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  1. Pinkbike reviews the new Banshee Phantom

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    Pinkbike just published a great review of Banshee’s brand new short travel 29’er, the Phantom.

    Here’s the quick take…

    The Phantom is difficult to classify – it’s a bike that can’t be neatly slotted into a preset category based on its geometry and amount of travel. Is it a trail bike? All-mountain? Free-trail? I don’t know, and truthfully, I’m not worried. This is a mountain bike through and through, and an extremely well rounded one at that. If you’re looking for a bike that deviates slightly from the norm, but delivers a ride experience that’s sure to leave you smiling from ear to ear, the Banshee Phantom may be the answer. 

    Check out the entire review right here on!

  2. Forrest Riesco Update for July, 2014

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    The start of the season has been good.  I’m not exactly ecstatic about how my results look on paper, but I am very happy with how I have been racing.  I believe you can break down racing almost to a science with preparing mentally, physically and mechanically, but there is always going to be things that are out of your control.  For a 4 minute track I can get to the start line and know that I have every piece of the track memorized and dialed.  Down to braking points, shifting points, how hard I will pedal, where to take a recovery breath, where to get a bit loose and where to keep it steady.  But there will always be variables such as a loose rock in a corner or a mechanical issue.  Aside from learning a lot about my riding style, my mental preparation and my bike setup I have learned that to be a racer (Or at least a decent one)  you have to except that some things are out of your control, so you have to be satisfied with yourself for putting down a 100% effort.

    With some really awesome tracks on the schedule for the next few weeks I am excited see what I can do!

    2014 results so far:

    • Cairns World Cup, Australia: 37th (46th in qualifying)
    • Sunshine Coaster DH: 2nd
    • Tremblant Canada Cup, Quebec: 9th
    • Fort William World Cup, Scotland: 87th in qualifying
    • Leogang World Cup, Austria: 74th (46th in qualifying)
    • Schladming IXS Cup, Austria:  22nd
    • Panorama Canada Cup, BC: 7th
    • Sun Peaks Canadian National Championships, BC: 6th

    I will be leaving for the Mont Sainte Anne and Windham World Cups next week.  I couldn’t be more happy to race MSA again as well as see what the Windham track has to offer, as I’ve heard only good things about it.   After that I head straight to Crankworx for the Canadian Open DH.   I am in the process of planning out what races I’ll be attending after Crankworx,  it also depends on whether or not I make the cut for the National team at the end of the season.  I will send out an update as soon as I have more info on that.

     I try to keep these emails as short as I can, so if you would like to read a more detailed update on all my races you can check out my blog a  And you can always follow my racing on my Facebook Athlete page at as well as on instagram at forrestriescodh.

    Cheers to everyone helping me out this season!


    Here are some recent shots by Paul Hodgson.

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  3. reviews the Alpinestars Alps Kevlar Kneepad

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    Check out’s review on the Alpinestars Alps Kneepad:

    Over the past few months, I have come to embrace more climbing as part of my rides. However the pads I was using simply weren’t suited for extended periods of spinning, as they slid down my legs like firemen on a brass pole. I was aiming for a set of kneepads that offered more protection than the traditional XC-style leg warmers with a spot of extra padding, but weren’t so heavy that they got in the way while earning my turns. Enter the Alp knee guards.

    The knee cup itself is made out of a high-density foam, which gives it flex while still offering a good level of protection. It’s also shaped in such a way to conform to the knee and leg while in the riding position. The liner is a soft touch material, while the outer shell is a blend of nylon and Kevlar fibres to give it a high abrasion resistance. Two Velcro straps help keep everything in place while riding. They’re surprisingly light weight given how much coverage they provide, and their makeup ensures that they dry quickly between rides.

    To be a true do-it-all pad, riding both ways in comfort is a must. For the most part, the Alps were comfortable enough to pedal on both the road and on singletrack climbs. However if they were not adjusted properly at the start, they had a tendency to rub the top of my knees, which on one occasion caused some rather uncomfortable chafing. If you pay attention and ensure they’re dialled in before your ascent, you shouldn’t have problems.

    Check out the whole review here!

  4. Pinkbike reviews Alpinestars Stella Hyperlight Short

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    Alpinestars are renowned for their technical apparel in the moto world. They have been getting into MTB riding kits for the past few years, first with their DH range, followed by a more AM/trail range. Alpinestars’ Stella line targets female riders who don’t want to exclusively wear spandex but still want to look good on the trails. As per its name, the Stella Hyperlight version of their shorts is a lightweight product for trail riding. Fastening is done with a hook-and-loop and also a snap, so there is no risk of dropping your shorts in an untimely manner. Waist adjustment can be made through a sliding hook-and-loop band. Waist belt lining is made of soft mesh for a more comfy feeling and sweat wicking for hot days. To fit better female forms, the back of the waist belt has been raised and an elastic back panel has been integrated for more freedom of movement. The Stella Hyperlight shorts feature two side pockets and an additional lateral zipped one on the left leg for extra storage. Stella Hyperlight shorts also get their internal, flat snap adjustment system to clip-on Alpinestars’ mesh liner. MSRP: $74.95.

    Read the whole thing here!


  5. Tracey Hannah is the 2014 Australian National Champion

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    The Hutchinson UR Aussies, Mick and Tracey, were racing in Bright this weekend for the Australian National Championships. The track was very dusty and dry, creating very slippery conditions.

    The weekend started off great with Mick and Tracey both setting the best times in the seeding run on Saturday. Tracey lead her seeding by more than 35 seconds and Mick putting 7 seconds into his fellow racers.

    On Sunday however, Micks race run didn’t go to perfection; He was really pushing his limits and although he felt great on his bike all weekend, he knew he had to give it all he had to take the win. Unfortunately he crashed and got his bike caught up in a tree and tape stuck in his cassette. This made him loose some precious time and he ended up crossing the line in 5th, 12 seconds away from Troy Brosnan, the new Australian Champion.

    Tracey was also having some great fun on her bike and beat her other female opponents by more than 35 seconds on the race run! She is therefore going to be wearing the Australian flag on her race sleeves this year too! Tracey is really proud of this result and can’t wait for the first world cups to come along so that she can show that National Champion sleeve to her fellow world cup racers.

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  6. Introducing the Banshee Bikes Factory Race Team

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    We are proud and excited to announce a newly formed race team on the World Cup circuit: Banshee Bikes Factory Team.

    The Banshee Bikes Factory Team will consists of talented and progressive World Cup riders Matt Walker (NZL), Matej Charvat (CZE), Reece Potter (NZL) and Tom Matthews (NZL), all whom constantly appear at high profile international races and always achieve solid results. The aim of our team is to provide its riders with a professional atmosphere that will increase their chances to achieve goals for the 2014 season. The team was founded by Matej Charvat, who is a multiple Czech Downhill Champion and a long term member of the Banshee Family. He has achieved some superb results, proving he is up for the challenge and has been consistently improving over the past few seasons.

    The team has been searching for riders who would perfectly fit into this fresh new World Cup team and we think that with this squad we’ve completely met our expectations. -Katarina Keherova/Team manager of the BBFT- 

    Banshee Mountain Bikes Factory Race Team

    Matt Walker burst onto the World Cup scene last year after honing his skills on the local downhill courses in New Zealand. Taking a 2nd place at the City Downhill in Bratislava (SVK), a 3rd place at another international urban race in Prague (CZE) and some solid results in World Cups, all signs indicate that Matt is perfectly prepared to take it to the next level.

    I’m super excited to be riding for Banshee this season! I think the team will have a fun environment for us all to learn from and to progress with the support we need to be competitive at the top level of racing. My goals for this season are to get back on the podium at the urban races we attend and some top 20´s at the World Cups which with the Banshee´s support are within reach.-Matt Walker-

    Banshee Mountain Bikes

    Reece is a 20 year old downhiller who has earned his reputation for representing a new generation of ‘kiwi privateers in Hawaiian shirts‘ in 2013. This easygoing guy has already taken some top spots in the Junior category and there´s a feeling that the best is yet to come for Reece.

    My 2013 season was cut short due to a crash at Crankworx Europe. I can´t wait to get back to riding World Cups for the Banshee Factory Team aboard the Legend, it´s going to be awesome. With an awesome bike and the good team background I hope to start climbing the World Cup ranking.”-Reece Potter-

    Banshee Factory Race Team

    Another freshly recruited racer to the team is Tom Matthews. He´s a dedicated young rider who scored top results mainly in his national races. If all goes as planned, Tom will show us that his hard training will pay off internationally.

    I´m eager as a beaver to get back racing overseas! I’ve been given the best opportunity to ride with the boys on Banshee this year and to make a solid season as well as a solid impression at all races on the Legend!” -Tom Matthews-

    In other amazing news, the team has recruited former Professional downhill racer and legend Sean McCarroll (AUS), whose previous racing experience will be more than appreciated by the riders as they prepare for the races. It´s always a huge advantage to have someone who is able to help our riders with race courses analysis, searching for the best lines and improving their skills.

    Having an opportunity to be a part of the Banshee Bikes Factory Team is awesome and I’m really excited and looking forward to this year of racing. Having raced many World Cups in the past and with my experience, I’ll be giving advice to help to the Banshee riders succeed and achieve the best results possible.-Sean McCarroll-

    Banshee Bikes is delighted to support this young up and coming team for 2014, and we are very excited to see what they can achieve. These guys really suit what Banshee is all about, not only do they push the limits of what is capable on a bike, but they have fun while doing it, which we feel is a very important ingredient brings passion to the racing. I am personally very excited to see how these guys excel across many varying events as part of the new Banshee Bikes Factory Team throughout 2014.-Keith Scott/ Banshee Bikes owner/designer-

    When brands are considering team rosters each year, there are so many factors that must be considered. We look for riders and teams who not only show podium potential in the short term, but are also planning for the future by nurturing strong up and coming riders paired with experienced seasoned veterans. At Spank we feel we have scored with Matej Charvat and the Banshee Bikes Factory Team. Spank has been behind Banshee riders like Matej for a number of years, and we know that he has what it takes. So it´s really exciting to see the program grow and evolve. In 2014 Spank will support the team with wheels, bars, stems, flat pedals and accessories to make sure every bike in the team fleet is fully pimped. We are looking forward to a blazing season!-Mike Dutton/ Spank Industries Brand Manager-

    The team will be focused mainly on downhill, enduro and urban races and its riders will participate at all World Cup rounds, European IXS Cups as well as at both Crankworx events, select urban DH races and other international events.

    The 2014 Team will be sponsored by Banshee Bikes, Spank, ČEPS, a.s., DVO, Kenny Racing, Maxxis Tires, Morgaw, Cane Creek, e*thirteen, Atlas Neck Brace,, HT Pedals, Sensus, Buxton Headphones.

    We would like to thank all our sponsors for their help and support and we are hoping that we are able to accomplish all our goals that we set at the beginning of this year.

  7. Tracey Hannah wins at Maldon, Australia

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    Only 1 week away from the Australian National Championships, Tracey took part in the 6th round of the Victorian Downhill Series in Maldon, Australia.

    A very sunny and dusty weekend awaited the riders and despite a few new sections, the track was similar to previous years with lots of dust, rocks and loose corners.

    Tracey took the win with an impressive 17second gap on second female, Tegan Molloy, one of the very fast up coming Australian riders. With a time of 2.28.322, Tracey was only 18 seconds back from the first Male Elite riders and left a good number of men in her wake.

    Here is what she had to say:

    “The Vic Series race was a great start to the 2014 racing season. I’m stoked to be in Australia for a few weeks before the first World Cup in South Africa. The track here was rough and rocky with loads of dust. It was great to see a bunch of girls out racing. I was happy to take the win today trying to etch as close to the boys as I can” 

    This weekend Mick and Tracey will be competing in the Australian National Championships in Melbourne and will defending their National Champ title!

  8. reviews the Formula C1

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    Here’s what they had to say:

    Italy… the land of fast cars, high fashion, fine leather shoes, Monica Bellucci and promiscuous politicians. Italians can’t be accused of lacking passion for what they do. Products of any kind coming from Italy always somehow capture a certain style while also being very effective at what they are designed to do.

    Cycling has a strong following in Italy and the presence of companies such as Campagnolo, Pinarello, Giordana and other fabled names have a part in that. Italy is also home to two companies well known in the mountain bike world: Marzocchi and Formula. The interesting thing about these two companies is that they both came to mountain biking from the world of motorcycles, but obviously with different areas of expertise, Marzocchi being suspension and Formula’s being braking systems.

    Check out the whole article here!

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