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  • EWS Tweed valley
  • Premier Icon fergal
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    Anyone got any idea which trails are being used? also where is the official parking going to be, looking forward to this.

    Premier Icon legend
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    The trails haven’t been announced yet. Scouring the area shows a few trails looking in suddenly very, very good condition though so rumours are flying around at the moment.

    Premier Icon gavstorie
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    The trails are starting to dy out now so they are beginning to run pretty well.. Hopefully there wont be too much rain in the next few weeks so they can continue to recover..

    The rumours are flying around, as legend says… I dont think anyone will know for sure until they are actually announced.

    Premier Icon wanmankylung
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    Do Enduros make for good spectator events? Considering making the trip down to watch if they do.

    Premier Icon kimbers
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    enduros are great for spectating, find the last stage and get hollering!

    UKGE the weekend before at inners will be worth visitng too as all the stages are realtively close by

    Premier Icon bigjim
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    well, I guess it’ll all go public pretty quickly after the weekend. Certainly saw something new and already well ridden out the back at gt at the weekend, and a few people on mince tanks where you wouldn’t normally see people on mince tanks. The inside knowledge article showed inners and caberston highlighted too, and there are trail closure for the EWS on the 7 stanes site.

    exciting stuff!

    Premier Icon gavstorie
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    Caberston was certainly busier than normal last weekend.. Especially with big bikes..

    Exciting indeed 🙂

    Premier Icon BoardinBob
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    I’m shaking like a shitting dog with excitement. Heading down on Wednesday. Going to practice Wednesday and Thursday then have a rest day on Friday and go watch the pros practice

    Premier Icon kimbers
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    full or open face though?

    think will practice weds, thurs too, ill need the rest on friday as weve stupidly signed up for ews1

    Premier Icon bigjim
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    it’s going to be tiring just watching ews1 🙂

    Premier Icon BoardinBob
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    Definitely full face

    Premier Icon gavstorie
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    Lol @ Bob 🙂

    Premier Icon gavstorie
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    full face + pressure suit 🙂

    The trees have a habit of jumping out at you..

    Premier Icon kimbers
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    How long is the route ? full face all the way round ukge is hot n sweaty work, though I’m considering it for the inners round possibly cart my ff for transitions but it does get heavy

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    Waiting to see if I’ll be fixed enough to ride… But assuming I am, I’ll be down for practice on wednesday and thursday. Friday I’m at work! But I need the rest day anyway. Loving the mystery about the stages, every new deer trail’s got wheelmarks on it 🙂 We’ve been digging a totally new section at GT and revising some old ones but even then, there’s no guarantee they’ll be used.

    Will be open face myself unless there’s some real surprises, really not a fan of fullface for enduro, I’d sooner have a clear cool head and a feeling of normalcy. (ps, If I’d had a helmet tied to my camelbak when I crashed on sunday it might have been a lot more unpleasant than it was.)

    Premier Icon maxtorque
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    “mince tanks” is my new favourite phrase of the day, thanks! 😉

    Premier Icon bigjim
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    I have to credit Northwind for the mince tank phrase!

    Premier Icon legend
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    For Caberston full face certainly isn’t a bad idea, but the climbs are horrible so a transition lid would also be needed

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    I don’t think that’s one of mine bigjim! It’s good though so I will accept credit anyway.

    Premier Icon gavstorie
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    For Caberston full face certainly isn’t a bad idea, but the climbs are horrible so a transition lid would also be needed

    I dont mind the climbs at Caberston.. Walkerburn is a different story though

    Premier Icon kimbers
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    hmmm maybe we need one of these

    actually I spoke to the Met guys at the QECP demo day this weekend and the chin guard isnt detachable its just very well vented and is infact
    ‘Enduro Specific’

    they only had a medium though, and wouldnt fit my oversized melon

    Premier Icon gavstorie
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    if you like the met.. have a look at this… (50seconds)

    http://www.vecnum.net/bike-parts/split-helmet.html

    [video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWc8WLPSPwU[/video]

    Premier Icon Big-M
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    Not getting up there until Thursday night so practice Friday, well, practice the most tricky stages Friday.

    Then all hell breaks loose Friday! I’ll be taking my FF and usual helmet, I’ll make a decision on the Friday which to race in, if I race in the FF I’ll carry my other helmet for transitions.

    It’s been years since I’ve ridden up there so I’m sure I’ll be in for a tough time..

    Premier Icon legend
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    Especially when you’ll have to select what to practice out of 8 or 9 stages spread all over the valley!

    Premier Icon BoardinBob
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    You can at least shuttle on practice days between gt/inners/caberston

    Premier Icon Big-M
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    I think we’ll be luck if we can cover 3 stages on the Friday, fully intend to ride the stage an stop at any tricky points to get a feel for them, can’t see too many full stage runs happening.

    Anyone think there will be any sections that will only be able to be ridden by the pros..? i.e. big gaps etc..

    Premier Icon fergal
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    Just realised I will be in France for haif term, getting back late on the Saturday of the EWS weekend, could anyone confirm or deny whether 3G is one of the trails being used please.

    Premier Icon BoardinBob
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    No idea yet

    Premier Icon bigjim
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    I doubt they would build pro only gaps, they’d just fill up with mincer’s bodies, but I have no idea.

    I would imagine anything on caberston will be steep as though, and pretty exciting by the time hundreds of people have practiced for 3 days and then raced on it.

    Premier Icon Big-M
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    @bigjim, I did think that might be the case, to be fair I’d be one of those bodies. I don’t doubt there’s going to be some ‘exciting’ sections..

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    pretty exciting by the time hundreds of people have practiced for 3 days and then raced on it.

    Yeah, that’s the clincher eh. Especially if it’s wet! Could be a lot of SES round 1 “The track I practiced no longer exists” going on :mrgreen:

    Premier Icon BoardinBob
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    Surely they’ll choose fairly weather proof trails. An absolute mudfest on virtually unrideable trails wouldn’t be a glowing advert for the tweed valley!

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    It’s basically numbers and duration- 600 riders so almost twice the size of most enduros, and 3 full days practice (which will tend to concentrate on the more natural stuff), plus quite a lot of gradient change, no such thing as weatherproof with that sort of pressure. Doesn’t mean they’ll be unridable but they will be evolving, especially the new stuff- we’ve done a good job of ours but it’s still as-dug forest floor.

    Still it’s been a good runup so far. It’s not like last year’s UKGE where there was still snow on the trails the week before 😆

    Premier Icon BoardinBob
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    Please god, no repeat of SES round 1!

    Premier Icon gavstorie
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    you better pray for good weather bob 🙂 if they are using what i think they are using… its going to be a mudfest unless it dry’s out significantly 🙂

    Premier Icon br
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    The trails were drying out great, last night the first descent off Minch was like riding on marbles – but raining now.

    As long as we get a few dry days next week with a bit of wind it should be ok.

    I would say that a FF is a no-brainer for racing at Caberston.

    Premier Icon bigjim
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    I would say that a FF is balls the size of melonsare a no-brainer for racing at Caberston.

    Premier Icon hels
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    I’m quite scared, and I am only in Enduro 2 punters race so won’t have to do the most techy trails.

    I have been told by somebody who knows to practice riding steep stuff. Pete Williams track at Inners here I come… In the forest, nobody can hear you scream…

    Caberston isn’t THAT bad, I got down most of it reccie-ing for the KOTH last year. Unless they have some new horrors in store for us.

    Premier Icon BoardinBob
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    I don’t expect class 2 to be any different than class 1 other than looser transition times.

    Premier Icon hels
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    Enduro 2 has less tracks I believe. Or so the organiser tells me, I am waiting on the maps to be released on sunday night like everybody else. I have to work all week but live in Peebles so will go for some strategic late night reccie missions.

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