by Dave Anderson
August 25, 2014
Sunday afternoon in Peebles saw a new King and Queen of the Hill crowned at the Whyte and Alpine Bikes Scottish Open Enduro event in the Tweed Valley. After a four stage race in the forests of Cademuir and Glentress, Roslynn Newman and Chris Ball were crowned as Scottish mountain biking’s new royalty, winning the rights to be first to wear the newly created Scottish Open champions’ jerseys.
Over 500 riders descended on Peebles this weekend to ride the TweedLove festival enduro race. Last year, the titles were won by local legends Gary Forrest and Emma Guy, both of whom were unavailable to race.
However, the Tweed Valley produced new winners for 2014, with locally-based men winning four of the five race categories. The area is now confirmed as the centre of mountain bike riding for Scotland, with an impressive depth of talent across all the age groups.
Chris Ball, who heads the global growth of enduro as managing director of the hugely successful Enduro World Series, proved he’s not swapped his riding skills for admin duties, with a totally assured ride against some of the country’s best talent.
TweedLove director Neil Dalgleish said, “It was another great day of mountain bike racing in the valley – the sun came out, and there were some amazing performances. It was interesting to see how some of the more experienced riders kept a cool head throughout the stages and laid down a solid, fast ride, helped as wet stages drying out as the day progressed. If starting later was a strategy, it really worked.”
Full results are at www.tweedlove.com