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How do you like your coffee? Dylan Korba goes to Starbucks.

Dylan likes two things, bikes and coffee. So what happens when you combine the two? Well you get a video filmed solely on an iphone that outlines the adventure. Enjoy.

Crankworx Update – Pumptrack and Slopestyle

Thursday at Crankworx up in Whistler entailed two main events. Slopestyle Qualification/Best Trick and the Pumptrack challenge. First off was Norco Factory Team Rider Sam Dueck at the Slopestyle. On Sam’s second run he pulled a massive backflip off the whale-Tale then a Superflip on the next booter. Making his way down the course, he then Tail-Whipped off the final step-down and caught a gust of wind bringing him down. Sam was okay, a little swore but pleased with the run besides the small tumble. Plus, the run was enough to bring him through to Saturday’s Semi-Final. 16 riders move on to Saturday where the field will again be reduced down to a total of 8 riders for the final. Way to go Sam!

After the slopestyle qualification, The Pumptrack Challenge kicked off. Pumptrack is a bit of a newer competition but it is a lot of fun to watch. The corners are tight, the speeds high and the energy is awesome. For the event Bernard, Fionn, Nick and Angie were all representing Norco on the course. The field of riders was about 50 deep and Norco’s top finisher was Fionn Griffiths in 4th for the women.

Crankworx – The Ryan Leech Trials Show

Today was technically day 4 of the 2010 Crankworx Mountain Bike Festival, but it was also day one for the Ryan Leech Trials Shows. With a dozen or so shows happening this week, the first two were today. With an all-new setup for the demo, check out some photos from today. If you are coming out for any of the festivals check out the show, Ryan is an acrobat on a bike. See more photos at flickr.com/norcobikes

A Year of Blogging – A Biased Selection of the Year Passed By

Today marks one full year since the launch of the Norco Blog. That is right, 365 days have passed since that first post on January 5th 2009. The year has had some great events, incredible rides and even some technical training along the way. In my biased oppinion, these were the top 10 events of the year through the eyes of the blog

Number 10 – Jan. 5, 2009 – The First Post

From the Vancouver deep freeze of January the Blog was launched under a blanket of snow…

Number 9 – July 8, 2009 – Blackrock Demo Day

Riding in Blackrock is like another world. Match that with the largest consumer demo day in the West and you have a great day of riding ahead of you.
Riding in Blackrock is like another world. Match that with the largest consumer demo day in the West and you have a great day of riding ahead of you.


Number 8 – June 22, 2009 – Ride To Conquer Cancer

The Ride to Conquer Cancer was an epic ride from Vancouver BC to Seattle WA. 1701 riders partook and raised $6.9 Million
The Ride to Conquer Cancer was an epic ride from Vancouver BC to Seattle WA. 1701 riders partook and raised $6.9 Million

Number 7 - Jan. 30, 2009 – California Road Trip, Bike and BRAIN

Day 6 of the California Road trip was riding with friends at Bike Magazine and Bicycle Retailer. Nothing like Southern California in the dead of winter.
Day 6 of the California Road trip was riding with friends from Bike Magazine and Bicycle Retailer. Nothing like Southern California in the dead of winter.

Number 6 – March 19, 2009 – How to Adjust a Rear Derailleur

Adjusting a derailleur is not easy, here is a guide on how to do it yourself.
Adjusting a derailleur is not easy, here is a guide on how to do it yourself.

Number 5 – July 23, 2009 – 2010 Norco Product Launch

The 2010 Norco Product Launch was held in Vancouver British Columbia. A select few from around the world were chosen to have the first look at the new product.
The 2010 Norco Product Launch was held in Vancouver British Columbia. A select few from around the world were chosen to have the first look at the new bikes.

Number 4 – Aug. 19, 2009 – Crankworx Whistler

Crankworx 2009 included highlights such as Fionn Griffiths winning the Air DH and the Open Enduro for the Elite Women.
Crankworx 2009 included highlights such as Fionn Griffiths winning the Air DH and the Open Enduro for the Elite Women.

Number 3 - April 12, 2009 – Cyclebetes Spinathon

14 Norco employees participated in a Cyclebetes Spinathon held in West Vancouver. The event raised $110,000 towards finding a cure for Juvenile Diabetes.
14 Norco employees participated in a Cyclebetes Spinathon held in West Vancouver. The event raised $110,000 towards finding a cure for Juvenile Diabetes.

Number 2 – Oct.7, 2009 – Riding in Moab Utah

After Interbike 2009, we were lucky enough to have a week of riding in Moab Utah. What a place to ride!
After Interbike 2009, we were lucky enough to have a week of riding in Moab Utah. What a place to ride!

Number 1 – Aug. 5, 2009 – Riding in Whitehorse Yukon

I was given the opportunity to ride in Whitehorse this past year with Ride Guide TV. I didn't know what to expect going in and was blown away with the riding, the people and the scenery!
I was given the opportunity to ride in Whitehorse this past year with Ride Guide TV. I didn’t know what to expect going in and was blown away with the riding, the people and the scenery!

Crankworx 2009 – A Flurry of Activity on and off the Mountain

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Whistler’s Crankworx festival is 10 days of activity that leaves the spectators in awe with world renound riders pushing the boundaries of cycling beyond what anyone would have believe possible a mere 5 years ago. Crankworx is more than just 10 days of incredible mountain biking though, it is also home of Canada’s largest consumer expo, trials demos, product launches, video premiers and more.

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One of many highlights of the crankworx festival were the world famous Ryan Leech Trials Demos. Ryan was set up in the village next to the norco tents where approximately 25 2010 bikes were on display. Ryan conducted a total of 12 demos through the week. Each show attracted hundreds of spectators. Those who watched the show also were able to stick around for autographed posters and DVDs afterward. A lucky few from each show walked away in style with some brand new Ryders Eyewear.

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On the trials front as well Crankworx hosted Trialsworx a trials competition taking place in the scenic Whistler Village. Norco’s one and only Dylan Korba took time away from the Boneyard to compete in the competition. As usual we were all left wondering, what can’t this guy do?

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Norco World Team rider Fionn Griffiths is no stranger to ascending the podium but crankworx must have been wearing her out as she was up there all week. With a 2nd in the Dual Slalom, 1st in the Air DH and a 1st in the Canadian Open Enduro Fionn was representing the Brits at the top. Norco Factory Team Up and comer Nick Geddes also climbed to the top in the Enduro beating out all the other junior men by nearly a minute.

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The biggest event of the Crankworx festival in undoubtedly the slopestyle competition. With all the big names showing up such as Semenuk, McCaul, Watts, Lacondeguy and more we all knew we were in for a show. In front of all 10,000+ fans lining the course, Watts pulled off the victory while Lacondeguy took best trick pulling out of his moto-bag a 360 Flat Spin Superman! All I can say is that I am impressed…

Another year in the books and already looking forward to next year!

Dustan