Team Wideopenmag’s Andrew Georgeson Does Battle in Glencoe.

The opening round of the 2021 SDA Series headed to the infamous Glencoe and our man Andrew Georgeson was flying the flag for us.

Like most Scottish downhill tracks in the Highlands, Glencoe takes no prisoners. Don’t get distracted by one of the most impressive views or you’ll be rattling yourself off the granite in no time.

The Scottish Downhill Association series kicked off at Scotland’s oldest ski field, Glencoe Mountain, under limited capacity, with Andrew Georgeson at the sharp end of the 15-16 category.

Photos by Rae McKenzie.

This weekend was round 1 of 4 of the SDA series at Glencoe. this year came with a change of track as we were racing on the Red. This track had everything from rocky straights, loose chicanes, tight corners and sweet jumps.

Practice day was pretty sweet getting back on the big bike again. However, as this track was super tight I opted for my trail bike, my Nukeproof Reactor, to see how it went and I was pleasantly surprised with how well it handled the DH track with the long rough sections.

This left me with the tough decision on what bike to pick as I finished up my day of practice. In the end I went for dh bike as it was just so planted and felt super comfy on the track.

Race run 1 was rowdy, the track was getting so loose and forever changing with every run. This run sat me into first place with 2nd place just 0.6 behind. It was close racing.

Race run 2 was a lot smoother of a run. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to better my first run time. I then fell back into 3rd with the lads bettering there run 1 times. It was some close racing, but really good fun.

All in all a very successful weekend dusting off the cobwebs on the downhill bike and getting back in between the tape was super cool, thanks to the SDA for a great weekend. Excited to get back with the team and get the UK national races underway in a couple of weeks at Hamsterley.

You can catch the full results from the first SDA on Roots and Rain here.