Alastair’s report on SDA1

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

I travelled to Innerleithen for round 1 of the SDA Series with wet tyres on as the weather forecast for the weekend was full of doom and gloom with much wetness. 

I travelled to Innerleithen for round 1 of the SDA Series with wet tyres on as the weather forecast for the weekend was full of doom and gloom with much wetness.

As it turned out it was pretty dry for the 2 days and there was no doom or indeed gloom in sight.

The already moist track stayed that way for most of practice on Saturday on the fun straightforward track. The secret to getting a good time come raceday was carrying speed on the fairly straight track which got increasingly rough and rooty as time went on. 

At the end of practice I had put in 5 runs and felt very comfortable with the way I was riding. I had chosen Schwalbe Muddy Marys tyres for the damp conditions and they proved just the job for this track.

Sunday practice I put in the usual 2 runs and then set about removing the many KG’s of mud that was sticking to the bike before heading up for my 1st race run.


David Tallontire (Uplift Scotland) is a hard man to beat on any innerleithen track and Neil Wilson (Alpine Bikes) was out to make a good impression with new sponsors and a new bike so was going to be pushing hard.

I got good power out of the start and kept the pace up until about half way down when I made a small mistake on the entrance to an off camber section and lost momentum not being able to pedal which cost a couple of secs. I was back on pace and got the rest of the track pretty good until near the bottom when I made the decision to take a low safe line instead of a tighter root infested shorter and faster line. Although safe, this choice cost a couple of secs. Crossing the line I was fastest time with wilson 2nd and  Martin Hodgson 3rd. Tallontire had crashed out .

For 2nd Race Run I knew if all went well I had around 5 seconds I could take off my first run time and I was going to have to do it as Tallontire was goint to be around the same pace i reckoned.

Again I started well from the start and had a great run down feeling very comfortable on the Scalp as usual and was able to let go a bit more. I hit all the lines pretty good and took the better line over the roots at the bottom that I had missed 1st run to get to the finish 4 secs faster than my 1st run on a 3:23.4 with tallontire coming in 0.5 secs faster on a 3:22.9 and Wilson a bit further back on a 3:34.9

Its always easy to find lost time when you get beaten by such a small amount but I had to be happy with 2nd and felt that I rode well .


Pics: Ian Linton

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