Entries open soon for TweedLove World Enduro
Entries open this week for the UK’s biggest enduro race, the Tweedlove World Enduro.
Public entries for the race, which is the second in the Enduro World Series calendar, open this Wednesday. Despite 600 public places being up for grabs, the event is expected to sell out in minutes.
Taking place over the weekend of 31 May, the race forms part of the TweedLove bike festival. Riders will follow a course that visits both Glentress and Innerleithen among many natural highlights around the Tweed Valley in the Scottish Borders.
Racers will be divided into two categories – enduro 1 and enduro 2. The former is subject to testing transitions/linking stage times, designed to provide a challenge for even the best riders. Participants in the enduro 2 category will have a little more margin for transitions but will still face a tough schedule.
Entries open at 5pm GMT on Wednesday, February 19, through the Enduro World Series website.
SportsCrafters OverDrive Pro rollers review
There are two main options for indoor training; turbo trainers or rollers. SportCrafters’ new Overdrive Pro rollers fall into the latter category.
In the past, rollers were generally considered to be a warm-up or technique tool because they provided a tempo-based workout but didn’t offer the option of additional resistance beyond the bike’s gears. The OverDrive Pros are different – these are high quality rollers with the additional benefit of resistance.
The rear roller holds the OverDrive magnetic resistance unit, which is the only difference between the OverDrive Pros and SportCrafters’ standard Cadence rollers (£229.99 / US$299 / AU$299). The magnetic resistance unti offers progressive resistance, so the harder you pedal, the harder it resists, much like a fluid trainer.
If you haven’t used rollers before, there is a learning curve when starting out. The completely flat surface of the SportCrafters rollers may seem daunting, but it needn’t be.
We found that the rear resistance helped with stability compared to the standard Cadence drum. The additional resistance gives you something to push against and assists low-speed pedalling stability. Add in the smooth, but not slick, metal drum surface, and the OverDrive Pros provide a road-like training experience.
Even with magnetic resistance, noise is kept to a reasonably low level. We tested the OverDrive and the Cadence rollers back to back, and both versions produced 65dB at a wheel speed of 25km/h (same gear choice, same ambient noise). To put this in context, the Cyclops Fluid 2 trainer produces the same dB reading under the same conditions.
Recently we’ve become quite fond of TrainerRoad, an online training software that offers a host of features for indoor training. SportCrafters is linked with TrainerRoad and the consistent progressiveness of the OverDrive system allows for power output measurement based on measured speed (assuming you have a ANT+ wheel mounted sensor and computer dongle). It’s likely that if you’re serious enough to invest in TrainerRoad and these rollers, you will also have invested in a power meter, but it’s a neat advantage of the progressive resistance curve.
Folding the rollers for transport or storage is simple – there are no parts to undo, so it’s merely a matter of lifting one end up and folding it back over the other. Once folded, the rollers can be stood up to minimise floor space. Carrying them through the race pits is equally simple, with the rollers tipping the scales at a reasonable 8.5kg (18.7lb).
The large rubber floor protectors means the rollers won’t scratch floors or slide, and there’s no noise that shouldn’t be there. The rollers are made from machined aluminium with sealed bearings and a strong steel frame – all made in Indiana, USA – so you should expect these to give you a lifetime of service.
The resistance unit adds another element to training with rollers, and the construction quality is brilliant, but the premium price means the OverDrive Pros are for committed users only.
Mudhugger 29in rear mudguard now available
Mudhugger is now stocking a 29in version of its unique, seatstay-mounted rear mudguard. This will come as welcome news to many owners of bigger wheeled bikes – the vast majority of which couldn’t fit the standard version of the product to their frames.
The 29in version of the Mudhugger retails for £26, holding a £3 premium over the company’s ‘standard’ length rear guard. It’s important to point out that as well as obviously being ideal for 29in bikes, it’s also suitable for 650b full-suspension bikes. Anyone looking to fit the rear guard to a 650b hardtail should be able to get away with the standard version, though. The new guard features a larger radius and is 3in longer than the standard version.
The original Mudhugger came about when brotherly business duo Bruce and Jamie Gartrail found that enduro bikes with dropper posts were no longer suitable for more traditional, crudcatcher-style guards, and that they were all-too often coming back from rides plastered in mud. They came up with a unique seat-stay mounted design that wrapped around the rear wheel and the original Mudhugger was born.
We’ve been using a rear Mudhugger for quite a while now and will soon be filing a review, keep your eyes peeled to BikeRadar for that.
Mudhugger also sell outside of the UK, for more info on that you’re best to contact them via email@example.com