Nestled in the Scottish Highlands at the foot of the Nevis range, for most mountain bikers Fort William is the World Cup downhill track at the top of the world. For Joe Barnes and the Dudes of Hazzard, it’s home. Nearly 2,500 kilometers away from the last Enduro World Series race in Finale Ligure, Italy, find out what makes the long drive north all worth it.
Also, don’t miss the custom Biggie Smalls Spectral.
It is a long drive back from continental Europe to Fort William and the Scottish Highlands, but it is worth it.
Home home and mobile home.
Rocky, steep and rainy, the perfect training grounds for EWS racing.
Joe lives right up the road from his mother Gill.
She rides more than me! According to Joe, his mom wears out drive trains faster than him.
At the highest level, mountain bikers have to hit the weights to make it through all of the stages of an EWS round.
Ferg, Liam and Joe putting in the hours.
Craig, the Canyon Factory Enduro Team mechanic and source of excellent banter, also lives in Fort William.
The legendary custom Biggie Spectral.
The colour scheme is based on a famous sweater rocked by the Notorious B.I.G.
Out and about in Fort William.
The wild west coast of Scotland.
Moto boots are great for digging in the mud.
The Dudes of Hazzard in their element.
With so much open land, the Dudes tend to build tracks where they please.
The lush wet woods of the Scottish Highlands have become notorious for their muddy tracks.
Nothing like the old huck to corner.
Basically a flat pedal now.
When it is this muddy, you can hardly steer. You just have to follow the tracks and stay on the bike.
It is a crazy way to ride and it definitely makes for good photos.