Bizkaian Downhill Champs Chronicle by Dani Olarra

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We leave the chronicle that has left our rider Dani Olarra after the third round of the Open de Euskadi and in Galdakao Bizcaia Championship (Los Robles DH), III Memorial Hector Spain Coca. Thanks to Scott and Spank for supporting us in this project and many congratulations to the organization, as to each of the runners.

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Finally, after two races featuring the mud and rain, dawned hot and sunny day which made the circuit were dry and very fast. Photos Itxaso Garcia.

Iraitz Etxebarria (Under 23) Team Scott Spain, once again, took the win scratch, followed by Dani Olarra (Junior) 203mm team and in third place the great Fernando Olaneta (Elite) Betibehera team.

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This circuit is short but very complete, has areas of all kinds, and in these conditions it became very fast and dangerous, as the trees pass very close, requiring a lot of concentration along the whole circuit.

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In workouts intended to make about 4 downs to catch up, but when I was doing the third down I found a loose stone in the middle of the circuit and had a fall. Besides multiple blows all over his body, I sprained my wrist and I could not go down all morning. After several questions about whether he would take part in the race or not, I decided to go down to where it would hold.

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In the first race, I stood second to 1 second scratch Iraitz, following a fall clean his teeth and trying to forget the pain. In the second set, I was able to lower my time due to various errors and pain that it was more intense. Iraitz got down to 1 second time that secured his top spot me scratch followed by two seconds.

Very happy with the result and looking forward to more races. Congratulate the organization, Ivan White and Vincent Olarra, who made this great race. A hug to the family of Hector and wherever he is, you know you did not forget.

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Video Bad Dream by MRT

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We leave the new video produced by Mountain Ride Tours with Roa to the head, a super fun edit of that we are sure will surprise you. An original intro, a good choice of music with great rhythm and two exceptional riders, show you the local spots where MRT does its work and assure you, it is better to see in person. 
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"Bad Dream is the title of the new video of MRT, this time the three chosen as protagonists include two downhill champions Spain last season:  Iraitz Etxebarria  (under 23) of Team Scott Spain, Dani Olarra (cadet) of Team 203mm and not forgetting the renovated Scott Gambler (2013).
Both riders are from Bilbao and participate in national races supported by the Scott team, among other sponsors. The spot chosen for filming has been one of the winding woods Basques, where there was always a variety of trails for all tastes and levels. "

Race Gouveia International Downhill 2013

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Who said: "After the storm comes the calm", failed this weekend at the International Downhill Gouveia. The popular saying for the weekend would be "after Calm ... flee!". This phrase summarizes what we experienced this weekend, which premiered circuit for this edition.

Everyone portended that Saturday would live a wet training rounds, but to everyone's surprise it was not. In the morning the ground was wet and aroused some mud areas very similar to the concept "swamp" where riders and closed their eyes, praying to a God for not staying stuck. During the afternoon all riders enjoyed a spectacular grip on most of the circuit, enjoying to the fullest. The team Giant-CRC Nukeproof, SC-Intense, Madison-Saracen, Pombo, Toni and much, they put out the colors drawn attendees doing unthinkable in areas where the line was suposed to be clear.
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Marcelo Gutierrez 
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 Danny Hart 
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Joe Smith
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 Andrew Neethling
A small training session with the Team 203mm scott spank riders, Marko Fernandez and Dani Olarra, and Scott Spain Gravity Team rider Iraitz Etxebarría , was the icing on the cake for a day that was arranging minute. We are all a grin thinking that Sunday would pass equally, but none presaged the hell that was to come. Iraitz crashed and was 29th position in Elite.
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Dani Olarra
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Marko Fernández
The sky covered in gray and a soft rain, caressing our faces when we went to the streets on our way to the circuit. The worst was the cold weather in the upper circuit marked a temperature of 5 degrees accompanied by large amounts of water and where many riders decided not to participate for such harsh conditions. After the early morning we go, was beginning a first round in which the riders struggled to stay on the bike and get where the fact without kissing the ground was a great victory.

The circuit began with a technical area of rock and mud, which was better ensure and think that this was the beginning. The marshes became mud pools, and lotteries dropzone with few options emerge unscathed testing the skill of the riders. In the middle of the circuit was the most fun, the steper one and the place where almost anyone felt. As they approached the top 20 runners, we all thought in the stunning drop Danny Hart in the 2011 World Championships in Champery and surely would be like a fish in the water to see these conditions, but it was not. Matt Simmonds was a blow which hit the timer and marked the fastest time of qualifying to the surprise of all the spectators.
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Matt Simmonds
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Danny Hart
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Francisco Pardal

The worst was yet to come and a great hailstorm early in the second set, let us all face twisted thinking of how to react to so much water. Cars stuck in the mud in the paddock and a lot of mud that engulfed the foot step after step toward uptown thinking that the circuit would be the closest thing to hell.

Our riders DhTeam 203mm, were two of the many victims who fell, but thankfully without serious consequences. Marko Fernandez suffered a broken brake in the middle of the circuit that was complicated by its extreme form being down in 42 th in Elite. Dani Olarra fell further, but despite continued that with an 8th position in Junior category.

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Marcelo Gutierrez
After slightly improving weather conditions, runners came that marked the fastest time during the 1st run and suddenly stopped Marcelo Gutierrez 3:32,418 time. Even he was surprised by the descent very satisfied, as shortly after we acknowledged in an interview that from the first meter thought it was a losing battle, the fight against the terrain. 5 runners left to lose and all the sights on Danny Hart, Matt Simmonds and Sam Dale, but one after the other they could not do anything with the strength shown by Marcelo Guitierrez. First place for the Colombian followed by teammate Danny Hart and third Sam Dale.
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 Sam Dale
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Danny Hart
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Marcelo Gutierrez 

Definitely the best Spanish was Toni Ferreiro we left on Saturday with a great feeling on the track and 7th position in Elite knows a great victory. One issue in which there lacked a high level of assistance but in which the star is awarded at any time the weather. Also highlight the performance of Spanish Juan Antonio Gutierrez with victory in the Master40. Congratulations!
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We leave you with the Scratch classifications / categories and some pictures but it gives us the great Lanvo! Thanks for sharing such a nice picture with all of us. Soon we will have more available in  our Facebook



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Joe Smith
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Jono Jones
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Eric Portillo
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Marcelo Gutierrez

Report XX Gran Premio Sant Andreu 2013

We leave the chronicle that has made ​​Paul Moreno of The Bike Village, last weekend at the Grand Prix Rock Shox XX Sant Andreu. A spectacular event not to disappoint any of the attendees, or corridors or public, and where Bernat Guardia took the win again. You can see the complete classification in this LINK.
The day of the race from San Andreu de la Barca is a bit like that movie of the 90s called "The Groundhog Day" where Phil Murray relived every time he get up the same day that he had lived the day before, where  time only passes  for him. Every year, the same people, the same circuit, almost the same teams. The truth is that although this was depressing for Phil Murray I personally love it, is one of the reasons why I've been coming the last 14 years.

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It's been 20 years since the first edition of this legendary race and every time we do things better. Despite the crowd of runners assistance came to compete (360 registered) the lifts worked perfectly and schedules are met to the letter. We have to give a 10 to the organization who year after year, has managed to outdo themselves.
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Some of the best international riders came to compete at San Andreu as the runner-up Damien Spagnolo MS Mondraker Team, Markus Pekoll, or Robin Wallner. Missed some important figures that failed in this quote as the versatile Cedric Gracia.

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One of the main changes to note in regard to the Teams was seeing Bernat Guardia riding his new Intense. Finally we have a motivated Bernat with a new machine and eager to tackle a new season strongly. This may be his year.
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With a much more humble, 203mm attending his first official race of the seasson with one of his riders of the DH Team. Dani Olarra riding the Scott Gambler 10 and its components Spank, was super motivated and eager to see the first results on the bike.
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After heavy rains that were experienced by Barcelona during the week, the weekend had bright sunshine with temperatures typical of spring. Circumstances that encourage a good crowd to cheer from the entire circuit.

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Although Sant Andreu is a strange race for some top riders, it is their first official race of the season. Bernat Guardia won with his new Intense with ease and style to the last turn. It is worth noting the success of Roger Gonzalez of Fenasosa Wild Wolf, who took the podium in front of Frenchman Damien Spagnolo Mondraker Team. Although neither Roger nor Ivan Oulego (3rd) nor Robin Wallner could beat Bernat who took just under 1 second on a faster track than the previous edition, thanks to changes in the new jump close to the fiinish line.
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Ferran Jorba was fastest in Junior category, followed by Dani Olarra of 203mm DhTeam with just 2.5 seconds apart.  We expected to see the local rider Ferrán at the top ten of scratch but could not improve the time and settled for 12th place. Two great riders that we believe, are a safe bet for the future of the national DH.

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In cadet category Alex Marin scored an excellent standing lap of 1:55 9 seconds more than Bernat and 31 place overall. World champion Morgane Charre not disappointed and with a time of 2:01 got the first position in the pocket.

Another big surprise was  Carles Barcons  at master 40 who got in the top 30 overall. One more time the organization has shown that they can make quality events, with an influx of riders and public, and above all with love by the DH.Congratulations!
Here's a video from the event

New 203mm DH TEAM with Dani Olarra and Marko Fernández

Some months ago we started to design how do we want to be our 2013 Downhill Team. Today is the day to present the 203mm 2013 Downhill team. New riders, new sponsors, more energy, this is the philosophy. 
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We had a big list of candidates for join the team, and finally we could sign our favorites ones.  Regardless of the outcome, we are very pleased to have riders that convey what is essential for us in the world of Downhill, respect, personal growth and desire to have fun on the bike.
Dani Olarra has been for us the revelation rider in 2012 and although his race wins from afar, over the past year has become one of the most promising young national DH rider winning almost everything in cadet category 2012. We emphasize in their triumphs, be the Champion of Spain Cadet and Euskadi Cadet Champion. Certainly, for us it is a great pleasure to have Dani Olarra, both for quality within the circuit, and its great way to be outside and thank him enormously his confidence in this year 203mm.
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Marko Fernandez is our new Andalusian recruit for this year, his career is long and extensive where we highlight among many merits, it has been the best Andalusian ranked at the Spanish Cycling Federation 2012 chart, and his extensive experience in racing the UCI World Cup including  South Africa race last year. For us it is very important to try to support local riders and we are very happy to do so with a rider like Marko Fernandez.
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Really this project would not have been possible without the collaboration of the components brand Spank both internationally and through its distributor in Spain Melic Bikes and Scott-Sports Bikes.
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Having recognition from USA for a brand like Spank, is something that we are excited for because we are fans for many years of this brand for the quality of its components, such as aesthetics and manufactured product line. Wheels, handlebars, grips, stems, pedals, will be part of the technical support that we receive from the U.S.A equipment brand and its spanish distributor Melicbikes.
There's really little we can say about Scott, we are aware that without the support of this great brand 203mm project would not be possible. The result of this collaboration has been to address the project Team DH 203mm and can unify the efforts by both sides and creating a solid platform with the spectacular bike Gambler 2013. Having a bike of this caliber is really a treat, and as you can see in the photos, with Spank components in blue it looks rad.
We want to thank Antonio Ortega for the trust given to us every day and Scott for making us feel part of their family. Many thanks to all who have made ​​this project possible.
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