Mud, Sweat & Gears Final Round
Venue: Hadleigh Farm
Position: 2nd place
After missing the National series at Hadleigh farm I decided I couldn’t miss riding the Olympic course and quickly entered the final round of the mud, sweat and gears series. Considering how technical the course is and due to the fact that I hadn’t raced since the start of August I felt a practice session (the day before) wasn’t a bad idea. It was still a bit of a shock to the system when after only a couple of minutes (if that) on the bike I was met with the challenge that is triple trouble. Opting for the ‘A’ line was a bit of a wakeup call to say the least. After riding the section a couple more times I was feeling confident enough and continued my way around the circuit. I was massively disappointed when I reached the first rock garden to find the more technical elements had been blocked off. This was also the case for the main rock garden. Rumours are that after the numerous accidents at the nationals the decision was made to close these sections. Despite not featuring the rock gardens the course still didn’t disappoint and I continued around the lap grinning like a Cheshire cat! Quickly feeling confident on the technical sections despite my time off the mtb. Don’t get me wrong although I haven’t been out on the mtb I’ve still been training well. Even if it has meant hitting the gym at 5:30 in the morning whilst working in Botswana!! Come race day and I was super excited to be racing again. The start of the race proved very unique, the course had been incorrectly taped causing the race to head straight up to the car park rather than onto the circuit! After considerable confusion the race was stopped and a restart was arranged. Second time round I got a good start and set off in second place. By the top of the first climb I had dropped back a couple of places and the leader was already making good ground on the chasers. Big crowds formed at all of the technical sections which added to the spectacle of riding the Olympic course. Mid-way through the first lap I had made my way back into second place, but by this time Jason Bouttell had gone clear. The race flashed past and I managed to maintain very consistent lap times but that was not enough to catch the race leader. The course is undoubtedly worthy of its Olympic status and the Whyte 29c handled even the most torturous sections comfortably. I enjoyed every minute of riding the course and now can’t wait to throw my leg over my Saxon cross on my next race outing.
Whyte Racing UK
Holy crap, is it 2014 already?? Well given the number of new bikes rolling through Enduro HQ at the moment, we’d be inclined to believe so! The latest rig to show up for testing is the new Whyte M-109 dual suspension 29er, which flew in with a host of 2014 Whyte models that have just landed in Australia. In theory, whilst the Northern Hemisphere begins to buckle down for the oncoming winter season, us Aussies have the pleasure of receiving our shiny new steeds as the trails are beginning to dry out and the days are starting to get longer. But given the recent gale-force winds and predicted thunderstorms forecast across Melbourne this week – we’re not so sure! However, with a calendar chocked full of gravity enduro and marathon events over the next few months, we’ve got plenty of ride time scheduled for the British duallie to see how it performs across a wide variety of trail conditions. – Enduro Mag, Down Under.
“Once again, Whyte’s correctly proportioned geometry with the shortest chainstay length in the industry means genuine progressive 26″ style geometry for the 29er full-suspension age. One ride on our early hand built prototype and we knew we were onto something very special with the M-109. Minutes, not seconds carved off our benchmark test loops. Incredible control, remarkable momentum and outstanding traction. By far, the most accomplished XC bike we have built and one that encouraged our test riders to go further and harder than ever before. Major grouptest wins and international critical acclaim followed in 2013″ - Whyte Bikes UK
Following our press camp, Bike Radar take a 1st look at the 2014 range…http://www.bikeradar.com/mtb/news/article/whyte-2014-mountain-bikes-first-look-38193/
“Known for their progressive geometry and innovative design, Whyte Bikes have further developed their 2014 range of mountain bikes, adding in a carbon fibre, 100mm travel 29er based on the M-109 S and an all-new 650b (27.5in) enduro platform called the G-150, while their trail hardtail range moves to mid-sized wheels“. – Bike Radar
Whyte Road Bikes
Whyte have an enviable reputation in the world of mountain biking with their bikes receiving widespread acclaim and enjoying a strong following. Interestingly one of their chief designers is a handy road rider so perhaps its inevitable that they would eventually move into road bike production. But as anyone who knows their genre defining off-road products will testify, Whyte do their own thing…
So rather than launch a ‘just for the sake of it’ road race bike with carbon frame and Ultegra groupset, Whyte have thought long and hard about who their target market is, what those riders would most readily associate Whyte the brand with and how these early road offerings can be morphed into a long-term road bike strategy. Consequently we got the chance to ride the three aluminium framed, disc braked road models in the new Whyte RD-7 series recently, bikes aimed at the ‘any road’ market: hardcore year round commuters, roadies involved in protracted high mileage winter training, brand loyal mountain bikers seeking a road ride, riders looking for a do-it-all bike for sportives and tourists looking for a more modern ride…
- Cycletech Review
Keep watching this space for the new website, live soon! In the meantime take a 1st look with road.cc at the all new 2014 RD7 range. Disc specific all road bikes, ideal for leisure, commuting, winter roads, touring or simply road riding…with Discs!
Following our recent press camp at The Forest of Dean Singletrack Magazine take a 1st look at the range! The all new 2014 website will be live soon, in the meantime check out the T129 Works, M109 C and the all new G150 @ http://singletrackworld.com/2013/07/whyte-2014/
https://picasaweb.google.com/103212993748024876591/Whyte2014RoadShow?authkey=Gv1sRgCMmkxOuXwPH0-AE# Check out the behind the scenes gallery from the Whyte 2014 Dealer Road Show, featuring the G150, T129 Works, Carbon front end M109, 900 series 650B hard tails, new any road RD7 drop handle bar with disc, women’s 806 MTB, 401 26″ children’s MTB and women’s lifestyle Strawberry Hill…our largest range ever!
- Catalogue and new website live soon!