UK’s premier Mountain Bike Race
TransScotland exploded onto the “Trans” scene after the phenomenal success of the TransWales event in 2006. Starting and finishing in the borders town of Selkirk riders will spend 7 gruelling days in the saddle faced with challenging timed and untimed Special and Linking stages.
For years the UK has been looking for an event like this and puts Scotland right up there with the Classics; La Ruta, TransRockies, TransAlps and Cape Epic. Undoubtedly, the premier mountain bike race in the UK.
. . . Centred on Scotland’s World Class 7Staines trails
. . . 350 Teams and solo Riders
. . . 7 Days, 498Kms and 14,100m Vertical Climb
. . . Untimed Link Stages and timed Special Stages
TransScotland 26 May - 3 June 2007
Billed as the UK’s Premier Mountain Bike Event the Scottish Borders play hosts for this inaugural event. Making excellent use of Scotland’s world renowned 7staines Mountain Biking centre the event will combine a number of timed and untimed stages.
Linking stages allow riders to soak up the magnificent scenery and recharge the energy reserves. The Special Stages however, will push competitors to the limit of their skills, fitness and endurance with the added pressure of the clock ticking in the background.. The Special Stage pre-briefings will play a vital part in team tactics.
7 days of hard riding face 350 riders, who can expect to be shown no mercy as they take on some of the most technically challenging trails anywhere on the planet. The uninitiated will take on the challenges thrown up by the 7staines mountain biking centres at Glentress, Traquiar, Ae, Dalbeattie and Mabie.
the TransScotland stage profiles can be found on the official race website.
Stage 1 May 27 - Selkirk to Moffat
Stage 2 May 28 - Moffat to Drumlanrig
Stage 3 May 29 - Drumlanrig to Dalbeattie
Stage 4 May 30 - Dalbeattie to New Abbey
Stage 5 May 31 - New Abbey to Moffat
Stage 6 June 1 - Moffat to Peebles
Stage 7 June 2 – Peebles to Selkirk
The event is expected to have 5 Categories; Open, Veterans (40+), Mixed, Solo and Solo Veterans.
Why do we like this event? If last years Trans Wales is anything to go by this will be an epic first for the UK and will confirm Scotland’s World Class Mountain Bike credentials.
“Simply finishing the TransScotland will require cunning, fitness, imagination, exceptional team spirit and the hunger for outdoor adventure.“ Chain Reaction Cycles.