Glencoe race is on for this weekend.

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Word just in from Glencoe…

Glencoe Mountain Resort is delighted at very late notice to welcome the first round of the Extreme Winter Downhill Series to Glencoe this weekend (12th & 13th Nov).

The event was originally scheduled for AE forest but problems with that venue led to the late change to Glencoe. Despite only getting word on Monday everything is now ready for the event, chairs are back on, bike clamps have been re-fitted and the café has re-opened. Practice will be on Saturday and racing on Sunday. The chairlift will be open for spectators on both days and the café will be open from 9am – 9pm on Saturday and 9am – 4.30pm on Sunday.

With a sunny weekend forecast the organisers are hoping that this could be the weekend where the Glencoe track gets a chance to show its true colours.

For more information on the race schedule – http://www.ekhint.co.uk/events/winter-series/ or http://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events

Chipps

Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

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