Preview: Innerleithen Mountain Bike Time Trial


The Innerleithen mountain bike time trial will take place on 29 September around the trails of Traquair Forest. Originally run in 2007 as the first enduro style event in Scotland, this race is popular with riders as it rewards both fitness and technical ability in equal measures, with some tough climbs and challenging descents, and prizes awarded for both the entire course and the fastest time on the final section of descent. The Alister Lees Memorial trophy will be awarded to the fastest veteran racer.

Innerleithen Mountain Bike Racing are pleased to announce that this year the race will also decide the East of Scotland Cycling Association (ESCA) Mountain Bike Championships for 2012.

The 26km course loops up, down and around the hill, taking in some old favourite sections and introducing riders to trails they haven’t ventured on to yet. Loved by both novices and pros, cross country, downhill and enduro riders, the time trial format with riders leaving the start at one minute intervals leaves room on the trails for all levels of mountain bike rider to race together, in peaceful harmony united by their joy in riding bikes off road.

The event will be closely followed on 30 September by round two of the Mini Downhill series for ages 10-18. Both events take place with the agreement and co-operation of Forestry Commission Scotland. To find out more visit or enter now using the British Cycling online system.