On the 9 – 10 June, the British Enduro Championships is coming to Scotland! We have just received news that the official BEMBA (British Enduro Mountain Bike Association) UK National Championship will be hosted by Tweedlove on the amazing Tweed Valley trails.

Here’s the latest news from the organisers themselves: Hillside Outside Ltd, the organisers of TweedLove bike festival and Triple Crown enduro series, have announced they will be hosting the British Enduro Mountain Bike Association’s 2018 British Enduro Championships, with Whyte Bikes as the title partner. The race will be held in the Tweed Valley over the weekend 9-10 June, and organisers are promising a big production for the event weekend. “This is a really important race for UK enduro and we’ll be pulling out all the stops to make sure it’s worthy of becoming the most significant Championship in British mountain bike racing,” says event director Neil Dalgleish.

The Tweed Valley has been the school of champions for many years. Local superstar Katy Winton was raised on these trails.

“The British Enduro Mountain Bike Association organisers have agreed the race will move around the ‘home nations’ annually, giving different venues and organisers the opportunity to showcase their trails and race production. We’re proud to announce that Scotland and the Tweed Valley will be hosts for 2018, and we’re working with forestry officials and landowners on a course which we hope will showcase the best riding in the valley, with stages befitting of a classic British Champs race. We have some awesome trails here, so it should be a fantastic event.”

The Tweed Valley has the perfect trails to crown the new National Champion

Enduro is currently the most popular race discipline in UK mountain biking so demand for places on the start list is expected to be high. “We want this annual race to be a pinnacle of the UK enduro calendar, so that’s how we’ll approach the production of it,” says Neil. “The event is timed to coincide with the big TweedLove bike festival weekend, so it’s going to be a real celebration of trail riding in what we believe is the spiritual home of UK enduro. We’re keen to help build the reputation of a race which represents top rung racing in British MTB’s most popular discipline, so it should provide a real test and challenge for riders, in a friendly spirit, and on some of these islands’ best trails.”

Whyte bikes have been making some big noises on the UK scene, with a great crop of bikes. The perfect partners for the UK Nationals.

UK bike brand Whyte Bikes were “the natural choice” to be headline sponsors, as Neil explains: “Whyte Bikes’ success over the last few years has been incredibly impressive and we’ve enjoyed working positively with them in the past. Their bikes demonstrate how well they understand riders’ needs in this country – we’re proud to have such an awesome British brand as title sponsor. ”Guy Farrant, managing director of Whyte Bikes said: “Whyte are delighted to support the 2018 BEMBA British Enduro Championships as title partner. Having worked with Neil on TweedLove we know his events are always well organised with a great vibe. We enjoy supporting enduro racing as it’s both competitive and fun – as well as a perfect showcase for our UK developed bikes. This Championship event will see the weekend warrior rubbing shoulders with pro-elite sponsored riders and is set to be the highlight of the UK season.”

Riders can expect a huge expo, Tweedlove never do things by half.

The event looks set to attract many riders and a great deal of bike industry interest. Tweed Valley enduro races are already amongst the most popular in the country, with TweedLove’s Triple Crown series the best attended enduro series in the UK for the last two years. The TweedLove team have useful experience of creating and managing some of the country’s biggest mountain bike events, including hosting the UK’s only two visits of the Enduro World Series to date. A full-scale expo and event village with a packed weekend of entertainment and other bike events is also planned.”

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Words: Trevor Worsey and Tweedlove Photos: Trevor Worsey