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Big Picture | Practice opens in the Tweed Valley EWS

No sooner has the dust settled in Carrick that the EWS is kicking off again, this time again in the Tweed Valley, Scotland for the Cannondale Alpine Bikes World Enduro. Practice opened today on the steep and natural Innerleithen trails, (numbers 1-4) and once again the motto of the day was ‘mind that tree!’

Practice started on dusty trails but with a darkening sky and some rain forecast the tracks are likely to take on a whole different character for race day. Under the loam and fresh pine needles, small sniper roots are starting to appear which will make for some entertaining moments! The racers were enjoying the new trails though and all seemed to be hoping for rain so they could get loose in the notorious mud of Scotland.

Its clear the that the EWS is back in town
It’s clear the that the EWS is back in town
Scotland does a mighty fine emerald too
Scotland does a mighty fine emerald too
The Tweed Valley is full of diverse riding
The Tweed Valley is full of diverse riding
Conditions were dusty in the valley, but for how long?
Conditions were dusty in the valley, but for how long?
Max Schumann, style for miles
Max Schumann, style for miles
The Focus team were racing the new SAM Carbon, it looks like an amazing bike
The Focus team were racing the new SAM Carbon, it looks like an amazing bike
Jerome Clementz was a bit under the weather in Ireland, his is now fit and wants the win
Jerome Clementz was a bit under the weather in Ireland, his is now fit and wants the win
Sniper roots are starting to appear in the fresh loam
Sniper roots are starting to appear in the fresh loam
Flat out over the rocks, maximum attention is needed
Flat out over the rocks, maximum attention is needed
Working in close proximity to bark is a Tweed Valley specilaity
Working in close proximity to bark is a Tweed Valley speciality
Francoise had a great round last year, everyone always thinks of him as a pedaller, but he loves the steep stuff
Francoise had a great round last year, everyone always thinks of him as a pedaller, but he loves the steep stuff
After a massive tyre malfunction in Ireland Fabian Barel is out for the win
After a massive tyre malfunction in Ireland Fabian Barel is out for the win
The locals seemed friendly
The locals seemed friendly
Can you see the racer?
Can you see the racer?
Local legend Crawford Carrick Anderson was on fire........
Local legend Crawford Carrick Anderson was on fire……..
.......until 2 punctures slowed him down a little
…….until 2 punctures slowed him down a little
As the rain starts to fall, how will this effect the tracks
As the rain starts to fall, how will this effect the tracks
Anneke looked pinned all day, can this be her round?
Anneke looked pinned all day, can this be her round?
Waterworld was a racers favourite, how will it look on race day
Waterworld was a racers favourite, how will it look on race day
The grass is always greener on the other side in Scotland, Joe Barnes getting some
The grass is always greener on the other side in Scotland, Joe Barnes getting some

Words and Photos: Trev Worsey