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The Drum Up Scottish Cycling podcast 18 Trials and sponsorship

In this show I interview Kevin Johnston of the Clydesdale Colts cycling club and who is also involved in the the Scottish trials club. We talk about how young riders can use trials bikes to get on bike skills quickly that can be easily transferred to mountain bikes.

In Motherwell they were looking to raise awareness of what he calls the best kept secret in cycling – how the trails bike can be used, and even with a simple grass area and cones course.

Any Scottish cycling Go-ride club can get involved and Kevin is keen to share the knowledge.


After that, keep listening I give a few thoughts about big event sponsorship based on my talking to a few major sponsors at the Motherwell tour series.

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Here’s Lee Craigie’s Ted Talk, as mentioned in the show.

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Scottish cycling podcast 15: Richard and Tom Seipp!

Have you ever met a 12 year old that has raced 100 miles solo over 24 hours, ridden 215 miles in a day and attempted one of the toughest self-supported bike events in the world?

In my previous show I shared my brief thoughts following a chat with Richard and Tom Seipp. I’ve overcome technology problems and can bring you the full chat – listen to it below or get along to Craigton Mountain Sports on Biggar Road in Fairmilehead for 7pm to hear all about it. (Buy tickets here: 10% discount for Drum Up followers if you use the code DRUMUP on checkout!)

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24 hour mountain biking in Scotland

Scottish cycling podcast 14: bikepacking and long distance mountain biking

In this show I record my thoughts after a chat with Richard Seipp and his son Tom. They are speaking this Thursday 16th February in Edinburgh about long distance rides like the Highland Trail 550, the Strathpuffer 24 hour and tours in Europe.

Listen to my thoughts below or go along to Craigton Mountain Sports on Biggar Road in Fairmilehead for 7pm to hear all about it. (Buy tickets here: 10% discount for Drum Up followers if you use the code DRUMUP on checkout!)

UPDATE: I managed to publish the full audio of my chat with Richard and Tom Seipp, which you can listen to HERE.

Scottish cycling podcast 9: XC racing with Kerry MacPhee

In this show I’m talking cross country mountain bike racer Kerry MacPhee. We discuss how anyone can get started in racing, how to handle the challenge of stepping up from junior to senior level, the extra challenges beyond just training and racing such as logistics, the mental side of racing and gaining personal sponsorship.

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’tis the season to help good ventures

A child seat built specifically for trails. This makes two kickstarter posts in one day, but the idea behind Macride was conceived in Scotland (I suspect) and it has been tested in the Ochil hills of Stirlingshire and Clackmannanshire over the past few months, so I wanted to give this one a shout too.

You can contribute to this kickstarter fund – there are only a few hours to go on this one.

Kenta Gallagher Wins XC Eliminator in Nove Mesto

Scottish XC rider Kenta Gallagher won the XC Eliminator at the World Cup in Nove Mesto at the weekend. A great win at international level.

Kenta had been on the British Cycling performance programme for a few years and been supported by the Braveheart Fund. Lately I had begun to wonder about results, with younger compatriot (and fellow BC Performance rider) Grant Ferguson seemingly overtaking him. However it’s easy to forget the Braveheart and BC Performance might be more about developing athletes than getting on the top step of the podium. As an armchair follower who isn’t plugged into the MTB racing scene, I don’t have much of an idea what the performance path and the expectations really are but this result is obviously a step up at elite level.

Below is the press information from Endura, cycle clothing sponsor of Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team for 2013 and 2014. I get a sort of squeamish feeling running press releases – I should really be doing the stories myself – but time is tighter than a carbon post fused in a seat-tube right now.

Kenta Gallagher of the Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team, sponsored by Endura, won the XCE in Nove Mesto last Friday. The second round of the UCI MTB World Cup Series kicked off last Friday with the new Sprint Eliminator (XCE) discipline. The Sprint Eliminator begins with a time trial around a short urban course filled with obstacles. The top 32 women and top 32 men qualify for competition and then race in heats of four, with the top two in each heat moving on to the next round. Eventually, the top four riders race for the World Cup title. The IOC came over to Nove Mesto na Morave to see if this young and dynamic form of mountain biking can be added to the Olympic Games in Rio 2016. A final decision will be made in September later this year.

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Jaymie Mart memorial downhill

Jaymie Mart was a seven times Scottish downhill series winner who tragically died in September last year.

A new Mountain Biking festival, ‘Jayfest’, has been announced, and will be held in her memory in Innerleithen, Scotland, from 14th to 16th June 2013.


Jaymie was a colourful and well known personality in Scottish mountain biking, and although I did not know her, and am not plugged in to the downhill scene, my brother did and was deeply saddened to hear of her passing.

Here is the media information for the event- with pro rider Tracy Mosely, and coaches Emma Guy and Tracy Brunger (formerly of the Glentress Hub) on board it is sure to be a great event.

Download the Jayfest poster PDF

Jayfest will host an invigorating range of mountain biking events, complemented by a multitude of supporting events over the course of the weekend. Jayfest aims to promote biking, the arts, fun and laughter, all in the stunning setting of the glorious Tweed Valley.

The weekend will offer a variety of biking coaching sessions and races, and will also including a world record attempt at the longest mountain biking train. The festival will also include The Marketplace, a chill out teepee, children’s entertainment, pump track, and nutrition and wellbeing booth.
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Rab Wardell in Germany and Bike the Rock MTB race

Rab Wardell is often good at promoting his sponsors in different ways – such as the West Highland Way ride for Kinesis Morvelo.

Here he is riding his Trek Superfly on the trails and paths from the Burg Teck, situated at 2544 feet, high above Dettingen unter Teck in the district of Esslingen in Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany. The film was shot by Johny Cook.

“Wie in Deutschland” – “Like in Germany” from Johny Cook on Vimeo.

Rab is racing the Bike The Rock Elite MTB XC race on Sunday, along with fellow Scot Dave Henderson of GT Muc-Off Racing.

Dave described the XC course as a bit like Inerliethen- savage up and savage down. It is a strong field with the likes of Nino Schurter, Florian Vogel, Manuel Fumic, Marco Fontana and Fabian Giger – all riders who compete in the World Cup series.

Good luck lads!

Follow the tweets on #biketherock

Video courtesy of johnycook.com/

Tweedlove stories – Andy Barlow

Here’s a really nice video of Andy Barlow, Dirt School coach, riding mountain bikes in the Borders.

Vid is from the Tweedlove festival – nothing to do with retro bikes and clothing – it’s a 10 day cycling festival in the Tweed Valley in Scotland’s Borders region from 24th May to Sunday 2nd June 2013.

It includes enduro and DH races, a road sportive, a town centre crit in Peebles and numerous other events.

Tweedlove Stories 6 – Andy Barlow from Calum Darling on Vimeo.

Andy went to school with my wee brother – both were well into mountain bikes back then and obviously still are (I’m hoping to post something from the latter man soon). Andy is someone who helps to propel mountain biking in Scotland with Dirt School, providing coaching, courses and guiding.

Endura sponsors Kenta Gallagher, Grant Ferguson and the Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team

Lately I have been putting press releases on the blog – I would prefer to write my own pieces or at least edit the most interesting information and provide commentary, but while struggling for time, a ready-made article is sometimes too handy not to run with.

Endura’s newest sponsorship venture is particularly interesting in that GB U23 / Academy riders Grant Ferguson and Kenta Gallagher are part of the team. Many people back home have an idea of how good these two are but in the bigger international racing picture, they are very much starting out in their careers and getting top level racing experience.

So we will watch their development with interest.

Endura is proud to announce that the Scottish bikewear and accessories provider is the official cycle clothing sponsor of Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team for 2013 and 2014. The 10 rider strong team will be managed by Bart Brentjens, founder of the Brentjens MTB Racing team and the first Olympic gold medal winner in the history of XC mountain biking as an Olympic discipline at the Olympic Games in Atlanta 1996.

As the team’s exclusive clothing sponsor, Endura will provide the team with their custom-made team kit as well as with all other cycle clothing that the riders wear for racing as well as for training.

“We are delighted to be part of the Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team for 2013 and 2014. We have had such a successful product development process for our road clothing over the past 4 years through Endura Racing [now Team NetApp-Endura for 2013 and 2014] that it made perfect sense to replicate this system for MTB with a team of equivalent standing and we think we have found that with Bart and the Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team. We’ll be working closely with the riders on our XC clothing to compliment the inputs from Oli Beckingsale and Tracy Moseley. Having an additional 10 riders to work with, especially ones of such high calibre, is something that our product development team are really excited about, and it’s even more special for us to be supporting and working with Grant Ferguson and Kenta Gallagher as your Scottish talents on the team”, says Jim McFarlane, founder and Managing Director of Endura.

The team will be racing on an International level; the racing schedule for 2013 and 2014 including the UCI Worldcup series XCO & XCE, the National Championships, the European Championships, the World Championships, the National Series, and Cape Epic.

The team riders for 2013 are Marek Konwa (POL), Jeroen Boelen (NED), Hans Becking (NED), Grant Ferguson (UK), Kenta Gallagher (UK), Anne Terpstra (NED), Jiri Novak (CZE), Yana Belomoyna (UKR), and Paul Rodenbach (SA).

Bart Brentjens’ team was formerly known as Milka Superior MTB Racing Team. After a successful cooperation in 2012, Superior has reinforced the sponsoring agreement for 2013. With Milka falling away as main sponsor, the official name for the UCI Trade Team in 2013 will be “Superior Brentjens MTB Racing Team”. Also, the team logo has been re-styled accordingly.