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21/07/2017 - Adele's Mountain Bike Skills

Adele Mitchell

On Mountain Bike Skills

"Iím an enthusiastic rider, rather than a great one but like to think I have managed to build some skills in that time (Iím still in one piece, for a start). Of course I also know that, like most of us, I have gaping holes in my skills set. Iíve written about some of them here Ė and as a result Si from Pedal & Spoke MTB Coaching Ė a man who has the patience of a saint, btw Ė kindly offered me a skills session to help iron out a few of my habitual creases. My last skills session was over three years ago so it was long overdue: its good to keep learning and also bad habits take hold easily and can be hard to shake off (as I was about to find out!)."

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14/07/2017 - Hannah's Progress Report

Progress Report

Hannah's update

Beautiful day out exploring. #Cotic #peakdistrict #mtb #mtbgirl #travel

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Since my last post I've been trying to get out and ride more often. There's definitely been highs and lows. I mentioned in my last post that hills were my main problem. There was one particular hill that's fairly steep and rocky that I found most difficult. I finally cracked it! The overwhelming feeling when I got to the top was so rewarding, I felt so much better having done it, it was like nothing else could stop me! There's also the mental thing of keeping going to get to the top, which now having done that hill, I'm so much better at keeping momentum and just keeping pedalling.

I've now had two skills sessions with Paul. Most of you know will know Paul as the person at the end of the Cotic phone and many of the email enquiries. In Paul's pre-Cotic days he was a skills coach at Sherwood Pines and kindly agreed to giving me some beginners 1-2-1 sessions after work and at Sherwood Pines.

I was a mixture of excited and nervous for my first session. I just didn't know what to expect. He took me on the Cotic test track. You'll have seen from the Guy Kesteven video it's a pretty crazy track (see video at bottom of the page if you haven't watched it already!). The first lesson was about braking and body positioning, getting used to the bike moving under you and line choice. I found it very useful and really made me think about how you have to work with the bike and your weight and positioning makes a huge difference in how the bike reacts. You also have to learn to trust yourself and the bike, which I think is quite an important thing. So after a couple of tries on a calmer section, we rode along to a steeper, rockier section of the trail, to combine the things I'd just learnt. Line choice was important here, so I got off and walked it first. Feeling fairly confident I could do it, I really went for it, perhaps with a little too much enthusiasm. I successfully followed my line, only with not enough braking, sending me crashing at the end of it because I was far too fast! Lesson learned. I managed the rest of the trail but with using my brakes a lot more...

Second lesson we met at Sherwood Pines. My first trail centre experience! Paul knows Sherwood Pines, probably better than the back of his hand. He took me to his 'cornering practice track'. A track off the main trail, carved out from his students riding it so many times. This lesson was all about the importance of corners, using pressure on your bars, and moving your weight to keep speed. It was hard work because I was so determined to take it all in and try my best to do exactly what he said. I found the leaning into the corners most difficult to grasp at first. Towards the end of the day I got better at it, so that's what I'm now aiming to work on in my future rides.

We continued on and did the red route. We'd picked the hottest day to go on, a good test for me. I struggled on certain areas, just needed to keep up my speed. I need to work on pumping and strength (probably!). But I really enjoyed the day. I was tired, but not letting that beat me I went for an evening walk at Stanage Edge to keep myself moving. The joys of having the Peak District on your doorstep!

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12/07/2017 - Singletrack Longterm Review of the FlareMAX

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James Love of Singletrack magazine has been playing onÖ sorry testingÖ a FlareMAX for a while nowÖ trying different shocks, forks and ridesÖ his take on it all is now up on their websiteÖ

"The COTIC FlareMAX is a truly brilliant all-round, up for anything trail bike. Itís an enjoyable ride on big cross country days out in the hills and very capable hooning around the woods seeking out the fun and challenging lines. Itís just the ticket. Can be taken out for a big day out and ragged.

The FlareMAX has a great feel Ė tough and strong and rides light. Itís got POP & an easy vibe. Itís a lot of fun."

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10/07/2017 - Ben Gerrish Trans Julius Enduro

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Ben Gerrish

Trans Julius 2017

"A few months ago I was sent an email asking if I would like to go and race the first ever Trans Julius Enduro, in Slovenia by Anna from Bikesoup magazine. The trip format was, a few days either side of the event to document the Slovenian scene surrounding the race and to a point the country in general. The event itself is a four day stage race, in the truly magnificent Julian Alps.

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Slovenia has been on my list of places to visit for some time now, so itís safe to say the stoke was high, and building, for this one.

No sleep, an abandoned van and a few forgotten items, saw me arriving in Slovenia, early Tuesday morning with my passport, bike camera and a few euros. What could possibly go wrong?

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Our hosts, the organisers of the race were amazing from the off and coffee, beer, food and perfect tour guiding was the initial order of the day. Their English not only put my complete lack of Slovene, but also my questionable northern dialect, to shame.

A couple of days, guided by the ever enthusiastic locals got us champing at the bit for the race. Dry dusty trails, within some of the most breathtaking mountain scenery I have ever come across canít really fail to stir the stoke. I had seen the mountains from the plane window on the way into the Ljubljana runway, and even from that overhead perspective, had struggled to grasp the scale and vastness of them. Now we were on the trails, it was even more exciting.

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For a first Trans race by the team and coming in at sub Ä200 for a four day event, the organisation, food provided and entertainment was top drawer. Seeding was run on Thursday, with a night stage ending in on the town steps and into the square. Novel, fun and rowdy, if I had to choose three words to describe that one. Placing 6th, after a decidedly dicey crash on the cobbles near the end, I headed into the main event feeling positive.

The subsequent days were a whirlwind of high alpine passes, insane mountain views, gruelling climbs, amazing singletrack and some 90ís throwback, off the brakes, flat out fire road and old WW1 artillery tracks built by the Italians high in the mountains. Bike riding and history lessons, maybe if I'd paid more attention at GCSE if we toured the historical sites by bike?!

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The final stage, saw us perched a top one of the highest accessible points from the Vogel ski resort, staring down a seriously fun looking scree slope, awaiting the mass start. Minutes before the klaxon should have been sounding the start of our final descent of the race the sky turned an ominous black and a crack of thunder forced the start line a little farther down the hill. A little gutted to not get the chance to race the screes, but what unfolded was more than enough to be, undoubtedly, a lifelong memory.

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As we dropped into the initial bike park section the storm had already caught up with us, and the rain was heavy! Out of the bike park onto the lower slopes of the hill and the visibility was down to about 10 metres, and the rain was sideways, rounding one corner I was physically knocked off my bike by the wind. Thunder was growling through the valley and even though it was only midday it felt like dusk, only lit up by the occasional flash of lightning. This was epic, I pulled into the finish, pretty unaware of position, time or whether or not Iíd just ridden or swam down the last 20 minutes of track.

In the end it turned out Iíd pulled myself into 3rd position on the last stage, but a big enough margin to go 3rd overall. So I got to stand on a log, won an amazing recycled tyre trophy made just down the road, an entry for next year, beer and most importantly received a novelty sized cheque, so thats a life goal complete.

Slovenia rocks! Iíll definitely be back!"

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07/07/2017 - Rocketing Into The Weekend

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Rocketing Into The Weekend

Here's the original Rocketman film to get you going for the weekend. All together now...

WWOAAAH BLACK BETTY....BAMALAM!!

Check out the rest of the Rocketman series - Rise Of Straightline and Return of Straightline - over on our Videos page and watch our hero defeat evil aboard his trusty Rocket-ship.

Have a great weekend


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03/07/2017 - 4th July Offer

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Happy July 4th

To celebrate Independence day we are offering our American friends FREE SHIPPING! (Including North America.)

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30/06/2017 - Development Squad

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Development Squad

Cotic are launching a development squad. A team of up and coming young riders that are seriously skilled on a bike. We believe it's so important to encourage young riders in mountain biking. We'll be helping them out with kit, keeping their bikes running and letting them meet and hang out with the Cotic team and staff. So here they are, introducing our development squad!

Will Easey

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About Me

I'm 17, living in the Surrey Hills of England! I am truly passionate about anything with two wheels, primarily mountain biking. Coming from a motocross background, most of my idols are from that sport. From the age of 5 I was racing moto, but had to put an end to it due to the expense of the sport. That's where I found that riding a bike without an engine was actually pretty good fun! I did my first ever Downhill race in 2014 at an abandoned quarry, managed to bag myself a 2nd place!

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From then on I was hooked, I loved how laid back everything was compared to motocross and I seemed to find that I could control my nerves more. Now, up to date, I would never regret getting into the sport, even with breaking my collarbone last year, I found the drive to want to get back on the bike more than ever. However, being out for a couple months means that the other people you race with are still on the bike, still getting practice in and progressing whilst you are basically walking backwards. After my collarbone, I got back on the bike and continued on with the races. The start of 2017, I found myself not being able to keep up with everyone, as if I had completely lost the drive and swing of things. It was continuous, not the greatest of results, so I decided not go go full race mode and put myself under the pressure. Just have fun, and ride your bike - That's basically my motto from now on.

Well, at the age of 17, I still have so many things I haven't done yet and still want to do. Being a filmmaker, I have always wanted to make a future out of using a camera and still do. I really enjoy capturing moments that you will only get once in a lifetime. Other than that, I love creating short films and would love to travel more, go to different countries, and take my camera wherever I go. With riding, I am at that point now where the whole Downhill scene isn't staying my cup of tea, the riding level at my age is through the roof with boys like Matt Walker, Kaos Seagrave, Joe Breeden and more. Even the boys I was up to pace with last year have now gone ahead and are up in the top 5's. Since getting my Rocket, I have clicked with the bike and just feel extremely comfortable on it, and doing my first enduro of the year yesterday (Sunday 25th June 2017) at Aston Hill Bike Park, I managed to bag a 3rd place. I find enduro really relaxed and you get to ride your bike a lot more as well as hang out with your mates on the transitions. I believe that if you want to get far in the downhill scene you have to put the effort in to get the outcome you are looking for, and with breaking my collarbone setting me back a couple of months, and starting a year too late from my class, it hasn't really worked out the way I wanted it to.

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For the future, my main goals are just to continue doing as many races as possible and just enjoy riding in general. I love filming, and doing self-filmed videos. I find that I can be very creative and have a lot of fun making those type of videos. I also have Megavalanche coming up in a couple of weeks this year which I cannot wait for! I qualified 1st last year in my age category in my heat, but decided not to do the race to risk anything as I was 7 weeks after breaking my collarbone. This year I'm going to go for it and it's going to be wicked! I have the PERFECT bike for it too, which is so ready to send it down the mountain!

OTHER THINGS ABOUT ME:

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Wes Fife

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Who am I?

Hi, I'm Wes, I'm 16 years old from Guisborough, North Yorkshire, UK. I mainly got into riding from both my mum and dad riding and also living so close to Guisborough woods and the north York moors. Over the years I have made some awesome friends from Guisborough who all share the same passion for the sport as me, so with a mixture of the two I have always had people to ride with and to push my riding capabilities and to have good times on bikes with!

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First bike?

My first bike was a Scott Jr12, a 12" wheeled yellow shred sled, if I can remember rightly it was my 3rd birthday present. Stabilizers were off pretty quick and I was loving it!!


Who inspires me?

Nowadays I look up to the likes of Joe Barnes. The Dudes of Hazzard videos are always a good laugh to watch and it goes to show that you can still have fun even with the pressure of being one of the top riders in the world, something that I believe is sometimes forgotten about by some of the top riders. Also I am greatly inspired by the 50to01 crew as again they show the true essence of mountain biking- having a blast on bikes with good vibes all around!

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My favourite race is Peaty's Steel City Downhill, even though this year was my first race I managed to wangle a first place in a pretty big field of riders, it was just such a good atmosphere to race in as there was not a quiet place on the track- chainsaws, cowbells etc... Other races include the Tweedlove Vallelujah Enduro race back in March which was an awesome event, didn't do greatly but had a blast nevertheless. Also got to meet the team Chay and Swinny who welcomed me with open arms and chilled out with them for "apres race" before podiums - Cheers dudes!

Favourite trail in the world?

Probably "nae spleens" up at the Innerliethen golfy. It is basically a natural trail that consists of tight trees, drops and steep corners (basically my dream trail). That being said, you cant beat a run down the super morzine blue run which is just fast open berms and jumps, brakes are not needed on stuff like that so that'd be up there as well. Two polar opposites but variety is good.

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Photo credit: Will Easey: Martin Zielinski, ALC Photography, BigMacPhotography, Mega photographer. Wes Fife: KJS Photography, JWDT Photography.


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28/06/2017 - It's All Downhill From Here

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It's All Downhill From Here

Cycling Europe, North to South

Riding from the north of Europe to the south sounds like a crazy idea. It's a challenge that Alec Bain and three of his friends are hoping to complete this summer. From Nordkapp in the north of Norway to Tarifa, the south of Spain. "The idea for this trip can solely be blamed on a conversation over social media between the four of us that got way out of hand. The only reason we arenít cycling our bikes backwards across the Atlantic is due to the conversation coming to an abrupt end as each of us dropped our phones and began eagerly writing a kit list. So off we went with the idea of cycling the length of Europe, in the hope that it might be a good laugh and a great experience. It was quite the surprise when we later googled exactly how far it was."

It's All Downhill From Here

The trip is 3600 miles, passing through 8 countries. They plan to finish within 5/6 weeks. Alec is doing the trip on his Cotic Escapade. They are all fans of Cotics, 3 own a BFe275 already, all having been on one of our demo days with Sam. They are completing it for Hospiscare and St Michael's Hospice in Devon. You can donate to their Just Giving page here to show your support.

Expect more photos from these guys over the coming weeks! Good luck guys!

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