Tweedlove International course – any tips?!
Relatively straightforward course tech-wise considering what they could have used. Nothing really scary, but as usual plenty of stuff that’s hard to ride cleanly at speed. Should be fun! Not racing this year, good luck to everyone that is.
Stage 1 is Flat White, nice and flowy. Short too so no holding back needed.
Stage 2 is a bit tech, particularly in the middle section after the fire road when you’ll be knackered.
Stage 3 will be really physical. There’s a new section of trail in there I’ve not ridden or seen, could be interesting. Long stage.
Stage 4 is a bit tech, but some work has been done on that trail and was running really nicely last week. Slippy when wet.
Stage 5 looks to be Zoom or Bust followed by a sharp climb, then one of the fort trails after a long traverse.
Been a lot of rain in Edinburgh today, more due tomorrow, but been quite dry lately. It’ll be muddy once a few hundred riders have been down the trails. I’d be leaving the DHF on for practice but packing the Shorty and calling it as late as I could.
Have fun!Posted 8 months ago
Heading back up to (hopefully) sunny Peebles this weekend for my second stab at the Tweedlove International. I was a little disappointed to see that the racing was just on one day this years as I liked the two day format, but at least it means I should get chance to practice all of the stages at least once as I rode several blind last year.
It looks like there’s less at Inners which is a shame as I loved some of those stages, but there’s two at The Golfie which was great fun and super techy.
Any locals offer any insider knowledge? And the million dollar questions, what tyres!?? I swapped my Shorty for a DHF last week as it’s been very dry, but the forecast isn’t great so am wondering if I was a bit hasty!Posted 8 months ago
I’ve given up the idea of practising now, as it generally means taking a day off, I’ll still never beat the local guys, and I can never remember lines on multiple stages anyway.
Rode the recent Dunkeld enduro blind, I’d never even ridden there, and loved it.*
*Until I flatted right at the start of stage 2! 😆Posted 8 months agoehrobMember
Chris Ball doesn’t run EWS races, it’s down to a local event organiser. Tweedlove in the case of the Tweed Valley EWS.
I honestly don’t know but I suspect putting on an EWS race is a massive hassle, expense and risk compared to a national level Enduro.
Or there could be something else. Who knows.Posted 8 months agoBoardinBobSubscriber
Stage 4 will be akin to the controversial woods section from FW at the weekend if this rain doesn’t stop, which it won’t 😆
It was an absolute quagmire in the 2015 EWS, and I’m guessing the completely new section they’ve been building is after Plan B and they’re going down the new section rather than Fairy Liquid?
Other than that it looks fairly tame. Golfie stuff will stand up well in the wet as will the rest of the GT stages though Dave’s Trail will be like ice in the wet!
I accidentally booked a trip to London this weekend before realising it was Tweedlove so no race for me this year. Looking out the window at the rain I’m not that upset now.Posted 8 months agoChrisLSubscriber
Was stage 4 from the last EWS the one that went down B Side? That trail has seen quite a lot of work since then and should hold up in the wet better than it did in the EWS.
Not sure if we’re supposed to really talk about the details of the new trail we’ve been building but it has been given its name – Mild Peril.Posted 8 months agostevehSubscriber
I’d be fairly sure the reason it’s not an EWS any more may well be financial – it costs a lot of money to host an EWS.
I’m due to be racing but broken arms a while back still aren’t well enough to do it. Stage 4 when it was ran the first time was my favourite ever bit of a race. Keep the wheels rolling and truck on down.Posted 8 months ago
I’m a bit disappointed with the course this year… This is the biggest Enduro is Scotland, so the stages should match that with regards to technicality and how tough they are. What they’ve come out with is a bit underwhelming, especially compared to the SES. There’s making the stages physically tough and then there’s an XC stage that isn’t fun or rewarding… Stage 3 is the later IMO. They could have quite easily put some longer, better stages together.
Stage 1: I personally don’t think Flat White is a very good race stage because there’s no real place to start or lose time. Either way, it could easily have started on Old School DH and finish after Final Fling, making a much better stage.
Stage 2: Pretty much the perfect race stage as far as I’n concerned. It’s physically tough, but through a full-on trail, rather than needless climbs.
Stage 3: The trail centre isn’t fun or rewarding, as the berms haven’t got enough support to carry your speed and the surface/lack of gradient also makes you lose it. There’s putting a climb in and then there’s constant pedalling with 3 decent climbs, for a minute of proper trail near the end (and more pedalling after). A much better stage would have been Boundary Trail > Hush Hush > fire road sprint to the new one.
Stage 4: Great trail to race but could have easily added near enough a minute to it by going straight into Fairy Liquid.
Stage 5: Not very exciting, but necessary and it’s a decent fitness test without being an XC race.
Just my opinion…Posted 8 months ago
Plan B and B-side are very different… #planB is the last section of stage 2 at Golfie, while B-side is off the mast at Glentress.
And the new trail (Mild Peril) they’ve been building at Glentress drops into the end of Deliverance from just off the black trail.Posted 8 months ago
Waterworld and Repeat Offender were physical but physical isn’t synonymous with pedalling
That’s the problem for me (among many others). I can pedal but that first stage killed my entire body straight off!! So stage 2 this weekend is a different track off the moor then?
But don’t get me wrong, Pete, BES was brilliant, best tracks I’ve ridden anywhere by far, challenging but fun, I just need a bit of pedalling to give me a chance of mid table mediocrity 🙂Posted 8 months agodoubledunterMember
I was going to buy a shorty last week but thought I’d save the money and use my dhf. Kind of wishing I’d ordered one now.
Nip into I-cycles in Innerleithen, pretty sure he would have one if you need it..
What’s the midge cream of choice in the Tweed Valley?
Never been bothered with midgies in the Tweed ValleyPosted 8 months ago
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