Innerlethin day night enduro next wk end
Just entered myself to do this , never ridden inners before , what am I to expect rocky tyre puncture like surface or soft loamy surface ,Posted 4 years ago
Just wondering if I should put my hans damph super gravitys on or stick with my normal n nick evo snake skins that I use at most trail centerswhippetboyMember
I should be there myself once I’ve sorted some lights out…
I’ve done a couple of these before and whilst there are rocky and trail centre type sections, I’d say you want a tyre that works well on slippery roots and different types of mud.
The last time I rode there it was nice and dry, but as soon as night fell the dew point fell I guess and everything turned slippery. Every other time my bike has basically had what seems like half of Scotland’s mud and forests on it afterwards! The gears have nearly seized up due to clingy think mud and the bike weighs about 10kg heavier! Hopefully, it will not be that bad, but prepare for the worst I guess and enjoy!!Posted 4 years ago
Mud, mud, glorious mud… I’ve no clue what the stages will be but I hear there’ll be a new cut section, and they always turn into slippery death by race day. Conti Barons for me, something that works on hard stuff as well as mud. Might even stick a Der Baron on the front.
One of the other night races ended up with hard frost and ice patches on everything, that was… exciting.Posted 4 years ago
Oops… @bigjim, yes they do generally use dh trails but not normally the hardest or scariest ones. You might reasonably expect that the day/night would have easier stages, but that’s not been the case before! It’s challenging stuff but not insane.
I’m not that great- I do OK but I’m never that fast on these things- so you don’t have to be a crazy downhiller, but you do have to be reasonably competent and confident. But they are brilliant, always a great atmosphere, great riding. The night ones have a nice extra edge of silliness about them.Posted 4 years agoPaulGillespieMember
under normal conditions, Inners winter series Enduros are a mud fest. I’d be looking at Conti Barons at a minimum and maybe even a full on Mud DH tyre on the front depending on the sections chosen and preceding weather.
It’s funny on the practice day seeing people changing tyres for the most mud friendly they have or turn up the next day having begged borrowed or stolen full on mud DH tyres. Also seeing locals selling mud tyres to the desperate 🙂Posted 4 years ago
Classic gets to be fairly steep after the black (and the mud makes it feel steeper)
I’d say if you’re comfortable on the ali lees etc you’ll probably be fine to do this event, there might be spikes of harder stuff in small doses but not likely to be enough to spoil your day. But that’s just my perception maybe, I find the dh stuff easier because of the more predictable surfaces, if you’re better on slippy stuff than me then maybe that changes…Posted 4 years ago
I’d agree with that. Alistair Lees is probably one of the roughest tracks there, especially when it’s a good rock/slime covering on it.Posted 4 years ago
Probably the hardest trail they’ve used (when I’ve raced) was Bart’s Trail, and it was shit and totally ruined during the race so can’t see that being used again.
Cool, I like some of the DH routes but I’ve come across some pretty steep bits and drops n stuff (matador?), which frankly I’m too much of a wuss for. A Lees trail is one of my faves though. I like steep, just not big stuff.
theres some decent sized drops on matador, but its not very steep, only the first chute into the top of the middle section is steep
the very end of lower gold and lower cresta are steep.Posted 4 years agowhippetboyMember
I did it. I’ve ridden that same kind of race before up there but I’d describe this one as the hardest day’s biking I’ve ever done! I felt a bit under the weather which didn’t help and I thought I was fit enough – I wasn’t.
I’ve ridden sections of both trails before there, but they were pretty brutal. I even considered giving up after completing the day stages (including the practice runs). But I manned up, popped some pills and a can of red bull and did the night stages as well and I’m glad I did otherwise I’d have been kicking myself otherwise. Still freaking hard though and the second stage was completely knackering.
I have to admit I’d have preferred a steady fire road climb as opposed to the push up tracks, but hey ho.
In my opinion Inners has a humbling effect on you. I like to think I’m a pretty decent rider (and reasonably fit), but I always come away from there thinking how the hell did I just get through that?! It really does open your eyes up to how good you are and where you need to improve (if you’re into that kind of thing).
If you’re looking for challenging steep technical riding, then I’d say you can’t beat it. I certainly struggle to find anything close to it within a 2hr drive from Hull.
Looking forward to the next one!Posted 4 years ago
Had a stupid crash in stage 2 and smashed up my hand so had to dnf 🙁 Thought it was maybe broken but just very dinged up luckily. Fell off on the horrible pedal along the old xc climb (which is mysteriously a horrible climb no matter which direction you do it in), still no idea how considering all the tricky riding we did! Really enjoyed it up til that point though.
The climb being largely a push up was a wee bit off I thought, it’s not a dh race, but then the descent stages made some of the other options impossible. And the timing- the big queue for dibbers meant a late start, so we ended up doing our second “daytime” run in the dark. Chap behind me came down with no lights and must have been riding by supersonic sonar radar.
Still, these are fantastic events. Love that they can take a classic enduro descent like the alistair lees, absolutely perfect for the job, and still think “Let’s mess with it”, put in a new (and bloody awkward) handcut section, then suddenly plonk you on a totally different bit of hill than you expected. Mind you I kind of wish it had ended in the quarry like usual, I do hate that pedal.
Oh and the BARREL OF FIRE! All winter races should have one.Posted 4 years ago
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