It’s been a quiet month on the racing front for me following the two Enduro World Series Rounds at the start of June and the Scottish Enduro Series three weeks ago with no races on the Calendar achievable for me. Although there’s a number of events I would love to get out to the limitations of holidays from work hinders me for the likes of the Mega Avalanche, European Enduro Champs and the 4th round of the EWS.
Instead I’ve been busy training and also pulling on some lycra and racing some Scottish Series Cross Country. Basecamp bikes were incredibly supportive and I borrowed a Yeti ASRc for a few weeks. This is an incredible bike and I’m taken by the 29er wheels, it might even have to be a consideration for racing enduro next year. With a number of Elites turning up at the SXC I was feeling a little intimidated sitting behind the front row on the start line on the Fife course. It was a long course at 7 km for an xc race and with the American commissaire blowing the whistle I had 5 laps to complete. I pushed through the front row and settled in behind my good friend Doug Shearer who lead the riders out and set the pace. Going straight into a technical climb before some descending I to my changes and cut inside Doug to push things on. Making some time I got round the first lap in first, quickly overtaken by a Junior rider in the 2nd lap who was now 1 lap down out of 4. He pushed on but I maintained a rhythm and finally caught him on the 4th lap still leading Elite and putting in 30 seconds a lap into 2nd place. Enjoy the descent and finding some fast lines helped during the day to take my first Elite XC win.
It was great racing with my buddy Doug (2nd) who convinced me to head along and give some XC ago. Maybe more in 2016.
Riding in the Deeside Thistle Colours, my local bike club I train a lot with on the road.
A side from racing I had a great weekend in the Cairngorms with Enduro Mountain Bike Magazine a few weeks ago for an article, ‘Whisper on the Winds’ which is now published in the latest issue (issue 17). Some bothy accommodation, big hills and a small amount of whisky mad for a pretty incredible weekend. Expect some more trips like this in the future. http://enduro-mtb.com/en/magazine/
Riding through the Cairngorms, packs on and heading to a Bothy.
Finding some incredible trails around Aviemore.
And the secret riding spots and jumps in the wood!
And finally to top things off last weekend I headed back to my home on the West Coast and headed up to Glencoe for an explore. A trail I have never ridden but sussed out on the map turned out to be pretty special. The drop down into Glen Etive and the head of Loch Etive was treacherous but well worth the effort. I put together a quick edit of the ride, unfortunately the quality is too great and the picture was just representative of the typical west coast weather.
Next up will be the Enduro World Series in Colorado, and then onto Whistler. Looking forward to seeing the guys from OneUp Components and trying my luck at Altitude.