The 2011 Grim Original saw more than 6,500 people taking on the off-road course over the hills, water filled ravines and rocky trails as used by the British Army at their normally out-of-bounds training facility in Aldershot, Hampshire – and we were there to capture all the mud-covered, lung-busting, puddle-soaked action!
To read our full report head to the Chain Reaction Cycles website now: chainreactioncycles.com/News.aspx?NewsID=1982
You can see some pictures of the event over on our Facebook page.
Our thanks to the GRIM Challenge staff and our partners For Goodness Shakes and Mule Bar for their support in helping everyone recover after the race! You can see all the results on the Grim website: original.grimchallenge.co.uk
The Temper Trap - Fader
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It's not every day that you get to ride with three of the UK's biggest names in BMX, let alone at one of the UK's hottest parks. Ben Hennon, Dan Lacey and Scott Ditchburn ride at the first Chain Reaction Cycles Expression Session at Belfast's T13 facility, and the action was second to none.
With a prize pot featuring a signature frame from each of CRC's team riders, helmets, grips and DVDs there was plenty on offer for attending riders to compete for too.
CRC Events Manager Simon Cordner reports from a tricktastic action-packed weekend:
“Friday night saw the CRC BMX Team arrive for what was their first trip to Belfast. Word had spread fast on the quality of the Rhythm Room at T13 with all of the guys commenting on all the good things they'd heard about the set-up and quality of the ramps. On arrival, Team riders Dan Lacey and Ben Hennon were amazed at the sheer size of T13, with Scott Ditchburn being stoked at the street section ... and the sight of a nice new rail which the T13 staff were just installing especially for Saturday's Session.
Within minutes the guys were straight into the action, checking out lines and sizing up transfers which many riders wouldn't even dream of. Ben Hennon immediately spied a golden opportunity to gap between the foam pit and vert wall and after only 10 minutes cleared a path for what would become a jaw dropping leap of faith in front of a privileged few. Happy to have hit it, he was confident that he could tail-whip it as part of Saturday's run.
Saturday came early and it was evident that the word had spread about the Team's arrival. Arriving at T13 around 10am, the plaza had a great feel going on with a crowd already gathering. The team took some time to meet the local riders and pass on some of their skills in some group coaching in the morning.
Midday saw the start of the competition kick off, with Hennon, Lacey and Ditchburn taking to the park alongside 100 riders. With the warm-up over the judging began. Ben Hennon took the grandstand to oversee the Rhythm Room section over an hour long period. With competition high, it was a hard job to decide who was worthy of winning his signature Hoffman Lady Luck frame. With a few riders pulling 360's over the boxes, it wasn't all down to the biggest trick with the honours going to Joel Harper who pulled off a number of very stylish runs.
The action then moved to the street plaza where Dan Lacey and Scott Ditchburn would decide the honours for their frames. With some really technical riding going down, the 70 competing riders were split into two groups to ensure there was enough space to give everyone a clear run. The Subrosa Balum (Ditchburn signature) went to Mateusz Gwiazdowski (who has only been riding for seven months and is surely one to watch going forward) and Dan Lacey ‘Federal Lacey' was awarded to Curtis Taylor - who managed to break his frame during this last competition run...nice timing!
Our thanks to everyone who came down to T13 over the weekend, to Liam, Joey and Gary at T13 for preparing the venue – we hope you all enjoyed yourselves!
You can see photos from the weekend on the Chain Reaction Cycles Facebook page, (facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150462174817359.425169.147287417358) and stay tuned for more news on the CRC BMX Team and our video edit of the action which will be released soon!
Good Feeling Remix by DirteeFunk
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Riders from the ChainReactionCycles.com/Nukeproof downhill race team hosted a skills day for local riders at the Tollymore National Outdoor Centre in Newcastle, Northern Ireland, offering a range of essential tips and advice for trail riding.
Matt Simmonds, Joe Smith, Lewis Buchanan and Nigel Page helped with all the basics including bike setup, braking, cornering, body position, bunny hops and loads more.
CRC Events Manager Lee Kincaid was on hand to oversee the day, and said: "This was the first time we've run an event like this, and it was a great success. 30 riders were in attendance for a masterclass from our pro race team, and the Tollymore Centre trails were the perfect place for the guys to hone their skills – from riding drop-offs to attacking bermed corners.
The Beat the Pro time-trial was a fun end to the day too, with everyone going head-to-head against the pros to record the fastest time – and a chance to win a prize. The fastest time of Matt Simmonds and Lewis Buchanan's group was Winston Copeland with an awesome time of 41.98 seconds!
The fastest time we had from Nigel Page and Joe Smith's group was Calvin Kirby with an excellent time of 50.40 seconds!"
Both winners headed home with a brand new carbon THE Nukeproof team helmet, but nobody went home empty handed – second and third place in the groups got a set of Nukeproof bars or a Nukeproof saddle. After the prize giving everyone picked up a goodie bag which included a bike lock, water bottle and beanie.
Gareth Kerr from Belfast said: "Thank you for a great day had real good fun and learnt some good skills."
Beginner rider Michael Flanagan really enjoyed the day, saying: "Thanks for a great day of skills training with the Nukeproof Team at Tollymore on Saturday. The day was a great event, and only had a couple of spills."
For a few pics from the day, or head to our Facebook page for the whole album.
Song: Mornin' by Star Slinger - Volume 1
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The fifth and final round of this year’s Chain Reaction Cycles MTB Marathon Series powered by Mercedes Benz Vito Sport took place in Ruthin, North Wales, and we were there to capture all the action!
After a season of ups and downs on the weather front, the final round was no exception challenging the riders with wet and muddy conditions throughout the weekend. Situated on the edge of the Clwydian Range and spoiled with a varied and well-established trail network, Ruthin really did have something to offer everyone.
The Exposure Lights Big Night Out was held on the Saturday night, and added to an action packed weekend with a separate 40km course marked out. At 7.30pm with darkness setting in more than 140 riders left the event village to tackle the 42km long course – armed with handlebar and helmet lighting that turned the pitch black night almost into day.
From the start the riders followed the usual return route of the marathon, gently climbing through Bathafarn Farm and continuing to climb off-road until The Clwyd Gate Motel. The route continued off-road to the forestry on Moel Famau, where the track alternated between forest track and singletrack right through the woods, finally exiting the forestry and descending Frith Mountain.
The first rider over the line managed to finish the course in 1 hour and 53 minutes while the last one finished in 4 hours and 17 minutes.
On Sunday the flagship CRC Marathon took place, offering riders a variety of terrain including fast and flowing tracks along the open hill-tops mixed in with technical single and double tracks through the various wooded areas.
As always there were four courses on offer with the half marathon and the full distance being the most popular. The fastest rider on the 30km long mini marathon was back in an incredible time of 1 hour and 31 minutes while the last full distance rider made his way over the finish line at the Ruthin Rugby Club 7 hours and 33 minutes after the start. The challenging course conditions and weather had no impact on the fun people had during the day, and going by the endless row of smiling faces the last event of the series was another great success. You can find the finishing times on the results page.
Event photographer Jon Brooke and his colleagues were out in force during the weekend – head to their website now to view or buy the pics.
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This year’s Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series has so far produced some thrilling racing; from Javier Gomez’s first win in Sydney, Alistair Brownlee’s subsequent domination to Paula Findlay’s wins in Madrid and Kitzbühel. Chain Reaction Cycles are proud sponsors of the Series, and were thrilled to have been a part of the home event in London’s Hyde Park over the weekend.
Thousands of tri fans lined the London course to take in the festival atmosphere and check out the latest run, swim and bike technology in the Expo area. CRC were out in force with our new events trailer – with special offers, mechanic support, technical advice, competitions and much more.
Watch our highlights video of the weekend now, featuring CRC-sponsored triathlete Bryan Keane:
Chain Reaction Cycles Events
This year's CRC events calendar has been jam-packed - and we've still got loads more high quality rides, races and multi-sport days out that you can get involved with including the iconic Vattenfall Cyclassics in Hamburg, Germany, the awe-inspiring Alpine Challenge in Annecy, France, and the continuation of our hugely popular Mountain Bike Marathon Series throughout the UK.