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
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...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.
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/