Happy Campers - Intense Factory Racing Team Camp 2018

Apr 10, 2018 at 0:36
by Nathan Hughes  



The smell of race tape and ruts hangs in the air and the greatest riders from around the globe are already locked and loaded in view of the Mediterranean. World Cup number one looms large ahead. Entering the 2017 season as one of the many satellite teams on the periphery of people's expectations, Intense Factory Racing comes into the new season with all together stronger standing...

Now just a three man band, the Aussie-American Sandwich of Jack Moir, Charlie Harrison and Dean Lucas is set to be in contention for the top steps. Somehow muddling through the preceding seven rounds on a real mixture of bikes and set-ups, the aluminum prototypes can finally be put away; the carbon M29 is now fully dialed in. Hitting the So-Cal dust on the big rigs with a vengeance, but still finding time for a little trail riding and motocross, off-season was starting to look less and less of a holiday and more like work... Yes, when you have a dream job, this is what hard labour looks like.


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Jeff Steber's freshest gravity creation; the carbon M29. Just an aluminum prototype at this point last year, now dialed in and ready for a long summer of racing ahead. These will be available in limited numbers this year with the refined rider-direct sales model keeping prices down.

Intense team camp
Intense team camp

Intense team camp
While the mechanics hurry to assemble the new bikes, team manager, Bernat Guardia, gives his 12 o'clock wheelie skills some attention on the first carbon prototype raced by Jack at Worlds.

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Team camp digs, high on the hill above Temecula town. Not too shabby.

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The boys discover a stash of their 2018 kit and equipment in their rooms.
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It's a tough job, but as ever, someone's gotta do it.

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First things first; getting out for a rip on the new bikes in the hills.

Intense team camp
Intense team camp

Intense team camp
Jack seems to be one of those rare few riders on the circuit able to bring real style at speed.

Intense team camp
Intense team camp

Intense team camp
Charlie well at home in the boulders of the Trinidad trail.

Intense team camp
Intense team camp

Intense team camp
It wouldn't be California without some beautiful dust trails following the bikes down the mountain.

Intense team camp
Jack finding the clean lines through the most technical section.

Intense team camp
Intense team camp

Intense team camp
The crew dig out the 'little' bikes to keep the fitness levels up... but the fun doesn't need to end there.

Intense team camp
Intense team camp

Intense team camp
Old school, but still new school... Team Manager, Bernat, making all the right shapes.

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Intense team camp

Intense team camp
Dean speechless after getting schooled by mechanics, Ernie and Chappie.

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The squad stop by the legendary Troy Lee Designs HQ in Corona to check in with Stikman and Troy himself.

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From there it's onto a visit at the Geico Honda Factory Racing Connection headquarters.

Intense team camp
Intense team camp

Intense team camp
Intense team camp

Intense team camp
The two teams get together for another group shot after swapping some notes. The supercross level of operation does admittedly leave the IFR set-up feeling just a little dwarfed.

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The squad was feeling inspired to get out in the dirt so drove out to Pala Raceaway with a few Huskies.

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Dean, Jack and Charlie chat with supercross boss Trey Canard.

Intense team camp
Intense team camp

Intense team camp

Intense team camp
Dean giving Jack a taste of the SoCal dirt.

Intense team camp
Intense team camp

Intense team camp
Ernie shooting with the next gen of e-motocrossers.

Intense team camp

Intense team camp
Not quite X-Fighters moves, but moves nonetheless.

Intense team camp
Intense team camp

Intense team camp
IFR mechanic, Chappie, having the last word out on track.

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Luckily IFR's other mechanic, Ernie, is back at base keeping the steeds in tip-top form ready for the next ride.

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The full IFR line-up out for the day near the San Bernadino National Forest. The best of squads are mates as well.

Intense team camp

Intense team camp
Intense team camp

Intense team camp
California's not supposed to be this way.... The local boy digs in and leads the way despite the nasty conditions.

Intense team camp
Intense team camp

Intense team camp
Dean finding some shelter from the wind, sliding the through the deep dark trees.

Intense team camp
Intense team camp

Intense team camp
Committed and pitted, Deanos mantra.

Intense team camp
Intense team camp

Intense team camp
Loam isn't easy to come by in this part of the World, but somehow Dean finds a healthy stash to blow up.

Intense team camp
Even SoCal has a blip now and again... hardly a fair swap for the Aussie summer. Still, it would turn out to be great preparation for what was next to come as the crew had to fly cross-country to Tennessee for the SRAM test camp with the new Boxxer.


MENTIONS: @intensecyclesusa


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32 Comments
  • 28 1
 Get em’ shart attack!
  • 12 2
 Never trust a fart.
  • 8 0
 Yeahhh...
  • 15 0
 CLAUDIO'S PREVIEW!!!! WAITING LIKE A JUNKY!!!!! DH WITHDRAWL IN FRONT OF THE DEALERS DOOR!!! HURRY TF UP!!!!! DHDHDHDHDH....Brrrbbbrrr , going crazy here.
  • 5 0
 That dh bike is just dreamlike. Imho one of the most beautiful bikes existing right now
  • 5 0
 I was going to say that new M29 was the sexiest thing ever. Then I scrolled down to the Honda truck...
  • 7 2
 Those photos lie. SoCal sucks for riding. Please go elsewhere Smile
  • 5 1
 No problem
  • 3 0
 I really like the Team they have and i wish them all the best for the Season , as fresh as the new bikes and kit , they all are looking like they mean bizniz for 2018 !
  • 3 0
 Intense is looking like a contender!
  • 3 0
 They look like a pretty laid back factory team to me.
  • 9 0
 Intense picking up the slack from the Syndicate
  • 2 0
 @YouHadMeAtDrugs: you are onto something their ,they don't look like they gel in way , all talent in world but they are missing something.
  • 2 0
 @j-davin: they don't need to be friends tho it's an individual sport
  • 1 0
 @Asmodai: good point
  • 2 0
 @Asmodai: Not true. While it may be a "no friends on race day" sport, it's all about having friends during training and practicing which makes up the other 99% of their time. Having a team that gels together makes training a lot better. Better training=better racing.
  • 3 0
 So,when you said "..keeping prices down" you meant "keeping them down to about 12g" ..right?
  • 1 0
 @Boardlife69: i didn't mean "no friends on race day", imo as long as they dont hate each other it doesn't matter
also you cant say " it's all about having friends during training and practicing" for some riders it may help but maybe others want to focus on training more

either way i dont think its fair to say that team is missing something despite huge talent because they dont act like best friends
  • 1 1
 @scary1: I just bought an m16 carbon full bike for $3000 the pro build is $5000
  • 1 0
 @Bigernmcracken: thats not the limited edition m29
  • 1 0
 @scary1: my point was there prices have dropped quite a bit other than the m29 their most expensive bikes are $8500. They released the pricing the m29 is 10k With full enve cockpit and wheels. The V10 with enve’s is 10,699 and that’s not a syndicate replica
  • 1 0
 Is there any other carbon seat mast on a 29er out there? It’s like modern and throwback all in one.
  • 1 0
 Interesting disc size on the second photo, looks like they'll be running 220mm rotors!
  • 4 0
 Yep Jack was running 220mm's here at nationals
  • 1 0
 Is that house used in a #mtb movie within the last few years? It looks familiar.
  • 4 1
 This is Balling big time
  • 1 0
 Epic photos! Give the photographer a raise - awesome job! Go get em Jack
  • 2 0
 Where is this Trinidad??
  • 12 1
 Northern CA. Up around Eureka, CA.
  • 7 0
 South of Pueblo CO... Trust me. ;-)
  • 1 0
 CHUCK 4 LYFE
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