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  • Premier Icon Northwind
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    I’m taking my skis for the start of stage 4 πŸ˜‰

    fasthaggis
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    It’s that steep huh ? πŸ™‚

    Premier Icon youngrob
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    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 Saturday

    I’m pretty sure I can ride down steep stuff better than I can ski. But then again I can’t ski πŸ˜‰

    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!

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    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.

    I shall have a look Thursday night (if I can!) cheers πŸ™‚

    Premier Icon bigjim
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    (ok, I crashed on an easy flat bit, but we don’t talk about that)

    I crashed on the flat bit of ho chi minh last weekend 😳

    Premier Icon youngrob
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    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.

    yacoby
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    Sounds ideal for my “hang on and close eyes” technique πŸ˜€ . More seriously really looking forward to this now (Secure in the knowledge that I am the slowest of the group of people that I am going with)

    My aim as usual is to finish. Ideally not last, but I’m not too fussed about that…

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    I’m going to try to get down on thursday, will take the gopro if I do but it’s quite dark in there.

    Please do,I want to know what I’m letting myself in for!

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    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 ****.

    shieldsmtb
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    I agree with previous guys comment , I found stage 5 harder because o the boggy ruts , stage 4 probably as steep as prospacker etc , but more off camber than strait down

    Duane…
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    Potentially stupid question, is practice limited to those who are racing?

    Premier Icon bigjim
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    It says you are supposed to practice with your numberboard on the bike but its unmarshalled so you aren’t going to get lynched or anything. I think because they are public mixed use trails they don’t want people hooning into members of the public.

    yacoby
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    It is unmarshalled apart from the race day (According to the docs thing they sent me). So it should be fine.

    b r
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    Potentially stupid question, is practice limited to those who are racing?

    That’d be a bit difficult really, as its Scotland and we’ve ‘right to roam’.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_to_roam

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    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…

    That’d be a bit difficult really, as its Scotland and we’ve ‘right to roam’.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_to_roam

    I’m not entirely sure the point of the right to roam law is to allow people to gatecrash events they are not taking part in.

    Premier Icon bigjim
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    I think the ‘honourable’ gentlemanly thing would be to leave it to racers to practice on Saturday and try the trail yourself another time. There are going to be a lot of people waiting to get down it as it is.

    shieldsmtb
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    Bollocks go ride it mate , that’s what its there for , best to go early before it gets wrecked

    Premier Icon bigjim
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    or that ^

    Premier Icon mactheknife
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    Duane, what day are you looking to head down. If its Sunday forget it as its race day. Any other day wont be a problem. Enjoy πŸ™‚

    b r
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    I’m not entirely sure the point of the right to roam law is to allow people to gatecrash events they are not taking part in.

    I was answering the question about ‘practising’…

    shieldsmtb
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    The event isn’t till sunday , practise .? Is it not just going out on your bike and enjoying it !

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    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 πŸ™‚
    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.

    Diane
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    πŸ˜€ Had a nice walk down there Tuesday. You are right – hillwalking boots required. That stage will certainly be interesting as if you falter, getting back on won’t be easy and ‘walking’ / ‘running’ will be very difficult too!

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    This thread is useless without pictures! Video would be even better.

    How does stage 4 compare to this at Ae the other year?
    [video]https://vimeo.com/m/23684494[/video]

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    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. πŸ™‚

    plenty of mus flying in my face

    – I hope that’s not a Scottish euphemism πŸ™‚

    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 πŸ™‚

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    Can everyone please stop talking about stage 4. I’m pretty sure I am having nightmares about it already.

    I definitely am! The hail that just battered my windows isn’t helping, hope it’s a bit nicer up north.

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    Tweedlove have posted on Facebook that trail saboteurs have been at work in Cademuir placing logs and boulders on the trail and they’ve taken a jump down, so be careful out there.

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    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.

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    Look forward to seeing the video πŸ™‚
    Weather forecast looks good, fingers crossed it’ll only get drier.
    I don’t often swap tyres so I’ll be sticking with a Butcher up front and Purgatory rear.

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    Right, still uploading and I’m off to bed, you should be able to find it here or thereabouts… Nice and slow to get a good look πŸ˜‰ I chucked on a couple of notes as I watched it, as much for myself as anything else but it might be useful.

    https://vimeo.com/user2842550/videos

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    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.

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    Nice one Northwind, had a quick watch over breakfast, looks tricky in places! Really hope it stays dry….

    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 πŸ™‚

    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 πŸ™‚

    I’ll be setting off in less than an hour so hope to have a pootle around Cademuir later this afternoon.

    chris1h
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    Thanks for posting the vid. I had a walk up the top section of stage 4 on wed night. Looks like it’s dried up a fair bit and with dry weather over the weekend it should be running pretty sweet.

    Hope you don’t mind but I’ve shared it on the TrailScotland forum too…

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