Video: Lewis Buchanan Rides Flat Out on his Local Innerleithen Trails - Live To Ride Ep. 10

Sep 11, 2020
by Nico Turner  

In this weeks Live To Ride we continue our Scotland trip, driving down from the Highlands where we filmed with Ella Conolly we met with Lewis Buchanan at his home in Innerleithen. With just a few weeks till the EWS started back up, it was safe to say Lewis didn’t hold back on the trails.

Having competed in over 190 races across both downhill and enduro it is no surprise the speed Lewis was riding when we filmed, although he did admit to having two speeds, a race speed and a riding speed.

bigquotesI get told that I’m loose, out of control and erratic. I think I am in the right places but when it comes to racing I am all about trying to be efficient. There’s no denying that once the cameras come out you can’t not go fast. Lewis Buchanan


Innerleithen is located in the Tweed Valley just 30 miles south of Edinburgh. Lewis’s family made the move from the big city when Lewis was just 11 years old and it didn’t take long for him to discover biking after watching a race at the local downhill tracks.


The town has everything a professional mountain biker needs, from the downhill trails at Adrenaline Uplift to raw enduro tracks behind the local golf course, it even boasts several coffee houses and bike shops on the high street.

bigquotesInnerleithen is just a super small town that is buzzing with bikes, there’s a reason why people are trying to come here. It’s ideal for my job. Lewis Buchanan


With 2020 being a strange year and racing being on pause Lewis has been working hard to keep busy with things like his YouTube channel where he offers insights into the life of a pro EWS racer. He shared with us his experience of setting up his own race programme this year and the challenges he faced.

bigquotesDoing my own programme was something that was super last minute, it was all like a massive learning process from doing my own negotiations with not just one brand but like 10 brands basically. From booking flights to figuring out someone who can mechanic for me. Lewis Buchanan

Lewis has one of the more eye-catching bikes at the races with his Forbidden Druid and if you want to find out more about the bike we did a detailed bike check below.


With the EWS set to host a race in Innerleithen in 2021 a lot of eyes will be on Lewis, he’s excited to race in front of friends and family and admits this might be his best chance to win an EWS.

bigquotesI’ve never raced in my home town I think I started my enduro career the year after they raced here. I’m going to try and take full advantage of that and put my best foot forward and ride the trails like I know I can. I really feel like that’s my best chance to win one. Lewis Buchanan

Thanks for reading and watching another Live To Ride episode, next week we have Santa Cruz racer Mark Scott but we are slightly changing the schedule with the upload planned for Tuesday 9 am, you can keep up to date with all things Live To Ride by subscribing and giving us a follow on Instagram.

Rider: Lewis Buchanan
Filming & Words: Nico Turner / Live To Ride
Photography: Kieran Kenney
Sponsor: TRP Cycling Components / Forbidden Bicycles.


25 Comments

  • 31 0
 Lew: I think I’m smooth but everyone says I am loose and erratic.
Me: I think I’m rad but gopro says I ride like I’m driving Miss Daisy.
  • 6 2
 I hope the town of Innerleithen are paying you for this advertising Lewis - I expect a lot of people will be checking out the housing market there after watching this - looks too good!
  • 5 0
 The Tweed Valley is a pretty amazing place for riding. Inners on a Saturday is absolutely rammed with bikers. I'm sure not all the locals are happy about it, but there's no denying it's been good for the town.
  • 5 0
 @Davec85: Things have improved a fair bit since then I think. New rules about camping, new car park etc. But yeah, some residents will always not like it and unfortunately, some riders will always act like total tools. By in large though, things seem pretty harmonious.
  • 4 1
 @Davec85: I thought stripping and swearing was all people did in Ireland.
  • 8 0
 @militantmandy: an area that had its heart ripped out with the demise of the tweed and knitwear industry has seen a chink of light at the end of the tunnel with the number of visitors to the town . Not everyone is happy about the visitor numbers but TVTA ,Adrenalin uplift ,and likes of ridelines, number one cafe i -cycles and many others are doing great job of showing the locals that cycle tourism is a good thing for the town .perfect example of this is the recent solution to parking issues where all listed came together and found a good solution . Lewis and other local athletes as far back as cris ball,emma guy have all done the area proud in promoting the area as a quality riding destination . I really want the tweed vallley to continue to attract tourism for the great out doors to provide jobs for the next generation
  • 2 0
 @deertrackdoctor: Couldn't agree more! I spend a disproportionate amount of my time there. Enough to consider moving.
  • 3 0
 great video and i'm really enjoying lewis youtube content , he's a very talented and humble guy . Innerleithen and tweed valley is an area that had its heart ripped out with the demise of the tweed and knitwear industry has seen a chink of light at the end of the tunnel with the number of visitors to the town .
Not everyone is happy about the visitor numbers and to be fair some of the visitors have been acting like complete cockwombles which has not helped however TVTA ,Adrenalin uplift ,and likes of ridelines, number one cafe ,i -cycles and many others are doing great job of showing the locals and sbc councillors that cycle tourism is a good thing for the town They have all came together to provide a solution to parking issues.Lewis,RC katy winton Marck scott and other local athletes as far back as chris ball,emma guy have all done the area proud in promoting the area as a quality riding destination . Innerleithen and Tweed valley have a mind blowing amount of trails to ride and IMHO that's what makes innerleithen special . trail builders like Steve Deas at i -cycles laid the foundations for the amazing trail network we have now. The many trail builders that have followed are the ones who have made innerleithen special .with absolutely no thanks they have created a great future for innerleithen at the same time as forest enterprise refuse to invest in the trails at glentress and innerleithen whilst happily collecting the parking money and spending it on 2castle grey skull” rather than investing in creating more trails .I personally feel a sense of pride that these athletes love their home trails so much there willing to wax lyrical . I would like to see cycle tourism and outdoors activities grow in the valley to provide jobs for to create next generation
  • 2 0
 If anyone has ever ridden these Innerleithen trails, they are fast, steep, and often times rutted with loose loam or dirt. The only way to get down them fast is the way Lewis does it. Call it erratic, but he probably learned those skills riding at home. Tweed Valley was one of the favorite parts of my Scotland trip.
  • 2 0
 He is now riding the new long-travel Forbidden in EWS and in his other videos, not the Druid. In one video he mentions a fork sag of 32mm which is 20% for a 170mm fork, but that's all we know about it so far.
  • 2 1
 So does this mean you are going to give the Druid a go on race day. I was honestly a bit bummed that you didn’t. Wanted to see what a “short” travel bike was capable of.
  • 2 0
 Down to earth dude, big props.
  • 1 0
 What trail is he riding at 6:20?
  • 3 1
 Trail called 2nd Base at Golfie I think... not on Trailforks :-)
  • 2 0
 @Ianofmcmillan: it is on trailforks, but it is currently hidden because the builders have closed it so that they can do some renovation work.
  • 1 0
 I have an important question. Whats the song at 4.40?
  • 1 0
 I have an answer, it's from a site called music bed and is titled come-on-chair-model Hope that helps!
  • 1 0
 Good work Lew
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