Last Sunday saw EUCC make its first trip of the semester to the famous Innerleithen 7 Stanes downhill trails. These trails offer a big variety of riding, from the sweet, fast and smooth berms of Make or Brake, to the rough, steep and sketchy roots of Cresta.
At the end of the week, drop in!
It was an early start for some (especially after a Saturday night, luckily there weren’t any severe hangovers!), with everyone meeting at the CSE carpark at 7:15am (and on time, well done all). We got the bikes loaded quickly – after having taken the front wheels off all the downhill bikes, looks like Arnold Clark don’t make vehicles big enough for us – and got to the trails with just enough time to get kitted up and sign on to the uplift.
Neil and Rich offered to drive the van for the downhillers to Inners – and also managed to get some sweet enduro/xc riding in during the day – cheers guys!
Neil and Rich took the opportunity to ride some of Inners’ XC and Enduro tracks
The first uplift left the car-park at 9am, with riders getting into a bus, and the bikes loaded onto a cattle truck. This has been the format for the uplift at Innerleithen for many years, but news recently has been that a local group, AIMup, have had a positive community ballot, which gives the group clearance to start building a mechanical uplift service and bike park. This means more riding and sweet trails coming our way! The only task left now is to raise £5.5million for the project – the group is aiming for an opening date sometime in 2014.
The weather was good all day, apart from a short shower around lunch time. Trail conditions were perfect, not muddy or wet, and not dusty either – just tacky enough to throw down some steez! People did a mixture of tracks, and as a club we probably sampled most of what Inners has to offer through-out the day. There were a few flats, but no major mechanicals. We had a few members who had never tried downhill before, and it was great to see how stoked everyone was from a great days riding.
EUCC was lucky with the weather today – here Elise makes light work of The Luge
unfortunately, one rider got a bit rad coming out of the bomb-hole near the finish. One broken collar bone. a drive to the hospital in the ambulance and some morphine later, and Oliver is on the road to recovery, heal up soon bud!
There will be more uplift trips to Inners soon, but before then we have some great downhill trips planned to Falklands, Ae Forest, and more! Stay up to date on the facebook and announcements page for more DH action!
Oliver enjoying some hang time – we hope he heals up quick!