- Anyone else doing the King & Queen of the Hill (Scottish Open) Enduro
ski78 – Member
I just tried to focus on learning the lay of the land; how steep, how pedally, and it seemed to work for me.
That’s what I do too- if there’s an obviously critical bit or sections where you might gain or lose a sack of time I put more effort into practicing/remembering it (quite a few of those at Laggan) but mostly I just want to be able to pace the stages and know roughly where they go.
(it’s amazing how much difference even the most halfassed practice run makes- doing stages blind you lose speed all over the place, every fire road exit’s a lottery whether you turn the right way, every sprint turns out to be too long to sprint, every choice of lines is the worst choice…)Posted 5 years agojockhaggisMember
The pack came out a week before last year but the website says there will be 1 day of open practice so It makes me think this year will be late in the week, maybe Friday for route maps etc.
Schedule from the website
Location and dates
Tweed Green, Peebles
Saturday 23 August
Race Registration Saturday – times TBC
Unmarshalled practice: selected trail sections only
Sunday 24 AugustPosted 5 years ago
Race Registration (7.30am-9.30am)
Race Day (start times between 9am and 11am)
Check your emails, all the info is now out (Bar the courses themselves)
So none of the info anybody REALLY wants 😉Posted 5 years ago
Though it does state Cademuir & GT, and 4 stages, so the previously suggested 2 Cademuir from last year, Spooky>Broon Troot then the Fort seem reasonable?
Where does it state ‘Cademuir & GT, and 4 stages’? I can’t see that. Website says at least 5 stages, which like last year, would be 5 stages.
Under the timing/dib stations section it lists 4 stages. In the intro section it also states “The race uses a big variety of great trails – man-made and natural. It features four timed stages, with untimed linking stages between them, taking riders on a tour of some great mountain bike riding in this part of the valley”
Then under the “Withdrawal” section at the end, it states “The event will take place on the Forestry Commission Scotland’s Glentress and Cademuir Forest trails.”Posted 5 years agolaraicheanSubscriber
Hopefully, being a wee bit shorter will mean folk aren’t totally done in come race day and can feel good enough to ride their best on the timed stages. A lot of events have been getting seriously long, so with any luck it’ll be fun and a right good charge down the hills.Posted 5 years ago
I like a big brutal enduro tbh, I can ride mediocrely all day, a lot of faster riders seem to fall apart after about 30km, generally the later in the race it is the better my stage results are. It’s good to test more aspects of riding- fitness is a legit part of the competition, so’s racecraft- judging how much effort you can put in etc.
But, it’s still sad to see people unable to complete, it’s one thing to do badly and another to dnf. And if they’re finishing up at cademuir that is an absolute bollocks of a climb/push. Obviously I don’t have a side in this one but I think there’s an argument for both, it just depends on what sort of race you want to have. Just the same as any other difficulty aspect.
(and that’s my one criticism of the king/queen- it’s never really clear who it’s for. First year was relatively all-abilities, second year raised the bar and caught a lot of people out… A problem lots of enduros have, to be honest.)Posted 5 years agoSimonSubscriber
Last year’s King of the Hill was the longest, hardest “gravity” Enduro I’ve raced – and the most enjoyable.
It was a great test of bike set up and component choice, endurance and technical riding ability.
Riding a 30km+ course like that two days in a row (if you do a day’s practice) without breaking yourself or bits of your bike really is a challenge.
I did feel sorry for the people doubled up with cramp on the push up to stage 4th Cademuir though.
Really wish I was taking part again this year.Posted 5 years ago
How long was last year? This year it looks like 2 at GT and 2 at Cademuir with a pedal up Janet’s Brae to start with…… so the only big change appears to be that we’re not racing up Janet’s Brae
Last year was 3 stages at GT (Berm Baby Berm>Electric Blue, Boundary Trail, Ho Chi Min>Zoom or Bust>Fort), there was no racing up Janets Brae.Posted 5 years ago
2 uphill stages in the first year- though the slowest stage of the day dropped and I think a lot of people just decided that’d be one of the climbs in advance 😆
I’m maybe getting the years mixed but I think 2012 was
Janet’s Brae climb timed to top of skills area
Berm Baby Berm into Electric Blue
Timed climb up Anderson Road to start of boundary trail
Wee offpiste descent to spooky woods to hitsquad hill
Ho Chi Minh/ZORB/Fort descent
Sound right? Have to say, I really liked the blue route stage, it sounded like a terrible idea but I loved how much the experience of riding easy fast trails changed under the clock. I think I overcooked just about every corner on electric blue…Posted 5 years agobigjimSubscriber
yes 2 climbs the first year, I think there should be a good chunk of climbing in any enduro, takes the bike out of the equation a bit and puts a bit more on rider fitness, I was passing people pushing or hauling huge rigs up, my positions on the two climbs were twice has high as on the descents.Posted 5 years ago
Have to say, I really liked the blue route stage, it sounded like a terrible idea but I loved how much the experience of riding easy fast trails changed under the clock. I think I overcooked just about every corner on electric blue…
Same, Berm Baby Berm>Electric Blue was great fun last year and made for very close racing, didn’t help that I’d forgotten I had my tyres at 60psi to try and get the tubeless to seat 😆Posted 5 years ago
You wouldn’t want a whole race like that but great for variety, I have to say the variety of last years event was spot on for me- Flat out smooth trails, a few punchy climbs on some stages, steep off the back stuff and a challenging overall length.
For all who wanted to watch the WC at Peebles, from Tweedlove on Facebook:Posted 5 years ago
Great news for enduro-riding MTB World Cup DH fans – two pubs in Peebles have agreed to show the World Cup from Meribel on Saturday afternoon. Head along to the Crown (on the High Street) or the Bridge Inn (near the, er, bridge). So you can get out and shred all the stages in the morning and relax watching the DH after. Perfect.
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