2014 UK Gravity Enduro Round 1 – Ae Forest | Helen Gaskell Coaching
The first big race of the year had finally come around and I was super excited to get riding and racing again. I was riding my new bike, the SCOTT Genius LT 700 Tuned. With 170mm travel and full carbon frame it’s a super light setup.I arrived on Friday lunch time to see the race village already packed with riders and teams; normally it would be quiet on Fridays. The popularity and appeal of Enduro racing has gone crazy! I had a plan to practice all 5 stages on the Friday; I ended up just doing stages 1 to 4 and leaving stage 5 for Saturday’s practice. Stage 4 was really technical and muddy at the top which is exactly what I love to ride while Stage 5 was the old DH track which I knew I would enjoy riding as I've raced it many times in my downhill days. I woke up to heavy rain on Saturday so I waited an hour till it stopped before I went to practice, the forecast was to be windy and stop raining, and, sure enough, by the time my seeding run came at 3:30pm it was sunny and much drier.