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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 […]

The Fake Escape. Ben Nevis .

The Fake Escape. Ben Nevis .

As the peak of summer approached, Jon and I had been meaning to shoot photo’s for some articles I had planned in my head. The problem was that Jon was working full time for the Polygon UR team and I have a marketing firm to run – so time was precious. Since I’ve known him, Jon has improved as a racer to the point where he is a serious contender to win any SDA he enters as a senior rider. […]

SDA 2016 schedule

SDA 2016 schedule

We’ve just picked this up from the SDA Facebook page – so make a note in your diaries! The SDA is one of the premier DH series in the UK and you’d be bonkers to miss out. Morning Ladies and Gents. This is our provisional plans for 2016; get your diaries out and book time off work. One of these venues will be the Scottish Champs as well, but this will be confirmed later: 19/20 March – Ae Forest 23/24 […]

Scottish Downhill Association Round 3 – Ae Forest

Scottish Downhill Association Round 3 – Ae Forest

I have attended 6 races in 2014 prior to the 3rd round of the Scottish Downhill Association race series. All of them without fail have been wet to a certain degree. Now riding in the wet is immense fun but over time this gets a little tiresome as you have to deal with wet shoes and filthy kit. The bikes certainly don’t love getting frequently blasted with high pressure water either so I was desperate for a dry race. Ae […]

SDA Round 2 – Dunkeld

SDA Round 2 – Dunkeld

What a difference a week makes. The week prior to the 2nd round of the SDA at Dunkeld I was coaching on the race track with the singletrack bikes race team. The skies were blue, the sun was beating down and the trails were dusty. I was getting thoroughly excited for a repeat of last years fast and dusty race but it was not to be. In years past you would always hear conversations about the top section. “Have you […]

SDA Rd1 Innerleithen

SDA Rd1 Innerleithen

The first race of the year is always an exciting one. You get to test out your new bikes and freshly trained bodies against the clock. Are you up to scratch or are you hanging out the back? Everyone wants to know which may explain the maxed out entry of 320 and high level of riders attending. A few weeks before the race the SDA announced they would be using the “freeride” style track Make or Brake which stirred up a […]

The Archive – A wee gift for you all?

The Archive – A wee gift for you all?

It was a while ago we had a big crash on this very site…we lost a lot, I mean almost it all. I was devastated, while others laughed…literally. Even though I had backups, the fact that the server got burnt meant I lost most of what was backed up…yeah it was all on the server…a big dedicated piece of technology managed by some French muppets who managed to fry the whole lot. Even though I worked 24/7 and threw £1000’s […]

SDA RD4 Dunkeld

SDA RD4 Dunkeld

The Scottish Downhill circus headed to Dunkeld for the 4th round of the SDA. Now at the start of the year, if you had come to me and said Dunkeld race will be held on the 12th of August, I would have said, no way hoosay!!! You see, the forestry commission have been doing major work in the area, and the whole bottom section of the track looked like a bombsite, with hardly any tree cover it used to be […]

2012 Scottish Champs Ft. William

2012 Scottish Champs Ft. William

Fort William has got to be the best venue to hold the Scottish Champs, a real test of skill and stamina on one of the finest tracks in the world. Not much you can say about the track apart from the new section created for the world cup. It looked really good and solid due to the exceptionally dry weather that the west coast has been getting, not like the biblical downpours us lot down in the central belt and […]

SDA RD2 Glencoe High and Dry!

SDA RD2 Glencoe High and Dry!

SDA round 2 Glencoe  High and Dry! While the Forecaster’s were (rightly) predicting a sunny weekend for the second round of the SDA series at Glencoe, “No chance!” I said, thinking I knew better- “Waterproofs-Check. Spike tyres-Check. Mudguards-Check. Suntan Lotion?-Nah, don’t think so!”- Oh how wrong I could be.  Previous SDA races held at Glencoe haven’t been lucky with the weather to say the least and this was probably part of the reason for the particularly low turnout as well […]

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