Continental Saracen Enduro Team
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
Keeping it tight on the berm to berm, these lads really can hold it nose to tail the whole way down the track.
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