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  1. 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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  2. 2018 Cycling Predictions

    The Future of Cycling; 2018 Trends

      CYCLING TRENDS 2018With a little discussion over lunch time cheese and crackers in the office about the evolution of E-bikes and how we'd fancy a wee E-Road bike ourselves, it got us to thinking what predictions and trends are heading our way in 2018.  From disc brakes and indicators, to off loading our gear into the hollow tubes of the bike - what else is in store for the industry in 2018?  We've had a little look at what to expect and what's already in the pipelines of being launched into the cycling world. MTB bikes are hitting it off by getting longer, slower and slacker; and next year's trend predict this geometric calculation isn't staying in the enduro community!  Nope, it's sliding in among lightweight XC hardtails!  The expertise behind the manufacturing of these frames is lending more stability and predictability to handle this future trend of more technical cross-country courses. Integrated Storage; bar end to bar end, a South African brand is already ahead of this 2018 trend - using a tire plug system that mounts inside your bar ends.    There's also the result of the Fork Cork, a good looking solution to hiding a few extra necessities on the bike and ensuring it fits any modern tapered fork on the market. Any other hollow tubes you see fit for stuffing your extra gear in?  Or is this an impractical approach? In terms of racing bikes, the idea of disc brakes is increasingly catching on. Racing cyclists saw this years ago with mountain bikers. This crossover idea is taking effect more and more in the cycling scene. It's the Gravel bike's turn!  To most of our untrained eyes , gravel bikes look pretty similar to cyclo-cross bikes because of their relatively thin studded tires and race bike aesthetics.  But there's so much more to it than that...  The differences lie in the details. The geometry is designed for a not so freeride and more upright posture. Gravel bikes run more smoothly, are more stable, and have spaces to mount a luggage carrier built into the frame. A bigger, badder ass splash is coming to town!   This little piece of magic is clamped underneath the seat and keeps the majority of the dirt away from the rider in muddy and rainy weather. There are also wider variants in 2018. Lazer lighting!  Initially designed by a budding student turned entrepreneur, this technological brain has been designed to control a laser, LED lights, Bluetooth and GPS for London’s new fleet of Santander bikes, The Laserlight works like this: as you cycle at night a laser image of a green bicycle is projected onto the ground five metres in front of you. And lastly, because this one's going to blow up!  Cementing  itself in line among the cycling sector in 2018 is bike leasing. Employees can rent a work bike from their employer. In this case it does not have to be a classic city bike or e-bike. Racing bikes, gravel bikes and cyclo-cross bikes can also be leased. Even if the employer does not finance the costs themselves, everyone who opts for a leased bike has a financial (fiscal) advantage. And the future for TCJFrom design to print, our machinery, software and staff are of the highest quality in the cycling manufacturing business.  With our software holding the capability to almost run itself, we are able to look ahead to future development.
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  3. Ridelines Mountain Bike Coaching

    MTB Tuition with Ridelines

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    It is the beginning of a beautiful friendship, between Ridelines and ourselves. Ridelines is a niche MTB tuition business based in Tweed Valley (Glentress and Innerliethen) - where green, blue, red and black trails exist, so plenty of scope for exhilarating experiences. Want to rider faster and safer?  Be in control and confident on your 2 wheeled machine?  Ridelines can provide you with techniques that will last you a life time, help you overcome personal barriers and goals and build your own technical boundaries They've had their stomping ground and development services  since 2006. With years of dedicated experience and a focus on personalised rider development they will help you get exactly what you want from your time in the saddle. With 1:1 rider tuition on their own trails, in Tweed Valley (right by Glentress Forest); this means people of all walks of life (beginner to regular rider and corporate courses to, guides and kids courses) can develop their skill and techniques, without any pressure. Their team consists of sick riders too!  Working with the likes of: Jess Stone; previous elite national champ, SDA and Enduro racer.    
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  4. Team Rider to Represent Merida Bicycles UK

      Kyle Beattie (aka stokagegram) gave us a little insight about his past and future riding, as he now represents Merida Bikes UK! Mum and Dad were always rad at taking us out on bikes when we were younger and I absolutely loved it!  I got my first mountain bike which was a Showgun Gategrasher 200 Hardtail which was too fun and I got hooked on riding my bike.  I was always balancing all my sports, as I was originally an Ice Hockey player.  I can't explain how stoked I am to have the best support in the business from my amazing sponsors: Basecamp Bikes, thecyclejersey, Merida Bicycles UK  and Bawbags Underwear. I can't wait for this season!  Too stoked!  I am still pretty new to this enduro stuff, but loving it.  Coming off the back winning the senior overall in the Scottish Enduro Series 2016.  I will be moving into racing elite and couldn't be more stoked for the races!  Can't explain how stoked I am to now be riding for Merida! My plans for the 2017 season are, to be at the rest of the Scottish Enduro Series and some more No Fuss events and potentially some XC races too.  My new Merida One-Sixty 8000 is ridiculously rad!  The best bike I've ever ridden.  It's a whole other level.  The servicing from my dudes at Basecamp Bikes is incredibly good; keeping my bike running perfectly all the time. For 2017 my main goal is to try to get some top 5 elite results in the SES and work towards podium finishes. Pssst.. If you're fancying yourself a bit of Merida too, check out this How to Choose a Bike blog, first!
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  5. SES RND 1 - Fort William

    A great start to the season with a win at round one of the Scottish Enduro Series!

    TCJ_BASCAMP_TEAM_PODIUM_SDA_ROUND_1_2017Fort William held a great range of trails from trail centre to natural & for me that makes for a good weekend. The SES brings riders together from all different backgrounds with a strong field of skilful riders 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 & good 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 & 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 & 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 & 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!
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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. KICC Kiduro

    KICC Kiduro StandKids Cycle Clubs

    Don't let their cuteness fool you...  These kiddies are tougher than they look!  The KICC Kiduro event that took place at TweedLove Bike Festival this weekend past, allows for little riders (as young as 7), with big biking  dreams  to show the adults what they're made of. There was some celebrity endorsement lurking to help get the riders pumped for a wicked race day; including Trek's Tracy Moseley , Cube’s Greg Callaghan and Ibis Teammates Gary Forrest and Robin Wallner amongst many more. Taking to the meandering trails of Berm Baby Berm and Electric Blue at Glentress, this route resembled that of any other MTB event - these kids can't be tamed!!  It's a great stepping stone for the next generation of successful riders to develop their skills and create their own riding style.  Each little rider took to the trails like champs and the real pro's were left eating their dirt. We're pretty happy here at TCJ to have provided the event merchandise: stickers, banners, t-shirts (which we're all sold out and are now in high demand) - just thought I'd drop that in there...  See the cracking tablecloth featured in the blog image?  We did that too!        
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  9. 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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  10. Strathpuffer 24 Hour Race 2015

    Well it won't be long and the 2015 STRATHPUFFER will be upon us.  We are entering again this year as Team TCJ and not too sure what we are letting ourself in for.  24 hours of sheer hell!! strathpuffer image There is a wee link below to a previous years racing at the Strathpuffer. Please click on the link to the left to watch the movie. You will definitely get a laugh. STRATHPUFFER HISTORY The Strathpuffer started in 2005 - it was meant to be a one off local event but somehow TEN years later it has become a national event with a legendary status Over the years there has been every possible type of weather conditions - gales that blew away marquees, iced roads, 2ft of snow the week before the event, temperatures down to minus 10 degrees, rain, hail and even sunshine . . . . you get the picture but then if theres going to be a 24 hour event in the Highlands of Scotland in the middle of winter what can you expect! Also check out these amazing jerseys which will be available for purchase at the event.

    Strathpuffer jersey

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ABOUT TCJ

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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