Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival | Mark Beaumont and Sarah Outen MBE Among Speakers at Annual Edinburgh Event

Scottish cyclist Beaumont to talk about cycling the world in an astonishing 78 days…

Photo: Cyclist Mark Beaumont

Photo: Cyclist Mark Beaumont

The 15th Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival is set to bring round-the-world cyclist Mark Beaumont and MBE adventurer Sarah Outen to the Scottish capital early next month.

The festival will be running over 3-4 February and will also see professional climbers Pete Whittaker and Kelly Cordes appearing as guest speakers as well as Outen and Beaumont.

Mark Beaumont is probably the most famous long-distance cyclist in the world right now.

In 2008 he broke the world record for a circumnavigational bike tour of the World, travelling an 18,000 mile route that began in Paris and passed through 20 countries across Europe, the Middle East, India, Asia, Australasia and North America before he finished the tour 195 days later.

“Amazingly, he completed it ahead of schedule, finishing in 78 days, 14 hours and 40 minutes”

In the summer of 2017 he followed up the expedition with another trip around the planet, with the aim of reclaiming his world record after it was taken by Vin Cox in 2010 and built upon from there.

Almost 10 years after his initial trip, he made a similar circumnavigation in just 80 days for the ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ challenge.

The idea was of course inspired by Jules Verne’s story ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’ and if it went to plan Mark would have beaten the current world record by over 40 days. Amazingly, he completed it ahead of schedule, finishing in 78 days, 14 hours and 40 minutes. Mark is an Edinburgh local and will be talking about his trip around the world.

Sarah Outen MBE meanwhile spent more than a year rowing solo across the oceans of the world, and cycled the land in between. Her trip took a full four and a half years and the aim was to get herself around the planet using only human power.

Outen finished the journey in 2015 having travelled a massive 20,000 miles around the Northern Hemisphere and will be talking about her journey at the festival.

Of course as well as the special guests there will be the usual range of short, slightly longer, and ever-inspirational adventure films showing at the event, and tickets are on sale now from the official website.

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The Vans Versa Hoodie DX Is Released

Vans release their new Verda DX, proving that not all hoodies are created equal

Vans Versa Hoodie DX is released

Ah, the simple, yet ubiquitous hoodie. Is there any item of clothing, maybe aside from a pair of classic Vans skate shoes, that goes hand-in-hand with skateboarding quite like a hoodie? No, we can’t think of one either. Trends come and go, but the hoodie endures.

So, when Vans release a new hoodie we get rather excited. You would, of course, be forgiven for thinking that when you’ve seen one hoodie, you’ve seen them all. However, take one look at Vans new Versa Hoodie DX, and you’ll soon realise that not all hoodies are created equal.


With this new release, Vans have managed to combine a whole load of smart innovations, yet kept a clean, classic look about the Versa.

“The Versa Hoodie DX is designed to withstand abrasions, which is handy when you find yourself careering towards Morrisons car park elbows first”

Vans Versa Hoodie DX is released

The first thing you want from any hoodie is comfort. Vans know this, and the Versa Hoodie DX delivers. It’s made from a fabric blend that’s just as warm and snug as it looks, and is available in three colourways, cement heather, old gold and classic black (or grey, yellow, and black, if you prefer).

However, beneath those good looks is a serious piece of gear that, once you wear, you’ll wonder how you’ve coped for so long without. That comfortable fabric blend? It’s a heavyweight, super durable fleece, designed to withstand abrasions. This is particularly handy when that flip-trick you tried goes wayward and you find yourself careering towards Morrisons car park elbows first.

The Vans Versa Hoodie DX also utilises something called StormCotton which, despite sounding like somebody from TV’s Gladiators who didn’t quite make the final cut, is actually a Hydrophobic shield that prevents water from soaking into the hoodie. Instead, it beads on the surface and rolls off, giving the Versa enhanced water repelling properties.

If you’re doing most of your skateboarding in California, this sounds like it might be handy, but it’s an absolute Godsend if you ever try skating in Manchester.

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The material is also designed to be super breathable, ensuring you stay comfortable when you start to get warm. The more comfortable you are, the longer you’re going to want to skate for. Ideal.

Of course, being designed and built by Vans, you know skateboarding functionality is at the very heart of this hoodie. The people who’ve made it know what’s really needed by skaters. In an age of touch screen phones, keeping that oh-so brittle black mirror from shattering is key. With this in mind, the Versa has a hidden media pocket where you can secure your iPhone , Samsung, or whatever, without fear of it flinging out, mid trick.

Vans Versa Hoodie DX is released

The Versa Hoodie DX also features subtle reflective details on the pocket, hood, and lower back that allow light to shine back from them at multiple angles when it’s dark, and by day just look like part of the design.

The Versa Hoodie DX is available now at selected Vans’ dealers. Learn more about the Versa Hoodie DX at Vans.com

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Vans 2018 Authentic™ Chino Range Is Released

Hard-wearing, odour-resistant… Vans are leading the way once again

Vans 2018 authentic chino range is released

Since people started to sit up and take notice of the Z-Boys skateboarding around Dogtown and beyond in the mid 1970s, where skate style led, the rest of the world followed. In 2018, maybe more so than ever before, the world seemingly looks to what skateboarders are wearing before copying them. And, since day one, leading the way in skateboarding are Vans.

For decades, the California-based company have been making gear designed to stand up to the rigours of hard skating, but that also looks good. So when Vans announce a new range is dropping, you’re forgiven for getting a little bit excited.

2018 sees Vans launch new offerings from their Authentic™ Chino range. If you’re in the market for a good looking pair of skate pants (nee: trousers) that are super tough, designed specifically with skateboarding in mind, and still have that classic silhouette, then look no further.

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The new release sees the already much loved Vans’ Authentic™ Chino range expanding, with new colourways in the Authentic™ Chino Stretch and Authentic™ Chino Pro.

“They’re not going to disintegrate when you go sliding across the B&Q car park”

Skateboard performance and innovation are paramount in the design of the classic chino pant, which feature comfortable fit and Vans’ Sturdy Stretch twill fabrication. The result is a range of trousers that have a timeless workwear feel, and combine skateboard functionality with a toughness that ensures they’re not going to disintegrate when that 15th attempt at a flip trick results in you sliding across the B&Q car park.

The folk at Vans know skateboarding, so they know what skaters needs from a pair of chinos. As a result the Authentic™ Chino are packed with smart features, including double chain stitched flat felled seams to stop your friends from splitting their sides when you split your sides, sewn bar tacks for reinforcement, curved slant pockets and a hidden coin pocket to, well, hide your coins.

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The Authentic™ Chino Stretch features a modern fit and the Authentic™ Chino Pro features a straight fit, treated with SILVADUR® anti-microbial finishing to protect the fabric and minimize odour. Stinking up the bus after an evening rolling around will be a thing of the past.

Vans looked to their legendary professional skateboarding team to gain insight into refining an everyday staple that provides all-day comfort and shape retention, while maintaining Vans’ classic style and functionality.

Vans 2018 authentic chino range is released

New this spring, Vans introduces the Authentic™ Chino Stretch in frost grey and copen blue, as well as the Authentic™ Chino Pro in asphalt.

The Authentic™ Chino is available now at select Vans’ dealers. Learn more about this Vans 2018 Authentic™ Chino range at Vans.com

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New Year’s Resolutions | 17 Challenges Every Cyclist Should Attempt in 2018

Here are just a few ways to take your two-wheeled life to the next level in the new year…

Myriam Nicole on a trail near Funchal, Madeira. Photo: Jean-Baptiste Liautard

New year, new you? Well, that’s a shame. We liked the old you, though even the best of us can do with a little bit of self-improvement from time to time.

Still, we much prefer new year, same you – but maybe with a bit more direction. A new year is a great chance to kickstart your biking lifestyle, particularly if you’ve found yourself in a bit of a lull at the end of 2017.

“Perhaps you’ve not been getting as much time on the bike as you’d like”

Perhaps you’ve not been getting as much time on the bike as you’d like, been riding the same routes over and over again or would like to meet some new riding partners.

Anyway, traditional New Year’s resolutions are great and all, but where’s the fun in focusing purely on losing weight or forcing yourself to go to the gym more? We’ve previously covered the fact that giving up chocolate may even be counter-productive for cyclists, so hang on to that box of Celebrations and why not pick a resolution that’ll help you get more from your time on two wheels? Here are a few ideas for how to do just that…

1) Introduce five + new people to the sport

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A ride out in Hiroshima, Japan. Photo: Suguru Saito/Red Bull Content Pool.

Five may seem like a lot, but it’s not like you’ve got to tick them all off in January. You’ve got twelve months to get just a handful of people to give cycling a serious go.

Maybe they’ve never cycled off-road, maybe they’re a regular commuter but have never seriously hit the roads on the weekend. Either way, it’s always fun to ride with new people and see the inevitable smile on their face.

You know how addictive the sport can be, and they might just feel the same way. You could give a mate a new hobby and get yourself a new regular riding buddy in the process.

2) Become a bike maintenance guru

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So you’re a pro at fixing a flat? Maybe you even know your way around your bike and can name all the components and their use without batting an eyelid – but we’re betting there’s still room for improvement on the maintenance front in one way or another.

Learning the inside-outs of your bike, what everything is there to do, how to maintain it and how to fix it if it goes wrong is one of the most useful things you will ever do. And it’ll make that expensive bike of yours last a whole lot longer, too.

3) Get into the habit of carrying the essentials

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Of course bikepacking is another ball game – but there’s plenty of stuff you should take on each right.

Especially if you’ve now learned your way around the bike, you’ll know how many problems could potentially arise when you are on the roads or the trails. If you’re ditching bad habits in the New Year then, why not pick up some good ones to replace them?

Chuck a spare inner tube or two in your bag, maybe some water, a phone, ID, a first-aid kit, a pump, tire levers, a puncture repair kit – even with the spare tubes – a good biking multi-tool, some zip-ties, duct tape, an extra layer of clothing, a beer or three, a derailleur hanger, a good supply of steeze and a head lamp… just for starters.

That way you’ll never end up having to try and repair your bike with a packet of crisps.

4) Find one big challenge and tailor your training towards it

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The Ho Chi Minh Trail. Photo: Josh Letchworth/Red Bull Content Pool

It’s great to just get out and ride, but why not set yourself a huge challenge to complete by the end of 2016 – whether that be riding in your first race, cycling through a series of cities or countries on the continent or riding a challenge like the North Coast 500 that’ll take quite a few days and require a good level of fitness.

Having this kind of thing to work towards is sure to make you ride harder and with more organisation. You’ll check your timings, check your fitness levels, check how far you’ve gone and strive to do even more in your next session. This is the way to take your riding and your fitness levels up a notch!

5) Ride with people better than you. Listen to them!

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You might not be able to shred with Myriam Nicole, but riding with someone better is a great way to improve. Photo: Jean-Bapiste Liautard

Riding with friends new to the bike is great fun, but if you want to advance your riding then getting out with the more advanced guys or girls is the way to go. Odds on you’ll notice a few things they’re doing that you aren’t, and there’s a good chance they’ll give you some pointers if they see you going wrong.

6) Remember to take photographs

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Mountain biking in the hills of Slovenia. Photo: Grega Silc

Okay, so we know the whole ‘Instagram’ mountain bike scene isn’t for everyone. Often it’s a bit too clean, it’s a bit too wanderlust-driven. Often, it doesn’t seem real.

But you don’t have to take photographs like that if you don’t want to. Taking a snap or two from on your rides is something you definitely won’t regret in 365 days time, whether that photograph is of the beautiful scenery, the bike, the mud, the mess or just you and your mates at the bar the hour after.

Stick them on Instagram if you want by all means, or don’t put them anywhere – even just keeping a folder-full of pics on your laptop means you’ll have easy access to a nostalgia-packed gallery come the end of the year.

7) Use the technology available… But don’t get too addicted

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Use them! Just don’t use them too much… Photo: iStock

There’s an app for that. For everything. For everything you could possibly think of. And if you’re not using them, they’re often giving you notifications or e-mails to ask you why you’re not using them.

What that means, though, is that you don’t have to shell out big bucks to get cycling technology that will help you keep track of, well, whatever the hell it is you want to keep track of.

Some of the best apps for cycling will track your fitness levels, your distance, your speed… Hell, these days they can probably tell what kind of bike your riding, if your tyres need inflated and whether or not your family actually loves you.

Making use of apps like Strava is great, and you should totally do it, stick it on Facebook if you want, keep it for your personal records or whatever else, but don’t get caught up too hard in the KOM chaos. Don’t become the type of person who becomes paranoid someone else on Strava is trying to ruin their life and in engages in a full-on viral argument with them. Cycling should always be for the fun of cycling – and apps should only be used to enhance this!

8) Help your scene grow in your local area

Get the spade out in 2018! Photo: Cal Jelley

Get the spade out in 2018! Photo: Cal Jelley

Giving back to your local cycling community can come in all shapes and forms. Whether you’re a mountain biker who is committing to trail-digging and maintenance for the first time or a road cyclist volunteering at a local race or helping with the running of a local club, this is a great way to get those feel-good vibes flowing and make a bunch of new friends.

9) Save up and travel… anywhere!

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There’s a whole world of riding out there… Photo: Stuart Kenny

Travelling is wonderful. That goes without saying. It shouldn’t just be your New Year’s resolution to travel though – find a more specific goal, a place that you’ve always wanted to go, that you’ve always been astounding by… and bring your bike with you!

Whether you end up heading to a mountain biking mecca, a setting from road cycling folklore or just take a train a bit further out than the local trails, it could end up being an experience that changes your riding habits forever.

10) Do something that absolutely terrifies you

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Myriam Nicole on a trail near Funchal, Madeira. Photo: Jean-Baptiste Liautard/Red Bull Content Pool

We don’t mean that you should cycle off a cliff here. Be reasonable. Don’t do something that’ll end in your inevitable injury… but do expand your horizons and make your life exciting!

How about learning to jump, slowly but surely at the skills section of your nearest bike centre, and then taking your new talent onto the trails? Trying to ride a World Cup track? Or what about committing to a huge uphill road loop you’ve never felt confident enough to attempt before? The glory of the ride is in the effort!

11) Don’t go a week without getting on your bike

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Carson Storch with the hike and bike. Photo: Paris Gore / Red Bull Content Pool

A challenge to start now and never finish. At the very least, it’s the kind of challenge which would get you out in the wilderness a whole lot more. And at most, it could completely reignite your love of cycling.

12) Try a new discipline

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Kate Courtney riding in Bend, Oregon. Photo: Paris Gore / Red Bull Content Pool

We’ve been talking a lot about resolutions that fit road cycling, mountain biking and beyond in this article, so how about this one; why not swap bikes for a while?

If you’re a hardcore roadie, take to the mountains and get dirty. If you’re MTB mad, climb on a road bike and take an alternative route through the scenery – or get going on a BMX or give cyclocross a try.

If nothing else, it’s always nice to mix things up for a while, and if you do hate it, at least you’ll have some good new slams for your next rap battle with your tribal two-wheeled enemies.

13) Ride in every type of weather

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It’s not as slippy as you’d think… Photo: Matthew DeLorme/Red Bull Content Pool

If you live in Britain, this isn’t so much a resolution as a reality. If you don’t ride your bike in every type of weather condition, you’re probably not going to end up riding much of your bike at all.

But that’s part of the beauty. The days spent powering through pouring rain only make it better when you get to the warm shower, and in the months that follow when you’re riding in the sun. The days spent battling against 50mph winds only make it sweeter when you’re cruising on a sweet summer day.

It’s a rite of passage for any budding cyclist to have experienced the worst as well as the best when they’re on two wheels. Just be careful things don’t get too slippy!

14) Drink More Post-Ride Beers

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A handy hack when you’ve lost your bottle opener… Photo: Stuart Kenny

Y’know, in moderation and stuff. We don’t like New Year’s resolutions that say “do less of this stuff”, though. Less is boring. So maybe do more instead?

More biking, more day rides, more night rides, more pedalling, more pushing, more risks, and yeah, why not, more post-ride beers as well. Enjoy 2018 folks. We’ve got a good feeling about the 12 months ahead.

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Live Slow Mo | Watch The Dew Tour On Worm App

Catch all the Action from the 2017 Dew Tour Finals in Colorado

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Watch replays as they happen using Worm’s unique slow mo functions. Photo: Courtesy Worm App

This weekend, Worm will show the first ever interactive live stream from the Dew Tour finals. Anyone with the app will be able to pick and choose exactly which replays and angles they want to see, as the competition goes down.

Download the app and go to the Dew Tour page to see the live feed, with interactive replays beneath.

Worm is a slow-motion video platform dedicated to action sports, with over 1,000 of the world’s best action sports athletes posting interactive clips daily, 50 event partners and monthly original content projects.

This weekend will be the first live event stream shown on Worm, a feature they’ve been building since they launched in June 2016. Worm sponsors Max ParrotKatie Ormerod, James Woods and loads of other ski and snowboard athletes competing at the event.

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