For day one of racing here in Scotland riders tackled 58km and around 1,500m of climbing. While the numbers may be fearsome at first glance, this is another slightly more relaxed race with plenty of time given for the climbs. The four stages today are the more downhill-oriented of the eight, with a more physical day on the cards for tomorrow (unless the weather gets as bad as predicted, then everything might change).
The weather gods smiled on us today with great conditions for racing - bright and occasionally sunny, but not too hot. That said, the Scots like reminding us that tomorrow is going to be another story...
The top riders were accompanied by children from the local cycling clubs as they left the stage.
Richie Rude's number plate emergency contact info. Medical Condition: Too legit to quit and medications carried: Balls of Steel
Eddie Masters has his race day nutrition dialled.
Josh Carlson took some time before the start to psych himself up for the day of racing. It seemed to pay off - he's in tenth this evening - leading his Giant teammates.
Believe it or not the sun was out today and for the entirety of the race. Don't worry though, the forecast for Sunday calls for the rain, hail, and wind to return.
Troy Brosnan isn't doing too badly at his first EWS, 30th tonight and the first of the Specialized men as things stand.
All in black and on a mission, Richie Rude looked unstoppable every time he came past.
Greg Callaghan weaving through the tight trees on stage one
Tracy Moseley was supreme today, winning four of four in convincing fashion. At the finish line should couldn't quite believe her times as she didn't feel she had ridden too well.
With a second on stage two, Justin Leov is on pace this weekend and if Jerome falters could leave Scotland as the series points leader.
Jerome Clementz looked comfortable and smooth on track but is still yet to find enough speed to be a contender.
By her own standards it wasn't a good day for Anne-Caroline Chausson - she's second tonight, after two second place and two third place finishes on the day's stages.
Cecile Ravanel is uncharacteristically outside the top 3 after day one.
Mark Scott is running at an all-time best of fourth this evening. Sure this is his home race, but he has been working hard all winter to get into good condition.
Fabien Barel started a little slowly this morning, but picked up speed as the day went on to land in sixth this evening, 12 seconds off the lead.
After taking 4th last week in Ireland, Martin Maes is still looking to find his pace this week in Scotland.
Rolling high on the confidence of last week's win, Greg Callaghan has been at the point end all day with three fourth place finished and a win on stage three.
Isabeau Courdurier is getting faster with each race - fifth this evening.
Anneke Beerten looked to be absolutely flying today - getting as high as second on the fourth stage.
Rene Wildhaber won the opening stage today, but the later stages didn't suit him so well - he is still well-placed to do well on the more physical tracks tomorrow.
Florian Nicolai seems more than at home here in the Scottish mud and has consistently been among the fastest all day. His sits in third tonight.
Joe Barnes was not a happy man tonight - after starting strongly with a third on the first stage, he hit a tree and nursed a sore shoulder for the rest of the day.
The freight train that is Richie Rude storming down stage three.
Rene Wildhaber dominated the pedally stage one to start the day in the lead. He slipped as the day went on but look for him to pull a lot of time back on the flatter Sunday stages.
After knocking on the the top ten last week, Dan Atherton struggled with crashes today and is far of the pace after day one.
Total stage domination today for Tracey Moseley means she carries a 47 second lead into day two.
After winning everything today, Tracy Moseley took time to sign autographs for the fans after racing, still smiling and relaxed.
About the Photographers Matt Wragg • Age: 32 • Years Shooting: 3 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. Dave Trumpore • Age: 35 • Years Shooting: 4 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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