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Matt Page wins 24 Hours of Exposure becoming British and European Champion

Posted in EVENTS, RACING with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 20, 2011 by worksrider

Matt, a friend of Ergon for many years, and a firm believer in our products won 24 Hours of Exposure becoming British and European Champion solo rider.  It was an extremely hard race, and very close at times (I know, I was there and stayed up all night to watch).  Matt switched from Ergon GX1 to GS1 (the marathon grip) the week prior to the race.  He told me “normally I would never change something so close to the race, but I trust Ergon.  It is one of the few companies which I trust.”

After the race, very emotional he thanked us for our work and all the support.  My response was that we did very little by comparison!  His opinion of the GS “It is the best that you guys have ever done.  I didn’t think there would be such a difference to the GX1, or that a grip could be so much better than what I had considered was the yardstick”.

The video here is great.

Ergon is very proud of Matt’s achievements.  As am I.



UK National 24 Hour Champion Rides Ergon

Posted in NEWS, RACING with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 26, 2010 by worksrider

In an event that resembled a cross country race in terms of the tactics used, this last weekend saw Matt Page, riding for Wiggle, take the UK National 24hr Champion’s title at the inorgral event in the Scottish borders.

As 24 hour racing gains momentum, there are a number of events that stand out. Mountain Mayhem, 24 hours of Adrenaline, SITS, and a few others. What all of these events have in common however, is that although solo riders are there and taking it seriously, they share the course with pairs teams, teams of 4 and teams of five. Many of these people are there for the festival experience of racing, not necessarily to contend places.

24hrs of Exposure is an event set to change this. For solo riders only, to prove that they had what it takes to wear the National Champion’s jersey for a year.

While Team Topeak Ergon and Ergon 24 were sadly missing from the event owning to scheduling clashes and injury, Ergon was still represented. Matt Page sported a set of Ergon GX1 on both of his team bikes (in Limited Edition White, and Team Edition Green). Matt, who has the choice to ride any products that online retailer Wiggle stocks said of Ergon “I won’t use any other grips, these are the bees knees” when he switched to them last year.

Everyone at Ergon would like to extend heartfelt congratulations to Matt for his win, and to the other winners on the day too, and all those who took part.

More details can be found here.

Ergon around the World

Posted in NEWS with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 4, 2009 by worksrider

Ergon is International, and cycling is a universal language.  As a part of this, I will be posting profiles of Ergon sponsored riders, and associates here.  We spoke to Sarah Holmes, in Australia who is sponsored by Over The Edge Sports the Ergon distributor in the region.

Sarah doing her thing.

Who are you ?

I am an Adelaide born and bred 21 year old; I was an accomplished softballer until I stumbled across dirt and mountain bikes 2 years ago. Being extremely competitive I fell into the wide world of racing and surprised myself with some great results in my first season of racing! From there it became an addiction and my racing experience now consists of two seasons at club level, one season at National level and three international races including two world cups in Europe. I am now gearing up for my second season at National level.

Where do you like to ride?

My favourite training ground is on the 80kms of sweet single track in the small country town of Melrose in the Southern Flinders Ranges. In a beautiful setting; surrounded by lush, green rolling hills, a flowing creek and Kangaroos – There really is something about Melrose.

Tell us about your training…

My training has consisted of around 20hours per week and has been a variety of long hours in the saddle, shorter intensity rides, strength training both on and off the bike and a lot of stretching and massage!  

Where do you race?

I race locally in South Australia for our State series rounds, travel around Australia and New Zealand for the National Series and Oceania Championships and I plan to travel overseas for World Cup events. I am looking forward to competing in some cross country stage races here in Australia and possibly breaking out into the road scene too.

What are your aims?

To have a strong domestic season with the goal of becoming the Australian XC U23 Champion and ultimately qualify for 2010 World Championships. Ultimately I would not only like to be the number one rider in Australia but I would like to be a serious contender on the world cup circuit.

Sarah with World Champion Irina Kalentieva

Where would you like to ride/race in the future?

I would love to travel to the US, Canada and back to Europe. I would like to spend some time in Fruita, Colorado and Hurricane, Utah – riding and competing on the American race circuit. I loved every minute spent in Germany; both pedalling and beer tasting and look forward to exploring more in the future.

What is your experience with Ergon?

Although I have to admit I was curious, my first Ergon experience was gently but somewhat forcefully placed upon me by the boys at Over The Edge Sports in Melrose. No one gets out of town without stocking up on Ergon grips! I am now a lover and believer in my GX2 Carbons and do not want to even imagine riding with any other grip but an Ergon. My BD2 backpack is the ultimate companion on the epic rides and I am slowly converting all that come within a 10m radius!

Tell us something about you that has nothing to do with bikes!

A few interesting non-bike related facts about me: Earlier this year I travelled Europe with my partner in the back of an extremely rusty ford transit van, self-equipped with a kitchen, a mad paint job, couch/bed and bike parts area. Pumping up the air mattress and sweeping the carpet became a daily competition. I love travelling and experiencing new cultures and languages. I am definately solar powered and  have a love for anything outdoors; picking and eating large quantities of wild morel mushrooms, nettles and a good drop of mate tea are the top of my list.