Orange Bikes At The Enduro World Series
June 01 2014
Tweedlove is a long running bike festival based in and around the town of Peebles in the Scottish borders. With everything from road sportives and kids races to dual slalom and overnight bikepacking it really does celebrate everything pedal powered.
This year it played host to the British round of the Enduro World Series, the premier Enduro race series. Entries were open to both pros and the public alike, and with this being the first time the event had taken place in this country there was a fair bit of excitement, and apprehension, at what the courses might be like. The answer was world class. Long, technical descents, enough peddaling to keep even the fittest riders in a state of lactic burn and enough penalty for failure to really keep the riders thinking at all times.
Representing Orange Factory Racing were Toby Pantling and Dan Greenwood, both well versed in Enduro racing and both well up for a challenge. With the race split over two days the lads were looking forward to seeing how they would compare against the world's best riders and racers. The first day's racing was based around Innerleithen and took in some trails that would make a DH race course blush. Steep, rooty and muddy appeared to be the order of the day. Unfortunately Toby had a bit off an off and damaged his knee, he completed the day's racing but after a trip to A&E the race for him was over. Dan managed to stay mostly upright and complete the first day in one piece, feeling he could have gone faster but on balance pleased that he'd survived to race the second day.
The second day's racing took place around Glentress, nearer to the event village and slightly less techbically demanding, but only slightly and with plenty of injuries and mechanicals from the first day the field had become smaller. Dan put together a series of solid runs on his timed stages and ended the race 89th overall, a top result.
Both Toby and Dan raced Alpine Fives for the EWS, their reasoning being the combination of long travel and big wheels meant that they'd be quick over the rooty and broken up trails and less beaten up over the course of the two days.