Big Guns Take the Elite Wins at the Scottish Enduro Opener.

With the first Enduro World Series race afoot, a few big names dusted off the cobwebs at Nevis Range for the first Scottish Enduro.

The locals couldn’t quite stick it to the big name pros when it came to the first Scottish Enduro Series event at Nevis Range.

Photos courtesy of Enduro World Series.

Fort William is used to hosting the biggest names in mountain biking  – and the first round of the Scottish Enduro Series (SES) was no exception. 

Four hundred racers took to the trails in the shadow of Scotland’s most iconic mountain range, but the homegrown riders couldn’t hold off the international talent that made the journey for the first big race of the year. 

The Pro Category took on five stages under a blazing sun, with the infamous Scottish mud replaced by dust. Two times EWS Champion Isabeau Courdurier (Lapierre Zipp Collective) was at home in the dry conditions and dominated the women’s race to win by an impressive 13 seconds ahead of Ella Conolly (Cannondale Enduro) in second with Bex Baraona (Yeti/Fox Factory Team) in third place.

In the men’s race it was Greg Callaghan (Devinci Global Racing) who took a convincing win – also finishing the race with just over a 13 second lead. Scotland’s Christopher Gallagher rode consistently to finish second, whilst Elliot Heap (Nukeproof SRAM Racing) rounded out the podium in third. Top seeded racer Adrien Dailly (Lapierre Zipp Collective) took it easy to finish the day in 21st place.

However it wasn’t just the pros between the tapes, a huge amateur contingent also made the trip to Nevis Range. The first UK EWS Qualifier of the year saw a huge field tackle the SES 100 race in search of those all important Global Ranking Points, tackling the exact same course as the pro field. Meanwhile the SES 80 racers took on a slightly shortened course, racing four stages in total. E-bike and team categories also made their SES debut at the weekend, with a strong showing in both.

The stars of the future also got their chance to shine, with SES KIDS racing catering for two year olds on balance bikes right the way through to 16 year olds who got to experience some multi-stage enduro. 

The Scottish Enduro Series returns for Round Two in the Tweed Valley on June 23-24. For more information about the Scottish Enduro Series click here.

Full results from the Scottish Enduro Series opener can be found here