The Scottish Enduro Series (SES) celebrated its return in style this weekend on the iconic trails at Nevis Range as 400 racers took to the start for the first race of the year.
A revamped format saw a race weekend that offered up everything from balance bike racing for two year olds, right through to a challenging five stage race that attracted some of the biggest names in the sport from across the globe.
Saturday was devoted to the stars of the future, with two to five year olds hitting the balance bike course, whilst the six to 16 year olds headed out on to some of the area’s best blue and red trails. Over 70 young racers took part in SES KIDS, sponsored by Frog Bikes and Dirt School, enjoying perfect conditions under blue skies.
On Sunday it was the turn of the adults, with the new ebike category kicking off proceedings, followed by the amateur racers of the SES 100 and SES 80. These racers tackled five and four stages respectively, taking in the spectacular views from the Nevis Range report.
However, if there was one group of racers not hanging about to enjoy the scenery it was the pro category, which attracted a host of EWS stars keen to put their tyres on Scottish dirt ahead of EWS Tweed Valley in July.
In the women’s category it was two time EWS Series Champion Isabeau Courdurier (Lapierre Zipp Collective) who took the win, with Ella Conolly (Cannondale Enduro) in second and Bex Baraona (Yeti/Fox Factory Team) in third.
Greg Callaghan (Devinci Global Racing) came out on top in the Pro Men competition, with Scotland’s Christopher Gallager in second and Elliot Heap (Nukeproof SRAM Racing) rounding out the podium in third.
This weekend was the first SES since it was acquired by ESO, owners and operators of the Enduro World Series (EWS). As EWS Qualifier races, the SES offers a legitimate pathway from amateur racing to the highest echelons of the sport. Offering grassroots racing for kids right through to professional level sport, the SES wants to engage and grow the sport of mountain biking for future generations.
Race Director Alan McConnell said: “It’s great to be back racing and we couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season.
“We’d like to extend a huge thank you to all the racers, volunteers and spectators who turned out in force to make this weekend such a success.”