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10/06/2019 - Women of Steel Black Rocks Ride

Women of Steel

Ride Out

Cotic Women of Steel

Yesterday was the second Women of Steel Ride Out, but Hannah's first! After missing out on the first one due to illness I (Hannah) was very keen to get out and enjoy this one. Ambassador Kelly Jayne has been so excited to show us around her local trails, where she regularly goes to build and maintain the trails. It was somewhere new to ride for many of us, and Kelly Jayne made the perfect guide as she knew the woods so well.

Starting the ride with quite a sudden warm up uphill to Black Rocks, if you've been before you know what I'll mean! We were relieved to make it to the top and enjoyed the sunshine and views across the valley. The first couple of climbs and descents were fantastic, rocky boulders and techy in places. We chatted up the climbs and cheered eachother on down the descents.

Cotic Women of Steel Ride Out

We then made our way back down the hill on some challenging trails, so different to what I normally ride - in a good way! The sun continued to shine, and we only came across this one puddle...

Cotic Women of Steel

We headed back in the search of cake and went to Lea Gardens. If you haven't visited the Rhododendron gardens before I can highly recommend, the food, drink and cake were lovely and it's run by local mountain bikers who had some great tips and knowledge of the trails.

Cotic Women of Steel Ride Out

We then headed out to Bow Woods for more fantastic trails. I had a little 'lay down' and got a nettle sting to the eyelid(?!). I really loved these new-to-me trails and riding with these friendly, supportive women. It's all about getting out, meeting up and enjoying the outdoors. If you'd like to join in on our women's rides then join our Facebook group and look out for the next event.

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30/05/2019 - Will Easey's race report

Will Easey

Factory Team rider Will Easey places 2nd on the podium.

After a late night drive, leaving Surrey at 9pm to get to the Minehead BEMBA Enduro Series Rnd 3, I finally arrived at the venue at 12:30am. I pulled up and didn't want to make much noise so I parked the van literally on the entrance. I thought everything was fine until it came to about 2am and realised how uncomfortable it is to sleep on an un-level surface, the van was at a severe angle meaning I was rolling out of my bed...

The race went great, venue was amazing and I will definitely be going back!! DUST!!! Managed to only get in 7 runs in, but stoked with a 2nd place and FTOTD on stage 7!

Keep up with how Easey gets on with this race series on his Instagram, link below.

Will Easey

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24/05/2019 - Guy Kes TV Rides The Flare

Guy Kes TV Rides The Flare

As you probably know we launched our fourth Longshot droplink bike a few weeks ago - the Flare 650b trail bike. It's our fun, involving trail dancer.

In order to get across exactly what the bike is about, and why you'd choose this option in these days of super capable 29er trail bikes and mega fast enduro bikes (we have you covered with FlareMAX, Rocket and RocketMAX in those genres though!), Guy Kes TV is back in his inimitable fashion, raving about this "Jason Statham" of a bike. You'll have to watch the video to find out what we're talking about!

Green Cotic Flare

The Flare is in stock now in all sizes in green, and lead time is around 6 weeks on black, so order now for mid-July. We also have all the sizes available in demo, so get in touch on demo@cotic.co.uk to book a ride. Our next bike demo is Transcend Festival at Innerleithen. Head over to their website to get on the Mega Bike Demo.


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21/05/2019 - Women of Steel Interview

Women of Steel

WideopenMag Interview

Pete Scullion got in touch with a few interview questions about Women of Steel. Hannah having never had to respond to a journalist asking questions before it was quite exciting! We'll soon be announcing the next Ride Outs, keep your eyes peeled. Have a read of the Wideopen mag interview

Bike Rafting photos by Nick Kowalski

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08/05/2019 - Steel City DH 2019

Steel City DH

2019

SCDH 2019

Steel City DH, better than Christmas? The biggest little race sees hundreds of racers take to the popular hillside at Grenoside, Sheffield. Cotic has the same spot every year by the infamous bombhole, and we soak up the buzzing atmosphere, as well as the great coffee and beer on offer.

The Cotic Factory Race Team were all racing this year, it was great to have everyone in the same place, everyone was feeling good and keen to get out there and race. Wes Fife (racing 17-18 boys) had a brilliant practice and race runs, couple of mistakes on the corners didn't bother him, he really enjoyed the race - and that's what matters! He finished in 5th, and only a second off the podium.

SCDH 2019

More close racing for Will Easey racing in Seniors. The crowd was loving his stylish riding, getting plenty of cheers! He finished 4th with a fraction of a second off the podium. Steel City always sees incredibly tight racing!

Swinny AKA Rocketman was flying on his new RocketMAX, finishing 12th in the Pros. In other Rocketman news, Swinny has kicked off his European Continental Series campaign with a really strong 16th overall in Spain the other weekend. The Continental Series are a new set of races from the Enduro World Series where each Continent runs a series of EWS level one day races as a stepping stone from National to International racing. Having won the PMBA Series twice in a row in 16-17, Swinny was looking for the next challenge, but the level at EWS is so high and the races so arduous these days that those took their toll last year. The ECS gives us a chance to put together a whole series, without the massive 4 day race format often used in EWS. This is a great start and we're looking forward to seeing how this works out for the rest of the season. Bets of luck to him, and keep watch on his progress!

SCDH 2019

Big ups to ambassador and friend A-Line Coaching Gaz, who finished 3rd in Masters. He's loving his new Rocket, and has been working hard to get it set up perfectly for this race, it clearly paid off. Well done Gaz!

HUGE congrats to Team rider Chay Granby who won Vets. You earned that! Amazing result, what a great start to the season. Well done Chay, we're so proud. Thanks everyone that came by the stand and cheered our team on this year, much appreciated. So, that was another 'Better than Christmas', see you next year Steel City.

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03/05/2019 - Cotic CC Coaching day

Cotic CC

A Line Coaching day

Cotic CC Coaching day

Who wouldn't want to be just that little bit faster, more controlled or just plain rad on a bike? Even a little bit. Well we roped in Gaz from A Line coaching to run a class exclusively for Cotic owners at Greno woods.

As ever, the mailing list was the first and (since it sold out so fast) the only place to hear about the event. Gaz suggested a day at Greno for a mix of fundamentals & flow. A full day in the woods with time split between laps of the track and skills in the flat section at the entrance to the woods.

It's almost impossible not to get something out of days like this. Gaz's infectious enthusiasm brings joy to the seemingly simplest of tasks; look where you're going and bend your elbows more! Who'd have thought it huh? Everyone found themselves going faster, smoother and with more confidence than at the start of the day so what more is there to say?

As far as upgrades to your bike go, how's about an upgrade for yourself? If you want to book on to his next course then follow THIS link and see what you are capable of. Keep your eyes on the newsletter for the next Cotic CC event - you can sign up HERE if you're not already on it.


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02/05/2019 - SPRING PARTY 2019

SPRING PARTY 2018

Mostly wet, fully awesome. Yeah, OK, the last few spring parties were hot and sunny so we were owed a grim one! Rain all day, punctuated by short bouts of perfect Peaks sunshine. That didn't put anyone off though...

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Forge Roasters came through and delivered enough coffee to keep an elephant caffinated for a season. We had a huge stack of Wild Trail snacks, sweets, fruit & stickers, not to mention crates of Abbeydale Beers for later. Three laps of the demo loop went off without a hitch whilst Kingud, Hunt Wheels & Polaris Bikewear set up their stalls. People arriving for the Cotic Women of Steel ride or the Cotic CC owners rides could pick up some bargains and have a good natter in between the showers. The Women Of Steel ride was really well attended and you can read all about it here and how you can get involved with the next one.

The Cotic CC group rides were fully booked and full of smiles. People who'd just turned up for a look were handed a bike and were gently encouraged to come with us for a pedal. The fire road descent back to Calver Village reminded us of the Megavalanche with the wide open tracks and hideous undertakes! Stoke was high as we climbed up past Riley Graves and dropped into the rowdy side of the loop for the final descents back to HQ.

Toll Bar Fish & Chips supplied the scran for after the ride. As we rolled back into the warehouse we were greeted with a full-on party atmosphere; beer, food and that incomparable buzz from a great day out in the fresh air with friends.

Spring Party 2019

Even when the weather isn't playing ball, we still know how to throw a great party. We can't wait to see you at the next one.


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02/05/2019 - MBUK : 60 Seconds with Cy Turner

60 Seconds with Cy Turner MBUK
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