Kielder Enduro..Great weekend
Another good weekend – made all the better by the decent weather on Sunday!
Cool to see the organisers responding to peoples feedback, and thought it was a good mix of stages and terrain (although i wasn’t a big fan of the pedally stage 2 – it’s good that fitness is rewarded equally to technical ability)
Loved the natural stuff on stage 1 (notsomuch after the diversion), stage 3 was the least interesting, stage 4 as gnarly as ever, and stage 5 made good use of the bottom section/finish.
The events might not have all of the theatre of the Avalanche crew, but it definitely has the feel of a series run ‘by riders, for riders’Posted 6 years agoParrMember
Thanks for the comments, really pleased you enjoyed it.Posted 6 years ago
We are listening to your feedback and constantly looking to improve things, next task sort sign on to be quicker, so you get more time on your bike 🙂
Really miffed the FC made us alter stage 1, it was my favourite, but chatting to them on Friday we let slip video footage was on “youtube”, they then went away and watched it.
Midges were a bloody night mare, if we go back it will be earlier in the year to avoid the little blighters
Bring on round 3 at InnerleithenPeteG55Subscriber
Another fantastic weekends riding and racing. Disappointed that I won’t be able to make Inners, but looking forward to the other two rounds.Posted 6 years ago
Good weather on the Sunday helped, loved stage 1, even with the diversion. Only one I didn’t really enjoy was stage 2 and that was down to that surface as much as anything.
Great work Steve, see you at Eastridge.
Yep – another top weekend’s racing. Good range of stages but Stage 4 (and the original stage 1) seemed to be everyone’s favourites. I like the little twists of Natural stuff thrown in too. And even the weather was playing ball yesterday 🙂 .
Great race format. Really looking forward to Inners nowPosted 6 years ago
mr plow, I can only assume it probably was me then, 671 black Anthem. Still gutted that happened to the pedal but it was one hell of a hard landing, and even more gutted I didnt notice it until after starting stage 5 and not being able to clip in. S**t happens as they say! 😀Posted 6 years ago
Just hope it was a photographer that was by there too, could make for an interesting picture!
The main problem was not knowing that camping was not provided, it says on the website free camping for everyone – then does not specify which ones are free or not.
As it turned out the showers, bike wash, and everything was great.. The people who ran the campsite were great, and it made it really enjoyable, but don’t forget we had to pay extra for this, which does not justify the cost of the entry.
The stages, and event were great though!! Anyone know where to find the seeding results or any photos yet..?Posted 6 years agocraig_wMember
For me it was a great event, much better than round 1. Although its amazing how much a sunny day makes a difference.
Showers and bike wash
The natural stage had a good level of tech level
Stage 4 was a good level of stretch without being silly
Good bunch of people
Accurate timing and results posted next day
Some minor organisation issues (female numbering, sign on delayed)
Extra cost for camping (£16), but did give a couple of good points!
Some stage gaps still too big
Overall well done to the team and everyone that went. Now trying to decide on whether to do Innerleithen!
CraigPosted 6 years ago
fbk haha small world, now I remember where I knew you from after the guy lost his saddle etc! Did much better at this one but got beaten by a girl by 3 seconds overall. I blame Mr E – it would seem I never shouted pedal hard enough! 😆 Really good laugh on the course and Mr E is a half clipped enduro sensation.Posted 6 years ago
Aye, a really top weekend. Never done one before and no idea what to expect but really enjoyed it. Stage two was a bit too pedally imho, and shame that Stage one had to be changed last minute as the new section didn’t flow as well. A few registration/numbering issues and the seeding seemed a bit chaotic, but otherwise well run and will be back for more!!
Any photos around yet – loads of photogs out on the course?Posted 6 years ago
Nice to do some longer stages, found 2 narrow enough to make it tricky to go flat out. The field was much closer this time so reckon everyone got a good run at it (baring a couple of big times in there!!).
Nice to have some showers and proper crappers but wasn’t expecting to have to pay extra.Posted 6 years ago
I think the lack of free camping was mentioned somewhere but perhaps not that obvious. Don’t mind paying – it all goes into the community, and decent showers make all the difference!
Just been looking at the results and entries on Roots and Rain … Think if (hopefully) the series is a success and they run another one next year – perhaps they could look at how the categories are set up.
In the first 2 rounds, the Masters cat has been the size of seniors and vets put together, with 35-50+ riders each… And the top Veteran (CCA) put in over a minute on the next fastest in category, with Rob Cooksley putting in equally massive margins on the second place Master.
Hopefully with a seasons worth of history and results the cats could be a bit more even next year – funny how seniors is a lot closer; experience can clearly count for a lot in this game.Posted 6 years ago
mr plow, it was a bugger trying to get to the end of 4 to get out of your way with you shouting “pedal” at me, but I was so glad to get to the end, just nowhere on track by there to have got out of your way so yeah maybe you could blame those 3 seconds on me – but didnt you have a little slide off on 5 too? more than 3 seconds there maybe 😆
fbk – Its a small world aint it, 6 degrees of separation and all that. re Eastridge, that will be great, I need all the help I can get!
Still no sign of any piccies??Posted 6 years ago
There’s a race report on Singletrack front page which has a few pics and a youtube clip (in which my arse makes a quick appearance while chasing a couple of others down stage 4 ;o) Official photo chap reckons his photos will be up tonight on http://www.peterstevensphotography.com but there were loads of cameras all over the place so there must be plenty of photos out there somewhere…?
edit: Singletrack report updated with rider photos – 90% of which are rather average. Sorry, but it’s true… Mmost are of the rocky drop-in off the fireroad on stage 4 but rather than have the rider taking the drop they are of the rider pre-drop.
Posted 6 years ago
Not great photos… there’s a lot to be said for having experience of shooting bikes, and realising that shooting a steep hill front on just makes it look flat
Shame…. I was sure there was a photographer closer to that drop on stage 4, maybe it was just a wide lens
@Northwind – yeah, i meant to say Sunday – thought he might have come over from GlentressPosted 6 years ago
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