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SDA Series Final – Fort William

SDA Series Final – Fort William

They say that when it rain it pours, and when it blows a hooley in the Highlands, it does so with some bite. With winds reaching speeds of 65mph tearing across the upper slopes of Aonach Mòr, this race could have been in jeapordy before any wheels were set to dirt. Instead, the racers embraced the committees decision to make a race on a shortened track and they got stuck in. There were inevitably a few grumbles but many realised […]

DH Farm Summer Jam

DH Farm Summer Jam

The guys at DH Farm prepped the trails, fuelled the uplift vehicle and fired up the BBQ all in honour of their annual summer jam which took place at their riding paradise recently. Located in the Banff area of Scotland, DH Farm was established in 2014 by Angus Crombie; a mountain biker with a history of international racing who has never been afraid of lifting a shovel and putting in some hard graft. Angus wanted a place where riders could […]

Northern Downhill’s Kielder TT

Northern Downhill’s Kielder TT

A techy small trail in a vast forestry and moorland expanse For the second time this year northern downhill returned to Kielder forest. Kielder Forest is a behemoth of man made woodland in Northumberland, England with three quarters of its 250 miles covered by forest. It’s famous for many things – Colin Mcrae’s legendary drives through the famous “Pundershaw” stage, it’s enormous reservoir, where the old village lies beneath and having an incredible observatory. Recently, it’s been getting back on the […]

Letters from the Editor: When lightning strikes twice

Letters from the Editor: When lightning strikes twice

In the 26 years since Greg Herbold cut, I mean won the first World Championships there have been 14 male world champions, 13 female world champions. Aside from the two greatest racers of all time in Vouillouz and Chausson, no one has managed to dominate the top step of what is surely one of the hardest sporting events in the world to win. Make no mistake, many who could, and should, will never wear the rainbow jersey. Over the last […]

Andorra World Cup: Finals and Peaty’s Send Off

Andorra World Cup: Finals and Peaty’s Send Off

Sheffield Steel! Andorra marked Steve Peat’s last World Cup race. In true classic Peaty fashion, he crossed the line with arms raised above his head and spent the time after his finish socializing and reminiscing. It was an emotional post-race celebration of his historic and storied career, with a surprise slideshow tribute unveiled on the big screen. While he may be stepping away from racing, his legacy will remain, and he’ll no doubt be up to some fun antics in […]

Andorra World Cup Qualifying Report.

Andorra World Cup Qualifying Report.

The morning greeted us with immaculate skies and a warm breeze. The stillness in the pits, even as practice got underway showed that some of that “cruisey” end of season vibe had been done away with, and it was business as usual; racing is fun and all, but sometimes it is also meant to be a bit stressful. Many riders have a lot to play for, and this behemoth of the Pyrenees is going to hake the up overall for […]

Andorra World Cup Timed Training

Andorra World Cup Timed Training

Above: Irishman Jacob Dickson is back. While chatting trackside today, Jacob informed me that his collarbone isn’t actually fully healed, as it’s just being weitd. But, he said he’s here to just have fun and get back to racing. The loose and slightly unpredictable conditions here in Vallnord have made for tricky riding on the first day of practice and timed training. The athletes were struggling to read the terrain, and a fair few crashes happened throughout the day; there […]

Whyte Endura King & Queen of the Hill

Whyte Endura King & Queen of the Hill

Words and Photography – Ian Linton In the third of the series The Whyte Endura King and Queen of the Hill – Scottish Open Enduro Champs served up a storming end to the TweedLove season with a full capacity start line and a new basecamp in the green fields of Walkerburn, well they were green on Thursday anyway. Near to 500 riders took to the trails spanning two sides of the valley – Caberston (golfy) and the more established Innerleithen […]

Andorra Day 1: Pit Bits and Chit Chat.

Andorra Day 1: Pit Bits and Chit Chat.

The start of the season in Lourdes, France seems like just yesterday. The 2016 season has flown by, with all sorts of wild action along the way. With the final round of the World Cup here in Andorra officially underway with Track Walk going down today, the vibe around the pits was particularly relaxed and jovial. With most riders’ goals and achievements already getting checked off earlier in the season, most of the top riders are now looking ahead to […]

NDH TT – Eastgate

NDH TT – Eastgate

Eastgate is a small village in Weardale, which also has parts that fall within the North Pennines, one of the largest areas of natural beauty in England. The upper valley is surrounded by high fells and heather grouse moors. It’s an area steeped in lead mining history and quarries, beautiful rolling hills and heather as far as the eye can see. This particular race was a TT or Time Trail, push up the hill and ride down as fast as […]

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