Video & Race Report: A New King & Queen of the Tweed Valley

Aug 23, 2019
by Neil Dalgleish  
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Tweedlove’s Triple Crown 2019 series concluded last weekend with Whyte Bikes King and Queen of the Hill, which for this year also doubled up as the fifth round of the British National Enduro Series.

The sun shone (sometimes) on TweedLove’s final race weekend of the season

The sell-out event headed to Innerleithen with 31km of race stages on both sides of the Tweed Valley in the Traquair and Caberston forests. The ruthless weather over the last few weeks meant a slick and greasy course but this didn’t bother Sprocket Cycle’s Jess Stone and Wideopen Magazine’s Christo Gallagher who stormed ahead and were crowned TweedLove’s 2019 King and Queen of the Hill.

Christo Gallagher (WideOpen) stamped his authority on the Tweed Valley enduro race scene this year. Undisputed king of the hill.

A fast rolling Jess Stone (Sprocket Cycles) has the queen’s robe for 2019

Callum Johnson (PCC) ran out of luck today in the Juniors cat – a puncture and missed finish meant winning three stages and second on another still ended up with a DNF. Proper rapid laddie.

Close behind Christo in the male race was Whyte Bikes’ Sam Shucksmith and former downhill world champion, Madison Saracen legend Danny Hart, who won here last year but lost time after crashing early on.

Thorfinn Barton was loving the shred and had solid top 8 results all day

A crash on S2 – for a lot of people the toughest stage of the day – meant (Madison Saracen) Danny Hart’s bid to retain his crown was over early on. He still got third place though.

For the females Jess had Polly Henderson (Juliana Cycles), current number 9 in the under 21 Enduro World Series, hot on her heels closely followed by Roslynn Newman (Female Riders).

The unstoppable Polly Henderson (Juliana Bikes)

Fastest 3 females:
1 – Jess Stone (Senior) | Sprocket Cycles – 21:17.30
2 – Polly Henderson (Junior) | Juliana Bikes UK – 21:56.96
3 – Roslynn Newman (Masters) | Female Riders Race Team – 24:17.98

Out of the light and back into the dark. Bradley Illingworth (Santa Cruz/Start Fitness)

Fastest 3 males:
1 – Christopher Gallagher (Senior) |– 16:51.54 – fastest overall on the day
2 – Sam Shucksmith (Senior) | Whyte Bikes – 17:05.13
3 – Danny Hart (Senior) | Madison Saracen – 17:15.16

Pan shot drop-in to the second half of Stage 5. The lactic was in full flow by this point.

The fastest men. Gallagher (WideOpen), Shucksmith (Whyte), Hart (Madison Saracen)

T-Mo Racing’s Jayden Randall floats the big root double on the tricky but fun S3

Christo had a top day not only stealing the crown but also winning the overall Triple Crown series with a total of 1,400 points accumulated from the three races; Vallelujah, Transcenduro and Whyte Bikes King and Queen of the Hill, two of which he was the winner. In the female camp it was Jessie-May Morgan who was overall victor after a stonking performance across the three events.

Ladies and gentlemen, Jessie-May Morgan (Swift Trails/WTB/Bspoke Cycles) has well and truly arrived. Overall Triple Crown champion for 2019 – supreme riding in all three rounds of the TweedLove enduros tells it like it is.

Top step’s becoming a habit for Mr Consistent Christopher Gallagher

Their performance now stands them in good stead for securing the British National Series win in their respective categories which will be decided at round six in Wales next weekend.

“The 2019 Triple Crown Series has been epic. We have had some challenging weather conditions at the last two rounds but everyone has still left with a smile on their face, and that’s what it’s all about. We are already looking forward to welcoming even more riders from around the world to the valley in 2020,” concludes event director Neil Dalgleish.

The new King and Queen of Bike Valley


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