More than a few top enduro riders will be racing the Fort William Scottish Enduro Series opener at Nevis Range this weekend.
With the dust having only just settled on Aonach Mor after last weekend’s Macavalanche, Nevis Range will once again be hosting the return of racing, with the Scottish Enduro Series reprising this weekend.
Photos courtesy of Enduro World Series.
Lapierre Zipp Collective’s Isabeau Cordurier and Adrien Dailly, Devinci Global Racing’s Greg Callaghan and Evan Wall, as well as Bex Baraona, Ella Conolly and Katy Winton will be duking it out with the locals this weekend at Nevis Range.
The first round of the series, which is also an EWS Qualifier race, takes place on the hallowed trails of Nevis Range, where some of the biggest names in the sport will be looking to put their off-season training to the test at the first big race of the year.
In the men’s competition home grown talent like Ben Cathro, Corey Watson (Nukeproof SRAM Factory Racing) and Innes Graham have a fight on their hands to keep some of the EWS’ top riders off the podium. Adrien Dailly (Lapierre Zipp Collective) is making the trip from France, whilst Devinci Global Racing’s Evan Wall and Greg Callaghan will be heading over from Canada and Ireland respectively.
In the women’s race all eyes will be on Bex Baraona, who won the final EWS race of the 2021 season in the Tweed Valley. Making her debut for new team Yeti/Fox Factory, Baraona will take to the start line as the race favourite, but she has some stiff competition from two times EWS Champion Isabeau Courdurier (Lapierre Zipp Collective) and podium threats Katy Winton (GT Factory Racing) and Ella Conolly (Cannondale Enduro).
This weekend’s race marks the first SES since 2019, after a COVID enforced two year hiatus. Last year the series was acquired by ESO, owners and operators of the Enduro World Series, who plan to combine the world class racing they’re known for with family friendly race festivals.
As well as pro level racing, SES offers amateur and kids racing to ensure anyone who wants to get between the tapes can. For youngsters there’s age categories from two right through to 16, while adults can opt for either the SES80 or SES100 classes. The SES80 takes in a slightly shortened course that is perfect for teenagers or first time racers, whilst the SES100 lets amateurs race the exact same course as the pros. For the first time SES is now offering e-bike racing as well as a team category, allowing groups of three to tackle the race together.
Alongside the racing will be a lively event village, a Tempest Brewery beer tent, local bike brands and leading kids brand, Frog Bike, offering demos throughout the weekend.
“I grew up racing at regional and national level so I understand how important it is to offer riders a pathway into the sport. We’re proud of this new format, which we believe genuinely offers riders of all ages and abilities to get between the tapes, whether for fun or as a way to earn EWS Global Ranking Points and compete at the highest level of the sport.”
The Scottish Enduro Series takes place at Nevis Range, Fort William on April 23-24, more information about this weekend’s race is available here.