The Norco Blog Has Moved

So, for the second time in the Norco Blog’s history, it has packed up and found a new home. Rather than being hidden from sight and tucked away in the depths of the internet we have now merged the blog with the news. The New home of the blog is simply norco.com/news so head on over and check out the latest news, events, and more!

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World Championships – DH Seeding Runs

DH seeding runs are now complete. The stage has been set for racing this weekend and the order that things will unfold. Starting off with the Junior Men, Nick Geddes set the bar VERY high. He came down the extremely dry, dusty course in a staggering 4:52.72 placing him in 6th place. This time would also hold up through the day as the fastest Canadian DH run for the day. Once the Junior Men finished, the Elite Women to the course on where Fionn Griffiths put down a solid run seeding her 13th for the finals. The Last Norco to come down was Dirt Norco Race Team’s Ben Reid racing for Ireland. Ben had a super solid run with a time of 4:44.58. This run qualified Ben for 18th spot in the finals.

With a Hurricane rolling in, the course is going to get wet. Don’t be surprised to see some moving around in the standings for the weekend. Those that can deal with the wet will be bound to take advantage of the situation

4X racing is coming up and XC is just around the corner. Check back soon for updates. In the meantime, here are a few photos from today’s racing.

***** UPDATE*****

Fionn Griffiths has qualified 2nd for the Dual Slalom. The Finals happen tonight.

Windham World Cup Practice and Qualification

Members of the Norco Factory Team, Norco World Team and Dirt Norco Race team have all shifted east following Crankworx and are now in Windham NY. This is home to the final World Cup race of the season. Norco Factory XC riders Catherine Vipond and Andrew Watson have been ripping up the Cross Country course while Fionn Griffiths, Bernard Kerr and Ben Reid have been practicing the DH and are now through Qualification. Going into the Finals, Fionn has qualified in 10th for the women, Bernard 55th for the men and Ben is up in 34th for the men. Good luck to everyone over the next couple days of racing.

For full DH qualification results check out canadiancyclist.com

Photos by Jonathan Duncan

Jesse Beare Rips apart the Smithfield DH Track Cairns Australia

We catch up with Jesse Beare in between races. He takes a run down the newly rebuilt Smithfield DH track in Cairns. This is a thank you video for the people who have helped him out.

Norco Factory Team Goes 1-2 Nationally

Last weekend in sunny Bromont,Quebec the Canada Cup XC series wrapped up for 2010. To date this has been a great Season for our Factory Team riders Andrew and Catherine, both in the running for Overall series titles.

Well they both ran into a little bad luck… Catherine flatted on her 2nd lap, having to run into the pits for a wheel change. She held strong
fighting back some spots, but had to settle for 2nd Overall in the
series….Not Bad.

Andrew was having a trouble free race battling it out with fellow National Team rider Derek Zandstra and Great Brittan’s Olympian Liam Killen, just before the last piece of single track he lost control and found himself hitting the deck hard. After collecting thoughts he rolled off course, not being able to finish. Good news being he had enough points to hold on and WIN the Overall..

With a 1st and 2nd in the overalls, both look forward to a World Cup in New York followed by World Championships in Mont St Anne in the coming weeks.