_67 Innerliethen with Brother Harry

30/12/14

Route map here

Innerliethen (and Glentress) trail maps


Riding Hamsterly for a day just wasn’t enough for us so we decided we had to go for a ride at Innerliethen  (coupled in with a Christmas family visit to see my uncle in Galashiels) which is definitely the best place to race that is doable in a day out from my house.

We set off super early and arrived to perfect blue skies and dry frosty trails. My mum drove up and brought my middle brother, Andrew, who went for a walk during the day whilst we rode.

We spent the first hour of the morning sessioning some of the best jumps at Inners over on the Matador run which involved trying to sent it as far as possible of the 2nd jump then slowly headed up the hill to find some classic Innerliethen tight and twisty trails in the woods.

The best part of the day was the run right before lunch where we decided to do a full run all the way from the top to the bottom, I was following Harry and at some point I had to stop to put my chain back on and lost Harry. I had no idea where he had gone or which trail he had chosen so I just made my own way down to the bottom, there are just so many trails in the woods here that you are constantly passing tracks disapearing away into the woods out of the corner of your eye, I followed whatever looked like most fun. I guess i caught Harry up a little as as we rode down we could both hear each other at various points as the trails we were following came closer together then drifted apart again but we never saw eachother. It was such an adrenaline rush hearing him buy knowing if he was about to burst out onto my track or not or feeling like racing each other buy no knowing who was ahead. We both emerged at the bottom laughing to eachother, completely out of breath… ‘which trail did you take?!’ … ‘I’ve no idea but it was awesome!’ … ‘ahahaha’… ‘ok time for some soup’

After lunch some of Harry’s friends that he knew from riding up here so much turned up and joined us for a few runs, it is so often the case, you just ride with whoever and make friends so easily when you both have a bike.

Loading up the car at 8am to get up the road to Innerliethen
Loading up the car at 8am to get up the road to Innerliethen
The clear blue sky from the first spot we stopped to session
The clear blue sky from the first spot we stopped to session
Harry lining up a run into the road gap over the top fire road
Harry lining up a run into the road gap over the top fire road
The sun was shining bright! Still flippin' freezin'
The sun was shining bright! Still flippin’ freezin’
Quick lunch break down with my mum and other brother, Andrew, who had come up for the day and been on a walk while we rode. It was a nice surprise to come down to the car to see my mum had brought the camping stove and had some hot tomato soup on for lunch
Quick lunch break down with my mum and other brother, Andrew, who had come up for the day and been on a walk while we rode. It was a nice surprise to come down to the car to see my mum had brought the camping stove and had some hot tomato soup on for lunch. Keeping warm with the granny blankets
Another push to the top after lunch
Another push to the top after lunch
A look back down the valley over the small inconspicuous town of Innerliethen which is just another place to most but to mountain bikers it is all too well known
A look back down the valley over the small inconspicuous town of Innerliethen which is just another place to most but to mountain bikers it is all too well known
Harry and his friend riding into the sun
Harry and his friend riding into the sun
A shot of my bike in the woods with its recent upgrades. New saddle, grips and pedals sorts out all the contact points and gives plenty of grip between me and the bike
A shot of my bike in the woods with its recent upgrades. New saddle, grips and pedals sorts out all the contact points and gives plenty of grip between me and the bike
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