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2016 Cannondale British Enduro Series: Ae Forest - Round 1 Race Report

Mar 28, 2016
by Niall Read  
The day kicked off bright and early with a view to get the 200 riders through practice and the first three stages. By late afternoon the weather had clearly taken its toll on the track, creating a wild and muddy affair with plenty of slip’n and slid'n going on. You’d think you were in the thick of winter, not the start of Spring, but nevertheless, the opening round of The Cannonade British Enduro Series, 2016 is in the history books.

Race Day #1

Joe Ward tackling a muddy S-Berm on Stage 3.
  Joe Ward tackling a muddy S-Berm on Stage 3.

The first round of any series seems to uncannily set the tone for the rest of the season and as the dedicated competitors and spectators alike, plunged into Ae Forest near Dumfries, Scotland, the weather - in typical Scottish fashion - decided to test both the riders, spectators and organisers moral. The level of commitment and skill for Saturday's practice and timed runs for stages one, two and three were however on another level. That said, the mud, rain or cold did little to dampen the excitement of the day...

Two legs to two wheels to four legs everyone is exploring the fire roads.
  Two legs to two wheels to four legs, everyone was exploring the fire roads.

Mud mud and more mud. The norm for Saturdays racing.
  Mud, mud and more mud. The norm for Saturday's racing.

The grooling start and finish line for this weekends competitors.
  The grueling start and finish line for this weekend's competitors.

Alex Cameron storming over the roots.
  Alex Cameron storming over the roots, coming in with a time of 22:26.54.

Cannondale British Enduro Series - Round 1

Going for a dip.
  Going for a dip.

Making a splash.
  Making a splash at the bottom of Stage 3 - just keep peddling!.

Pinkbike banners standing strong against the wind.
  Pinkbike banners standing strong against the wind.

Cannondale British Enduro Series - Round 1

One of the many brave Marshals laying up.
  One of the many brave marshals laying up.

The mystical towing machine helping half the cars and vans off the waterlogged and mud drenched fields.
  The mystical towing machine, helping half the cars and vans off the waterlogged and mud drenched fields.

My favourite ladies of the weekend.
  My favourite ladies of the weekend.

Elite women setting off for their race.
  Elite women setting off for their race - Traharn Chidley with smiles all round.

Gazeboes standing adamant in the face of the wind.
  Gazeboes standing adamant in the face of the wind.

Intense s show bike on display.
  Intense's show bike on display.

Spectator watching through the fog.
  Spectator watching through the fog.

Vinicio Crighton-Poli pushing back-up to try new lines during practice.
  An elite rider pushing back-up to try new lines during practice.

One of the many bike stalls of the weekend tred-shop.com.
  One of the many bike stalls of the weekend - www.tred-shop.com.

Wading to the finish line.
  Wading to the finish line.

Cation ahead for the rider.
  Cation ahead for 0-16 category rider, Harvey Clacherty.

Doc Ward the official photographer of the Cannondale British Enduro Series in action on Stage 3.
  Doc Ward, the official photographer of the Cannondale British Enduro Series in action on stage three.

Cannondale British Enduro Series - Round 1
  Hitting the bend hard in entertaining conditions.

Cannondale British Enduro Series - Round 1

Two riders push hard for the final technical section on Stage 3.
  Two riders push hard for the final technical section on stage three.

Apple bottom jeans jeans boots with the fur the fur . A very fury spectator.
  A very furry spectator.

A beautiful Scottish setting for the first round of the British Enduro Series.
  A beautiful Scottish setting for the first round of the British Enduro Series.

Shortly after a much needed clean.
  Shortly after a much needed clean.

Race Day #2

The second day of the Cannondale British enduro series started with sunshine as spectators, riders and organisers flooded back to Ae Forest; rested and feet dried. However, just after the first riders set off from the start line the weather quickly took a turn, reminding them of the hardship that was Saturdays practice. If the riders thought the weather brought its worse during stages one, two and three, they were sorely mistaken, having to contend with hail, rain, wind and thankfully, some sunshine.

Another early start couldn't dampen the enthusiasm to tackle stages four, five and six. Similar to the previous day, the cruel Scottish weather and extensive tyre abuse transformed the track, leaving each category to find their own lines and leaving the male and female elites, the honour of riding in the muddy ruts the previous contestants had left.

The day was not without its fair share of slips, collisions and mishaps. Nonetheless, the riders triumphed against the weather and come the podiums, the sun finally came out to tip its hat to the victors.

Lewis BRADLEY at the final descend before the finish at the bottom of stage 6.
  Final descent before the finish, at the bottom of stage six.

Spectators brave the rain.
  Spectators brave the rain...

Cannondale British Enduro Series - Round 1

Local rider shredding the trails.
  A local rider shredding the trails.

Marshals fighting off the cold.
  Marshals fighting off the cold.

James Shirely sliding around on Stage 6. He came in 16th with a time of 17 06.593.
  James Shirley sliding around on stage six.

Chris HUTCHENS blasting through Stage 6.

Inspecting Stage 5.
  Inspecting stage five.

No time to chat.
  No time to chat.

Cannondale British Enduro Series - Round 1

Gnarly root section in Stage 6.
  Gnarly root section on stage six. Cornering and carrying speed are crucial for success here in Scotland.

Cannondale British Enduro Series - Round 1

I m happy that the medics on site were the only ones with nothing to do.
  I'm happy that the medics on site were the only ones with nothing to do.

Sheltered from the wind rain and the mud.
  Sheltered from the wind, rain and the mud.

Event Director Si Paton making mud angels .
  Event Director, Si Paton making 'mud angels'.

Cannondale British Enduro Series - Round 1

Chris is relieved to cross the finish line.
  Chris is relieved to cross the finish line.

Mud splats everywhere.
  Mud splats everywhere.

Cannondale British Enduro Series - Round 1

Cannondale British Enduro Series - Round 1

Mechanical issues doesn t slow Mason Pritchard down.
  Mechanical issues don't slow Mason Pritchard down.

Blasting dem one liners Cooper the MC.
  Blasting 'dem' one liners.

Giving it all for the final straight.
  Giving it all for the final straight.

Gazebo making a dash for it.
  Gazebo making a dash for it.

All caught up.
  All caught up.

Cannondale British Enduro Series - Round 1

Cannondale British Enduro Series - Round 1

Cannondale British Enduro Series - Round 1

Cannondale British Enduro Series - Round 1

The norm in the fields.
  The norm in the fields.

Cannondale British Enduro Series - Round 1

Cooper the MC with his brolly at the pits.
  Cooper with his brolly at the pits.

Over the finish line much needed sit down.
  Over the finish line, much needed sit down.

The Elite men winners From left to right Sam SHUCKSMITH Chris HUTCHENS Leigh JOHNSON Adam BRAYTON amp Joel CHIDLEY.
  The elite men winners! From left to right: Sam Shucksmith, Chris Hutchens, Leigh Johnson, Adam Brayton and Joel Chidley.

The Elite Women from left to right Roslynn NEWMAN Martha GILL amp Tracy MOSELEY. Tracy had the fastest women s time of the day - 17 26.915.
  The elite women, from left to right: Roslynn Newman, Martha Gill and Tracy Moseley. Tracy had the fastest women's time of the day - 17:26.915.

The next round is on the 7th & 8th May in Dyfi, see you there!

Full results here: https://www.rootsandrain.com/race3657/-mar-27-cannondale-british-enduro-series-1-ae-forest/


MENTIONS: @Cannondale / @schwalbe / @Magura / @Niall-Read




20 Comments

  • 14 0
 £5 for the mystical towing machine to drag you out the water logged field! Stage 1 & 5 times missing from masters category still, no penalties or order to riders leaving for their stage start times, short cuts not being monitored for stage 6 transition, lack of organisation at sign in. But stage 3, 4 & 6 were awesome! I'll put it down to teething issues...
  • 12 0
 Got to hand it to the old gravity enduro organisers, twice the entries and half the problems.
  • 8 0
 Surprised at only 157 entries. Wonder if it's just because it clashed with Vallelujah?
  • 1 0
 That is likely to be the reason. So many great events its hard to choose
  • 7 0
 Valleluja was half the price and better trails, no contest.
  • 3 2
 Did you ride both to know?
  • 2 0
 Rode valleluja and ridden Ae before...Tweed Valley offers a lot more. Aside from that, having two events in Scotland is great.
  • 4 0
 157? that is low, half the numbers of the PMBA rounds and the Welsh GE. Hopefully it was the weather that scared off the weak?
  • 2 0
 First go for the new organiser so some slack allowed, big mistake to have it same time as valejulah, just down the road really, and tweed valley can handle the rain much better than Ae, proper parking too. First round of UKE clashed with WGES and PMBA so they also saw low numbers. It's a tough format to get right !
  • 1 0
 i rode AE forest on thursday past, and there wasnt a soul to be seen. except for the felllas putting up the enduro trail boundaries. id a half mind to tackle some of them but being completely on my own and never being there before, i settled for the omega man!
  • 5 0
 5 on a podium is bollocks FACT
  • 1 0
 Ha ! Didn't think that until you said ... Happy to see Sam on the podium though !! Maybe they could do a group photo so nobody's left out Smile it's the taking part ...
  • 1 0
 yes but there are five on the podium FACT. Unless you're in elite women, then there are only three because there are only three entrants. You could literally enter, walk down, and take 4th. I can see it on someone's CV now. "4th place, british enduro series". It sounds awesome.
  • 1 0
 @jaame: Still its funking silly why you have 7 on the podium if you want to be different ;-)
  • 1 0
 @BMXrad: no I agree with you. Five is rather silly. It should be three. Rather, I was making the point that it's easy for girls to make the podium. I keep hearing the equal prize money argument in other sports. In this case it wouldn't be appropriate, since you'd only have to finish to make the podium.
  • 1 0
 @jaame: hahaha I agree with you then, the best paid model is a lady best paid sports person in a fella market forces.
  • 1 0
 I rode on this weekend, bit gutted with the timing issues. However I was driving away on the Sunday and found myself absolutely exhausted its was a hard race but very enjoyable! It was hard got ask Paton to compete against that kind of weather. Great weekend though, with some issues that I'm sure will be ironed out for round 2. ????
  • 1 0
 how sketchy is that course, lets hope it isn't lashing down for the next round!!
  • 1 0
 Reminds me of SoCal. ohwait
  • 1 0
 ...storming!

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