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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.

Worksrider

RECAP: MTB KLINIK AT REI ATLANTA

Posted in ERGON PRODUCT, EVENTS, LIFESTYLE with tags , , , , , , on August 14, 2010 by ergonusa

Eddie and Namrita O’Dea spent the afternoon at REI Atlanta familiarizing new riders of all ages with the basics of mountain biking.  They covered a range of topics from choosing the right bike to proper nutrition and hydration to building fitness and skills quickly and enjoyably.  So, in a nutshell…what do they like and recommend?

Bike choice:
Eddie: Full suspension cross-country bike
Namrita: For an intro bike if you are on a budget: Hardtail with front suspension.  If money isn’t an issue: Full suspension cross-country bike.

Best bike upgrade:
Eddie: Ergon GX2 grips (with barends)
Namrita: Ergon GP1 grips (no barends)

Favorite bike accessory:
Eddie: Topeak Mini 20 Pro multitool
Namrita: Topeak Race Rocket mini pump

Favorite nutrition product:
Eddie: nuun and FRS
Namrita: PowerBar Endurance (Lemon Lime)

Best piece of advice for building fitness:
Eddie: Ride hard, rest hard
Namrita: Don’t forget about rest days and the importance of enough sleep and good nutrition

Best piece of advice for improving skills:
Eddie: Look ahead, not down
Namrita: Stay positive and relaxed.  Momentum is your friend.

I never ride without:
Eddie: Saddle bag with spare tube, tire levers, multi-tool, and Rescue Box
Namrita: Saddle bag with all the above, plus I always carry a cell phone

Set2Rise 12hr Solo Trevor Allen (Ergon 24h Team)

Posted in NEWS with tags , , , , , on June 8, 2010 by worksrider

Trevor is based in the UK and is riding his first year as a sponsored athlete.

Last year this raced marked a significant breakthrough for me – the first 12hr that I had completed and my first podium of the season. This year I had the intention of winning although it just didn’t come together for me all race. Usually being at University is really positive for my training, I can ride during the day and study in the evening, however for two months of the year when exams and deadlines kick in it all gets too much and my riding suffers. May was one of those months and after round two of the British Champs I had two weeks off the bike stuck in a computer lab with little/no sleep. All the form that I had at the end of April evaporated and I went into the race feeling tired and out of shape.

I knew a couple of the guys in the field were going to hit the pace hard for two laps. I decided to play it cool and try and pace myself to be strong in the toughest hours of the race, from 2am till the finish at 6am. The rain came down hard in the first hours of the race. On the second lap someone slid out in front of me causing me to take evasive action which damaged my rear mech. I lost 10minutes fixing the bike and after 2 laps I was in 5th place, fifteen minutes down. A quick bike change on to the fully with Continental SpeedKing 2.1’s and I settled into a rhythm concentrating on staying efficient and keeping the bike upright in the muddy conditions. I lapped at this pace consistently for a few hours but never really took anytime out of the leaders. I pushed hard on laps 7,8 and 9 and then on lap 10 I fell to pieces and lost 10minutes. I came back into the pit and my crew tried their best to patch me back together. I knew the race was over but I carried on to the end and took forth. The final three laps were the hardest I have ever had to ride at any race. I was completely empty and bitterly disappointed at the way I had ridden.

At the time carrying on and finishing the race felt like the worst thing to do. Retrospectively I am pleased I did and thankful to my pit crew. It definitely has taught me a lot about endurance racing and I am stronger mentally as a result. With only two weeks left till my first 24solo of the year at Mountain Mayhem I know the suffering at Set2Rise will help me. Now my University year over for the year I can now train full time for the rest of the season and look forward to the next for months.