Video: Highlights from the Scottish Downhill Association Round 1 - Glencoe

Jul 5, 2021
by Adam McGuire  

After what seems like forever, Downhill Racing has returned in Scotland. Glencoe was the first venue for this years 2021 Scottish Downhill Association series. Riders from across the UK gathered in Glencoe for a weekend of warm weather and dusty conditions.

Huge shout out and thank you to all the racers, parents, all the marshals, medical staff and volunteers for sticking with us and supporting the SDA. We’re stoked to be back!

Massive thanks to our sponsors Greenpower, Steam Punk, Start Fitness, Mudhugger, Hope and Bawbags.

Big up all the volunteers who made this weekend possible too, it wouldn't happen without you.

Also a big thanks to Glencoe Mountain Resort for their teams help and support in the lead up and over the race weekend. It hasn't been an easy year for them with Covid, and their main building burning down but they played a big role in helping the event run smoothly. Looking forward to running at full capacity next year.

Video by McGuire Visuals
Photos by Rae McKenzie

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 Glencoe is a great place. Staff couldn't be more friendly. It always surprises me how few people there are riding there. Any time I go upto Fort William I will always stop in for a day.
  • 2 0
 Great track for the first race in about 18 months. The SDA delivering as always.
  • 2 0
 Well organised, great event :-)
  • 2 0
 Brilliant weekend!!!!
  • 1 0
 Lew Buchanan taking the win on his trail bike too, awesome
  • 1 0
 Was that the 170mm travel 29er Enduro bike with a 63 degree head angle?
He beat the other Enduro bike on 180mm travel fork.
There was a 180mm travel fork Dh bike in there too.

I guess Lewis could not get out to the EWS due to restrictions.
Enduro bikes are so fast these days, is there really a need for a Dh bike on most tracks unless you are racing WC?
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 @betsie: probably not for most people. I don't know how well they would hold up if you're the type to send big gaps & drops on a regular basis though. Would be interesting to see somebody try and race a DH season on an enduro bike, see how it compares in the long term
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 @johnnyboy11000: for us normal punters we are not really abusing our forks compared to the fast guys.

Would be interesting to see how 2 dampers that are probably not that different compare. Tapered steerer compared to straight and dual crown.

Enduro seems like longer runs in worse conditions and with climbing compared to Dh. Probably more practice in enduro too.
An EWS race with some zebs has to be significantly longer ride time and abusive ride time compared to a Dh WC.
6 practice runs then qualification for Dh WC for some.

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