Anyone else doing the King & Queen of the Hill (Scottish Open) Enduro
Missing this one due to being in the wrong country but it’ll be ace, they’ve all been ace. The talk back at the start was that the trails will be slightly easier than last year- not easy, just a bit less fearsome than stage 4. Interesting to see what they come up with if they’re not using Cademuir but also it’s all descents.Posted 3 years ago
Stage 4 was the cademuir downhill. I loved it tbh but it was probably a bit much, considering what a big step up it was from 2012, the top section was pretty treacherous with the weather and traffic. There’s plenty of room to go a little easier, while still giving people sleepless nights 😆
But this is really old news, they could have changed their minds and decided to make it crazed.Posted 3 years ago
Glasgowdan, it was a lot of fun the week before but you have to admit it’s still not easy. On race day after having thousands of wheels through it in practice (and cheeky pre-practice-practice), not to mention heavy rain and even snow the week before, it was pretty bloomin hard. Not quite jawburn hard but not so far off, and tougher than any of the other EWS stages. I must have passed 5 people pushing down parts of the top section.Posted 3 years ago
It’s in no way too tough for an average enduro. Jawbone was a superb trail to have in a race and hearing people like Hannah Barnes saying it was too tricky highlights perhaps the boundaries between different people’s perceptions of what enduro is.
Fingers crossed they keep something steep and scary in the POC.Posted 3 years ago
No offence but… you didn’t do the race so that probably explains why there’s a difference of opinion. On the day it was easily one of the hardest enduro stages I’ve ever done. Not as hard as Jawburn, maybe a little easier than the Steps of Bottomless Mud at fort william, but that’s about it.Posted 3 years ago
Difference in riding perhaps? I rode both sides of cademuir shortly afterwards and it was a giggle, but not steep/tough compared to a lot of trails around Scotland as you know.
The point I’m making is that it shouldn’t be taken out of an enduro for being too tough. Seems there are a lot of people moaning about enduro stages being too technical this year.Posted 3 years agohelsMember
So, nobody knows what stages are in, and you are already arguing over whether they are too hard, and waving your genitalia at each other ?
This reminds me of the non-facts-fest in the Referendum thread, the most non-factual 215 pages on the entire Internet. But with more willies.Posted 3 years agoKingofBiscuitsMember
Well done coogan in that vid of S4 from last year. I wish I could have ridden that with the same finesse 🙂
I agree, Cademuir S4 was hard…for me anyway. It was tight, steep and tricky and so unlike the riding I am used to. The other 4 stages were fine (loved 3 and 5) but S4 allowed the good riders to really shine.
S4 rattled me in practice and then again come race day 🙂 I would have liked to have spent much more time on it. Just to ride it slowly without (lots of dabbing) would have been an achievement. Let alone race it. The next time I’m in the valley I’ll pop over that way for a cheeky session.
I do think that type of trail, albeit difficult has to be included though. Even in the POC. It’s not a beginners enduro. The EWS stages this year looked even more difficult/scary. And so they should be with pro racers in attendence.
I can only imagine that the EWS stages to be included this year would be the ones that used/adapted existing trails within GT would it not?
I can’t make it this year and have asked for a refund. Shame, as it is a great event and a decent challenge.Posted 3 years ago
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