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POC Scottish Enduro Season Finalè

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Above: Masters 3rd place finisher, Brad Illingworth.

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Photos: Jerry Tatton

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In a year that has seen the POC Scottish Enduro series venture to new locations, seen racers take on urban shake down stage stages and discover new terrain, it seemed fitting that the final round should return to a staple venue of Scottish Mountain biking, Ae Forest.

Not the highest venue in terms of elevation, Ae makes up for it lacks of vertical with a mix of natural, bike park and sometimes tricky terrain. There’s a belief in DH circles that Ae is one of the easier race venues, but with some creative course marking and hard graft, the team at No Fuss made sure that wasn’t the case here….

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Early starts and 5 star accommodation at Ae. The race had a great vibe and Scottish Enduro has gone from strength to strength over the past 2 seasons.

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Stephen Hardy from Scouting for Trails and Ridge components was pushing hard all weekend, taking a 2nd place behind David ” Tally” Tallontire

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Despite being Mid October, there was still plenty of greenery around this classic Dumfrieshire venue.

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Ben Cathro, here on Stage 4, took out the overall and Elite win by 3 seconds from Chris Hutchens. Chris took the overall this year, and it’s great to see them still going at it after 15 years. Ben is also the Scottish DH series winner. The weather on Saturday was truly gorgeous, and Sunday started the same before biblical rain struck

Of course, there were also battles to be fought over the weekend, with Fiona Beattie managing to take a second place on the day and take the overall victory. There were plenty of mechanicals up on the hill, as many were caught out by the tricky nature of Ae, and of course the classic mid race down pour that us Scottish Souls have become accustomed too….

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A lot of riders had predicted the rain coming in, and tried to get early slots to avoid this, but not everyone managed.

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Roslynn Newman from Singeltrack bikes was the fastest woman this weekend, taking victory by 30+ seconds.

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Practice was a chilled out affair, with the mix of stages providing a range of smiles and grimaces all round!

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Martin Byers best stage result was stage 5, where he took an 11th in masters, going onto a 20th place finish.

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Chris Mcarthy tucking it into one of switch backs early doors.

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Stage 4, trail centre style but small jumps the whole way down brought in some style and smiles for miles.

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That’s it – that’s all. Congrats to all racers and we’ll be back with year round coverage next season, time to get winching up those fire roads!


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