Report: Innerleithen MTB Series

Report: Innerleithen MTB Series

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Location: Innerleithen, Peebles-shire
Event: 28 August 2011
Report: Helen Findlay

On Sunday it was time for round 2 of the series, and not soon enough for the 72 racers who took part. For many it was their first taste of downhill racing.

Riders can do as many runs as they want and Rob Waite rode an impressive seven timed runs! With that kind of enthusiasm and commitment the future of downhill racing is pretty safe in Innerleithen.  The course was greasy and tricky to start and had some challenging bends for the riders, but as the day went on, the track dried and the riders started learning their lines, the times started getting faster.

There was a good turn-out in the girls race, with a full podium. Rebecca Kennedy, current Scottish Champion in her age group, took the win with a time of 1.44. James Purvis continued his streak of good form, taking the 10-12 years male first place at 1.29.

Times were close at the top in the 13-14 years male, Neil Stewart and Brad Swinbank both on 1.28, and the top place awarded to Neil for consistent times throughout the day. Rory McRitchie won the 15-16 years male in 1.19 and Calum McRitchie was the fastest 17-18 year old in 1.09, the fastest run of the day.

This race series is run with the support of the Tweeddale Sports Council, Grease Monkey Cycles and i-Cycles of Innerleithen. The final round of the series is on 30 October, a special Spooky Downhill race, for more info see

British Cycling would like to thank the organising team, officials and everyone else who helped promote this event. Our sport could not exist without the hundreds of people, many of them unpaid volunteers, who put in many hours of hard work running events, activities and clubs.