Pro Bike Check: Tobin Ortenblad’s shiny new custom painted Santa Cruz Stigmata CC

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santa cruz racing tobin ortenblad stigmata cc cyclocross bike check

Tobin Ortenblad is on a streak, winning the last 11 races he’s entered. That’s put him 2nd overall in pro points for USA Cycling and 26th for UCI worldwide. To celebrate, his mechanic and coach, Chris McGovern, called in a lot of favors to piece together an all new bike complete with custom paint…all in about a 10 day span. On the flight into Connecticut, he couldn’t keep it a secret any longer (especially with Tobin wondering why Chris had packed a bike for himself…ain’t no pro mechanic got time for that!), so he showed him a pic on his phone.

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Tobin Ortenblad is on a streak, winning the last 11 races he’s entered. That’s put him 2nd overall in pro points for USA Cycling and 26th for UCI worldwide. To celebrate, his mechanic and coach, Chris McGovern, called in a lot of favors to piece together an all new bike complete with custom paint…all in […]

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Kirt Voreis tracks down a bike sponsor and captures a Niner

It’s safe to say that Kirt Voreis ranks up there among the legends of mountain biking. Between his affable personality, DH race chops, and style for days before that was even considered, the veteran of two wheels helped spread the stoke with the AllRide Tour which at times was sponsored by Santa Cruz and then Specialized bikes. All of this made the announcement that Kirt lacked a bike sponsor in November hard to believe. Of course, he didn’t announce it in a typical way – opting for a humorous video of himself trying to roost a corner with all of the parts of a bicycle except the frame.

Not surprisingly, a few months later Kirt has tracked something down. After hunting around, Kirt was able to jump on a brand new Niner and is looking forward to pedaling forward as Niner’s Trail Ambassador…

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It’s safe to say that Kirt Voreis ranks up there among the legends of mountain biking. Between his affable personality, DH race chops, and style for days before that was even considered, the veteran of two wheels helped spread the stoke with the AllRide Tour which at times was sponsored by Santa Cruz and then Specialized […]

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Robert Marchand proves age is just a number (again) with Hour Record for 105+

Video c. Global News

Many would believe that there comes a time in every cyclist’s life to hang up that bike for the last time and submit to a life of shuffle board and early bird specials down at the senior center. No one apparently told that to Robert Marchand. At an age where most people would just be lucky to reach, Marchand just set the World Hour Record for the category that had to be created just for him – 105+. You read that right, Robert is 105 years old and just rode 22.547 km (about 14 miles) in an hour. The record comes a few years after Marchand set the previous record for riders over 100 in 2012.

Chapeau Mr. Marchand. We hope to see you set the record for 110+ in the future!



Video c. Global News Many would believe that there comes a time in every cyclist’s life to hang up that bike for the last time and submit to a life of shuffle board and early bird specials down at the senior center. No one apparently told that to Robert Marchand. At an age where most people […]

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Video: CXNats Slip-N-Slide

Looks like proper cyclocross course conditions for the 2017 USAC CX National Championships in this video from USA Cycling’s twitter feed. Bikerumor is headed up there this weekend to check out the pro bikes and watch the muddy madness. Stay tuned on our IG, FB and right here!

And for now slide past the break for a couple more slick video previews care of USA Cycling…
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Newton’s law: What goes up must come down (sort of). .#cxnats pic.twitter.com/Y96qWslQOY — USA Cycling (@usacycling) January 3, 2017 Looks like proper cyclocross course conditions for the 2017 USAC CX National Championships in this video from USA Cycling’s twitter feed. Bikerumor is headed up there this weekend to check out the pro bikes and watch […]

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Must Watch: This slickrock line is not for the faint of heart

Slickrock, contrary to its name, provides an insane level of grip. For most of us, that means simply feeling a little more confident on the Slickrock trail, or something like Captain Ahab, but if you’ve got the skills, it can allow for what should be impossible. This video of local Moab shredder (and owner of the Whole Enchilada Shuttle Company), proves just that as Kyle Mears calmly rides down one of the steepest spines we’ve ever seen.

Kyle mentions on Facebook that he woke up on the last day of the year wanting to ride this, but the inspiration goes to Kenny Smith for riding it years back and proving it was possible. We’re just happy that Kevin Bergeron was there to capture it all on camera! Great riding as usual, Mears.



Slickrock, contrary to its name, provides an insane level of grip. For most of us, that means simply feeling a little more confident on the Slickrock trail, or something like Captain Ahab, but if you’ve got the skills, it can allow for what should be impossible. This video of local Moab shredder (and owner of […]

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Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

  • Ridley building the next generation of racers – Sure most bike companies are out supporting pro riders. But Ridley actually sponsors 10 youth development teams. Not only does their R&D division work with pros on cyclocross, road & track, but also with young talents. Take 19 year old Robbe Ghys, who’s been riding on Ridley for several years and showed how to be a badass (#BeTough in Ridley-speak) on the track by stepping up and racing with the elites at the six days of Gent. Another is U23 CX World Champ Eli Iserbyt, or 15 year old Luke Verburg who won the first 12 of 19 races on his X-night this season. Ridley-bikes.com

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Ridley building the next generation of racers – Sure most bike companies are out supporting pro riders. But Ridley actually sponsors 10 youth development teams. Not only does their R&D division work with pros on cyclocross, road & track, but also with young talents. Take 19 year old Robbe Ghys, who’s been riding on Ridley for several years […]

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Video: Chris Akrigg rides it As It Lies

Typically, ‘as it lies’ is a phrase that I would associate with golf, or Happy Gilmore. Though in this case, the title certainly fits the riding in the latest clip from Chris Akrigg. He states in the description that he isn’t one for overbuilt lines and purpose built trails, but when you have the skills of Akrigg – anything is rideable…

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Typically, ‘as it lies’ is a phrase that I would associate with golf, or Happy Gilmore. Though in this case, the title certainly fits the riding in the latest clip from Chris Akrigg. He states in the description that he isn’t one for overbuilt lines and purpose built trails, but when you have the skills […]

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Happy Holidays! Festive clips from Jamis, Team Sky, and more

We’ve almost made it. 2017 is just around the corner. It seems that many people feel that 2016 was a dog  of a year, but there’s still a lot to be thankful for. While there seem to be quite a few less holiday themed bike clips this year, we’ve found a few – and a few that aren’t technically holiday themed, but seem to fit the feel of the season. So sit back, relax, enjoy a few clips, and then go eat, drink, ride, and be merry…

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We’ve almost made it. 2017 is just around the corner. It seems that many people feel that 2016 was a dog  of a year, but there’s still a lot to be thankful for. While there seem to be quite a few less holiday themed bike clips this year, we’ve found a few – and a […]

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Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

  • Uber admits its self-driving cars have trouble with bike lanes – While we’d love nothing more than being able to sit back and let the car do the driving while we post more goodness on Bikerumor, the challenges to full robotic chauffeurs remains. Uber’s self driving test fleet apparently has trouble recognizing bike lanes, but at least they’ve recognized the problem before bad things happened.
    Besides the threat of our robot overlords, there are always plenty of things to get us on the bike over the holidays and into the New Year…

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Uber admits its self-driving cars have trouble with bike lanes – While we’d love nothing more than being able to sit back and let the car do the driving while we post more goodness on Bikerumor, the challenges to full robotic chauffeurs remains. Uber’s self driving test fleet apparently has trouble recognizing bike lanes, but at least […]

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