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News | The Enduro World Series lands in Scotland

The Enduro World Series has sailed across the Irish sea and landed in Scotland for round three of the series, the Cannondale Alpine Bikes World Enduro at TweedLove.

Hang on, wasn't the Emerald Enduro last week?
Hang on, wasn’t the Emerald Enduro last week?

Swapping the Emerald Isle for the equally green hills of the Tweed Valley, that’s about where the similarities between these two races end. If Ireland was a fairytale, Scotland is more of a suspense story – complete with all the plot twists the genre implies. With eight stages, two long days of racing and a weekend of wild weather in store, who makes it on to the top step of the podium is anyone’s guess.

The forecast is highly changeable, who knows what race day will bring
The forecast is highly changeable, who knows what race day will bring
Everytime the sun came out today the sodden earth erupted in steam
Everytime the sun came out today the sodden earth erupted in steam

Riders will be up against eight stages across two days, with an intense 2,695 metres of climbing over 93km. As well as the physicality of the liaisons, the stages themselves are technical – many riders found themselves caught off guard by them last year. Steep drops and dark forests tripped up a lot of racers, but not Tracy Moseley and Nico Lau who secured the win here in 2014.

Nico Lau won here last year....
Nico Lau won here last year….
.....and is looking fully pinned
…..and is looking fully pinned

One rider expected to do well here is man of the hour Greg Callaghan. Riding high after his momentous win last weekend, there’s every chance the Irish man could do something special. He’s familiar with the trails and placed in the top ten last year – he’s also at an advantage that he’s used to riding in the wet.

Greg is full of confidence after a win in Ireland, what can he do in Scotland?
Greg is full of confidence after a win in Ireland, what can he do in Scotland?
Big Will from Washington always brightens the day
Big Will from Washington always brightens the day
Sniper roots were out in force today
Sniper roots were out in force today

The area has produced some outstanding talent over the years, so there’s plenty of local riders capable of mixing things up at the top of the table. Scotland’s Joe Barnes had his first taste of the podium when he came third here last year and he was also on form in Ireland last weekend, he was on course for a top three finish until a puncture ended his race. Former downhill world champion Ruaridh Cunningham won a stage here last year and will be looking for more of the same, but unfortunately a crash in practice has ruled out local hero Gary Forrest. In the master’s category living legend and former world cup downhiller Crawford Carrick Anderson will be looking to make his mark, whilst in the women’s race all eyes will be on Peebles’ own Katy Winton.

With two full days of racing it will be a big event
With two full days of racing it will be a big event
Scrub a dub dub, racers were keeping it low and fast on the spooky wood sections
Scrub a dub dub, racers were keeping it low and fast on the spooky wood sections
Local Lewis Kirkwood was looking fast after a season in Whistler
Local Lewis Kirkwood was looking fast after a season in Whistler

Also right at home on these trails is Chris Ball, Managing Director of the Enduro World Series, who lives just a stone’s throw from the race. He said: “This weekend’s race is going to be really different to Ireland and not just because of the weather. The trails here are much steeper and two full days of racing means managing fatigue will be really important.

Riders needed to get loose in Waterworld
Riders needed to get loose in Waterworld
What will the racers face on race day, mud for sure!
What will the racers face on race day, mud for sure!
"mind that tree", phew, "mind that tree", phew, "mind that tree" phew
“mind that tree”, phew, “mind that tree”, phew, “mind that tree” phew

“It’s going to be a tough race, but the trails are so much fun and the fans here are so enthusiastic that I think all the riders are in for a really good time.”

Some old classics have been included
Some old classics have been included
The Glentress day is going to really test riders on the pedals
The Glentress day is going to really test riders on the pedals
With longer flat sections riders will have to fight to keep momentum, Francoise has the legs
With longer flat sections riders will have to fight to keep momentum, Francoise has the legs

Neil Dalgleish, TweedLove’s Director, said: “The Tweed Valley has got something to test every rider, and that’s reflected in the stages. It’s two big days in the saddle so fitness will be key, but there’s plenty of skill needed on the technical sections too. The possibility of rain means that conditions will be tough – it’s going to make for a very exciting race.

Stage 5 cut down a ribbon of fresh mud! An exhilarating luge
Stage 5 cut down a ribbon of fresh mud! An exhilarating luge
Max Schumann cares little for mud, and choses to levitate instead
Max Schumann cares little for mud, and choses to levitate instead
Last year rides struggled with the transition from light to dark, there will be less tinted lenses this year
Last year rides struggled with the transition from light to dark, there will be less tinted lenses this year

“But TweedLove is about more than just the racing, it’s about the local riding community coming together to work really hard, put on an amazing event and showcase what is we do here all year round – and that’s ride the first class trails we have in our back yard. It’s incredible to see the way the local area has embraced this event and I couldn’t be prouder of what we’ve achieved together.”

The kids had a ball when the pro racers came to play
The kids had a ball when the pro racers came to play
"So, 24" or 29" what do you think?"
“So, 24″ or 29″ what do you think?”
The smallest 'biggest EWS fans'
The smallest ‘biggest EWS fans’

Words: EWS PR

Photos: Trev Worsey