G-Form Enjoyro Race Report – TweedLove Race Team rider Callum Thornley

June 27, 2017

Last weekend I competed in the Tweedlove, G-Form Enjoyro. The event itself was part of the final weekend of Tweedlove which also included the Shimano TweedLove International Enduro, the UK’s biggest Demo Weekend and the Cycle Law Scotland Skinny Tweed.
I had been getting excited for this event for a while as it was my first enduro and most importantly it was on home turf. The course itself was rad, there was a huge range of terrain from roots and mud to rocks and grit.

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Callum gets a grilling by MC Jamie Birks before the race start

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The next generation of super fast racers! Callum sets off with his little sister Ruby

 

 

It was a 20km loop consisting of Berm Baby Berm, Electric Blue, Blue Velvet, The Horse Trail, Falla Brae, The Green and finally the famous Dave’s Trail. As I am 13 I was riding in the 12-13 category and was accompanied by the rapid Jon Quale who also competed in the International Enduro the next day. We all rode up the brutal Janet’s Brae and cycled up to the first stage. Berm Baby Berm and Electric Blue. Both very pedally trails and finding speed out of corners was tricky but when you finally found the speed it was rad. I had a solid 1st stage with no mistakes so far. Just before stage 2 there was a feed station… it was so good stuffing my face with delicious cakes and drink. Thanks to the guys running that!

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Between the tape. Riders of all ages took to the trails in Glentress for the G-Form Enjoyro

 

Stage 2 I had a crash on a rooty section that joined to trails together, my bars went squint and I lost quite a bit of time. Apart from that, that stage was soooo fun, with some really good fast, flowy sections. Thankfully there was no climbing at all for the next stage as it was right next to the end of the previous stage. This next stage was Falla Brae. I had my best run ever on it and felt really good with no mistakes. Falla was always going to be a rough stage but with my relatively new Whyte T-130s I had enough travel to glide over all the roots and rocks and then have the perfect amount of travel for pedaling!

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The G-Form Enjoyro might have been Callum’s first ever enduro, but he isn’t a stranger to an endurance race or two! Here he is dropping into the ‘Bomb Hole’ at this years Odlo Glentress Seven

 

Finally we rode back up the Dave’s Trail, it was getting late now as we were all held up by a big crash on Falla Brae. Get well soon Benjamin. I was having a solid run until I went straight into some tape and had to get off my bike and run back up to where I departed the track. Lost a bit of time there but I wasn’t too worried.

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On the top step! A great result for Callum’s first Enduro

I was glad to finish and really excited to find out my placing in my category and overall. I was amazed to find out that I had won my category by almost a minute and came 3rd overall! It was such a fun race and I would recommend it to anyone looking to get in to enduro!

Stage 1 – 3:36

Stage 2 – 4:48

Stage 3 – 4:14

Stage 4 – 3:36

Overall – 16:17