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Continental Saracen Enduro Team

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On an over cast morning in April we met up with the Continental Saracen Enduro Team at a top secret location outside of Stockport just off the A560 between Stockport Audi and Cheshire data systems you’ll know it when you see it #itstotallytherehonest

the new Continental Saracen Enduro Team

The new Continental Saracen Enduro Team

No need to spin up when your training for the the descents

No need to spin up when your training for the the descents

Fresh off a weekend Ripping in the slop at AE forest for the First round of the British Enduro Series

Fresh off a weekend Ripping in the slop at AE forest for the First round of the British Enduro Series

Both Callum and JIm racing in Senior finish 2nd and 13th respectively

Both Callum and Jim raced in Senior finish 2nd and 13th respectively

get the grip

#Getthegrip

Callum: @callumrussell725

Callum Russell

Callum Russell

The man: I’ve come from downhill, so anything steep and rutty and I’m keen! Non of this flat trail centre stuff, although I think there is a time and a place for it.

Callum Booting over Fallen tree before dropping into the second section.

Callum Booting over Fallen tree before dropping into the second section.

The bike: Loving the new bike! It’s similar to what I ran last year so it’s mainly just a few changes here and there that overall seem to be making a big difference. I’m now running full shimano xt group set which is amazing and I really can be a girl and spin up the hills!! Shimano pro bar and stem which I ran last year but this time round I’ve decided to stick with them uncut at 800mm. Running the extra large frame and I’ve got the bars stacked up high, so it’s a proper big boys bike.

Table for one

Table for one

The season: This is my second season in Enduro and is going really well especially with the new team! I can’t wait to see what happens throughout the rest of the year now!

Lazer helmets on Point... with a little customisation.#Penguinducktape

Lazer helmets on Point… with a little customisation.#Penguinducktape

grassy drift

Mowing the lawn

Jim: @Jimtopliss

and Jim Topliss

Jim Topliss

The Man: 19 from Yorkshire, living just south of Manchester and Sheffield. I’ve been racing bikes for about 3 years. I started in sport, fell running as a child, so I’m used to being outside having long days out in the hills. I started doing a few of Borderline Events’ DH races at a local track in Marple, but was quickly drawn to the chilled yet competitive vibe of enduro. I also ride a lot of CycloCross to keep things rigid and real and race the 3PeaksCX once a year. My biggest result overall has been winning the 2015 junior Welsh Enduro Championships.

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The bike: Unreal! We spent a lot of time getting the bikes dialled in exactly how we wanted them, working with Saracen, Pro Components and Mojo/Marzocchi suspension to get the angles dialled. I’m running a longer frame (19”) with a 35mm stem stacked real high and super wide Pro 800mm carbon bars upfront, which works brilliantly with the Ariel’s short back end and long wheel base. The new Fox Float X2 (fitted since shooting) has made a massive difference to the bike, feels so plush!! And balances amazingly with the new Marzocchi 350s upfront, which we’ve tuned to stay super smooth at the start on small bumps, yet sit well up in their travel for steeper, rougher alpine tracks. Our trails round home are quite tight, and the shorter travel at the rear with the big fork up front feels perfect for that, saying that, we’ve had a few days of hammering heavy rocky DH stuff on them in Scotland and North Wales and they seem to really thrive when it gets flat out!

Lush up top

Lush up top

The season: This is my first year racing in senior and at EWS. Moving up to senior has been a big leap, but I’m managing to keep it on the up with some steady top 5’s and consistent top 10’s. Obviously the goal is always the top step. Can’t wait to get working up the junior ranks at worlds!

Clearing some slop in the Mancunian rain forrest. #Junglemassive

Clearing some slop in the Mancunian rain forrest. #Junglemassive

 

trail

This trail has a bit of everything when it comes to terrain. From loam up top, through the bog and the clay to a nice clean hard pack finish.

 

Cat and mouse into the Vally

Cat and mouse into the Valley, The lads have been sneaking some practice in with some other lesser know locals, @ratboy_bryce and @50to01 crew. #Allthelads

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its certainly been paying off on track.

not sure the off track antics are on par yet but thier certainly trying. #Bluesteel

not so sure the off track antics are quite on par yet but their certainly trying. #Bluesteel

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Lean it in

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Power it out!

slop

Plans for this year: (we will be) Tripping in the Lettuce mobile round Europe with Callum and co! My dad’s kindly offered to share driving to some of the rounds, so it’s mega to get him out on the scene. And our Isle of Man road trip in Callum’s rally wagon for the Manx End2End Enduro. We’ll be taking all sorts of video contraptions out with us to record the tomfoolery, so keep ‘em peeled on @thewetlettuce!

boardwalk epire

boardwalk epire.

The Bike:

parts

At Balance, Fox for the rear and the newly acquired Marzocchi fork upfront.

The Saracen Areial

The Saracen Areial

Bars

Shimano all round up front

Keeping it tight on the berm to bermKeeping it tight on the berm to berm, these lads really can hold it nose to tail the whole way down the track.

location

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Keep an eye out for the lads Coming to and Enduro event near you, Give @thewetlettuce a follow to keep up with the madness

All Images © Chris Griffiths & Louise Riozzi @pausedmotion, Please Contact for usage or commissions.

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