Beyond Racing Riding Contra Bikes for 2023

Apr 14, 2023
by Beyond Racing  
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Press Release: Beyond Racing

Finally, it’s time to let the cat out of the bag: We are thrilled to announce that Beyond Racing is partnering with Giro and Contra Bikes for 2023.

Anna Newkirk and Abby Hogie created Beyond Racing at the end of 2021 and had a very successful 2022 season with personal successes, multiple World Cup top 10’s, a 2nd place at national champs and Crankworx podiums.

This year they are changing up the game and partnering up with Contra Bikes & Giro Cycling. They will be taking on the world cup circuit aboard prototype steel high pivot downhill bikes. Evan Turpen, the owner of Contra Bikes, hand built the frames with feedback from the girls on their riding preferences, target terrains and body sizes. Evan customized the geometry to best suit them both and get them to their goal of going even faster. Together they have succeeded in making an incredible downhill bike using the same linkages as his enduro bike- the MC.

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Abby and Anna's Contra BR200's

bigquotesDesigning and building a World Cup Downhill race bike was a no-brainer for me. I've always been a big fan of World Cup Downhill ever since I got into mountain biking. When dreaming about the future of Contra Bikes, supporting a Women's downhill team was something I knew I wanted to do and Abby and Anna were the racers that I wanted to support.

When the possibility of sponsoring Beyond Racing came about I jumped at the opportunity! Abby and Anna are awesome! Not only are they great racers that are super dedicated and focused, but they are rad individuals and great ambassadors for the sport. I can't help but feel like they are on the verge of something amazing and I can't wait to see what they achieve on a Contra for 2023!
Evan Turpen

Contra is an incredibly unique addition to Beyond Racing this season. But that’s not all. We’re excited to be working with Giro for 2023 and beyond (pun intended). Abby and Anna will be kitted head to toe in Giro. The plan is to reveal cool and creative kits throughout the year.

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bigquotesCouldn’t be happier about where things are going! Beyond excited to do laps & race this bike! Having a good time with this team, making dreams a reality.Abby

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bigquotesI'm so excited about our set up this year! It's a dream come true to be working we so many awesome people and brands. The bike feels amazing and I can't wait to get the season rolling!Anna

We’re immensely grateful to all of our sponsors supporting our journey as a race team: Maxxis Tires, SR Suntour, FidLock, DT Swiss, Burgtec and Crankbrothers. Thanks to everyone who made this happen, we can’t wait to get the season rolling and prove that steel is not only quirky and sustainable but a real honey pot of possibilities in the bike world.


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49 Comments
  • 112 1
 Steel? Straight tubes? Linkages I can't comprehend? Looks sick, more of this please
  • 12 0
 need bike checks pls
  • 59 3
 Up up down down left right left right B A B A select start
  • 13 13
 OMG. I hope I am not the only child of the eighties that gets this!
  • 17 0
 @NERyder: We all get it
  • 2 0
 I love Nintendo too!
  • 17 1
 tell me you're over 40 without telling me you're over 40
  • 4 0
 @artistformlyknowasdan: I had a Power Glove that I played MegaMan with.
  • 2 0
 Had to break it to ya, it's BA not BABA
  • 3 0
 @RadBartTaylor: DAMN IT! my 8 bit memory bank is starting to fade.
  • 6 0
 @artistformlyknowasdan: I got hurt sleeping.
  • 1 0
 @fracasnoxteam: I can't get this song out of my head now www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJXUzKwkQak
  • 1 0
 @NERyder: I Contra dict this statement.
  • 1 0
 The Konami code. Worked on several Konami games. First game I used it on was Gradius.
  • 1 0
 @stovechunin:
I see what you did there.
  • 2 0
 @Tmackstab: I am glad you didn’t have to take the cartridge out, blow on it and reinsert it perfectly before pressing the power button to get it.
  • 31 0
 This will be good and interesting to see how the bike performs and withstands the WC abuse
  • 3 3
 who is WC???

-Ner
  • 2 0
 If it breaks get the welder out and you're good to go.
  • 21 1
 the bike looks like it has a steam engine
  • 15 0
 Steam punk bikes... Riders need round brass goggles and a pith helmet or full face top hat.
  • 12 0
 Those bikes look amazing and I hope the two do really well in this upcoming season !
  • 12 0
 Really love these steel FS bikes. Bet this this thing rips.
  • 10 0
 Congrats ladies. Wishing you both a solid year of racing!
  • 7 0
 This is extremely cool, all the best to Evan and everyone else involved tup
  • 5 0
 Evan, you couldn't have picked a better pair of rippers. The bike looks so rad. When my spire gets a little more worn, I'm replacing it with your enduro bike
  • 3 0
 Rad indeed! Reading this sent me back to Cru Jones making Rad Racing tee-shirts and then getting a totally sponsored buy out from the small-town supporter! I can't wait to see these two ladies rip the WC Helltrack scene a new one... on steel no less.
  • 5 0
 Sick! So stoked for Anna and Abby and can't wait to see how the bike does at the world cup races. Congrats Evan!
  • 4 0
 I really want them to do well with this setup. The looks are already a winner
  • 5 0
 Brilliant. This will be a breath of fresh air on the WC circuit.
  • 4 0
 Between this and (hopefully) Frameworks, I'm excited for DH this year
  • 3 0
 YA Evan, killing it with those bikes!!! Good luck to the entire team this year, its an awesome story!!!
  • 3 0
 Headline missing helper verb. (see what I did there?)
  • 3 0
 Love to see small manufacturers supporting WC racing. Good luck!
  • 3 0
 Me want me like
  • 3 0
 Rad.
  • 3 0
 Santa Cruz trails!
  • 1 0
 All the best for the season, hope you love them as much as I do my darkcycles..
  • 1 2
 I see they are sponsored by fidlock. Are they going to race DH with a magnetic bottle mount? Pretty pointless but it makes good advertising if the bottle arrives safely to the line.
  • 1 0
 Anyone else see the face in the tree?
  • 3 3
 Looks great. Good luck to these women racing in the woman's category again other women this year.
  • 2 2
 Good luck to those trying to decipher this sentence.
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