The challenge for the third round of the EWS is unlike any other in elite mountain bike racing. With back-to-back races the athletes had just two days to recover after Ireland's gruelling race before practice kicked off here in Scotland. Most of the top riders put in around 150km last weekend over the three days of racing and practice - this week there are looking at more than 200km this week if they want to do more than one lap of each stage... This is where the fitness counts. The big question this week is who has the conditioning to thrive on the face of that sort of punishment?



When the sun is out it actually is quite beautiful here.
Fresh off the boat from Ireland we made out way up the Scottish coast to the Royal Village of Peebles.

Headed to EWS 3 in Scotland.
Fresh off the boat from Ireland, we made out way up the Scottish coast to the Royal Village of Peebles.

Headed to EWS 3 in Scotland.
Headed to EWS 3 in Scotland.

Headed to EWS 3 in Scotland.
The rooftops of Peebles

Welcome to Peebles.

Headed to EWS 3 in Scotland.
Headed to EWS 3 in Scotland.

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Headed to EWS 3 in Scotland.
Headed to EWS 3 in Scotland.

On the Wednesday night after the first day of practice the local cycle clubs held a coaching night for local kids with some of the EWS pros.

Headed to EWS 3 in Scotland.
Headed to EWS 3 in Scotland.

Headed to EWS 3 in Scotland.

Headed to EWS 3 in Scotland.
Headed to EWS 3 in Scotland.

Pete (bottom left) is one of the local trail fairies, he and Mark (top left), they have dug stage five fresh for this race and it's a beauty. Between the forestry and the network of volunteers they have an incredible network of trails in these forests.


Headed to EWS 3 in Scotland.
Headed to EWS 3 in Scotland.


The middle of the day and the sky was as black as night as the weather moved in with a vengeance high up on Stage 4.

Headed to EWS 3 in Scotland.
There are a lot of these here...

Familar sights in the Scottish borders.

Florian Nicolai having a bit of fun to kick off his first run in training.
Florian Nicolai having a bit of fun to kick off his first run in training.

Fabien Barel was running strongly last weekend until a puncture put paid to his chances of the win. He s out looking for redemption this weekend.
Fabien Barel was running strongly last weekend until a puncture put paid to his chances of the win. He's out looking for redemption this weekend.

Damien Oton has had a quiet season so far but did well here last year and will be looking to kickstart his season this weekend.
Damien Oton has had a quiet season so far, but did well here last year and will be looking to kickstart his season this weekend.

After a 3rd last week in Ireland Richie Rude is hungry to add an EWS win to his already impressive list of racing accomplishments.
After a third last week in Ireland, Richie Rude is hungry to add an EWS win to his already impressive list of racing accomplishments.

Knocked off the podium on the last stage of the day in Ireland Martin Maes has a score to settle here in Scotland
Knocked off the podium on the last stage of the day in Ireland, Martin Maes has a score to settle here in Scotland

Bryan Regnier low and fast through the bike park jumps that lone the bottom of Stage 2.
Bryan Regnier low and fast through the bike park jumps that line the bottom of stage two.

Headed to EWS 3 in Scotland.
With long liaison stages through the small villages many riders could be seen at the local cafes relaxing refueling and most importantly drying out

With long liaison stages through the small villages, many riders could be seen at the local cafes relaxing, refueling, and most importantly drying out.

Chris Ball doing his best to be sure some sections are as fresh cut as they can get.
The fresh-cut heather at the top of stage three was like unearthly green powder - a heavenly surface to ride on.

The top of stage three was axle-deep in fresh-cut green mulch.
The fresh-cut heather at the top of stage three was like unearthly green powder - a heavenly surface to ride on.

At least the long climbs back to the top helped to keep riders warm through the many hours of rising in the cold rain.
At least the long climbs back to the top helped to keep riders warm through the many hours of rising in the cold rain.

Chris Johnston diving into the dark woods at the top of stage four.
Chris Johnston diving into the dark woods at the top of stage four.

Riders pass through the clear cut in the dark dense forest on stage four.
Riders pass through the clear cut in the dark, dense forest on stage four.

Joe Barnes got his first ever EWS podium here last year and is on a mission to repeat that again this year.
Joe Barnes got his first ever EWS podium here last year and is on a mission to repeat that again this year.

Pouring rain followed by direct sunlight gets you a shot of Anneke Beerten through a steamed up lens
Pouring rain followed by direct sunlight gets you a shot of Anneke Beerten through a steamed up lens.

Justin Leov and Rene Wildhaber finish out a long day in Innerleithen.
Justin Leov and Rene Wildhaber finish out a long day in Innerleithen.

Jerome Clementz admits that he s still not feeling 100 - in practice he said he was taking it easy. His easy was over 2 000m of climbing on the first day of practice...
Jerome Clementz admits that he's still not feeling 100% - in practice he said he was taking it easy. His easy was over 2,000m of climbing on the first day of practice...

Francois Bailly-Maitre rolling the big wheels through the tight trees
Francois Bailly-Maitre rolling the big wheels through the tight trees.

Jesse Melamed is riding high after his first top ten last weekend and is looking to repeat it again here in Scotland.
Jesse Melamed is riding high after his first top ten last weekend and is looking to repeat it again here in Scotland.

Cecile Ravanel looks good on the tech sections and will be threat for the win if she is able to put some horsepower down on the pedaling sections.
Cecile Ravanel looks good on the tech sections, and will be threat for the win if she is able to put some horsepower down on the pedaling sections.

Yoann Barelli has been in Whistler all learning to ride in the rain - he has the chance to see if it paid off this weekened.
Yoann Barelli has been in Whistler all winter learning to ride in the rain - he has the chance to see if it paid off this weekend.

Ben Cruz and Marco Osborne kept the mood light by were blasting tunes out of a portable stereo all the way down the track again today.
Ben Cruz and Marco Osborne kept the mood light by blasting tunes out of a portable stereo all the way down the track again today.

Anne-Caroline Chausson isn t a huge fan of the more physical stages here in Scotland and is waiting until the steeper big mountain races to come to make her push for the title.
Anne-Caroline Chausson isn't a huge fan of the more physical stages here in Scotland and is waiting until the steeper, big mountain races to come to make her push for the title.

Rain sun wind and hail. In random order and on repeater all day long.
Rain, sun, wind, and hail. In random order and on repeat all day long.

Dan Atherton blast the lower woods on Stage 8
Dan Atherton blasts the lower woods on stage eight.

Troy Brosnan is here for his first EWS this weekend. He has spent the past two days riding in trains with his Specialized teammates Curtis Keene and Mitch Ropelato.
Troy Brosnan is here for his first EWS this weekend. He has spent the past two days riding in trains with his Specialized teammates Curtis Keene and Mitch Ropelato.

Greg Callaghan s girlfriend Katy Winton lives here in Peebles so he knows the terrain here well and will surely be looking to silence any doubters who think last weekend was anything but pure pace.
Greg Callaghan's spends a fair bit of time here in Peebles, so he knows the terrain here well and will surely be looking to silence any doubters who think last weekend was anything but pure pace.

Mark Scott drags bar and forearm through the greasy corners on Stage 8.
Mark Scott drags bar and forearm through the greasy corners on stage eight.

Local pinner Ruaridh Cunningham won a stage last year - if he holds it together over two days he could have a real shot at the win.
Local pinner Ruaridh Cunningham won a stage last year - if he holds it together over two days he could have a real shot at the win.

Eddie Masters knows how to prepare for torrential Scottish rain. Minimal layers for quick drying and swim goggles to keep the water out.
Eddie Masters knows how to prepare for torrential Scottish rain. Minimal layers for quick drying and swim goggles to keep the water out.

Iago Garay storming down stage eight to escape the hail.
Iago Garay storming down stage eight to escape the hail.

Welcome to the wet and Wild Tweedlove EWS.
Welcome to the wet and Wild Tweedlove EWS.



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Maybe best-known as a long-standing member of Pinkbike's European editorial team, Matt is also a successful commercial photographer. As the first English-speaking photographer to follow and document the nascent European enduro scene, he was shooting enduro well before it became a marketing buzzword or a shade of blue. Today he is still one of the few photographers to make his living following the discipline and has built up an enviable client list that includes many of the top teams and brands in the world.


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Dave spent the bulk of the past 17 years racing professionally before realizing that despite qualifying for the random World Cup final here and there, the next generation was just way too fast and way more talented. Upon hanging up his racing boots in 2010, it would be a few years until Dave picked up a camera and started shooting the odd race here and there as a way to stay in touch with all the friends he had made over the years, and the rest as they say is history. In just a few years time his photos have graced the pages of just about every MTB magazine and major media outlet, while his commercial client list includes a who's who of the cycling industry, and he is lucky enough to shoot regularly with some of the best riders on the planet. Currently at Pinkbike, Dave shoots the Downhill WC and the Enduro World Series as well as contributing to the occasional editorial story.


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42 Comments

  • + 74
 Eddie Masters actually hilarious, Bet he is feeling a bit cold tonight though!!!
  • + 32
 Hard nipples are more aero
  • + 6
 I wonder if he has any tear-offs for his swimming goggles?
  • + 5
 Look out, The Spirit of Enduro is here!
  • + 9
 Scrolling... scrolling... scrollOHMYGODWHAT
  • + 19
 Amazing photos, they make me want to go to Scotland! Thanks for the great coverage Pinkbike!
  • + 17
 Ed Masters, of course, who else would dress like this Big Grin
  • + 10
 Ed Masters... king..
  • + 6
 Been working on the trails this week, the place is buzzing, my playground och aye the noo lol
  • + 3
 Golfie trails rock, thanks for the photo's tempted to go up and cheer on Joe Barnes this weekend despite the Scotish dust Smile
  • + 5
 Awesome coverage
  • + 3
 Great photos, Will have to plan a visit one day. Love the shot of all the kids, so much bright colour! :-)
  • + 4
 Its great having all this on my doorstep. Great phots
  • + 3
 Great photos! Lucky to call this place my home!
  • + 2
 Can I get Fabien Barel to teach my kid to ride a bike? On second thought, can he teach me to ride as well?
  • + 3
 Map at bottom is EWS#2. Please update to EWS#3
  • + 1
 Tough going this year, traila maybe a bit less tech than slast year but the storm forecast for Sunday will make it interesting !
  • + 1
 Wonderful photos & desc
Keep it up pb...
Big thanks to all photographes, editors and the whole crews
  • + 3
 Gwan de Greg!
  • + 1
 Yeahh boiii, the double would be amazing
  • + 2
 Good to see Troy pinning and grinning, mullet flying in the wind.
  • + 2
 Is that Crawford Carrick Anderson? An absolute legend!
  • + 1
 Look like fantastic trails!
  • + 1
 Hmmm Barnes is on yellow crossmax wheels again...
  • - 3
 that was a photo from last year joe is still running 2015 crossmaxs
  • + 7
 He's running a Pike, that pic is from today
  • - 1
 less than a pre-production Yeti per month? Hmmm, not interested...
  • + 1
 Great photos - keep 'em coming!
  • + 1
 I think Eddie should wear a neckbrace too!
  • + 1
 Say mud fest.
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