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Kelly, Fisher, Breeze and Cunningham are stoked by OWMTBC09, are you?

July 30th, 2009

Gary Fisher, Charlie Kelly, Joe Breeze, Charlie Cunningham
They’re stoked, are you?

As you can see Charlie Kelly, Gary Fisher, Joe Breeze, Charlie Cunningham and Fairfax Pat are getting stoked by the idea of OWMTBC09, are you? It’s just six weeks until 4th and 5th September 2009 and there are still some places available but you need to be quick – see www.owmtbc.org for an entry form and more information. Sponsored by Retrobike and Howies there will be plenty of prizes and the format means that the fastest rider is very unlikely to win – how cool would it be to be World Champion?

There will only be one chance to be at the first World Champs dedicated solely to old bikes and in years to come many people will lay a claim and proudly announce “I was there”. Don’t just make the claim, actually be there!

See you in Holland

The OWMTBC09 Organisers

Original Source Mountain Mayhem Retrobike Trophy

June 30th, 2009

For those who missed out on MM or who haven’t followed one of the many threads (like this one) you won’t know about the catchily titled “Original Source Mountain Mayhem Retrobike Trophy”.

On the showstand over the course of the weekend we held a public vote to find the ‘best’ bike on display. The winner was called on Sunday afternoon and a presentation made in front of the masses.

Pace RC-100 Jeremy Hammond

The winner was Jez with his Pace RC-100. A worthy and iconic winner for sure, well done Jez!

Wharncliffe Weekender 2009 – Fourth on the 4th July 2009!

June 30th, 2009

‘Dr’ Steve Peat has somehow found time to plan what is sure to be a mouth-watering 4th annual Wharncliffe Weekender, despite his hectic racing schedule and his new found profession, delivering babies! Little did Sheffield University know last year that the honorary doctorate awarded in 2008 was to pre-empt the delivery of son number 2. All this when the UCI Downhill World Cup is now in full swing with Steve having a blistering start and leading the points series with 2 wins and a podium in the 3 rounds so far. His win in Andorra has now established the Sheffield born rider as the most successful of all time with 17 World Cup wins. He’s somehow finding time for the return of the ever popular event ……

The annual cross country mountain bike meeting, held in Sheffield is, again, receiving global interest and last year saw riders from across the UK & Ireland as well as further afield from the Canary Islands and even New Zealand! The charity event, which raises money for the Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity has been extremely successful over the past 3 years. The amount raised to date is £28,500 with last year’s funds being specifically donated to the Teenage Cancer Unit at the hospital.

A visit by the Wharncliffe Weekender events team to the Teenage unit has strengthened their resolve to continue what is now becoming one of the most enjoyable MTB events in the calendar.

Steve Peat said ‘We’re stoked with the amount of money we’ve raised so far and can’t believe the distance some of the riders travel to take part. We all say this event is easy to organize because we have so much fun. We’re tweaking the plans for this year with the emphasis being solely on riding and old school MTB fun. We’ve even built a dual slalom fun track in the event field for people to play on. It’s gonna be awesome so come along and help us raise loads of money!’

The event comprises of 2 categories. Firstly a fun race for children or the less discerning riders, almost all of whom will be in fancy dress and will this year incorporate a team event. Secondly, a senior event which is for the more serious rider. In addition to the actual riding, there will be camping, food all-day and many other fund-raising stalls and activities. In the evening, things will slow down with old school ‘chill & chat’.

There are still plenty of places available for interested riders and people who may just wish to spectate or enjoy the other activities are gratefully welcome. The dates for the event are 4th & 5th July.

You will be able to download entry and sponsorship forms from the following website and get all the latest info on the race running up to the event.

www.wharncliffeweekender.com

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MM 2009 Aftermath

June 25th, 2009

Retrobike Mountain Mayhem 2009
Ready To Ride

Mayhem is over for another year, but what a great year it was! With over 30 riders and a massive stand this was by far the biggest year ever for Retrobike. Check the threads in the forum here and here for a flavour of what happened along with more pictures.

Retrobike @ Mountain Mayhem 2009!

June 17th, 2009

Once again Retrobike will be at this weekend’s OS Mountain Mayhem 2009 at Eastnor - this will be our biggest and best year ever! Our new and improved show stand will be located in the heart of the MM arena and features some of your favourite and most significant MTBs from the dawn of the sport, along with a fine selection of vintage road and bmx bikes. Over the course of the weekend we’ll be holding a vote for the ‘Mountain Mayhem Retrobike Trophy’ – so make sure you drop by the stand, check out all the bikes and cast your vote! Those of you racing this year should watch out for our retro-themed trackside tent of crazy supporters, listen out for those classic old schools tunes and party whilst you pedal! At Retrobike we don’t only party hard – we have over 30 riders in various teams and solo classes, making us one of the largest club entries in the event! All Retrobike riders will be on old school machinery and some still in their vintage race strips! So be sure to support the Retrobike riders out on course!

Brighton Big Dog – now with added retrobike!

June 17th, 2009

Retrobike brighton big dog

August 15th sees the return of the fantastic singletrack trails of Stanmer Park in the shape of a fresh and new 6 hour enduro for solos and teams: It’s called: “The Brighton Big Dog.” The event offers a dedicated pre-95 retro-category sponsored by Retrobike and a pre race retrobike show – winner takes the Retrobike BigDog Trophy home!

Local riders have come together to put on a rider organised, not for profit, summer classic at the Stanmer venue. We’ve taken a course described by many as the best of 2008 and added our own Big Dog flavour. Our dedicated pack have been meticulously combing the park in order to unearth new and hidden gems and we can proudly say that the natural flowing singletrack has been enhanced.

Whilst riders are railing the course those in the venue can enjoy music from our resident Brighton DJ’s, excellent food, retro bike parade, fresh from the barrel Harvey’s ale, a host of tea and cakes and most importantly a general top ranking vibe.

We reckon that for most riders a great ride just isn’t complete without a great night out and what better place than Brighton! Luckily The Big Dog ends not at the finish line but at closing time with any profits from the day being unleashed behind the bar at the post race party venue to make sure that you are properly rehydrated: “old style.”

We have called up all of our friends and also some of the coolest names in the industry to help make the event a reality with contributions and prizes. As such the fund is strong and includes goodies from brands such as Gary Fisher, Cannondale, Exposure Lights, Independent Fabrication, Skins, Apple and Morvelo.

The event offers some further twists with the unique “Onederdog” cat. The “Onederdog” enables anyone; passer by, supporter or those who just want a quick burn to check out the singletrack for one lap at any time. For your £6 you’ll get free tea and cake and also leaderboard status if you so wish.

Aware of spiraling bike costs we’ve tried to keep entry fees reasonably tight – and remember the more entries we get the bigger the bar tab so enter as soon as you can!

Local rider and singlespeed maestro Oli Pepper has put together a stellar website with all the information you could hope for – check it out at www.brightonbigdog.com

Let’s make “The Big Dog” one big memorable day.

The First Old World Mountain Bike Championships, Bergen (NH), Holland – September 4/5th, 2009

March 5th, 2009

OWMTB Champs

The first Old World Mountain Bike Championships are to be held in Bergen (NH), 40 minutes north of Amsterdam, Holland, this September.

A group of vintage mountain bike enthusiasts have come together to organise a weekend of retro bike activities, designed to crown the first Old World Mountain Bike Champions. All racers will have to use mountain bikes built before 1995, with extra points gained for original features including cantilever brakes and skinwall tyres!

As committed restorers and riders of classic machinery including Klein, Fat Chance, Overbury’s and Orange, the group recognised that, despite the growth of interest in such historic and important brands, there were no activities or races dedicated to the early days of mountain biking.

The organisers will deliver a challenging cross country course that won’t damage those precious bikes, a crazy retro bike fashion show, along with a novel twist on trials riding for all participants – strong interest is expected from across the globe to crown the first Old World champions – so get your old school bike dusted down pronto and head for Holland!

Check http://www.owmtbc.org for more details.

Retrobike @ Mountain Mayhem 2008

July 1st, 2008

June 21st-22nd saw retrobike make their annual pilgrimage to Eastnor Park to take part in Mountain Mayhem. With over 25 riders and various hangers on it was an excellent turnout. Despite the British weather a great weekend was had by all, due in no small part to the excellent organisation of the event.

Retrobike Mountain Mayhem


The full aftermath discussion is going ahead in the forum here.
The galleries can be seen here.

Bring on next year where we’ll hopefully have an even bigger and better turnout.

Retrobike @ the IoM End to End

September 23rd, 2007

Retrobike’s James Webster recently completed the Isle of Man End to End race in an excellent 25th place.

James Webster Isle of Man Retrobike

Full report here in the forum.

Team BlueCrest takes the 2007 Cisco Euro Challenge by storm!

September 19th, 2007

Bluecrest Retrobike Cisco 2007
Ben aka Pace taking on the night canoe stage

BlueCrest Capital Management, sponsored by www.retrobike.co.uk, took 5th place in the 2007 Cisco Euro Challenge in Donegal Bay, Ireland. The all male team shone in the 4½ hour mountain biking stage to take 4th place, rising to 7th in the overall classification. BlueCrest continued their rise up the leaderboard in the night-canoeing stage to secure 5th place overall going in to the final day, a position they maintained through the construction stage and the final 10km orienteering stage set on the outstanding beach and precipitous sand dunes surrounding the surf-town of Bundoran, to achieve their best ever finish in the event.

BlueCrest’s ladies team, also sponsored by RetroBike and competing for the first time, remained unphased by the lack of female competitors, taking 28th place in the race which comprised 70 entrants, beating 20 all male teams and a number of mixed teams!

All the team members would like to thank RetroBike for their sponsorship and support! More details on the race can be found at www.challengerworldresults.com

Crud ! Sweat ! and No Gears ! – Mountain Mayhem 07

June 21st, 2007

RetroBike takes Mountain Mayhem

After a great event in the Mud of Eastnor the RetroBike crew can toast a successful weekend of racing and displaying. Full reports will follow this week but in the meantime check out the threads in the ‘Meets’ forum here and pictures here.

Retrobike @ The Races

May 15th, 2007

After months of hard fought negotiation top mtb and road racer Geoffrey L Beetham has agreed to ride for retrobike for the 2007 season. Geoffrey’s impressive palmares include numerous top 20 Elite NPS finishes along with the Masters NPS title in 2005.

This year Geoffrey will be racing Masters Off Road and Elite On Road. Watch this space to follow his progress throughout the year.

Retrobike @ Sherwood Pines NPS #2

May 15th, 2007

After a muddy race retrobike’s #1 team rider Geoffrey B finished a fine second.


Full results can be found here.

New Feature – RetroBike.co.uk – Member profiles

May 15th, 2007

In the first of a new feature RetroBikes’s social secretary and resident crash merchant James ‘Hilts’ Freeborough caught up with Mike ‘Ameybrook’ Wilk to find out a little bit of background on one of the Retro brotherhood from the U.S.

Personal profile
Name – Mike Wilk
RetroBike Alter Ego – Ameybrook
Age – 27

Mike and his retro lavadome take on durango

JF – Hi Mike and thanks for being the Guinea Pig in the first of our ‘RetroBike.co.uk’ member profiles.

MW – No problem.

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