The Scottish Enduro Series wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Ae forest, Dumfries’s long established race venue for both Downhill and Enduro.
The enduro season is an extensive one spanning from March to October. Come October motivations are different and bodies are battered and bruised from countless races.
All year the riders have supported the Scottish Enduro Series and it doesn’t look like that will change anytime soon. A sold out event, once again, put well over 300 riders on the hill come race day. A mix of physical and technical downhill trails and some trail center single track provided the perfect stage for the season finale.
Photo - Trev Worsey
Tables were tight for the series standings in many of the categories and it wasn’t any different for Elite. I was leading the series but had Liam Moynihan, Ben Cathro and Fergus Lamb behind me. The top 3 could change depending on the outcome of the final round. On the day the bitter sweet rivalry of Ben and I continued and after crashes on both stages 4 and 5 I gave the victory to Cathro by a marginal 3 seconds over the 17 minutes of racing. Things never get old racing my past team mate and hometown friend. Bens win secured him 2nd in the series in front of Liam Moynihan and my 2nd on the day was just enough to remain in front of Cathro and secure the Elite series title.
Senior males was wrapped up already by Kyle Beattie, the man with so much stoke it’s become a commodity. On the day it was Calum Ross who took 2nd place and 3rd in the series. Euan Thomson, flying in the final round, takes the win and 2nd in the series. I think we’ll see these boys moving up to Elite next year and putting in some strong performances. All were right up there in the overall for the day.
The females category has been a hard fought season as well between Fiona Beattie and Roslynn Newman. Both have been riding incredibly right now and constantly improving but it was Fiona who grabbed the overall with a 2nd place on the day behind Roslynn. Kirsten Moynihan was close behind with 3rd in the overall.
Full series results can be found on the POC Scottish Enduro Series website HERE
Another incredible series and one which has to be rated as the best in the UK. Watch out for entries going live for next year as they will no doubt sell out fast. You’re guaranteed good trails, fast racing and a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Photo - Trev Worsey
It can’t go without mention the unusual season finish for myself and Mike ‘The Tank’ Clyne. In aid of SAMH and the recent loss of Jacqui McCloskey the thoughtful Roslynn Newman called us to arms and raised over £250 through donations to witness Mike and I arm wrestle. Best of three, winner takes, well an incredible medallion! Round 1 and after a minute of suspense, and what was beginning to look like a stale mate, was eventually taken by Clynn. It was tough work! Round 2 and 3 however took a change of wind and I pulled out two quick wins to win some fine jewels! Great cause and if you want to donate please visit the link HERE