Unexpected Gnar - Enduro World Series Tweedlove Recon Slideshow

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The 2nd round of the 2014 Enduro World Series picks up in Peebles, Scotland as part of the Tweedlove cycling festival. Coming off an exciting opener in South America, riders face steep, wet, technical stages half a world away from that first race in Chile.

The pre-race expectation for most was that this event would feature pedally, physical, bike-park-style trails that lacked technical challenges. The first day of recon buried those expectations in the mud as the stages feature some of the steepest and most technical riding of any Enduro World Series race to date. There is a lot of pedaling during the liasons, but riders are running full grip tires or even spikes, and some are seriously considering running flat pedals. Race results are expected to be surprising and gaps will probably be bigger than previous races. This will truly be a race of excitement and drama.

Sven Martin, Dave Trumpore and Duncan Philpott deliver the sights, sounds and mud from the moors of Scotland.

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  • Joe_Graney

    5/31/2014 4:08 PM

    are those pink grips on sven's bike?

  • Joe_Graney

    5/31/2014 4:08 PM

    Chris Ball and Stu Thomson took a group of us on some of the Innerleithen trails last year after the Glentress 7. So steep! in the rain it must be insane racing on that. Wish I was there.

  • TimBud

    5/31/2014 12:58 AM

    Is Greg Minaar going to be the first mountain biker to retire to a career of modelling?!

  • sspomer

    5/31/2014 9:51 AM

    niki guidex? haha

  • TimBud

    5/31/2014 10:47 AM

    Ha yes.
    I should say the first male mtber then :p

  • Yuroshek

    5/30/2014 9:15 AM

    SO wish I was there, great job on the coverage boys!

  • Nicholast

    5/30/2014 9:08 AM

    Most of those course pictures don't even look like they are from the same area, let alone the same region; shale, to pine trees and pine needles, to ferns, to moss bordered singletrack, to dark woods, to what could be mistaken for high alpine. Quite the mix.

    Thanks for the excellent slideshow as always. I look forward to Vital slideshows more than any other bike content on any site.

  • Stiksandstones

    5/30/2014 7:25 AM

    Nice slideshow, as always. Don't think I've ever seen a crap race event slideshow here. Don't ever lose the mojo vital, MTB world appreciates this stuff.

  • SkyAle

    5/30/2014 12:34 AM

    That looks amazing!

  • OliC

    5/29/2014 11:35 PM

    unexpected, really? Scotland has a rich history of amazing natural riding through to top end (over ridden) man-made trails. Surely there was always potential otherwise EWS wouldn't have come here. A Series that has the picks of the world best trails.

  • bturman

    5/30/2014 10:58 AM

    I think it's safe to say that many riders were caught off guard by the gnar. Will be interesting to see how it all shakes down!

  • Ian Collins

    5/29/2014 9:58 PM

    killing it! so much grain! #darkdarkdark

  • canadmos

    5/29/2014 9:37 PM


    Those same ones get to the brain after watching them a few 100 times....lol.

  • canadmos

    5/29/2014 9:39 PM

    oh and great slideshow!

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