Lance Branquino

News writer

Lance Branquino

Position: News writer

Height: 5ft 8in (178cm)

Weight: 76kg

Born Namibian. Childhood in Africa.

Fascinated by anything that has wheels, since being the backbencher on many family Safari trips. Two decades as a media professional on adventure journeys, nightshift digital newsrooms and technology trends.

Manager of an accidentally eclectic bike fleet, with a monster cross Cotic 26in single-speed in the starring role, supported by a Pyga 160mm aluminium prototype 650b enduro bike.

Eyes not so great anymore, so prefer open terrain with rocky descents, as opposed to dappled light in dense forest singletrack. Most of my miles roll by at the Contermanskloof and Helshoogte trails.

Öhlins is taking on RockShox’s ZEB and the Fox 38, with its RXF38. A fork that offers a lot of adjustment and a proven downhill racing damper.

The Red Bull Hardline rider list, is growing. Somewhere between a Welsh Rampage and a downhill race, this month will see the seventh running of Red Bull’s Hardline. With the…

Trek has a new monocoque cockpit offering, with its Bontrager sub-brand. Whereas Swiss rival, Scott, has been in the single-piece cockpit market for quite some time, with Syncros, there are…

Yoann Barelli is one of the most popular personalities in enduro mountain biking. The Frenchman, who now lives in British Columbia, has an exuberant personality to match his outrageous riding…

In what is evolving as a breakthrough year for women’s freeride, the August events calendar is stacking with promise. New Zealand freeride phenomenon, Casey Brown, is taking charge of a…

One of Europe’s most loved freeride events, is going even bigger this year. The Audi Nines will again return to Hunsrück-Nahe quarry site, in Germany, for lots of flow, big…

After a wild weekend of racing in Les Gets, the UCI World Cup downhill riders and teams will take a mid-season break, until the second weekend of August. When the…

Canyon is bringing its bikes to British riders, with the CLLCTV programme. The German customer-direct brand knows that despite a slick digital sales interface, nothing is more convincing, than time…

Santa Cruz makes lofty claims for its carbon-fibre rims. The Syndicate downhill racing team is hard on rims. Danny MacAskill, too. In fact, the Scottish tails and mountain biking legend,…