A Grand Finale For The TweedLove Triple Crown Enduro Series

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Lewis in full speed-tuck

This weekend, almost 500 riders took to the trails surrounding Innerleithen for the last of the TweedLove Triple Crown enduro races for 2017. Tweedlove HQ has just sent over this report from the event:

The sell-out race saw riders fighting for not only the coveted title of Scottish Enduro Champion, but also the overall TweedLove Triple Crown Enduro Series win. This is awarded to the riders with the best results for all three Tweedlove enduro events during the year – March’s Vallelujah, June’s Tweedlove International and this weekend’s King and Queen of the Hill.

While competitors from all over the UK came to battle it out for the top honours, it was the local riders who dominated the podiums, showing the strength and depth of race talent which has now emerged from the area. A hugely disproportionate number of the UK’s top mountain bikers have grown up locally and honed their skills on the trails of the Tweed Valley – an area now widely recognised as one of the world’s top mountain bike destinations.

Ella riding some of the Scottish loam to victory.

The overall men’s win was taken by Innerleithen’s own Lewis Buchanan, just back from racing in Canada, who dominated four of the five timed stages, which were set on some of the steepest and most intimidating trails in the Tweed Valley. Gary Forrest took second place with Christo Gallagher taking the third podium place. The women’s race was won by Ella Connolly, almost one minute quicker over the day than nearest rival Polly Henderson in second, with Eilidh Wells third.

TweedLove’s Triple Crown series winners were Gary Forrest and Melissa Pearson.

The King and Queen of the Kingdom of Tweedlove 2017

This year’s TweedLove Bike Festival attracted visitors and cyclists from all over the world and has some of the highest number of attendees for any enduro races in the whole of the UK. The organisation’s bike events are now an important tourism driver for the Scottish Borders, bringing in £1million for the local economy every year. Stay tuned to tweedlove.com for news on next year’s 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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