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Innerleithen MTB Mini DH Series Rd3

Over 100 young racers were entered into the last of the mini downhill series run by Innerleithen MTB and supported by I-Cycles, Grease Monkey Cycles and Tweeddale Sports Council.  The track this weekend started with a bit the Gold run from the middle road then a sharp 180 degree turn on the pushup path, quick peddle along there into some twisty stuff down into a bit of the Cresta then another 180 turn down to a hard right into the […]

Northern DH’s North East Champs Hamsterley

Northern DH’s North East Champs Hamsterley

For the weekend of the 22nd/23rd October, Northern Downhill takes us to Hamsterley for the North East Championships and also the final round of the series.  To mix things up a little bit the track included the whole 4 cross track, not a universally popular choice but enjoyed by the majority. As a rider who likes to keep my wheels on the ground I thought I’d struggle with it but went with the flow and was making the most of […]

This is not just another mountain…The Nordkette

This is not just another mountain…The Nordkette

At the north foot of the city of Innsbruck in western Austria is so vast, huge and intimidating it determines the lifestyle of a city. Rising from the river Inn, the rock face towers all the way up to the horizon. Whenever an Innsbruck local steps outside his porch, he faces the rugged mountainsides of the Nordkette leading up to the peak, 334m above sea level. Locals fear the Nordkette as much as they love her. They climb her, they […]

Glencoe SDA Rd4 2011

Blue Skies and sunshine at Glencoe – who would have thought? Unfortunately, this was post-race and was a case of too little, too late. Yup, it was another wet SDA race in the Highlands. Many had seen the forecast and had stayed at home with their feet up, therefore entries were about half that of usual. C’mon people – get out of your centrally heated house and live a little! Also, many apparently fear the course, but this year the […]

NorthernDownhill Rd5 Alwinton

NorthernDownhill Rd5 Alwinton

For this fifth round in the Northern Series we return to Alwinton in Northumberland, the venue that also hosted the first round. Carl and the Northern Downhill have earned a reputation for providing us with varied and often technical tracks, Alwinton definitely lives up to this reputation. Upon track inspection it seemed to be similar to last time it was used earlier in the year apart from an extended top section through a newly felled area. This latest addition was […]

Trans Provence 2 Years on…

Back in 2009 Andrew Dodds and few others took part in a little French enduro event in the South of France, known as the Trans Provence. See here for his repo from 2009. Nowadays that little event has gone all big time…here’s a few clips of what’s been going down…and up just south of Gap! Day One Day Two Day Three Day Four Day Five Day Six Day Seven www.trans-provence.com

SDA Rd5 Innerleithen

Where did the Summer go? Round 5 of the SDAs felt more like a winter race than a summer series! Luckily Inners is pretty much a year-round weather-proof venue, and although the course was muddy there was plenty of grip to be found due to the hardpack rocky nature of the soil. A few folk were trying their luck with cut-down mud tyres, the majority were on the standard High-Roller-type tyres, with a few brave souls (including super-fast Joe Barnes) […]

Northern DH Rd4 Ramsgill

Last weekend saw 160 riders racing at the new venue at Ramsgill. This is the first race to return to Nidderdale since the now vintage NAMBS series nearly a decade ago. The track On the pedals through the beam pumping the ground and dodging the odd pedal sniper rock for as long as you dared before springing off rocks onto a downslope of rushes. Stray to far right and your bog diving. First right, then left with some awkward rocks […]

Danny Hart Wins 2011 UCI World Champs

UCI World Championships 2011, Champery Oh my God! We have all just got a lesson in how to ride a pushbike. In conditions that could only be described as atrocious a small lad from the North of England schooled everyone else in the World and truly earned those Rainbow Stripes. Danny Hart, World-bloody-Champion! Coming from a great season that has seen him twice lose out to a near-perfect Aaron Gwin, Danny lifted his game and threw down the kind of […]

Innerleithen MTB Mini DH series Rd2

While everyone in the industry/bike scene seems to either out at Eurobike and then of to Champery living the dream, back here at Inners the Innerleithen MTB crew along with Steve Deas were putting on the second round of the mini DH series for the young up and coming stars of the future.  I missed out on the first round to my regret as watching some of these kids as young as ten yrs old was a great sight, some […]

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