Last week saw myself and Andrew returning to the Tweed Valley. This was my 6th trip to the area, some would say it was time for something new but if it ain’t broke don’t fix it!
The big difference between home and the Tweed Valley is the length and volume of trails. It’s definitely worth the trip. There’s something for everyone. Family trails in Glentress, harder routes in Innerleithen, some of the best natural trails in Golfie and some big mountain routes in between.
A late ferry meant a few hours kip in a lay by outside Stranrear before trucking across to Peebles. 3 hours later and a can of Red Bull and we arrived at Glentress at about 7am. Another couple of hours kip and off on a lap of the trails. The highlight was seeing 3 grown men riding with no helmets, one even had knee pads on! Natural selection and all that.
Saturday saw us meeting up with Andre and another lap of the red in Glentress. Cool Runnings was the only change from previous years and a brilliant addition! Spooky wood as per usual was so much fun.
Day 3 and we headed off to Innerleithen. Up the Southern Upland Way straight to the top of Minch Moor. Such a nice climb with great views. We descended down the red. It’s starting to get a bit ropey in places and could do with a bit of tlc, but nonetheless great fun to ride. A bit of a push up to the top of the DH trails and a run down Make or Brake and some sessioning. It’s a testament to the guys who built these trails that advanced riders can be challenged, but other riders can still get down them and have fun!
Day 4 and 5 was dedicated to the Golfie. The sheer amount of trails here is mind-blowing. This is where the new Orange Five got a serious testing, but performed with flying colours.So stable through the rough and railing round the corners. A spike on the front would definitely have been useful for the typical summer conditions. The Scots like their steep muddy trails apparently.
The pick of the trails has to be Nae Spleens and Flat White. Nae spleens being steep and technical and Flat White being perfect berms top to bottom. Like nothing I’ve ever ridden!
Day 6 was a quick blast at Inners. Too Hard for the EWS and Caddon Bank to finish off another amazing trip to the Tweed Valley.
Big shout out to Craig at No1 Peebles Road for the great food and tea and also for pointing us in the right direction. Make sure you call in next you’re in Innerleithen.
Still more to do next year, Cademuir, Thornielee, Yair and plenty more. Time to get planning!
Thanks as always to Orange Bikes, Urge Bike Products and Gamut for keeping me rolling!