On July 20th, every year, we will join mountain bikers around the world by blowing off all other obligations and simply riding our mountain bikes. We encourage riders everywhere - in all regions and skill levels - to join in on the fun.
International Ride Mountain Bike Day will take place Saturday, July 20th and continue annually thereafter. Otherwise known as Ride MTB Day, this yearly movement is composed of community-based events that will take place around the globe with mountain bike brands, media, professionals, retailers, parks and local riders everywhere - each showing their love and support for the sport of mountain biking by holding group rides, fundraisers, races and demos.
The sport of Mountain Biking has an incredible culture and Ride MTB Day is a great way to celebrate it. Ride MTB Day is not a Fox-owned event, but our goal is to have the concept adopted by the entire industry and raise mountain bike awareness and participation. We look forward to more and more brands and retailers supporting Ride MTB Day year after year.
On this day, each year, mountain bikers will gather together at local trails, bike parks, and bike shops and even enjoy solitary rides, helping to bring riders all over the world together.
For more information and to find an event near you, visit www.ridemtbday.com
Follow International Ride MTB Day on Instagram: @RideMTBDay
Durability, versatility or mobility? Kaos Seagrave spends as much time building trails in the Welsh countryside as he does shredding them. For digging and riding, he mixed the Ranger and Defend gear to give him the protection and style he needs. Add in the versatility of the all-new Dropframe Helmet, and you have a kit made for his ride. Like Kaos, you can use our kit builder to create your own custom look.
“Looking good is always a big part of my riding, and this kit gives me the chance to look good and feel comfortable when I’m out shredding"
-Kaos Seagrave – Pro Downhill Athlete
To create a kit of your own, use our MTB kit builder tool. With three benefit-driven mountain bike collections, the kit you imagine can be as diverse as the terrain you ride in.
Watch Ethan Nell put the all-new Rampage Pro Carbon to the test on his home trails near Virgin, Utah. Famous for rugged canyon walls and massive drops, it’s where he was born and raised, and the place he calls home. Eboy and his friends spend their days carving lines out of the shale and sandstone, creating a massive playground where few dare to drop in. Home gives us a glimpse of the sage-covered beauty and insane riding waiting for Ethan just outside his back door.
“The new RPC is lighter, loaded with tech, and comes in black. What more could you want in a helmet?"
- Ethan Nell – Freeride Mountain Biker
ETHAN NELL’S GEAR
That’s right Ethan… it’s available in black, white, silver, and the super unique iridescent Weld colorway. Our all-new RPC helmet is here, and now, "Eboy approved." This state-of-the-art mountain bike lid is loaded with the latest in energy mitigating materials and technology – like Fluid Inside® and Varizorb EPS foam. This arsenal of technology is fitted into an ultralight and ventilated shell. So, you get both comfort and peace of mind.
The Vue Goggle is the perfect partner for the RPC. Its expansive viewport gives you the maximum field of view. Something that comes in pretty handy when you're spotting your landing.
Ethan’s jersey of choice is the Flexair Delta™ Jersey. And, there is a ton of reasons why. First, it has nearly limitless flexibility – a feature which is especially beneficial when making athletic moves on your bike. Second, thanks to the power of Polartec® Delta™, this jersey is cool, really cool. The fabric acts like mini radiators to keep you cooler, drier and more comfortable. And third, the densely knit sleeves provide abrasion resistance where you need it most.
The Fox MTB team got off to a great start at the UCI Downhill World Cup season opener in Maribor, Slovenia. The weather, however, was seasonably unpredictable. Downpours during Saturday's qualifiers were followed by sunshine on Sunday. The mixed conditions caught more than a few elite riders during the race. This made runs during the morning practice session crucial as riders finalized tire choice and made other preparations. The Fox DH team had ups and downs throughout the weekend, but victories for both Loic and Tahnée ended race day on a high note.
Loic Bruni Wins the Men’s Elite Downhill
Winning back-to-back races - for the first time in his career - was a much better start to the season. “Compared to last year, it’s a big improvement," Loic explained. "I was a little bit looking for redemption. I did my best and attacked a lot. I was super loose, and I was on the limit, and I’m happy I rode like that because I think that was the only way to do it... Solid first race with the new bike - let’s hope it’s the start of a good year!” The defending World Champ heads to next month’s race in Fort William with both the Rainbow Stripes and WC leaders vest. It's the first time he's held both honors!
Tahnée Seagrave Wins the Women’s Elite Downhill
Tahnée spent two weeks in Maribor preparing for the World Cup opener. Though things were up and down during that time, the practice paid off on race day. She blitzed the course and ended up with the victory. A very happy Tahnée stated later, “It took a lot of hard work, so I’m pretty stoked to start the season off with a win!" A training injury in December shortened her early season training, but she worked hard in the months and weeks leading up to the race which showed in her confidence during her run. “I knew it was a good run, I knew where I needed to get the work done so when I came in and I did it how I want to, I kinda knew it was a good run,” said Tahnée after the race. She heads to her home race in June with the World Cup leader's vest for the first time. No doubt her home fans will be going crazy in Ft. Bill!
Laurie Greenland Take Ninth Place in the Men’s Elite Downhill
Laurie G rode a fast and calculated race to take ninth place. Laurie has been steadily progressing in the last two seasons. Starting this year with a top ten finish is another great step in his progression as an elite rider. He was thrilled with the great performance to start the season. “I’m stoked because I gave it my all today," he stated. "Good, tight racing! P9 to round up the weekend and 8th in points!" After Maribor, Laurie heads to his home race in the UK with confidence and momentum.
Finn Iles Takes 52nd in the Men’s Elite Downhill
Finn had a great weekend going in Maribor before a mistake ended his chance at a podium. While leading by a fraction of a second, a tiny error on an off camber root section washed out his front wheel. He rebounded quickly and finished the race with blistering times on the lower segments. The crash landed him in 52nd place. His disappointment was visible but his post-race comments showed he has the mental fortitude to overcome this hurdle. “This weekend, we had a really good process; the race run didn’t go how we wanted it to but I think the process just needs to stay the same and I just need to stay a little bit more focused on what I’m doing when I’m racing and just tone it down a little bit," he explained. "The speed is there and the focus is there, I think I need to go slow to go fast. It’s all a learning process because I’m still nineteen. I just need to be a bit slower and have a few good results and get my confidence and be good in the overall, then I can really push it because as much as I want to win, I need to have good results to back it up. I just need to continue on and it will work out - seven more chances.” Finn and the Specialized Gravity team head to chance number two in Fort William next month.
Loris Vergier Takes 58th in the Men’s Elite Downhill
Much like Finn, a great start took a turn for the worse for Loris on Sunday. A solid fifth position in qualifying had him confident for race day and his run started well as he was only six-tenths off the lead heading into the third timed segment. Things went sideways quickly both literally and figuratively as he washed his back tire and clipped a tree. The spectacular crash was scary to watch but thanks in part to his new RPC helmet he popped up quickly and finished the course - setting some of the fastest times on the lower segments. “It was the first race of the season so it’s always a tricky one," he said. "I felt good, no pressure on, I was just trying to ride well and I ended up doing a mistake on the corner that I should have not approached as fast, it’s my mistake but it happens. The new helmet works good, I crashed hard and I feel like I have nothing wrong pretty much and the MVRS (Magnetic Visor Release System) is good. Let’s focus on the rest of the season!” His 58th place finish means he’ll need to do some work over the next couple of races to get back into contention for the overall title, but with his speed and confidence, he’ll be back competing for a podium quickly.
After a fantastic start to the season in Maribor, the Fox MTB DH team has some time to rest and recover before the training starts again for UCI Downhill World Cup race number two in legendary Fort William, UK. One of the most iconic races in the history of Downhill, Fort Bill is a coveted race, a win there can make a riders year or even their career. Watch as these athletes compete during the rest of the season in the all-new Rampage Pro Carbon and Defend and Flexair gear which was made for their ride!
The Fox US Open of Mountain Bike is coming to the West Coast on September 12-15th. A fact which may seem trivial, except when you consider it's the first time in the event's history. We are proud to be the title sponsor and thrilled to have the event in our own backyard - Snow Summit Bike Park in Big Bear Lake, CA.
“We're really looking forward to hosting the Fox US Open on the west coast for the first time in our 16 year history! Not only is Big Bear Lake a beautiful location, the town has deep roots in MTB racing. Snow Summit is investing in their bike park and we like their long-term vision. And they know how to throw a good party, so we're feeling right at home!”
— Clay Harper, Event Director, Fox US Open
The Fox US Open of Mountain biking will feature a wide range of events including Downhill, Enduro, best whip competition and USO Next Gen Youth Downhill events - giving the future of the sport a chance to show what they got.
This may be the first west-coast-hosted Fox US Open of Mountain Biking. But, Snow Summit Bike Park is no novice when it comes to putting on world-class events. They hosted the NORBA Nationals back in the '90s and have made a name for themselves with their annual - and wildly popular - Crafts & Cranks event. And with an event in southern California, spectators and athletes can expect beautiful riding conditions with blue skies and plenty of sunshine.
“Snow Summit Bike Park and the entire community of Big Bear Lake are excited to welcome the Fox US Open of Mountain Biking. Summit, similar to the Open, is built around fun on bikes along with sharing similar values to our everyday operations here in the bike park. Both Summit and the Open have a long history with mountain biking, and we are looking forward to the partnership and its future.”
—Clayton Shoemaker, Marketing Director, Big Bear Mountain Resort
An outstanding list of US Open partners will join us including GT Bicycles, Red Bull, Cliff Bars, Shimano, Vittoria Tires, and Fox Factory. Spectating is free, and the bike park will be open to the public all weekend. Come join us for an awesome weekend spent riding and watching world-class racing.
FOX ATHLETE MTB ROSTER
- Neko Mulally
- Bas Vansteenbergen
- Brett Rheeder
- Cam McCaul
- Chris Kovarik
- Claire Buckar
- Ethan Nell
- Katrina Strand
- Laura Bruneau
- Loic Bruni
- Loris Vergier
- Tahnee Seagrave
- Kirk Voreis
|Wed., Sept. 11||10AM-4PM||Chairlifts open|
|12PM-4PM||Athlete registration opens|
|Thurs., Sept. 12||9:30AM-5PM||Athlete registration opens|
|10AM-12PM||Downhill track inspection|
|10AM-5PM||Vendor village opens|
|12PM-2:30PM||Open/junior 17-18 class downhill practice|
|2:30PM-5PM||AM class downhill practice|
|Fri., Sept. 13||7:30AM-4PM||Athlete registration open|
|All Day||Enduro pratice|
|8AM-12PM||Open/Jr 17-18 class downhill practice|
|9AM-5PM||Vendor village opens|
|10AM-12PM||AM Dual Slalom practice/qualify|
|12PM-2PM||Open Dual Slalom practice/qualify|
|12PM-4PM||AM class downhill practice|
|5PM||Dual Slalom finals|
|Dual Slalom awards immediately following|
|Sat., Sept 14||7AM-12PM||Athlete registration opens|
|8AM-11:30AM||AM class downhill practice|
|8:30AM||GT Enduro race|
|GT Enduro awards immediately following|
|9AM-5PM||Vendor village opens|
|11:30AM-2PM||Open/Jr 17-18 class downhill practice|
|1:30PM||GT Enduro awards|
|2:30PM||Intense Cycles DH qualifying|
|6PM||USO best whip conpetition|
|Live performance TBA|
|Sun., Sept 15||7:30PM-9AM||Next Gen only registration/pick up|
|8AM-10AM||Next Gen youth downhill practice|
|9AM-4PM||Vendor village opens|
|10AM-12PM||Open/Jr 17-18 class downhill practice|
|10:30AM||Next Gen youth downhill race|
|12:30PM||Intense Cycles DH finals|
|Downhill awards immediately following|
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Sunny with a chance of rowdy. The perfect conditions to put our new Spring MTB Collection to the test. In our Made for Your Ride video series, we ask our pros two simple questions: where do you want to ride? And, what do you want to wear? For our second episode, Loic Bruni matched the fast and technical terrain of La Garriga, Spain with a tough-as-nails Defend kit. The result, as you just witnessed, was pretty fun and very fast.
“Riding in a kit this comfortable will make your day. I love the blend of durability, stretch and ventilation. Plus, red sure makes you look fast."
- Loic Bruni – UCI DH World Champion
LOIC BRUNI’S GEAR
Well said, Loic. We couldn’t agree more. Red can make you look fast standing still. And, in our totally-nonscientific opinion, will cut at least a few hundredths off your time.
It may have been hard to see, but that red blur in the video was the all-new Defend jersey and pants. Defend, as in defending you and the garment from abrasion and trail-related wear and tear. In our arsenal of mountain bike apparel, it’s the go-to for the perfect balance of durability and comfort. All thanks to the abrasion-resistant fabric, strategic stretch zones, and smart venting.
WHAT’S YOUR NEXT RIDE?
Mirroring the Made of Your Ride video series, we now pose you a similar set of questions: where do you ride? And, which features would make it the best ride ever? The choice is yours:
Flexair – super breathable and wonderfully forgettable; it’s the next best thing to bringing an AC along for the ride. Ranger – a discrete lunch-ride kit with a casual aesthetic which conceals exceptional moisture-wicking properties. It’s a kit that says “yeah I ride” but will blend in with the crowd when you're enjoying a couple of cold ones at the local brewery. Defend – an mtb kit that would make Tony Stark jealous. Not only is it armored with durable fabrics like Kevlar®, but it also has intelligent features like targeted venting and strategic stretch.
To create a kit of your own, use our MTB kit builder tool. With three benefit-driven mountain bike collections, the kit you imagine can be as diverse as the terrain you ride in.
Photos by: @freeridenewzealand
The off-season training put in by the Fox MTB team paid off big at the kickoff to the 2019 season - Crankworx Rotorua. Threatening skies held off most of the week and the dirt was prime for racing and ripping all week long. With 2 wins and 10 podiums across the 7 different disciplines the Fox athletes made Rotorua feel like a second home for Fox fans in attendance!
For the second year in a row, Brett Rheeder started his season off with a bang. Adding multiple new tricks to his program, he rode a nearly flawless run to capture the top step of the podium in the annual Maxxis Slopestyle in Memory of McGazza.
Anthony Messere was riding on the limit all week and put together a great run to place 6th in the Maxxis Slopestyle in Memory of McGazza. His top six finish means he's punched his ticket into the next round at Crankworx Innsbruck!
Finn Iles put in a blistering run in the warmest conditions of the week in the men’s Crankworx Rotorua Downhill. He rode clean and in control and his performance left him just 0.09 seconds off the top step of the podium. It was a great performance, but being so close left him a little frustrated - something he will use as motivation for next month's Maribor!
It was a disappointing start to the year for current UCI DH World Champ Loic Bruni as a flat in the top section of the course derailed his chances in Friday's Crankworx DH race. He looked good in training and was ready to compete in his first test of the 2019 season. Always a fan favorite, Loic lightened a bad moment as he asked a spectator for his pump and tried to bring the tire back to life. "I just wanted to finish," said Loic moments after the race. This has motivated him even more for the first UCI DH race in Maribor.
Tahnée Seagrave battled through multiple injuries throughout the week to put together a great set of results. She rode multiple disciplines and ended up with three third-place finishes - Dual Slalom, Downhill, and Pump Track. Truly an all-around talent, Tahnée is also a crowd favorite who made the Rotorua fans feel special all week long!
Speaking of fan favorites, local boy Keegan Wright was the hardest working athlete in Rotorua. Competing in nearly every pro men’s division race, he finished the event with a silver medal in both Pump Track and EWS as well as taking the top step in the Crankworx Dual Slalom. His amazing overall performance finds him in second place overall for the King of Crankworx points!
Bas van Steenbergen was another all-around performer in Rotorua. He finished second behind teammate Keegan Wright in the Dual Slalom and was the only Fox athlete to podium in the Rotorua Air DH. These points have him in the running for the overall King of Crankworx title.
Look for Fox MTB athletes at the start of the UCI DH World Cup season in the historic Maribor, Slovenia and then at the second stop of the Crankworx series in Innsbruck, Austria.
Durability, Versatility or Mobility? For Kirt, riding in the high desert of California, with varying temps, sharp rocks, cacti, and the occasional zombie apocalypse, led him to select this kit. Like Kirt, you can mix and match our purpose-built collections to form a kit perfectly suited for your ride.
“Conditions can change quickly in the desert. Having gear that has complete protection from the terrain but can keep your temperature controlled is a must!"
Kirt Voreis – MTB Legend
Every rider is different, and no two rides are the same. So, to meet your individual needs, we created three purpose-built lines of gear – each providing you with a unique set of benefits. Whether you need gear with a focus on durability, versatility or mobility, we’ve got you covered. Use our all-new kit builder tool to create a kit tailor-made for your next ride. Use our all-new kit builder tool to create a kit tailor-made for your next ride.
TOUGHER THAN DIRT
Rugged conditions, abrasive trail overgrowth, the occasional fall: These are certainties on the mountain. The Defend Mountain Bike Collection stands up to this trail-related wear and tear – ride after ride. Using super tough Kevlar fabric and reinforced taped seams, this range of MTB jerseys, shorts, and gloves will be the most durable in your arsenal.
The look and feel of your favorite t-shirt packed with technical features and cut for comfort in a mountain bike riding position. Introducing the all-new Ranger Mountain Bike Collection. With natural-feeling fabrics concealing technical features, this range of jerseys and shorts allows you to hit the trails on your lunch break and get away with it.
Flexair is our lightest and most breathable MTB gear. It’s so light, airy and flexible, in fact, you might forget you're wearing it. On your hottest rides, the Flexair Mountain Bike Collection of shorts, jerseys and gloves will keep you comfortable with ventilation, advanced moisture wicking, and limitless mobility.
MADE FOR REVOLUTION
The introduction of the Proframe helmet was a radical new direction for the mountain bike helmet industry. Taking everything we learned from that endeavor, the Spring 2019 MTB Helmet Collection builds on the rebellion with a new version of game-changing innovation for riders in every discipline.
WELCOME TO THE ARMORY
Aiming for endless improvement, our design team gave our collection of mountain bike guards a serious update. Our best-sellers have been modernized with CE certifications, we've launched our revolutionary Fox F3 Armor, and a host of brand-new styles are here to fill any gaps. This collection of guards is our most comprehensive ever, featuring everything from hard-plated guards and pedal-friendly slip-on styles to armored shorts and base layers.
GET A GRIP
As the most important connection between rider and bike, gloves have been a focus for us since day one. For 2019, we’ve raised the performance level yet again with all-new gloves and completely re-engineered versions of some of our best-performing styles. Partnerships with iconic manufacturers Kevlar®, D3O™, and Clarino®, combined with a forward-looking design philosophy have resulted in an MTB glove collection which is truly made for your ride.
MADE FOR WOMEN
For women, by women. At Fox, we're lucky enough to work with some of the most talented athletes in the world. Our all-new Women’s Collection is here thanks to intensive research and development in partnership with our women’s racing team. This range features women’s Defend, Ranger and Flexair Collections with a female-first design and specific fit.
ALL-NEW HYDRATION PACKS
Fox hydration bags are designed to take you from your house to the top of the trail and back again. Every ride is different, so we offer packs in three key sizes - equipping you for everything from all-day epics to quick local loops. Select your perfect pack based on your individual hydration and storage needs.
When we set out to develop class defining products, our intention is not awards, metals or other accolades. However, it still feels good to be recognized for our efforts. We are honored that our Flux MIPS received a 2019 Design & Innovation Award for offroad equipment – an achievement reserved for the bike industry’s highest-performing products. Not only does this award validate our efforts but it motivates us to continue to provide you with the best gear possible. That's our promise to you.
“With the adjustable visor and the easy Fidlock magnetic buckle, the Flux [MIPS] is extremely convenient in everyday use. The intuitive adjustment system also ensures an optimal fit for almost all head shapes. Fox Racing has given its previous bestseller a fundamental update. With success: the new Flux is a stylish and modern helmet with all-round convenience.”
ABOUT THE AWARD
The Design & Innovation Award is both a seal of approval and the benchmark achievement for the bike industry’s highest-performing products. The Design & Innovation Award is more than just a title-giver or a round of applause for brands. It’s the definitive award that decisively tests products in the real world, assessing them in their entirety and reaching considered verdicts. This year once again saw select international journalists, professional test riders, and industry experts invest more than 6,000 hours of their time to partake in the DI.A process.
This past weekend, Pat Casey made the trip out to Argentina to compete in the Dirt World Championships at Dirt World Fly Park. The compound features dirt jumps for both BMX and MTB free riding, more than 40 ramps, a pump track, foam pit, wall ride, and a mini ramp. It's a rider's dream, to say the least. Pat, no stranger to dirt, came out swinging with his insane style and big bag of tricks to win the event. Big congrats to Pat from all of us at Fox!
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Defending UCI World Champion, Loic Bruni, put on a magnificent performance to claim his 3rd UCI MTB DH World Champs title in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. In the closest of contests, Bruni edged out his nearest competitor by 0.2 seconds to take his 2nd consecutive World Champs title.
MADE FOR MOUNTAIN BIKE. From Day one, Fox has created products with intention and purpose. We are constantly pushing into the future, never settling for anything less than greatness. It's in our blood. We innovate relentlessly so we can inspire your best ride, your fastest race, your pinnacle moment. This is our purpose. It’s how we connect and how we dream. We are made for inspirations and for possibilities, for steep climbs and fast descents, for challengers and champions. Fox is Made for Mountain Bike.
The fourth and final stop of the Crankworx World Tour made its return to the epicenter of mountain bike culture, Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Being the largest lift-accessed mountain bike park in the world boasting over 1,500 meters of lift-serviced terrain, the two-wheel culture and lifestyle is like no other.
This year, the Crankworx festival celebrated its 15th year of two-wheel epicness, and the stage was set to draw in the world’s best mountain riders competing for the top honors in their respected disciplines. Throughout the week, riders competed in a variety of events such as Downhill, Enduro, Slalom, Pump Track, Whip-off, and Slopestyle.
The Fox MTB global team was in action all week delivering outstanding performances with multiple podium finishers earning medals. Among the solid results, the notable highlights of the week were the all Canadian podium sweep during the Fox Air DH race and Brett Rheeder's Crankworx FMB World Slopestyle Championship title win.
Fox Air DH
- Gold – Finn Iles (CAN)
- Silver – Magnus Manson (CAN)
- Bronze – Bas Van Steenbergen (CAN)
- Silver - Claire Buchar (CAN)
Slopestyle World Championship
- 1st Place – Brett Rheeder (CAN)
Canadian Open Downhill
- Silver – Connor Fearon (AUS)
- Bronze – Magnus Manson (CAN)
Throughout the week of Crankworx, the Fox brand was also activating on site and engaging with consumers, fans and fellow bike bros to create and share the memorable ride. Events included Custom hat pressing to raise funds for the Stevie Smith legacy foundation, an Ultimate MTB Prize pack that included head-to-toe gear and a GT bicycle, athlete autograph sessions allowing fans to meet & greet with their favorite Fox rider and of course, the infamous Chill N’ Grill hosted for our bike bros.
For live MTB coverage, follow Fox Racing on Instagram at @foxmtb
Last weekend, the 2018 UCI Downhill World Cup series made it’s way to the trails of Mont Sainte-Anne, Canada - the only North American stop on the schedule this season. It’s the 26th time that the World Cup has been held on the technical and challenging slopes of this legendary mountain which has provided many breathtaking races over the years.
This year would be another thriller, as the top three finishers were separated by just over a second. In the end, Fox team rider and current World Champion, Loic Bruni, would claim the top spot. With Loris Vergier’s win in Vallnord, this makes it two in a row for the Fox MTB Downhill Team.
Loic was on top of his game in Mont-Sainte-Anne. He blazed through the second and third sections of the course and stayed consistent the rest of the way to secure a .3 second win over a top-flight field.
"I’ve been trying all year, and today it happened. I’m so happy; It’s a sick place for me I’ve always loved [Mont St. Anne] and yeah... strong weekend."
The victory ended a rough streak for Loic, as multiple injuries, and a series of bad luck has kept him winless in the World Cup series so far this year. It was great to see it all come together for him in Canada. Loic looks to keep the momentum going as he and the rest of the Fox MTB Global DH team make their way to the loose and grassy slopes of La Bresse France for the first time since 2011.
The Fox Downhill team uses the premium downhill mountain bike gear including the podium-proven Rampage Pro Carbon helmet, Flexair jersey, pants, and gloves, and the race tested Launch Pro D3O guards. Ride what the pros wear. SHOP NOW
For raceday MTB coverage, follow Fox Racing on Instagram at @foxmtb
The 2018 Fox US Open of Mountain Biking drew over 8000 fans, dozens of the biggest brands in the mountain bike world and hundreds of competitors to the lush green slopes of Killington Resort. The sun played hide and seek throughout the week, and the weather added even more challenges to an already tough course - even making Thursday's track walk an adventure for the riders.
The summer rainstorm made its presence felt at Friday’s qualifying session as well - wreaking havoc on the trails and leveling the playing field for some of the open division participants. Over 70 elite riders took their turn on the legendary roots and rocks of Vermont. More riders than not were caught off guard by the slippery slopes which made the racing more about survival than speed. At the end of the day, defending Open champion and newly crowned US National Champ Neko Mullally edged out fellow Fox athlete and World Cup competitor Connor Fearon by just over a second to take the top qualifying spot heading into Saturday's finals.
The skies turned angry after the qualifying sessions on Friday night and soaked the hillside throughout the night. Saturday morning saw a welcome break in the weather as the clouds receded and the sun broke through late in the morning. The temperature continued to rise into the early afternoon drying out the track and making for some exciting racing as the elite men took to the field. The first participants took turns in the hot seat as riders who had fallen during qualifying showed their true speed on the firmer conditions the sun brought out. Germany’s Bernard Kerr and New Zealand’s Wyn Masters owned the top spot for much of the afternoon until Australian Jackson Frew threw in a flyer to take the #1 spot. In the end, the race came down to a competition between Saturday’s two top qualifiers.
Kona/Fox rider Connor Fearon took the start and wasted no time showing his speed on the dryer course. He was the fastest at each of the first three checkpoints until the challenging fourth segment put an end to his podium hopes as he went rubber side up through the rocks. Showing that his speed was not an illusion he remounted and still finished in an impressive 10th place despite his crash. The last man at the start house was up next, and Neko Mulally lived up to all the expectations he and his fans had placed on his shoulders. He bested Fox teammate Fearon’s times at each of the first three checks and made it through the tough fourth segment unscathed to finish with an emphatic 6.2-second win to claim his second win in two weeks and his second Fox US Open title in as many years.
"It was awesome," Mulally said "there were tons of spectators here; the course was really tough. Lucky to come out on top, I defended my title and won two years in a row. Just stoked that the US Open is such a great event and I was happy to be a part of it."
Neko walked away with a winner’s check of $6000 for his efforts. Equal prizes were given to the women’s division winner, Vaea Verbeeck of Canada, who dominated the women’s field by over 8 seconds. In addition to the Elite open DH contest, the weekend included an Enduro race, the legendary kids DH Grombomb which featured over 70 youth racers, an inspiring and exciting adaptive DH race and the Always crowd-pleasing whip off powered by Red Bull.
"The US Open holds a special place in the history of North American mountain bike racing. Fox is excited to be the title sponsor for the next three years and to help bring the excitement of gravity racing and competition to a new generation of North American mountain biker. Our goal is to help position the Fox US Open of Mountain Biking as the leading gravity event in the U.S. in 2018 and beyond," said Dave Ahumada, "Global Marketing Manager, Fox MTB. "Plans are already underway to make next years event even better by bringing more brands, athletes, and fans to Killington Resort for the 2019 edition".
The 2018 Fox US Open of Mountain Biking overcame threatening skies to deliver a thrilling race for east coast gravity racing fans this weekend at the Killington Mountain Resort in Vermont. When the skies cleared and the times were in, Fox MTB Athlete Neko Mulally defended his Open division Downhill title with a 7 second plus victory in the elite men’s class. Neko was up at every time check and continued to build on his decisive lead until the end. He pedaled hard through the finish arch to walk away with his second DH championship in as many years and a $6000.00 winner’s purse from the premier Mountain bike gravity racing event in the United States.
"It was awesome," Mulally recalled at the finish. "There were tons of spectators here, and the course was really tough. Lucky to come out on top, I defended my title and won two years in a row. Just stoked that the US Open is such a great event and I was happy to be a part of it."
The 2018 Fox US Open of Mountain Biking brought MTB brands, contestants, and fans from all or the world to not only race but enjoy the incredible riding that Killington Resort offers. Plans are already underway for the 2019 version of the Fox US Open of Mountain Biking, check back for a full recap of the event and updates for next year’s version of the premier gravity Mountain Bike race in the US.
It was an eventful weekend in Vallnord, Andorra to say the least. The relatively short track is the steepest in the series - dropping a stunning 2053ft in just over 1.5 miles. It’s a track that magnifies every mistake, leaving riders with little room to make up time. The challenging course claimed many big names before the finals even started. When the dust settled, Fox Team riders Loris Vergier and Tahnee Seagrave stood on the top steps.
Loris Vergier took first place and claimed his first World Cup Victory. Riding on the edge, but in control, Vergier was lighting up the split times green. It was a nearly flawless ride, and he came in at the finish 4.57 seconds up on the field. 4:04:05 was the time to beat, and it would not be bested this day.
“It's just like all your life you chase something, and then the hard work pays off” – Loris Vergier.
Tahnee Seagrave is on fire. At the start of her run, she knew she had to put it all on the line – with a qualifying time 14 seconds behind the leader. Attacking the mountain with grit and determination, she put down a scorching time of 4:49:84 and took her place on the hot seat. Rachel Atherton would challenge in the final run, but a rut would send her off course, all but securing the win for Seagrave. Now with back-to-back wins, she has closed the gap in the overall standings to just 80 points.
“I've never done well in Andorra… I’m just over the moon.” – Tahnee Seagrave.
The Fox MTB Team had 4 podiums on the day, with Laurie Greenland finishing 4th and Finn Iles taking 5th. Loic Bruni finished 8th, an effort to be proud of, considering he was riding with 16 stitches from a crash in qualifying.
LO-FI Limited Edition takes us back to 1986. Back to the days of big hair, synthesizers, and early downhill mountain bike racing. True to the 80’s, the Demo and Indicator LO-FI Jerseys take an anything-but-minimal approach to styling. The pop-colored pastels and retro graphics are a blast from the past and will keep you looking rad on the mountain.
Loris Vergier will be wearing this flashback jersey at the 5th stop of the 2018 UCI Downhill World Cup series, in Andorra. The rest of the Fox MTB squad will be rocking slightly different versions of the 80’s-inspired graphic package, giving them a unique look on the legendary course.
World Cup DH#4, Val di Sole: This is a beast of the track. It's among the hardest and most technical courses on the DH MTB World Cup. Add heavy rainfall in the into the mix and then you have a course that's even more unpredictable than usual.
Tahnee Seagrave took the win in the women's downhill World Cup! She won by a hair at a tenth of a second to claim her second win of the year and re-ignite her title challenge. She had this to say following her win, “It’s been the best win so far because it was so tight and you have to work really hard for it, and that’s exactly what I had to do.”
Laurie Greenland is on fire! Back to back podiums for the Brit. He put in a fast and direct run where he took all the risks, nearly going over the bars at the start. He finished second.
You don’t have to wait long for the next DH World Cup Race. We’re back racing this weekend, July 14-15 in Vallnord, Andorra.
World Cup DH#2, Fort William: This race never disappoints! Fort William - Round two of the UCI Downhill World Cup series. This place always delivers an amazing show and we had plenty of great action for this edition! Our riders absolutely killed it, Tahnee Seagrave won, Loris Vergier and Loïc Bruni finished 2nd and 5th! Check out all the Fox Head riders' reactions here:
Tahnee, 1st Women
This is her first victory of the year and the first time she has won at Fort William! She has been dreaming of it for ages and has proved she is fit and she'll fight for more wins this year. She is now 3rd in the overall: “This feels different to my other wins - it's at home, the crowd is gnarly, and it's a hard track to win on as well - I think I've ticked off the hardest one so I'm very happy with that! And now, on to Leogang. I think the girls are going to be pushing so hard this year so anyone could win it. It's faster and the times are always so tight so I'm excited! I've had a real bad week so for me to come out and that happen, I wasn't expecting it. It's amazing!”
Loris Vergier, 2nd Elite Men
He was so so close to 1st place, only 0.270 seconds back but still super happy! He is definitely one of the strongest riders this year and now stands 2nd place overall, only 4 points behind the leader: “I was a little bit disappointed and it really sucked what happened to Luca (his team mate), but I suppose that is racing. Other than that, it was a cool race. The fast guys were going all out and the guys who really deserved it, like Mo-mo (Amaury Pierron) stole the show and he took the win. I was almost going to cry, it was crazy! And Loïc (Bruni) was there at the podium like 'Hi guys, I'm back!' And I had a look at the general classification and it is scary! I'm 4 points behind Aaron Gwin, in 2nd place! It is all so crazy and I am really happy!”.
Loïc Bruni, 5th Elite Men
He got injured at the first round in Croatia with a dislocated elbow and has worked really hard to get back for this race. He was careful with his elbow all week, with lots of time on the massage table so he could give his best on race day. A 5th place, only 2.587 seconds behind the winner is an incredible comeback! He said: “There were so many times when I wasn't sure I would be able to ride this weekend. Even just last week, I was stiff with a painful arm and had had no riding time so I had no idea how it was going to be. I wasn't riding to win, I wasn't riding to come 5th, I was just riding to get down in one piece. So I was really happy with my result and above all absolutely over the moon for Amaury!”
Fearon Connor, 13th Elite Men
He came 7th in Qualis and put in a solid run for Finals. He came 13th but only +3.922 back from the winner: “Yeah, I was happy with my run, just a bit further back than I wanted to be. The times are so close - I was under 4 seconds off 1st place so it just goes to show how tight everyone was - that was all the way back in 13th. I was happy with the run, just it would have been good to be one or two seconds quicker here. As for next week, I've always done well at Leogang - I got the 2nd there in 2015 and I haven't been out of the top ten for the past 3 or 4 years or something, so yeah, I'm looking forward to Leogang. It's early next week so not long to wait, everyone's driving over and I think the race will be exciting there as well”.
Laurie Greenland, 16th Elite Men
Not the result he was looking for but it is still very good and he has learnt a lot this weekend! He's now 10th overall which is great: “I was pretty nervous actually, it's really weird. I normally pride myself on being quite head-strong for racing but I was actually a bit nervous. I rode it a bit tight out the gate, braked hard in the top few turns, something I didn't do through the whole of practice and then kicked myself a bit for that. I found the flow and got into it and then started pushing on a bit too much because I knew my top was not as good as I would have liked. So I pushed on a bit too hard and started getting a bit loose and made a few mistakes. It still kind of surprised me, on a day like today I can still come down in 16th but yeah, not happy. I learnt a lot today though so that's all that matters really. As for Leogang, I just like racing. Last year, I was in the mindset of liking one track and maybe not the other. But I like racing my bike, so while I obviously prefer some tracks more than others, I am pretty keen for whatever race comes and keen for whatever it throws at me!”.
Finn Iles, 19th Elite men
This is his first-year racing Elite and he is still learning. His results are impressive and we can't wait to see him riding the rest of the season: “I felt really good all weekend leading up to my race run, well, leading up to this morning. And then this morning I felt a bit stiff on my bike and I still felt pretty fast but when my race run came around, the only thought I had in my head was that I wanted to win. I think I took the wrong approach a bit to the race - because I felt so good on my bike yesterday, I needed to keep that same mindset of just riding and having fun. But today I took it a bit too seriously almost, and I think I was just too focused on trying to win instead of just trying to ride my bike. I ended up riding really stiff and making stupid mistakes and breaking in bad spots and I ended up 6 seconds back but I still pretty happy with that and it is my first top 20. For sure, my goal this year is to win a world cup - if you are racing, you are here to win - if anyone tells you different they are probably lying or just trying to be modest. That is the ultimate goal but I think I need to become a better rider first or just better at racing against the big guys like Loïc and Amaury and Loris. It takes time. I'm really excited!'
All the teams left Scotland yesterday and are heading down to Leogang (Aust. We're already super excited for this one!
Check Foxracing.com for the latest versions of the gear the DH team wore to success at Ft. William: Rampage Pro Carbon Helmet, Flex Air jersey/short, Flex Air glove and the all new VUE Goggle!
Fox athletes Brett Rheeder, Tahnee Seagrave and Keegan Wright takes top podium spots. This past week marked the kickoff of the famed Crankworx Mountain Bike tour. Rotorura, New Zealand was the location for the first of the 4 round series. Fox team riders had a great week in all disciplines with 7 podium finishes. Brett Rheeder, Tahnee Seagrave and Keagan Wright were the standouts all finishing on the top step of the podium.
Recovering from an off season injury, Brett Rheeder started the season off strong with a near perfect run in the final to land him on the top spot of the podium in the ultra competitive slopestyle event.
In her first visit to Crankworx, Tahnee Seagrave dominated the women's downhill event winning by 14 seconds. She also put in a great ride to capture 3rd in dual slalom.
After a great junior career, Rotorua marked the first pro elite men's race for Finn Iles. Finn would put in a great ride finishing 3rd on the day.
Current world champion Loic Buni did not have the day he was looking for. Leading early in his run, Loic would crash in the late stages and finish 7th on the day in the men's DH.
Always a fan favorite, the best whip contest has riders pushing the limits of what is possible on a bike. Kaos Seagrave was spectacular on the night finishing 2nd. Not pictured, Keegan Wright would take 1st in the Enduro event and Joe Simpson 2nd in men's speed and style. Next up on the Crankworx tour is Innsbruck, Austria June 13-17 followed by Les Gets, France June 20-24 with the final round at Whistler, Canada August 10-19. Be sure to follow all of the Fox team riders on Instagram Photos: Jay French
World Champs, Cairns: Loïc Bruni is the new World Champion!
Welcome to Cairns! This Australian track is unlike any other so far this year year: very, very fast, super loose, and due to the dry weather, more dusty than ever with some tough pedaling sections which made it extremely physical too!
Loïc Bruni, 1st Place!
Just over a year ago, Loïc Bruni won his first ever World Cup on this track, so he was well aware of what could be possible here. The local crowd were cheering for hometown hero Mick Hannah, who stayed on the hot seat for much of the day, and looked as if he had possibly done enough to take the title. Unfortunately for the Aussies, Loïc became 'Super Bruni' again and laid down a superlative run to take the lead by only .039 of a second. Nobody was able to go faster, and the time stood, making Loic World Champion for his second time in his short career!
He said: “It's unbelievable, I worked so hard all year and the luck was on my side today! My team-mate Miranda did it in the women's category just before, so I just followed her lead. It's incredible, the run was crazy, it was super loose so I didn't know what to expect because I knew Mick was super fast. So when I saw I was in front of him I was super happy but still super stressed out about the other guys so to hold on until the end was insane!”
Loris Vergier, 7th
Close friend Loris Vergier was the first to congratulate Loic, and was pretty stoked with his 7th place as well: “I felt really bad on the top sections the whole week and I was just hoping for a top 10. 7th is great for me! I though Mick had the title already, but when I saw Loïc beat him, it was unreal. It's always good to see him winning!”
Connor Fearon, 24th
After missing the two last World Cups because of injury, the Aussie hoped to be back to 100% in time for World Champs. He gave his best even if he wasn't completely recovered: “It was too soon to ride 100% but I'm still happy with how I rode. I've had surgery on my hand only 6 weeks ago so I couldn't expect too much. I can't wait to be back healthy to ride my bike and start preparing for next season!”
Tahnee Seagrave, 11th
Two days before finals, she was the fastest during timed training. Deciding to risk it all in pursuit of the title she pushed too hard in the unpredictable dusty conditions and crashed: “I pushed a bit too much today and crashed... This race was mental! I'm glad the other girls pushed so hard as well, we all wanted the title so much. I don't mean it's nice to see everybody going down, but the fact we were all so competitive was awesome!”.
Finn Iles, 10th Junior Mens
After winning six World Cups this year and wearing the rainbow stripes from last years World Champs win, Finn Iles was feeling the pressure on his shoulders to prove once again he can be the fastest rider of his generation. Unfortunately, a few things went wrong on race day: “I felt really good during my last practice run, but just before my race run, I realised I had forgotten my goggles and I had to borrow one of the commissaire's sunglasses. I still knew I could do a good time even under these conditions, and I knew that Matt Walker had done a very good time before my run, but I made two big mistakes and lost way too much time. I tried to go too fast and paid the price!”
It was a great year for the Fox 2017 Gravity team. The 2017 DH season is now over and 2018 will start on the 21st - 22nd of April in Lošinj, Croatia for another intense year!
UCI WORLD CUP IN VAL DI SOLE,
WHAT AN EPIC FINALE!
Some days, everything goes to plan and Saturday in Val di Sole was certainly one of those days! At the last round of the year, Tahnee Seagrave and Finn Iles both won yet another World Cup race! Loïc Bruni and Loris Vergier both ended up on the Elite race podium and took spots on the overall podium as well!
LOÏC BRUNI, 3rd - 4th IN THE OVERALL 2017 UCI DH WORLD CUP STANDINGS
After a few disappointments this year, Loïc didn't give up and his determination paid off: “I couldn't have hoped for a better weekend because I came 3rd in qualis' and finals and ended up 4th overall! What was awesome too was to be on the podium with my mates and I'll never forget this weekend! For sure, I would rather have finished first but I can't ask too much, I rode well and I'm super happy with that. I had a hard season but the ending has been great. Now, I'm relieved that I can go to Cairns for the World Champs with more confidence!”
LORIS VERGIER, 4th - 5th OVERALL IN THE WORLD CUP
Before coming to Italy, Loris was sitting in 7th place overall: “I wanted so much to finish the World Cup season on the podium so I gave everything I could and I almost crashed! I was pretty lucky to get away with it. This race was insane and I'm stoked with what I did!”
TAHNEE SEAGRAVE, 1st - 2nd OVERALL IN THE WOMENS UCI DH WORLD CUP
She was right up there with a second place in qualifying, and stepped up to take the win in finals: “I've never done well here so for me it was a big improvement! I wanted to do better than last year here which was 5th! I think I really wanted another win because even though I couldn't beat Myriam Nicole in the overall, I could take more race wins than her this season and I wanted to prove something! To win here was definitely in the back of my head but I tried not to think too much about it! Now, I'll start to focus on World Champs”.
FINN ILES, 1st- OVERALL WINNER IN JUNIOR MENS UCI DH WORLD CUP
Having won the World Cup overall with two rounds to spare, Finn proved once again he's the fastest rider in Junior Category: “It's pretty amazing, I rode very well and I'm very happy with where my time would have placed me in the Elite Category (he would have been 11th)! I'm pretty proud of my season and we also took team of the day which is very special, there is no better way to end a season!”
Now the riders have a few days off before flying to Cairns (Australia) for the World Championships! They are all well and truly in the hunt for medals, hopefully some great news in a few weeks time!
All the FOX DH World Cup athletes wore the Fox Rampage Pro Carbon DH helmet and podium proven FLEXAIR jersey and pants.
LENZERHEIDE UCI WORLD CUP
Last weekend saw the 5th round of the UCI World Cup take place in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. What was once considered a ”bikepark" track has morphed into the most unpredictable course of the year. The new course was unforgiving of the smallest mistake and FOX team riders had a tricky weekend in the office with some ups and downs! This definitely adds some flavor to the season...
FINN ILES - OVERALL JUNIOR WORLD CUP 2017 WINNER
Maybe the happiest guy in the paddock, taking another World Cup win and with it an unassailable lead in a race for the overall World Cup! “I had a very good run and I'm satisfied with my time too! I'm stoked for the overall as well because it means I can relax for the rest of the season. The next round will be at Mont Saint Anne in Canada, my home country, and I would love to take the win in front of the Canadian crowd. It's great to go there with almost no pressure”.
TAHNEE, 5TH PLACE - ONE SLIGHT MISTAKE THAT COST A LOT
Up at all four splits, she pushed the front wheel in one of the final turns almost running off the track and losing all of her momentum. She was clearly disappointed but stayed positive: “It's a shame to have messed up two of the five races so far! I was on a good run and I pushed a bit too hard. I finished five seconds from the winner and I know that in the past that could have been enough for a second place. It's cool that the women's level is getting higher, that's great for the sport”.
LAURIE GREENLAND, 4TH PLACE - CONSISTENT CHALLENGER
"I am really happy to of managed to get on the podium in lenzerheide, 6th to 10th place finishes have happened quite a lot now and I for sure have my eyes set on the podium! It's an amazing feeling and almost a relief at the same time... just have to do it again in a few weeks in Canada".
LOÏC BRUNI, 7TH PLACE, A DRIFT THAT COSTS HIM THE PODIUM
No crash for the frenchie but a few mistakes ruined his chances of being on the podium: “I was pretty relaxed before my start, I had a good feeling, you know like a switch in your head which means you can do well. I started without pushing too hard but I made a small mistake in the first rock garden. I told myself to forget it and to start the race again. But I made two other mistakes in sections where it's critical to carry speed. All these mistakes cost me time and with the racing so tight right now, you can't afford to do that. Now I have the feeling I missed a good opportunity. I'm still top ten which is good, but what I really want is to be in the top three! I have to work harder!”.
LORIS, 27TH PLACE - AND A CRASH IN THE FIRST BERM
Crashing in the first corner and having to chase seconds his whole run, Loris was pretty philosophical about it: “I have to admit that my head was on holiday already and when I did a good quali on Friday, I felt I could do well here. I was confident for finals and maybe a bit too much. After my run, I stayed 10 minutes alone to think about my crash and I realised it's not a disaster. I'm young, I didn't get injured and it didn't happen because of a mechanical. Everything worked perfectly and it just my fault. What makes me happy is that I'm still 4th overall because of my performance in qualifying, but I want more podiums!”.
CONNOR, 74TH - NO BROKEN BONES CAN STOP HIM
His crash in Vallnord was worse that he thought, he might have a broken bone in his hand and had to minimize his runs in Lenzerheide to be able to ride in the finals. Basically, he raced just to save some points for the overall: “I looked at the points and I thought, if I can get down with a 50th or a 40thplace run, I could get some points which is always pretty good for the overall. So it's what the goal for the weekend was. I did only 5 runs during the 3 days and it was still very painful. My race run started pretty well but I crashed half way and I decided to cruise down to not take anymore risks. It's four weeks now to Mont Saint Anne so I'm going to get an X-Ray as soon as possible to assess the extent of the damage to get a better idea of what kind of shape my hand will be in for MSA”.
The DH team now has a 4 week break before heading to the penultimate round of the World Cup series in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada.
A few hundred kilometres away, the Enduro riders were having one of the hardest races any of them had ever experienced in their careers! Soaked by the rain for two days, the freezing temperatures and slippery mud made the stages even more gnarly than they were already!
DAMIEN OTON, 3rd
“I'm completely knackered, it was so so hard! The weather was such a nightmare and the race was super physical. The cold didn't help either! Most of the time you're racing for one day and I have to admit it wasn't easy to be motivated for the second day! I was 5th at the end of the first day, I had a little cold and I didn't expect to be on the podium at the end of the race! But somehow, I got more power in my legs on Sunday and my track speed was better as well. My last two stages helped bump me up the standings to 3rd place. It's my second podium of the year which means at least some good luck is back on my side!”.
THÉO GALY, 5th
Riding in your home town is a privilege not many riders get to experience in their careers, which was extra motivation for Théo:
“I have to admit it was pretty hard to go and ride the second day in a freezing cold and wet weather! But it's the same for everybody and I had to push myself to find again a good speed. Unfortunately I didn't feel as good as I was the day before! The battle to be on the podium was super tight and I missed it by a few seconds. I'm a bit disappointed to finish 5th but it's my best result of the year and I'm now 9th in the overall which is pretty cool!”.
LOIC BRUNI, 4th
Unlucky since the beginning of the year, “Super Bruni” is relieved to be back: “I wasn't really happy when I passed the finish line because I was in 2nd and I saw it was super tight! But it was good, I stuck to the plan, kept it smooth, and made it to the bottom. It's my first podium of the season so 4th is perfect in the end, I'm happy enough tonight. I feel this is my first proper race of the year, in Lourdes I almost couldn't make it to the bottom because of the weather, Fort William I crashed and Leogang I even didn't race! I'm stoked to be here on the box and this has helped to build my confidence and I hope we are moving on to bigger and better things.”
LORIS VERGIER, 6th
After finishing second back to back in Leogang World Cup and Crankworx Les Gets a few weeks ago, Loris had every right to be a bit disappointed for missing the podium by only one place, but he's absolutely not and he explains why: “I'm happy because it's a long track and I started my finals run a bit too strong. I wanted to try to push my limits, but after the first minute I realised that I was a bit tired and I decided to stay focused, and try to stay on my bike! In the end, I'm 6th and only 3 seconds from the podium which is very good. I got good points for the overall, I'm now 4th which gives me a bit more confidence! I'm so happy for Loïc who's riding almost at his best again, it's cool to see him back on the podium!"
CONNOR FEARON, 28th
His run was spectacular but he crashed very close to the bottom: “I was so tired at the end and I had a stupid crash. I just couldn't hold on anymore but I'm not too disappointed because what you have to do to do well here is to leave it or on the track. The thing is, you have to go so fast here and obviously more people than usual crashed here, luckily everyone is mostly ok. Either way, I'm stoked and looking forward to Lenzerheide.”
FINN ILES, 1st IN JUNIOR CATEGORY
It's now the 3rd victory for the Canadian rider for this year. He won the race by a full 5 seconds and his time would have placed him 7th in the Elite category! “I felt that everything sort of worked on my run, I had like a few parts where I was trying to push too hard and got a bit sketchy but I think I was carrying good speed everywhere and I rode my bike well, so I'm happy! I was pretty calm this weekend even though I was a bit nervous this morning. Because this is so similar to some of the stuff I ride at home, I'm prtty experienced on steep stuff.”
TAHNEE SEAGRAVE, 2nd IN WOMEN CATEGORY
After taking her first ever win at the previous round in Leogang, Tahnee was hoping for big things again in Andorra: “Myriam Nicole (the winner of the day) has always been good here and I've never get a good result here, and it's such a contrast from here to Leogang I'm just really happy because I had a point to prove after everyone saying that the track in Leogang was too easy.
I know that my style of riding is not very aggressive even if people think it is, I love riding berms with my mates so I think Lenzerheide will suit me better”.
MORE HARDWARE FOR RHEEDER IN INNSBRUCK!!
Fox Freestyle team rider Brett Rheeder had another sterling performance in the Redbull Joyride Slopestyle competition at last weekend's Crankworx stop in Innsbruck, Austria.
Following up on his amazing victory the week before in Les Gets, Brett faced his stiffest competition of the season so far from the best riders in the world, and he needed an amazing run to solidify the second spot on the podium.
As usual, his run featured an incredible array of tricks including 720 bar spins, a double bar 360 off the massive step-down and he gave it all he had on his final trick - a flip double whip which pushed his total score to an amazing 95.66. A final score which easily sealed his silver position on the podium.
Coming off an injury in 2016 his season got off to a late start – not what he had been hoping and training for all winter. But he is hitting his stride at the perfect moment and will be hard to beat heading into the final stop of the Crankworx series in August at beautiful Whistler, British Columbia.CW
Fox and Snow Summit Present Women’s Weekend 2017
with Fox team riders Katrina Strand and Claire Buchar
Girls! Plan for THIS! Fox MTB and Snow Summit are teaming up with Claire Buchar and Katrina Strand to bring you Women's Mountain Bike Sessions July 8 and 9th, 2017.
Come hang out, participate in FREE 'how to' sessions, learn a tip or trick or two, and walk away with some sweet prizes! Discounted bike rentals and lift tickets will be provided for women all weekend.
Fox Women’s Sessions with professional mountain bike athletes Katrina Strand and Claire Buchar
- Saturday, July 8th and Sunday, July 9th at Snow Summit in Big Bear Lake
- Energetic & supportive learning environment organized by women, for women.
- Free “How-To” sessions where Claire and Katrina will share tips and tricks to help you improve your riding skills
- Registration is in site at 9:00 am Saturday and Sunday and limited. Please arrive early to insure your spot!
- BBQ Saturday afternoon - hang out with all the ladies!
- Q & A with Claire and Katrina Sunday afternoon - From bike set up to mental perspectives, to industry questions...ask Claire and Katrina anything!
- There will be prizes and giveaways provided by Fox and Snow Summit!
- Discounted lift tickets and rentals provided by Snow Summit for participants.
10am-12pm Session 1: Body Position and Balance
2pm-4pm Session 2: Cornering
10am-12pm Session 3: Steeps/Descending
4:30pm Q & A with snacks/rehydration
For more information go to: https://www.foxracing.com
CRANKWORX-LES GETS WAS EPIC!
The whole MTB industry spent the week in Les Gets for the 2nd stop of the Crankworx World Tour 2017. Luckily, this year the sun was beating down on Les Gets the entire week and all our riders enjoyed the opportunity to ride and compete in the awesome conditions!
BRETT RHEEDER WON THE SLOESTYLE
Brett laid down a solid first run, which was good enough to take the lead. Nobody managed to best his score with their second runs, so Brett got to cruise down for a victory lap! After wining Rotorua (2015), Les 2 Alpes (2015) and Whistler (2016), the Canadian won yet another Slopestye here in France and was pretty damn stoked: “I just came back after an injury so I feel really relieved to win today. It has been hard work to get back! We had some good practice sessions with all the guys, but it was tough here today with the wind. For sure before my first run I was a bit nervous, I didn't want to screw up, and then sitting up top watching all the guys doing their second runs was hard!"
2ND PLACE FOR LORIS VERGIER AT THE CRANKWORX DOWNHILL
“It is so good to be on a podium again! To be honest, I didn't expect it because my wrist was a bit painful before the start! Because of that, I didn't start my run full gas, and tried to finish a bit faster and it went well for me, I'm proud! Now I take some days off to go surfing with my girlfriend and it will be sweet!" - Loris Vergier
FINN ILES WON IN JUNIOR
After his victory in Leogang World Cup last week, Finn Iles continues to dominate the Junior Category: “I felt I rode well, smooth and consistent so I'm happy with my run and my time. Last year I felt very good on this track, and the whole of this week I was having a lot of fun so I wasn't super focused on the race until day race. I think it's good to do a race like that every now and again, because this week was a bit like a holiday and I just rode my bike as fast as could and it worked well!”
JOSH BRYCELAND 3RD IN THE AIR DH
Air DH in Les Gets is a bit different to A-Line in Whistler, with roots, jumps and steep techy sections and ex World Cup Champion Josh Bryceland demonstrated he still has the speed to compete! Josh ended up in 3rd place and showed that when you have talent running through your veins, you don't have to take racing super seriously to get on the box every now and again! It was so rad to see the Rat back on a podium!
TAHNEE SEAGRAVE TAKES HER FIRST ELITE WORLD CUP VICTORY!
After a hard weekend in Fort William (she crashed in both Qualis and Finals), Tahnee fought back in Leogang in the best way possible! Second in Saturday's quali, she did everything right on Sunday to take her very first win in the Elite Women Category: “I'm super happy, I'm more relieved than anything, I feel I was working so hard for so long. Obviously it's a bummer that Rachel (Atherton) wasn't here, it would have been nice to compare to her time. It was so stressful watching Tracey (Hannah, 2nd) coming down, I knew she was gonna pull back time at the end and it was so close! But it's great to see the racing is so tight!”
LORIS VERGIER BACK ON THE PODIUM
Loris finally put in a clean race run and landed on the podium! Second here last year, and second again this year, he has an impressive record on the Austrian track! “Last year I was completely happy with my 2nd place because it was a surprise but I have to be honest, I thought that today could be the day. In the end I don't have any regrets, I did everything I could! It's very good for my confidence too, because I have been qualifying well but then having troubles in finals this season. I'm happy, it was a good day in the office!”
FINN ILES WON THE JUNIOR CATEGORY!
Finn kicked off the day in some style by taking the win and solidifying his leadership of the overall : "I was a bit frustrated last weekend (he finished 2nd in Fort William, Scotland) and yesterday (2nd place in qualis), so I'm happy with my result and with my time too. It's was a good weekend! There is a good battle going with the other guys and I think it will be very interesting between us for the rest of the season."
KAOS SEAGRAVE 3RD IN QUALIS, 4TH IN FINALS
Third in qualis, Kaos Seagrave finished the final in 4th: “My run was good, it was very dry up there, it was so, so fast! I just made a mistake before the motorway section but it's all good. The track was mint, I loved it the whole weekend. And Finn absolutely smashed it, his time was very good.”
10TH PLACE FOR CONNOR FEARON
Podiuming on the previous two visits to Leogang, Connor was clear he wanted to do the same again this year. He finished 10th but was still happy to have a solid result: “It's still a good place, I couldn't have gone any faster. The times were super tight! The guys at the top went so fast! I'm happy to be in the top 10 and I'm already looking forward to the other races."
Unfortunately we have to finish with some bad news. Loïc Bruni crashed during Saturday's practice and had to go to hospital to deal with an extremely severe inflammation. Loic posted on his social media: “I thought it was a random punch in the leg. After the qualis I could not walk any more, I had ruptured vein on the inside that was leaking blood into my leg”.
Loic will be spending a few more days in Leogang to wait for the swelling to go down, and hopefull he'll be back soon. All the best to you champion!
ROUND 3, ENDURO WORLD SERIES
DAMIEN OTON, BACK ON THE PODIUM
Nine intense stages over two long days of racing, the third round of the Enduro World Series in Madeira was extremely tough!
Lots of riders suffered from mechanicals and crashes, including Fox Racing guys, Damien Oton, Théo Galy, Mark Scott and Iago Garay. Luckily they all made it through unscathed, read this little bit of insight into how their races went! Congrats guys, we're proud of you all!
"You always have loads of ups and downs during a race like that! This morning, after a long day yesterday, I didn’t feel good but I realized it was the same for everybody! These kind of races are very difficult because you have to manage your equipment, and it was very very slippery and physical. I couldn’t be more happy to finish on the podium! After a bad start of the season, it’s good to be back!" - Damien Oton
"I’m super happy I maintained my position the whole weekend! I was 6th after day one, then this morning I said to myself I have to try to get closer to the top 5, but I didn’t have the power I expected. I gave everything I could, pushing as hard as possible and despite a few crashes I ended up in 7th position. I’m also really stoked with my overall position!" -Théo Galy (7th place)
"The first day was good for me, really strong first couple of stages with a few small crashes later on, then day 2 started really well again, I made it to the top 5. Unfortunately I got a flat tyre near the end of stage 7. I rode it out to the bottom of the stage and managed to fix it. I stuck a bit of gel wrapper in the tyre and managed to fix it with a tube and just had to nurse it home after that… It was a massive hole, so I didn’t want to blow it out and lose all of my points. I ended up 13th in the end which is not so bad with the flat tyre so I’m pretty happy" - Mark Scott (13th place)
"Yesterday was very bad, I don’t know why but I was going very slow, I had a crash and a mechanical and I lost a lot of time there, like 40 seconds at least. But today I really liked the stages and I really wanted to make up some time. I had a really good day, a lot of fun, some good results especially the 15th on stage 7 which was very technical and that makes me think I’ve still got that DH background! I’m pretty happy, finished 43rd, it’s not a great result but after yesterday I’m pretty happy with it because I made up a lot of time" - Iago Garay (43rd place)
FINN ILES TOOK THE WIN AND KAOS SEAGRAVE FINISHED 2ND IN JUNIOR MEN CATEGORY.
"I knew I could go faster for my final run because I lost a few seconds during the qualis at the bottom of the track (he was 3rd). Because of that, I started a little too fast and I almost crashed in the first corner! That scared me a bit, so I tried to be more focused and do a solid run. I’m very happy to take my first win in the rainbow jersey!" Explained Finn.
Kaos has plenty of reason to be happy as well, climbing up onto the box for the first time! Already second during the qualis, he maintained his position and now can’t wait to try and go one better at the next few rounds.
TAHNEE SEAGRAVE WAS FASTEST IN THE QUALIS AND ENDED UP 3RD IN THE ELITE WOMEN FINALS
"For sure, I’m disappointed because I’ve never backed up a first place Quali result in a Final. In all honesty, I don’t really like starting in last position and I know I have to work on that. My run was good but maybe I’m still not ready to beat Rachel Atherton. I used to watch her when I was a kid and I’m still so impressed to see her ride.” - Tahnee Seagrave
CONNOR FEARON, 5TH PLACE IN ELITE MEN
"Yeah 5th is pretty good for the beginning of the season! I'm a bit gutted that the last 11 guys didn't get to show what they were capable of because of the insane weather. It was way too wet to do any more than just make it down! Now that I’m 5th in the overall, my goal is to stay there for the rest of the season, and hopefully move up even higher during the next couple of races!” - Connor Fearon
LORIS VERGIER AND LOÏC BRUNI WENT TO HELL AND BACK!
After the qualis, Loris was fastest with Loïc just behind in second. But towards the end of race day, a storm came in and ruined the chances of the top 15 qualifiers. Loïc and Loris had absolutely no chance to compete with the best times of the day.
“Honestly, before my run, my only goal was to stay on my bike. I tried to ride properly but it was way too insane! Either way it was fun, I’m in one piece and I have to be happy about that” said Loris.
“I tried to do a fast run to save some points for the overall but I quickly figured out that that was impossible! The track was way too dangerous and slippery. To be honest, I was scared, it was pretty gnarly” added Loïc.
The next round takes place in Fort William, Scotland, on the 4th of June!
Fox Racing is proud to announce the 2017 Fox MTB Global Downhill Race Team. The new season brings a fresh mix of long time Fox riders ready to take the next step on the global stage combined with exciting new additions who bring both youth and experience to the team. The Fox DH team brings together riders from around the globe to compete in the 7 stops of the UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup series and the World Championships on the legendary track at Cairns, Australia.
“For 2017 our mix of riders is one of the most competitive teams we have ever fielded. Mike Redding (Global sports marketing manager) and Vincent Saccomani (Fox Europe sports marketing manager) have done an amazing job of putting together a group of athletes who are not only top level riders, but are also great ambassadors for the brand and for the sport of Mountain Biking. At an average age of 23 years old, we look forward to supporting these athletes and their teams now and in the future.”
- Dave Ahumada, Global Marketing Manager – FOX MTB
Beginning this weekend (April 29-30) in Lourdes, France the team will be running the Pro Level Fox DH Race Kit including the proven Rampage Pro Carbon helmet; Flexair jersey, pant and glove and the all new Launch Pro D30 guards as they compete throughout the grueling 7 stop series.
- Loic Bruni (Specialized Gravity)
- Tahnee Seagrave (Transition/FMD)
- Connor Fearon (Team Kona)
- Loris Vergier (Santa Cruz Syndicate)
- Magnus Manson (Team Kona)
- Finn Iles (Specialized Gravity)
- Josh Button (Team Kona)
- Anthony Paulson (Team Kona)
- Joe Parfitt (Transition/FMD)
- Kaos Seagrave (Transition/FMD)
- Tegan Molloy (Team Kona)
- Laurie Greenland (Mondraker)
For more information and the Week 1 preview click here.
The 2017 Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup season has arrived! This weekend the most exciting style of bicycle racing action you will ever see gets underway from beautiful Lourdes, France at the foothills of the majestic Pyrenees Mountain range.
What to expect
The track at Lourdes is known for brutal rock sections, tricky woods sections with some big jumps and the legendary steep wall section at the top. This year may see the added excitement of a wet and slippery course as it snowed on the trails earlier today. The latest reports show skies clearing and the track drying so if the weather holds it should be a fast and rough race – either way it should be an amazing start to the 2017 season…one you surely won’t want to miss!
Take a look at MTB personality/announcer Claudio Calouri’s always entertaining course preview.
The Fox Team
This year the Fox Downhill MTB team is loaded with an amazing mix of young talent including 2015 World Champ Loic Bruni; Long time Fox team riders Connor Fearon and Tahnee Seagrave and young guns Loris Vergier, Magnus Manson, Josh Button and Laurie Greenland. The Junior team is led by current Junior World Champion Finn Iles and includes up and coming riders Anthony Poulson, Joe Parfitt, Kaos Seagrave and the always fast Tegan Molloy! Meet the Team.
Where to watch
Lourdes is the first of 7 stops leading in to the World championships in Cairns, Australia in September. We’ll keep you posted on all the happenings throughout the season.
- April 29-30: (DHI) Lourdes, France
- June 3-4: (DHI) Fort William, Scotland
- June 10-11: (DHI) Leogang, Austria
- July 8-9: (XCO/DHI) Lenzerheide, Switzerland
- August 5-6: (XCO/DHI) Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada
- August 26-27: (XCO/DHI) Val di Sole, Italy
- September 5-10: (XCO/DHI) UCI World Championships, Cairns, Australia
Fox changed things up this year at The Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, CA. In the past, we set up in the tech expo row, but decided going with that grass roots feel sounded like it would be a good time. We drove the rig up and set up on the campgrounds above the raceway. Our main initiative was to open up our home to surrounding campers and host a viewing of our latest film, “Ride Your F#%king Bike!” We set up the BBQ, invited campers up to our site, chilled, grilled and watching the movie under the stars. We were stoked on the turnout of around 100 campers in attendance. Due to the World Cup and Fest Series going on the same weekend, we didn’t have as many athletes on site, but it was great having Mark Scott, Iago Garay, Bas Vansteenbergen, Kirt Voreis and Jackson Goldstone in attendance!
Mark Scott Santa Cruz Bike’s finished 5th in the Pro men enduro, and qualified for dual and was eliminated in the early rounds.
Iago Garay qualified for Dual Slalom and was knocked out mid rounds.
Kirt Voreis raced the downhill and pretty much just had fun doing whips at the top for the fans.
Bas Van Steenbergen raced the downhill and finished 6th.
Overall, it was a great weekend and we’re excited for next year!
Photos: Gordon Dooley
Friday, March 3rd 2017 - Fox Racing announced its first new full length MTB movie in over a decade: “Ride Your F#%king Bike – The Movie. Powered by Chainsaw.” Featuring Fox athletes Josh Bryceland, Josh Lewis, Kirt Voreis and other Fox teammates, the movie documents three weeks on the road with a wild crew up for anything. Filming kicked off at Fox Headquarters in Irvine, Calif., and continued north through Oregon and Washington before crossing the Canadian border and reaching Vancouver Island.
The spirit of the movie is about having fun and riding bikes with your friends. Whether it is trail, DH, park or street, this crew of derelicts shows how to have a good time and cause a bit of chaos at every stop on the trip.
“Filming the movie was a great experience intended to strip back the sport and get down to the core of riding bikes. It’s all in the title, ‘Ride Your F#%king Bike’ and the hope is that this will inspire people to just have a good time riding.” – Mike Redding, MTB Sports Marketing
The movie is dedicated to Stevie Smith, A.K.A. Chainsaw, a World Cup champion gravity athlete who unexpectedly passed away in May 2016.
The film will be available for live streaming on FoxRacing.com beginning Wednesday, April 5th, 2017.
Below is a full list of stops and riding locations:
Big Bear, CA
Lake Tahoe, CA
Battle Ground, WA
Vancouver Island, BC
For more information, go to: https://www.foxracing.com/us/ride-your-fcking-bike/
Photos: Kaimi Palama
Kirt Voreis and Doug Jambor camped out for a couple days and shot a raw edit on the Thrillium trail, outside of Battleground, WA. at the Cold creek MTB trails. Special thanks to CCMTB for maintaining such rad trails!
Join us as we take you on a little journey through Texas with Fox BMX riders Chase Hawk, Aaron Ross, Sean Sexton and Nina Buitrago. From breakfast rituals to dog walks, coffee spots, and riding their local skatepark, we give you a taste of a normal day in the life of the ATX crew.
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Check out Fox MTB Athlete Connor Fearon in the latest edition of Maxxis' "Rubber Side Down"!
"For 2016 the Maxxis Rubber Side Down series is back.
Connor Fearon born in Adelaide, South Australia has been part of the Kona Factory team nearly as long as he's been running Maxxis Tyres... His reserved and modest personality couldn't be further removed when he steps foot over two wheels, consistently placing him in the top 10 overall on the UCI World Cup circuit and becoming a fan favourite for his loose, Aussie style.
You'll be surprised to learn that when home, his downhill bike doesn't see much action. We aren't all blessed with huge mountains and chairlifts, but what Radelaide lacks in height it certainly makes up for with a buzzing scene and huge variety of trails.
Flat pedals, Tuesday night parmys and slapping turns. Yehhh Connor!" - Joe Bowman (Pinkbike)
When you travel nonstop for a living, some of the best days on your bike are spent close to home. In between Pat Casey's hectic schedule, he make it a priority to spend quality time at home with his family. With a wife, one-year-old son and a daughter on the way, it’s not always easy to break out and ride, but lucky for Pat he lives in Southern California and there’s no shortage of parks and covert ditches to keep him occupied.
Out the backdoor of the family homestead in Riverside, Pat maintains an array of ramps and dirt jumps, which is perfect for a quick session when the kiddo’s napping. For this edit the man busied himself at the Chino and Pala skateparks, as well as some local ditches.
Today Pat is 21 years old and continues to spread his influence on the BMX world. He first blew up on the scene when he was 16 years old and is a proven threat anytime he hits the X Games stage. With a number of X medals to his credit, he’s also credited with being the first-ever to land a decade backflip (at the 2011 FISE France event). He then followed that up with a first-ever double decade the following year (at FISA Costa Rica).
Pat may be enjoying a little staycation with the family, but he certainly isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. He is very much “Made For This.”
The video edit has dropped! Check out Damien Hobgood, Bede Durbidge and Keanu Asing who all found a hole in their globe-trotting schedules, posted up in the West Oz wilds and waited for the Indian Ocean to turn on. They didn't have to wait for long. From the ledging, gargling wave at The Box to rarely ridden slabs in more remote corners of the desert, as surf trips go, they scored watch it all unfold in this epic video
Camera/Edit- Jensen Young Sik
Dedicating himself to his hometown terrain for the past several months, Scotty Cranmer has been doggedly filming around his native New Jersey. And judging by his new video drop, it’s been time well spent.
“I like doing my own thing. I like competing against myself, and I guess that’s what BMX is—a constant competition against yourself,” says Cranmer.
Hailing from Jackson Township, riding BMX has always been central to Cranmer’s life. Like so many up-and-comers, it all began behind the starting line. After cutting his teeth on the racetrack for a while, life on the bike exploded into a whole lot more. Quickly Cranmer came to realize that he was made for this.
“This is the town I found my first BMX bike. This is the town I crashed my first BMX bike. It’s where I learned my first trick,” adds Cranmer.
Today, capable of riding just about anything with supreme confidence, his passion and dedication to BMX are unquestionable.
Celebrating Fox’s new Made For This collection, we’re happy to unveil our new line of stretch denim jeans. Reinforced and durable enough to stand up to a long day on the bike, with their ultra comfortable fit and superior casual style, they’re also perfect for when the sun goes down.
When Fox riders Scotty Cranmer and Pat Casey found out there was an opportunity to travel to the land down under to film and ride with the Australian team, they jumped at the chance to go. With only a week in Australia, we managed to hit up Melbourne, Sydney and The Gold Coast. Follow the crew as they ride a few iconic parks and enjoy some of Australia’s landmarks and wildlife.
Thank you to the locals, Fox Head Australia and everyone who came out and supported us while we were in OZ. Good times!
If you haven't already, do yourself a favor and watch Pat Casey's new Monster edit. It's straight fire!
Filming & Editing by Casey McPerry
Photos: Ryan Fudger
Anthony Messere and Paul Genovese ride together learning new tricks at their home spot.
It's always cool to see how much work these guys and their crew put into building trails.
When we flew Steve out here to give him his custom painted chainsaw for winning the World Cup title, the guys from Rootone showed up and we did this short edit. We are excited to see him back in action in Fort Bill next week.
During a quick trip to California, Aaron Ross took to the streets of LA with a few locals in our new Summer 14 soft goods and hit up some familiar spots. See the full line at www.foxhead.com/us
From tear down to re-build, witness the 11 month construction of the new Fox Head Global Headquarters. Enjoy.
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