Motoring through mud - SES rd1 2016, Dunkeld
Last weekend was the start of the race season for me. It was round 1 of the Scottish Enduro series 2016. We were in Dunkeld, the home of steep, rooted and technically challenging trails. The race consisted of 5 stages. 3 on the Hermitage side, across the A9 and 2 on the 'Radio mast hill' in the main town area.
The stages were all extremely difficult. This was perhaps the most technical Scottish Enduro I have ever had the pleasure of racing in. My day went okay, my preparation coming into the race had not been altogether that brilliant. I have been flat out juggling university commitments and training and I simply didn't have the time to get fully ready for this race. What mattered though was that I made it to the start line. It was great seeing some racing buddies again and the atmosphere was positive.
Despite my lack of preparation I still managed to end up 11th in Elite. My goal for the weekend was to get through every stage without a crash or incident. This was no easy task, but I am happy to report I kept everything 'rudder side down'. I have matured alot over the past year and this winter off season. A less experienced version of myself would have gone flat out and inevitably ended up having a big off and finishing lower down the results table.
This is a good start to the season for me. Competition is tough at these races and I was pleased to get the year kicked off. I'd like to thank Jon at Fall line Cycles for helping me get my new Kona Process 153DL dialled in. Next up is Tweedlove Vallelujah in a few weeks but I've got a dissertation to finish first.
Thanks to Trev, Ian and the Scottish Enduro Series team for the photos.