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  1. Scottish Enduro Series RND 1

    Enduro Scene Thrives

    3rd April, 2018   WAAAAAAAAAH!!! We're pretty stoked out here at thecyclejersey HQ  preppin' and printin' for ROUND 1 POC Scottish Enduro Series at Laggan Wolftrax Centre - who's shreddin?! So what sort of riding should you expect? The weather at the moment isn't too shabby, erring towards the damp side for the weekend.  Expanding on “physical and fun” riders should be expecting some traditional trails with a mixture of built trails, some steep bits (both up and down) and a challenge for everyone. There will be a total of 5 timed stages for the full enduro and 3 for the short course the amazing Laggan trail ninjas have been working hard to give you all some treats. For the short course you should expect the best of Laggan’s blue and red tracks, with a wee bit of the Natural Gold that is on offer there too – expect a lot of fun and a bit of a challenge.  Your course is just over 18km long and has 3 stages. Now, lets #throwback to 2017 Fort William held a great range of trails from trail centre to natural and for me that makes for a good weekend. The SES brings riders together from all different backgrounds; with a strong field of skills when it comes to the natural gold, but as my reputation seems to be emerging... it is true, I do love a good pedal in between the wild muddy sections. Coming in to my third year of racing Enduro, the SES has been a solid foundation for me. From 2015, each round has pushed my riding on committing me to the race line down steep muddy shoots I would have otherwise toyed with. Getting together with over 300 riders for a weekend of fun, Round 1 was one of the most chilled out weekends of racing I have had with excellent company and superb craic, it was so good to be in that atmosphere again... I’m still laughing my way down stage 4s wild mud rut/spaghetti bolognese. During the off season break in races I didn’t follow a good solid training program. What I did commit to was flat pedals... From a DC trainer/not so grippy Gusset pedal combo to a FiveTen/Nukeproof dream... it has been one big learning curve.  A visit to Rab at Dirt School in November to rewind back to the basics was priceless, my whole riding position changed and I’m feeling more in control (I did sneak the clips back on for security this weekend haha, but really felt a difference in confidence when the mud simply didn’t let me clip back in!).  My bike, Ibis Mojo HD3, was stripped down for a good 6 weeks at the start of the year as I worked my way around replacing all the much worn parts, so I took to hill walking/dog sitting adventures for the best part of February – best. job. ever! With a pretty large time gap still to close and lots of confidence still to gain, the slow progress has been enjoyable. It was pretty awesome seeing even more girls coming through to the race this weekend, from new riders to experienced, the overall women’s field is strong! Cheers for a good weekend, I hope to see you all again at round 2. Solid result all round for Team TCJ/BaseCampBikes, yessss! Our partner - Eventureworks is the main event supplies and merchandise sponsor for the umpteenth year in a row. SES HEATHER GREY SCREEN PRINTSES 2018 T-SHIRT SCRENN PRINT  
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  2. Fraser McGlone: on the Downhill World Cup Circuit

    Fraser McGlone:

    Talks Downhill World Cup and Training

      FRASER MCGLONE BLOG HEADER Hey guys, Fraser McGlone here with my first blog post of the year for The Cycle Jersey! Going to be writing some words throughout the year following my journey of what it’s like racing on the Downhill World Cup circuit. FRASER MCGLONE - BLOG IMAGEThis winters been a proper winter, haven’t really experienced this much snow during the off season before and its been causing havoc with trying to get riding done.  Only being able to get on a handful of uplifts has been super frustrating but it's one of these things that you can't change or it would be 30 degrees all year around in Scotland and everyone would be a whole lot happier!  And when there's no snow, there's mud - lots of it!                
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  3. 7Stanes

    7Stanes Mountain Bike Centres

    11th Oct, 2017 The 7Stanes are a novelty group of MTB centres spanning Southern Scotland; from the heart of the Scottish Borders to Dumfries and Galloway.  But there's more to it than that - 'stane' in Scottish tongue means 'stone', which is exactly what you'll see at each trail.  The stanes can be located at each of the 7Stanes destinations trails; they're accessible by foot, horseback and obviously the more fun way - by bike.  You'll understand the buzz of the trails once you've been and you'll note the mythical and legendary stories the stanes have to tell.   South West of Scotland, right in the Galloway Forest Park.  There are various routes within this area from quick jaunts or long hauls, to leisure trails fro beginners and blue trails for those desperate for some uphill craic.  The Giant Axe Head stane: represents the areas past Scottish and Irish giants.  The Giant Axe Head - a 1.5 ton sculpture which overlooks Loch Dee - closely resembles actual Neolithic stone axes and has runic text inscribed onto its top surface. 7stanes-stane-kirroughtreeKirroughtree: it's just a wee bit away from Glentrool and this one's definitely more fun!  Featuring black and red routes!  Fast flowing and technically demanding - it's a wee gem!  Hence the 'Gem Stane' - a true reflection of the centres trails.       7stanes-stane-dalbeattieDalbeattie: here might not be any big hills, but this trail isn't boring - it's renowned for it's granite features and great views - there's suitable trails for every level here.  This stane was donated from a local quarry and symbolises Kirkcudbrightshire's history as a town that was once the heart of the granite industry.       7stanes-stane-mabieMabie: the original mountain bike venue of South West Scotland.  The trails cater for beginners right through to the most experienced riders: there’s a skills area for honing your technique, great trails that snake through the woods.  The stane here is known as the 'Ghost Stane' - no horror stories to reflect this one as far as we're aware, unless no one has ever lived to tell the tale..   7stanes-stane-ae   Ae Forest: the most popular among the 7 stanes and often part of enduro series'.  It's the perfect place to head for a day out - picnic or energy burning carnage; this route features orange trailsThe 'Talking Head Stane' rests here and has a Norwegian poem scribed into its side.     7stanes-stane-glentress (1)   Glentress: hmmm, maybe it's a tie between most popular location...  Just one hour away from Edinburgh, Glentress offers superb walking, mountain biking, tree-top fun and magnificent views of the beautiful Tweed Valley.  You'll be in good hands here as this is Tweed Valley Bike Patrols stomping ground - always on hand for the help and support of riders.  Here lies 'The Meteorite'; a 6 ton marble stane that's outta this world! 7stanes-stane-newcastletonNewcastleton: one of  the internationally-renowned mountain biking trails, probably because it's got some adrenalin pumpin' rides!  There's plenty of stop off areas here, so make sure to take some time to take in this wildlife haven.  The stane here is the Border stane and as you can guess - it's stands very close to the Scottish borders.  On the north side, Auld Lang Syne is inscribed to represent Scotland. On the south side, representing England, are the words of Jerusalem. The hole in the middle allows people to stand on either side of the 'border' and shake hands through the sculpture. It's certainly worth your while making this a round trip, if you haven't already, there's plenty of scope for skill building, adrenaline junkies and leisurely peddlers.  You can even say you've 'been there, got the t-shirt', because we're the only manufacturers of 7Stanes products. You might also be interested in routes near here... 7stanes07-road-fr © 2005 Andy McCandlish
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  4. Muckmedden MTB Eliminator

    JSR Start line photoFriday the 23rd of June saw the first day of the best biking festival of the year. The Muckmedden Head2Head Eliminator 2017, hosted at Parkhill Farm, Cupar. Arriving early on the sunny Friday afternoon meant we had our pick of the campsite, and after much deliberation settled on a spot close enough to the toilets for midnight visits. But far enough away to avoid the inevitable waft of keich that was certain to fill the air by close of play sunday. Our camping ritual insists that once parked, the first beer MUST be immediately opened and consumed quickly to avoid anyone from woosing out if the weather turns nasty. The clinking of bottles meant the start of an epic weekend full of bikes, beers and banter. Which by bedtime that evening, was had by the bucketload. Probably too much fun was had to be honest! We awoke at 7am on the Saturday slightly fuzzy, shovelled in breakfast and quickly dashed over to the event village to visit the guys at The Cycle Jersey to pick up my shiny new race shirt for the day, and special Eliminator tshirts and mugs! We couldn’t have James representing and not myself as well! Atop the hill the wind was trying to take us back to Edinburgh, and if Stevie had caught enough sick air off the cheeky double at the start of the run, that's where he just might have ended up! The course consisted of a blast along the crest of the hill, turning down the face of it over the launch pad jump, then blasting into the woods. Down a steep slippery chute, exploding into the event village and over the road gap into the final section through a barley field! None of us had  ever competed in a head to head before, so we didn't know what to expect, but as usual, Aaron and his team put together an excellent format which is friendly and fun, but lets not forget its still a race!!! Its win or be eliminated! Big Steve was called first and wasted no time in collecting the teams first win of the day. James and myself followed, both winning the next few runs. However a pedal slip at the start by myself saw me eliminated shortly after and Stevie too was pipped at the post by his opponent only a couple runs previous. Leaving James to bring home some silverware for the boys, but sadly this was not to be. Eliminated by one of the top riders attending saw us all hitting the bar sooner than we would have liked! But…..without realising it, I was the last eliminated eligible to qualify for the barley dual slalom.  Another smaller knockout tournament held between finals of the Eliminator event. Which to my delight, I won!!!! So when all was said and done the team gained our 2nd Gold medal, which by the way, iv only just managed to pry from my chest as I was so chuffed. It may not have been the main event, but we will take any medals we can get!! Needless to say, the rest of the Saturday evening was spent dressed up as an 80s trucker in a full mullet and double denim, flying around on a borrowed tandem bike and drinking more than our own bodyweight in alcohol! Of course it was…there's no other way! Sunday morning came and we fell out of our vans into another gale force wind and began dismantling our HQ, we said our goodbyes and hit the road for home. Another epic weekend of gears and beers with some seriously quick and talented riders thanks to Muckmedden events. Plenty banter and laughs had by us at JRS ENDURO and The Cycle Jersey, always good patter over a pint with these guys…. and not to mention our epic new racing shirts!!!! Thanks again, much love and we look forward to seeing you all at the next event. Cheers!!!

    JRS Funny Eliminator Pic

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  5. Scottish Enduro Series

    Scottish Enduro Series 2017

      SES TCJ PODIUMNo Fuss is helping aid the success of the previous 3 years of this Scottish Enduro Series and growing the series from strength to strength; building life long partnerships across the industry. With the first round of  SES just around the corner at Fort William - you can expect more or less the same as last years event; a balanced mixture of technical, physical and enjoyable stages and let's not forget the weather!  The series will continue to mimic the style format as EWS - practise runs in on Saturday and race day Sunday. Scotland is home to some of the most insane and adrenaline pumping MTB trails in the UK.  Can you believe last year held an unbelievable record for the least amount of Enduro sign ups?  Fortunately we can't say the same for this series in particular  - with 6 unpredictable stages and plenty of craic with like minded people, you're bound to have an unforgettable experience. This is certainly on the Must-Do list of Enduros for the year!  Get your enduro style jersey here    
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  6. Help for Heroes MacAvalanche 2017 Team

    Battle Back Centre for Armed Forces

    h4h MacAvalanche RaceWe would like to take special notice of certain individuals who are very fond of our service to produce quality garments; an extraordinary team of XC and Enduro riders - Battle Back.  Co-founded and partnered by Help for Hero's and the Royal British Legion, the opportunity to participate in adaptive and adventurous sports would not be possible without the help of  these two organisations; helping with the financial support and marketing and design for the Battle Back Centres.  Battle Back Centres exist to help support wounded, injured and sick Service personnel.  They aim to help  Service personnel and veterans to achieve the best possible recovery and if possible, return to duty.  They also take pride in ensuring each individual can comfortably and safely return to civilian life, if their time in the Armed Forces has come to an end due to their illness or injury.  Within the MOD there are many avenues to help and the work they do certainly brings out the best results - just keep reading to see! This year, the team are heading North of the Border and visiting the phenomenal Glencoe Mountain for one of the most famous No Fuss events - Macavalanche.  The 8 strong team were selected during 5 monthly training weekends where their riding skills were slowly improved and assessed to ensure that no one was out of their depth.   Twenty-five hopefuls tried out and the team selected itself as the weeks went on. The mass start stage presented our biggest problem of the whole challenge. We knew that the snowfall had been very light this year and that meant that there was a significant distance between the top chairlift and the snowy start-line. Our team had a range of physical injuries, lower limb trauma from explosions, gunshot wounds, sports damage and spinal impairment. Others on the team suffer from mental injuries which make them vulnerable in high stress situations and anxious about being in crowds. The task of climbing the mountain whilst towing the trike and carrying two bikes at a time really stretched the team to its limits. Just when we thought we were going to have to settle for starting further down the hill, some of the other riders came to our aid, dropping off their own bikes and coming back down the hill to help us. Without doubt, this action saved the day and got us to the start point in time for the 1500hrs kick off. It clearly showed what a cracking bunch of people the MTB Enduro community are. The prize giving was truly memorable, Frazer Coupland gave me the opportunity to thank all those who had helped us out and then, totally unexpectedly, one of our team made it to the podium, the crowd went wild and the team were jubilant. What a way to finish off the event and what an epic event to be part of. The process of designing and selecting the team jersey was an ordeal in itself, change after change and no one could agree. Once we had finalised the design the manufacture and delivery flowed seamlessly. It is always a proud moment when the team wear their colours for the first time and for this event they were outstanding.    
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  7. Scottish Enduro Series

    Round 2 - Fort William

    Eillidh Round 2 Fort William

    The 3 weeks leading up to round 2 of the SES at Fort William didn’t quite go to plan. After racing Vallelujah in the Tweed Valley with an unhealthy shock I also discovered a crack in the swing arm. Thanks to Jake at 2pure, my Ibis frame was good as new within a few days, but the problem with the shock remained. I was left without my mountain bike for 2 weeks longer than I had hoped. A full 3 weeks without a mountain biking, a crazy amount of round the clock work pressure, this left me turning to my road bike for one day and pushing out my longest road ride to date. One of those morning when you just wake up at 6am, get on your bike and go… Practice day on Saturday was a nippy start to head up to the range for race registration. With some light flurries of snow and a cold wind (& after the weather conditions from Vallelujah still taunting me) I put way too many layers on and headed out to stage 1 with the boys. This was the same as a stage as last year so most of us knew the painful sprint that awaited us come race day. The stage starts off with deceptively flat grassy take of sprint that contains tiny wheel pulling rocks, ruts and wood to zap your energy before merging with single-track , increasing in gradient to hurt your legs that little bit more. After a flat top section, a short loose descent follows before your final climb up and over the last mount to the finish line. Stage 2 was also similar to the previous year, but had been nicely extended to include some of the downhill track leading in to a blue grade section of trail. This stage was pretty open and just a matter of going flat out on the top section and keeping it tighter on the lower section. A quick stop at the Nevis Range for food and a quick mechanical check at the Basecamp Bikes stand, then our group headed up to stage 3, a stage I know inside out. Stage 4 - proved to be the most natural stage, introducing mud, ruts and that river crossing.  I loved this stage.  There were plenty of rocks to catch you out along the single track, before a tight right over a narrow river crossing and climb out the other side The next transition, after seeing the route elevation on SES Facebook feed, I wasn’t sure what to expect; it looked very steep and sharp.  This was by far the longest and most demanding stage for me. RACE DAY! I knew for the first round I had to let go of my brakes, with so many fast local riders and juniors coming through, the pressure is on and risks were taken.  Stage 1 went really well, though after practise day, I could feel my legs hadn't yet recovered. Stage 2 - I took a few risks, without much confidence in the air for the top section, I had to let go of the brakes and just go for it. Stage 3 - the top half of the stage went extremely well, feeling fast and controlled, sprinting the flats and the fire roads I was feeling good, but towards the bottom I washed out on a simple section and hit the deck pretty hard. Thankfully only a small section remained to get me over the finish with squinty bars and a gammy leg. Stage 4 - started great, making it across the river crossing that I struggled with before, I took another moment on the ground shortly after. With squint bars I just tried to get to the bottom as quick as I could. Dabbing the full length of the rut was extremely frustrating given how clean I has ran it the day before, I had lost a good 1-2minutes on this section and thought that was race over. Stage 5 - with my superman injuries starting to seize up, the climb up to stage 5 was tough. With the wild winds at the top, this stage was now a survival stage. Struggling to stay upright and keep my bike in place at the top, I set of pretty quickly, keeping it steady in the strong headwinds and rolling over the rest. The wind wiped me off course a handful of times before reaching the lower section of trail, from here it was the home straight and all I could think about were the chips at the bottom. Bikes were washed, chips were amazing, & dibbers were handed in. Spook handed me my result with a smile. With 1st on my slip, I assumed after stage 4's heroics that not all the girls were in, but I managed to hold onto it with a narrow margin.  Catching up with everyone at the end of the race is always the best part, hearing how everyone else got on and having a good laugh. Thank you to The Cycle Jersey & Basecamp Bikes for their support throughout this series.   untitled
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High quality digital printing technology has evolved over the years and we have the facility to utilise it to the max. So we use it unlike most others! Initially to produce our own cycle jerseys, mainly for races, enduros and just plain fun. Most of all we just wanted something different to wear on the trails that subtly whispered our likes and dislikes, our joy of the sport and desire to be creative with it.

Trouble is, we kept getting nagged for jerseys from friends and fellow riders......It didn't take much of that to realise there was a demand for these quirky and limited edition designs we were wearing, so it began to dawn on us that we should go for it. Go large. Thanks to the help and encouragement from the fine companies you see in the following pages, we finally got ourself together and brought our designs to the public at large - and created TheCycleJersey.com ...Read More

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