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si-paton laurenjenkins's article
Oct 26, 2014 at 14:30
Oct 26, 2014
British Cycling will not back Enduro for 2015
BC have recently announced that for 2015 they will not be insuring Enduro events here in the UK. In Spring this year BC stated that they would not allow any new Enduro events to appear on the BC calendar under their insurance. Those with a crystal ball would have realised at that exact point that there was 'Trouble at mill'. No matter how much you dress up Enduro, bottom line is that it's racing a number of timed stages on courses that are predominately downhill. This is exactly what the insurers, lawyers, health and safety and any Judge or Coroner in the land will class the event as, "Downhill". You start at the top and finish at the bottom with a bit of pedalling in the middle. Especially when they find out that a number of tracks used in Enduro events were similar if not the same to those used for downhill races several years ago. Therefore they will expect all organisers to follow the guidelines laid down by the National governing body that is British Cycling. BC we can guess would wholly agree with the above paragraph. After all if you are asking BC to insure your event you will have to abide by their rules and regs. If not the insurance would be null and void. You can only imagine how much BCs insurance has increased in recent years with this sue culture it seems we are adopting. If they open themselves up to litigation then at some point in time they will be no more. Please do not think that Downhill and the BDS is getting off lightly. We are increasingly under the microscope and will have to ensure we go above and beyond the regulations. I wholly believe Steve Parr and the UKGE team are leading the way for Enduro here in the UK and I wish them every success next year. In the meantime, please don't blame or attack British Cycling on this decision. They are wholly supportive of all forms of cycling. I guess we just have to understand their hands are tied on this matter for now.
si-paton laurenjenkins's article
Oct 25, 2014 at 12:21
Oct 25, 2014
British Cycling will not back Enduro for 2015
Read Colin Oldens words for a check on reality.
si-paton bretttippie's article
Oct 24, 2014 at 13:21
Oct 24, 2014
Gravel Works: All Play and No Work with Brett Tippie
Brett Tippie is the best person in the World. Period.
si-paton pinkbikeaudience's article
Oct 21, 2014 at 14:11
Oct 21, 2014
The Taxco Urban DH is This Weekend
Finn Isles is 15, the day after the Spank Whip Off at Crankworx Canada was his birthday. Still an amazing world class rider, even at 15!!
si-paton marcow-b's article
Oct 20, 2014 at 7:00
Oct 20, 2014
si-paton pinkbikeaudience's article
Oct 13, 2014 at 15:25
Oct 13, 2014
2015 British Downhill Series Dates Announced
Monster haven't brought a truck to a BDS for over 2 years now. The reason we can't use Gawton is because there is no where to pit and park 500 plus cars, let alone a big finish area for all the riders and pro teams. Ladies, Lets stick to the facts: We have the best national DH series in the World (I would say that). Think yourself lucky that you can get anywhere in the UK within a day. Many countries National series means they have to fly: Canada, America, Australia etc.. or drive for a few days if not more! It's £75.00 to race all rounds, not £80 to ride Moelfre. Show me a good venue in England and we will go there. I live in Birmingham so a trip to England would be nice! We have gone for the best tracks out there (Rheola were struggling for an uplift coach company to use). It's not been called BCF for almost ten years now. It's called BC - British Cycling. Call it what you want, entries open January 3rd 09:00 so if you are prepared to travel (It's a National series) and you want to race against the best on the best tracks, you know where we will be.
si-paton RichardCunningham's article
Oct 10, 2014 at 0:59
Oct 10, 2014
Now THAT Was a Bike: Sweetheart Cycles Moto Cruiser
Gold rated article. I love these retro insights. Keep them rolling RC.
si-paton geebeebee's article
Oct 9, 2014 at 9:41
Oct 9, 2014
Interview: Manon Carpenter - 2014 DH World Champion
2015 UCI prize money for World Champs, World Cups and World Cups overall will be equal between both men and women. The Hors Cat, Cat1, Cat2 etc.. guidelines state the men will be paid more. Of course that is only a guideline. No one can argue that in this day and age the men should be paid more than the the women. For example as an organiser myself of the BDS. If we matched the women's prize money to the men's. Over the series that would cost an extra £3k. We already give away over £10k in cash. To find that shortfall the extra funds would need to come from somewhere: sponsors, riders, spectators..
Sep 30, 2014 at 13:57
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