It’s nowhere near as steep as some of the Caberston/Innerleithen trails: boner, 3g prospacker etc. I struggle with those but stage 4 is manageable. It will be harder if it rains and you’re at the back of the field. I’ll be waiting at the registration desk at 830 on SaturdayPosted 5 years ago
I’m pretty sure I can ride down steep stuff better than I can ski. But then again I can’t ski 😉
I’m actually interested to see how bad it really is. Sometimes reading descriptions is the worst thing, ‘cos you build up this mental idea, then it turns out to be completely different. Can’t believe no one has taken photos!Posted 5 years ago
I think it’s not what people were expecting so it’s getting a strong reaction. A mate I was with basically refused at every section at the start of 4 and pushed a load of it, but the truth is he’s ridden harder things without fuss, it’s all in the mind. If you let it freak you out it’s hard but I rode it all without much incident and I’m no riding god.
(ok, I crashed on an easy flat bit, but we don’t talk about that)
I’m going to try to get down on thursday, will take the gopro if I do but it’s quite dark in there.Posted 5 years agoyoungrobSubscriber
TBH, I find the flat straight sections of stage 5 harder than the steep bit of stage 4, if you get in one of those ruts and wobble a wee bit you’ll be off.
I think the course is brilliant, there is a huge difference between stage 1 and stage 5 but that’s what an enduro race is about, testing different skills.Posted 5 years ago
youngrob – Member
I think the course is brilliant, there is a huge difference between stage 1 and stage 5 but that’s what an enduro race is about, testing different skills
Bang on. See how it goes on the day but from that point of view it feels like the best allround enduro route I’ve done. If I tree myself or my legs fall off from the pedalling I will of course declare it to be ****.Posted 5 years ago
Oh, Nobeerinthefridge, fyi- “Riders can not accept support (e.g. spares, repairs) from a non-racer.”
Duane- it’s possibly a bit cheeky. Hels’d be able to tell you for sure, personally I reckon if the answer is “We’d rather you didn’t” then that’s as important as “Can I”. Not sure if it’d count as responsible access…Posted 5 years agoscoobmwSubscriber
Gave some of this a go tonight and does anyone want a free ticket for Stage 4. Off to read rules on whether you’re ok to carry hillwalking boots in your rucksack and change for the run down the hill. Jeez 🙂Posted 5 years ago
Not that it stopped me mate who went thundering past like a Subaru doing a 90s rally stage, as I stood there wondering how I was gonna slide down the next random arrangement of nasty stuff.mactheknifeSubscriber
Had a run down 1, 2 and 3 yesterday. Will save 4 and 5 till saturday.
3 is an absolute beast. The final route had just been placed through the trees and it caught me out a few times. Wear some glasses cos there was plenty of mus flying in my face when i hit the clearer sections. 🙂Posted 5 years agoKingofBiscuitsMember
plenty of mus flying in my face
– I hope that’s not a Scottish euphemism 🙂
I wish this thread had never been started. I don’t want to know how scary S4 is. I wish they’d not released the route details until today. Then there would be a level-ish playing field for all those travelling up (or down) to practice tomorrow and Saturday before ‘race’ day…
…and no one would know how scary S4 is until tomorrow 🙂Posted 5 years ago
Nipped down for a wee ride today, ran out of time to do all of stage 5 but got a gopro vid of 4 chuntering away now, should get it uploaded shortly.
It’s mostly got grippier as it’s dried, though it’s also got more exposed roots and some of the cambers have got a bit trickier as they’ve worn. The techier section of stage 5 above the fire-road is much easier to read now.
So in a fit of reckless confidence I’ve just fitted a nobby nic- pedalling the 2 butchers along the boundary trail was not my idea of fun. I reserve the right to regret this decision.Posted 5 years agoCloverSubscriber
You are a star! I’d started to build it up as impossible in my mind. But it looks doable. Well, at least try-able.
Apart from the tape. I have a strange and unhealthy attraction to tape. So if anyone finds a limply struggling figure trussed in tape and incapable of escaping (think mountain biking fly caught in the web between the trees), please release me. Or at least don’t laugh.Posted 5 years agoKingofBiscuitsMember
Nice one @Northwind
Firstly, great vid. Secondly, nicely ridden and documented. Finally, I’m still not sure I wanted to know what S4 was like 🙂
During that vid my eyes were drawn several times to the solid objects that are known as trees. Must avoid!!
It looks tricky. Steep. Tight. Exposed in places. Due care and attention, clever braking and a relaxed approach should see me down safely 🙂
I’ll be setting off in less than an hour so hope to have a pootle around Cademuir later this afternoon.Posted 5 years ago
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