George.

Post riding beers in the afternoon sun gave everyone the chance to socialize and chat about their day and the incredible riding they had just experienced before heading into downtown Prince George to enjoy dinner on the patio at Crossroads Brew Pub. As the sun set over Vivian Lake our convoy of buses and bikes finally arrived to basecamp for the evening and we were greeting in true PG style by some of the locals, complete with a DJ and some great summer evening hangout vibes.

Post ride beers are an important part of any road trip – and are unlimited on this one!

Riders are now settling into their new basecamp on the edge of Kager Lake, just outside the town of Burns Lake – and at the heart of their incredible trail network. For the next two days the crew will experience camping with ride in/ride out access to a unique and diverse trail selection. Adam echoes the sentiment of most of the group when he says, “I haven’t been this far north and I’m excited to see what goes on up here!”

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Port Coquitlam, BC (August 8, 2017) – Norco Bicycles is thrilled to introduce the all-new 2018 Threshold cyclocross platform. With updated geometry, a redesigned frame, and an arsenal of features to combat the muddy mayhem of cyclocross racing, the Threshold delivers on performance and durability.

A compact top tube and short chainstays make the Threshold ultra-maneuverable on tight courses. Increased fork offset helps the Threshold steer more predictably, especially in deep mud, while a slightly slacker head tube angle and lower bottom bracket increase stability when the terrain gets steep. The seat angle has been made steeper than previous generations to help riders with quick accelerations. The overall ride is quick and nimble, yet stable and confidence inspiring, so that you can make the most of every ride.

The 2018 Norco Threshold in Red/Black.

The redesigned frame on the Threshold uses the same ARC Race technology found on Norco road race bikes, reducing rider fatigue and allowing the bike to roll more predictably off-road, while the Power Chassis design’s oversized head tube junction, down tube, BB shell and chainstays deliver optimal lateral stiffness to maximize pedaling efficiency and power transfer. Size-Scaled Tubing on the Threshold means that all riders will experience the same positive ride characteristics, regardless of frame size.

Cyclocross races don’t get cancelled for inclement weather, and mud baths are inevitable. Front and rear 12mm thru axles on the Threshold deliver maximum stiffness for enhanced responsiveness and control through rough, rutted terrain, while flat mount disc brakes offer incredible modulation, stopping power and control through mud, sand, snow, grass and gravel.

To further help combat severe weather, the Threshold now has huge clearance front and rear to support the use of wider tires, and stealth mounting points so that riders can install fenders. The ingenious SASSY (Secret Attachable Seat Stay Yoke) clips on to the seat stay bridge and along with NINJA and BOiL threaded inserts allow conventional fenders to be fit to the Threshold, while remaining inconspicuous. The Threshold comes equipped with GIZMO internal cable routing and a seat clamp cover to prevent water and mud from entering the frame.

For more details on our distinctly Canadian take on the cyclocross tradition, visit norco.com.

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August 13, Whistler, BC — Whistler is no stranger to mountain biking heroes and another was born today when hometown hero Jesse Melamed won round seven of the Enduro World Series, the Crankworx Open Enduro presented by Specialized.

Melamed, 22, was locked in an intense battle with series leader Sam Hill (AUS) throughout the penultimate race of the EWS season. Hill took the first stage of the day, with an incredible 17-second lead, but by stage three, Melamed trailed by a mere half second. Then, in one of the most nail-biting EWS finishes of the year to date, he crashed at the top of the last stage before miraculously pulling it together for a win.

Jesse Melamed
Photo Credit: Jeremy Saunders

“I was expecting the times to be closer—I had a huge crash on the last stage—and I’m really happy I didn’t throw it away,” he said, noting he has been feeling good all year and came in off a solid run in Aspen, the round before.

Melamed has come close to winning an EWS round before, taking stages and leading mid-race, but this marks his first official win and the scene was eerily familiar. Last year, he stood in the hot seat, waiting to secure his first trip to the top step of the podium until the very last rider, American Richie Rude, pulled in to beat him before a huge crowd of his friends and family.

Sam Hill on his way to second at the Crankworx Enduro World Series event. Photo: Fraser Britton / Crankworx

“No one gives the pressure, but everyone’s there watching and I want to perform, especially for a lot of friends that aren’t close to the sport, they don’t really understand what I do on a regular basis, so it’s nice to show them what I do right in front of their face,” he said in interview prior to the race.

The stress was obvious as he stood by his mother in the finish corral immediately after his run, telling the camera it would be close. He beat Hill by a mere 14 seconds, with Mark Scott (GBR), having the race of his life, pulling in for his first EWS podium.

In the women’s race, it was another incredible performance from Cecile Ravanel (FRA), who once more displayed total stage domination to take her sixth win of the season. Isabeau Courdurier (FRA) came second, while Katy Winton (GBR) scored third to land her second EWS podium of the year.

Cecile Ravanel
Photo Credit: Jeremy Saunders

“Crankworx for us, it’s like the world championships. For me, it is the best event of the year. I did the job, I was focused on the victory and I’m really enjoying the outcome of my run today. It’s amazing,” said Ravanel.

Canada’s Max Leyen won U21 Men, with series leader Killian Callaghan just behind in second and Rhys Verner in third. It was a distinctly British affair in the U21 Women, with all three podium spots belonging to the Union Jack, courtesy of Martha Gill, Elena Melton and Abigale Lawton in first, second and third respectively.

Isabeau Cordurier at the Canadian Open Enduro.
Photo provided by Crankworx.

Local rider Matt Ryan became the first man to beat Karim Amour all year, with the current series leader pushed into second and former World Champion Woody Hole in third in the Master category. Chrissy Deval won Master Women, Mary Mcconneloug in second and Penny Deck in third.

Kati Winton at the Canadian Open Enduro.
Photo provided by Crankworx.

With just one race left this season, the stage is set for an incredible showdown at the last round of the year in Finale, Italy next month. Cecile Ravanel is all but assured of a second World Championship title, whilst in the men’s race it looks to be a three way fight between Sam Hill, Adrien Dailly and Greg Callaghan. All that lies between them and the championship is two days of intense racing on Italy’s most iconic trails.

The Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized marks the first major international race of the 10-day Crankworx festival, which locks into Kidsworx programming Monday followed by three downhill races midweek, before concluding with “the Super Bowl of Slopestyle”, Red Bull Joyride.

Results for the first five events are posted on the Start Lists and Results page.

Check Crankworx.com for up-to-the-minute schedule changes HERE.

Find out what’s happening this week: SCHEDULE.

Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized Pro Men:

  1. Jesse Melamed (CAN)
  2. Sam Hill (AUS)
  3. Mark Scott (GBR)

Pro Women:

  1. Cecile Ravanel (FRA)
  2. Isabeau Courdurier (FRA)
  3. Katy Winton (GBR)

Don’t miss the final coronation of the King and Queen of Crankworx on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017 following Red Bull Joyride.

LIVE BROADCAST SCHEDULE: All four events in the quest for the Triple Crown of Slopestyle are broadcast LIVE on all your devices exclusively on Red Bull TV. The final event of the series, Red Bull Joyride will see Nicholi Rogatkin attempt to become the first man ever to win the Triple Crown. Please don’t miss joining us for the remaining live broadcasts:

Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized
Sunday, August 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m. PDT
Monday, August 14, 2:30-4:30 a.m. CEST
Monday, August 14, 12:30-2:30 p.m. NZST

Fox Air DH
Wednesday, August 16, 3:30-5:30 p.m. PDT
Thursday, August 17, 12:30-2:30 a.m. CEST
Thursday, August 17, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. NZST

Ultimate Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox
Thursday, August 17, 8:00-10:00 p.m. PDT
Friday, August 18, 5:00-7:00 a.m. CEST
Friday, August 18 3:00-5:00 p.m. NZST

GIANT Dual Slalom presented by 100%
Friday, August 18, 6:00-8:00 p.m. PDT
Saturday, August 19, 3:00-5:00 a.m. CEST
Saturday, August 19, 1:00-3:00 p.m. NZST

Canadian Open DH presented by iXS
Saturday, August 19, 3:30-5:30 p.m. PDT
Sunday, August 20, 12:30-2:30 a.m. CEST
Sunday, August 20, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. NZST

Red Bull Joyride
Sunday, August 20, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. PDT
Sunday, August 20, 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. CEST
Monday, August 21, 5:30-8:30 a.m. NZST

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