Scotland to get its own MTB enduro series


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No Fuss Events and Innerleithen MTB Racing are pleased to announce that they will be working together to organise Scotland’s first National Enduro Race Series in 2014. The series will consist of 6 races held throughout Scotland, ensuring that each round has a unique feel and that the variety of terrain available to us is maximised.

Innerleithen MTB Racing is a not-for-profit volunteer organisation with a track record of staging fun, friendly and challenging events for all disciplines of mountain biking. They were also one of the first organisations to introduce multi-stage racing to the UK. Duncan Nisbet from Innerleithen MTB Racing said;

“We’ve seen Enduro racing grow in popularity over the last few years in the Tweed Valley and a National Series is the next logical step for us. We were really keen to partner with someone that had a reputation for successful event organisation throughout the UK, coupled with our shared vision for running events that focus on maximum enjoyment for the riders. We are therefore delighted to be working with No Fuss Events on this exciting evolution of mountain biking in Scotland.”

No Fuss, heading into their 10th year of organising events, took their first steps into Enduro racing last November, when they worked together with The Dudes of Hazzard to bring Enduro to the Highlands. ‘This is Enduro Now’ was a great success and was also recognised by French brand Bluegrass, who thought No Fuss would be the perfect partners to organise a round of their International Enduro series. Frazer Coupland of No Fuss;

“Enduro racing is hugely popular right now and we felt that the demand for a National Series was high. Collaborating with Innerleithen MTB Racing allows us to provide a country wide series and to promote working together as part of the biking community.”

Forrest in the forest

Forrest in the forest

The Scottish Enduro race series is based on the gravity Enduro format. The first round of the series will kick off on the 22rd of February, 2014. Other dates are confirmed as 29th/30th March, 22nd June, 12th/13th July, 18th/19th October and the 8th November. Venues will be confirmed later this month but are guaranteed to visit the classics and unveil some new venues with sweet trails to ensure this is a smash series. At the end of the series the riders with the highest points in each category will be crowned Scottish Champion. The final points will be based on each rider’s best 4 results.

The series is another step towards delivering Scotland’s vision to be a world class mountain biking destination. Leading this vision is Developing Mountain Biking Scotland, a project based within Scottish Cycling which is delivering the National strategy, whose project manager Graeme McLean explains;

“We have always been pioneers for mountain biking and to be one of the first nations in the World to have its own National Enduro Series will help our International reputation. We have everything in place to be known as one of the best destinations in the World and we are becoming increasingly joined up and co-ordinated, which will only result in a better experience for Scottish mountain bikers and those who come from other countries to enjoy our amazing trails and events.”

 

What a Sunday – riding in Glentress (I forgot how perfect it was)


I have never been one to huck off mountains … mtb for me is about the adventure of the ride as well as the flow though my trails …. Sunday I joined a cousin (in-law) who had made the trip down from Orkney for the weekend with some pals to sample some of the best UK riding on offer for MTB’ing.

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Glentress Forest is a mountain biking Mecca deep in the heart of the stunning Tweed Valley. The biking experience here includes Green, Blue, Red or Black graded trails, as well as a magnificent multi-graded free-ride area. In the unlikely event that Glentress fails to meet your thirst for biking exhilaration, you are only a short hop from Innerleithen’s famous Red Bull down-hill and cross country trails.The area offers a rich variety of things to do with the small Borders towns of Peebles and Innerleithen the ideal base for visitors, but don’t just take our word for it, come and experience it for yourself, you won’t be disappointed !

If you have never made the trip to Glentress -Then you owe it to yourself to go. Everytime it just gets better (with the possible loss of the old cafe folks who ran the old cafe)

The trails are beautiful and graded much like skiing with a Black,Red Blue designation to show difficulty. The boys i met up with all had full suss bikes with 5/6inch travel and decent 2.3 Maxxis rubber and i was there on my 96er hard tail with 80mm of front fork travel flashing my race pedigree Racing Ralphs … more XC than DH. My white clip in spd shoes screamed out my desire to head up and across more than their soft shoes and platform pedals – at least we all had GoPro‘s to play with (3 cameras for 5 people)

will try edit something together and put it up but may insert a quick clip soon.

But at the end of the day I realised that my lovely ti Carver 96er is a beast when it comes to the trail – I could hang with the best of our bunch and as i saw later my Strava sections were all alright.

Here are my 5 runs on the Berm Baby Berm section (blue but very flowy at speed) – we spent most of the day doing the same small red and blue sections grinning ear to ear all the time ….

I have a free day Saturday and then moving house Monday Aaaargh – so planning another ride – after the last 2 MTB rides I am tempted to scrap the road ride on offer …. Mmmm decision decisions ….

Selkirk MTB marathon review and thoughts


Went down on the Saturday afternoon and saw a lot of cars with road bikes heading in the opposite direction after the sportive. Event camping was  in Selkirk. After weeks of rain the weather forecast was true and good and after a cold clear night where the temp in the car got down to 1 degree C – the blue skies and May sun woke the riders up and set the tone of the rest of the day.

After the ride got off at ten o’clock with the Championship riders leading the field out it only took a little more than three and a quarter hours till the leading championship riders came back into the event village.

Go rohloff Go


Highlights of the race were the scenery in general and the sections of trail centre singletrack at Innerleithen, part of the renowned 7Stanes network. This part of the Scottish Borders is stunning, with rolling hills as far as the eye can see, gorse in full golden flower, and a superbly remote feeling. I do however have a gripe – being mid field some of the technical single track sections were really bogged down up to 20cm of mud and quite unrideable. Hate to think what the riders 300places back would have thought.

Feel that they could have had multi sections were another option was opened after the first 250 riders passed through … a minor gripe and just that i would have loved to ride it all instead of having to walk 3 sections.

always suspect something when a camera and puddle are this close together …
there was also a section where the 70km (actually 60km if I had another moan) came back to join the 45km lot and there was a hill that i didn’t see anyone ride – up to 22% according to the Garmin … again think the organisers should have picked a gentler route this late in the ride as it is the people on the 45km course that they really should encourage to come back and a 600m walk will not help them do that … Then a lovely descent – most people like me just riding down the side of the heather … a few of the full course 85km guys came flying past as well … then the water pic above – need to buy the Hires version for vanity reasons ….
Lastly the finish and another t-shirt which i said No to. The race must appeal to people that care about the environment and then they give out cheap horrible t-shirts that no-one with any fashion sense would wear out … they should copy the marathon and run events and give out small medals instead …
finished but hot
Must say that the greatest post finish bit was the routine …
1. WASH THE BIKE
2. WASH MYSELF
3. Get a physio
4. Eat … and Eat again. 4300calories leaves a dent.
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