Over the past 18 years, a small training ride has grown into a coveted mixed-terrain race series: the Grasshopper Adventures. Ranging in length, terrain, and difficulty, the Hoppers have become a staple of early season California endurance racing, with many of regions fastest pros coming out to push themselves on the remote routes. During the spring of 2016, Kitsbow followed series founder Miguel Crawford and his Sonoma County clan on a discovery ride for the new Skaggs route. In final form, it covered 97 miles and over 10K feet of climbing, finishing on 10-miles of brutal single track around lake Sonoma. The scouting was beautiful and tough, but the Skaggs race day itself proved to be an incredible test of stamina and in some cases, self preservation. We’ll plant this firmly in the center of Type-2 fun. We hope you enjoy.
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
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.”