Alpine Bikes Innerleithen Winter Series Rd.1
February 07 2011
The Alpine Bikes Innerleithen winter series is the first opportunity to get up to speed for the DH fraternity prepared to brave the elements. A sodden hillside saw riders slip-slide their way down the hill to compete against the clock in pretty grim conditions. The car park three-quarters submerged, riders donned waterproofs ready for a weekend of mud. Check out Ian Linton's Descent World report for the opening scene.
Saturday's practice session brought the worst conditions with the flooded finish area out of action as riders hit their lines and calculated tyre choice. MTBcut new boy Fraser McGlone was riding injured team mate Joe Barnes' 224-Evolution, and taking to the single pivot pretty well as he slammed the bike through the turns unphased with the grotty conditions.
Fraser McGlone looked instantly at home on his new team, flying the MTBcut colours with style...
Come the finals on Sunday, the floodwater subsided and the finish area was open for business as usual, riders were still popping out of the woods thoroughly covered, but as the rain abated, conditions were better than expected. Fraser came down the hill in second place behind Lewis Buchanan, doing enough to give him the third fastest time of the day, pretty impressive. MTBcut team mate Ben Cathro smashed through his first run but went down, staying upright in his second he took the Elite win pretty comprehensively, showing the kind of performance that makes him a force for next season. Nice work Ben...
Ben Cathro took the win with time to spare, starting the season at full speed...
Elsewhere, a massive shout out to Stuart and Ross Wilcox, the twins riding for Steve Deas and the I-Cycles team. First and second in youth with Stuart taking the win by a good three second margin. Allan Findlay was riding hard in junior, and despite a bad day he's looking mega-quick for the season ahead.
The Wilcox brothers are set for another great season riding DH and XC for I-Cycles.
Photos courtesy of a very wet Michael Bonney from Orange Bikes, and thanks to Ian Linton for his regular updates on Descent World.
See the full results on roots and rain.