Well, it's been a busy week at Dirt HQ as we gear up to put the final touches to another issue of the magazine, which is due out later this month. Deadline is always busy but that hasn't stopped our bike tester Steve Jones from getting out and about; he's been in Israel with a select few from a certain young bike company, testing what he predicts as one of the bikes of the year. What is it? You'll have to wait and see in Dirt #145, but for now you can take a wild guess from the clues here and read what else has been happening in our world below.

Title from Weekly Dirt.
Title from Weekly Dirt.

Tracy Moseley joins Trek Factory team

Long-term Trek-sponsored athlete and 2013 Enduro World Series (EWS) winner Tracy Moseley will join Trek's factory team for 2014 along with a host of other racers, with a major focus on the World Series.

Tracy talking enduro, along with Anka Martin.

Tracy ran her own set-up for the last couple of seasons, competing under the banner of T-MO Racing, having previously been on Martin Whiteley’s Trek World Racing team (which operates separately to Trek Factory Racing). The ex-Downhill World Champion will join the following riders, who will mix their efforts between EWS and National-level enduro races:

Tracy Moseley (GBR)

Rene Wildhaber (SUI)

Justin Leov (NZL)

Ross Schnell (USA)

Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA)

Heather Irmiger (USA)

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Harry Heath.

As reported today on our front page, Harry ‘Baz’ Heath, the privateer who turned heads at a number of World Cup races in 2013, and young talent Jacob Dickson will join our very own team for the 2014 season.

Orange Bikes are also new to the team line-up and we will be very proud indeed to be flying the flag for the British brand.

Read the whole story here.

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Hafjell Bike Park.
Hafjell Bike Park.

Hallelujah! One of the most perfectly formed bike parks in the world looked like it was dangerously close to closure for the 2014 season – a move that seemed mad considering it will be hosting the World Championships in September – but thanks to huge support from the public via Facebook, Hafjell Bike Park in Norway will open after all.

Here’s the bottom line from Thorvald Sverdrup, Chairman of Alpinco(the lift operator in Hafjell):

Visitor numbers have unfortunately not been responding to the costs. The visitor number must increase for the cost of the operation to be covered. The number of guests will ultimately determine the product's future

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Aaron Gwin of Specialized Racing.
Aaron Gwin of Specialized Racing.

Earlier this week it was revealed by PinkBike that ex-World Cup DH star and previous 4X World Champion Eric Carter will join Specialized as manager for their gravity team, taking the reigns from Sean Heimdal. With a new manager and fresh slate for 2014, will Aaron Gwin return to his dominating ways?

Click below to continue reading. Includes news on a bizarre UCI ruling, Lapierre bikes' Sam Blenkinsop and a rad video:

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UCI rule 1.2.019 on hold (again)

The UCI’s (Union Cycliste Internationale) controversial rule 1.2.019 (remember it from last year?), in which it is stated that UCI licence holders are not permitted to compete in non-UCI sanctioned events, has been put on hold for another season. Cycling’s governing body first attempted to roll out the ruling early in 2013, which some saw as a direct attack at small (and large for that matter) race promotors, to much furore. With a new President in the form of Brian Cookson, we hope that the most recent pause on the ruling is only temporary and that once he has attended to a massive list of (mostly drugs-related) matters at the UCI he will abolish such a ludicrous rule once and for all.

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Macavalanche on Dirt Mountain Bike.
Macavalanche on Dirt Mountain Bike.

That’s right folks, a chairlift-assist enduro race on British shores. Glencoe Mountain Resort will be hosting the Bluegrass Enduro Tour on 3-4 May.

On Sunday the 4th, we see the return of The Bluegrass Enduro Tour, which has a slightly new format, with the racing being totally blind. If you were ever lucky enough to take part in the Macavalanche, then you will know that even if you do practice at Glencoe, there are wee front wheel sized surprises all over the mountain that can just tip you over the edge! This all adds to the challenge of course, and we defy you not to be smiling at the bottom.

More information from No Fuss Events here.

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American and star of Travis Pastrana’s Nitro Circus tour Cam gets out of bed roughly three hours earlier than the average freerider (well they’ve got the comedowns of savage energy drink abuse to deal with after all) and shows the diversity of Fox’s burly dirt jump fork as he takes it to the trail and the trails… What a great edit.

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Boxxer Worlds with Tim Flooks on Dirt Mountain Bike.
Boxxer Worlds

Tim Flooks (centre, black t-shirt) at the BoXXer Worlds. 

Tim Flooks, of TF Tuned fame and once-pro level racer himself, is back on the racing circuit as he re-joins SRAM/RockShox, where he previously spent seven years as head of European Technical Race Support. SRAM will seriously up their level of support on the enduro racing scene for 2014.

Tim and SRAM tech crew will have the SRAM support vehicle at most major European Enduro events along with the full Enduro World Series offering rider support on all SRAM products. Tim will also be offering tech clinics at each event on Friday evenings showing riders how to get the most from their SRAM products.

 - SRAM

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Blenki
Blenki

Sam Blenkinsop.

Lapierre could be facing one of their strongest seasons on the World Cup Downhill circuit to date, with the young team re-signing Sam Blenkinsop for another year and Loic Bruni, who already stepped onto the podium in 2013, seemingly seriously hard at work while training in the southern hemisphere (as reported in last week’s news). Bruni also adds Red Bull to his sponsor list, the giant of extreme sports’ confidence in the French rider no doubt will aid in his rise to the very top.

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* Have a great weekend folks! *