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Alpine Winter Series Rd2 Day/Night Enduro

The second round of the Alpine Winter Series took place on Saturday with an exciting race format not often seen in the UK. Following the huge success of Round 1 last month, Innerleithen MTB Racing brought us a Day/Night Enduro in Traquair Forest, Innerleithen. The format involved riders making their way around the forest with two special timed stages. The same stages were then ridden again once darkness had fallen – riders using lights on their handlebars and sometimes their helmets to illuminate the track ahead. The cumulative time for the four stages would determine the winner.

Commissaire Jones test riding the track to make sure it was fine for racing, or just getting a bit of sneaky riding in.

Conditions for the day delivered everything we expect from a Scottish Winter, with stunning sunshine and blue skies broken by the occasional snow flurry accompanied by a chilling wind. Special Stage 1 started with a fast descent from Plora Rig over loamy ground interspersed with roots and rocks to keep the riders attention. A short climb on a forest road led to a tight, technical section that spat the riders into a quarry at the bottom of Taniel Hill.

Ex World Cup racer and legend Crawford Carrick Anderson is the man to beat, fastest time of the day by 30 seconds.

Riders then climbed gently through the forest and back to Plora Rig for the start of Special Stage 2. This stage took in various sections of some of Innerleithen’s finest downhill trails as riders made their way down the hill for a big finish through the bombhole into the arena at the bottom of the forest.
After a break to take on board fluids and hot food, the riders set up their lights and headed up the hill to do it all over again in the dark.
Leading the way with the fastest time of the day (20’19”) was Crawford Carrick-Anderson (Ibis/POC/Crank Brothers) with Angela Coates (The Development/Fox) taking the ladies win (36’27”).

Angela Coates making the cross over from downhill racing took the ladies win by over 3 minutes

Duncan Nisbet of Innerleithen MTB Racing said after the event; “The Enduro race format is very popular with riders as was proved again this weekend with another event sold out. The feedback from the first two rounds has been extremely positive and we aim to take that into the final round next month”.
Special thanks go to Alpine Bikes for sponsoring the event and supplying prizes, all the marshals and volunteers without whom the event wouldn’t have happened and to Steve at i-cycles for the course design.
Round 3 of the Alpine Winter Series takes place on the weekend of 3rd/4th March and is a traditional downhill event with uplift. This event also attracts British Cycling ranking points.
Further information, full results and details on how to enter future events can be found on the Innerleithen MTB Racing website at www.innerleithenmtbracing.com

Current National 661 Enduro champion Gary Forrest took the senior win today but got held up on numerous occasions which cost him more than a minute over the day's racing

About Innerleithen MTB Racing
Innerleithen based race team and event promoter with supported riders in many cycling disciplines. A ‘not for profit’ volunteer organisation with the aim to stage fun, friendly and challenging events for all disciplines of mountain biking. Over the last few years, Innerleithen MTB Racing has organised the British Cross Country (XC) Championships,
numerous XC and Multi-Stage Enduro races, a Mini DH race series for under 18s and the very successful iXS European Downhill Cup.

Junior win went to Lewis Kirkwood by almost 2 minutes over second placed Jake Hood

Ladies
1 Angela Coates 36’27”
2 Zoe Beesley 39’45”
3 Jenny Jack 40’01”

Juniors (under 19)
1 Lewis Kirkwood 22’50”
2 Jake Hood 24’33”
3 Niall Morrison 25’09”

Chris Buchan took the masters win over his brother Keith by just 7 seconds with Stuart Nicholson in 3rd

Seniors (19-29)
1 Gary Forrest 20’49”
2 Scott Laughland 21’38”
3 Paul Aston 21’58”

Masters (30-39)
1 Chris Buchan 20’54”
2 Keith Buchan 21’01”
3 Stuart Nicholson 22’31”

Veterans (40+)
1 Crawford Carrick-Anderson 20’19”
2 Justin Grice 21’43”
3 David Tallontire 22’20”

Chris Hutchens looks like he borrowed one of his dads spot lights of the fishing boat for a helmet light

Full set of results and all the photos from the day can be found here on Roots and Rain

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