2014 World Enduro Series

by Guy Wynn-Williams

Racing has taken Jamie from Scotland through Europe to Northern America on a huge range of awesome courses.

Check out Round 2 at the 'Tweedlove Bike Festival' in the Tweed Valley in Scotland. A course full of tight off camber trails with a lot of mud and roots. Here's a snap of the Hutchinson UR Team out training for the run.

Then it was more training and exploring the Scottish trails - a bothy under Ben Nevis.

The low key 'Dudes of Hazard' dual slalom race run in a paddock in the Highlands, Jamie got second.

From Scotland the team went to Valloire, France for the next EWS round. While some rounds allow many pre-race course rides, the Valloire organisers only let riders have one practise run on the morning of the race. But competitors were allowed to walk the course as many times as they wished - all 8000m of vertical that is. Check out this clip of different riders strategies to try and get to know the tracks.

After day 1 of racing in Valloire, Jamie was sitting 14th sporting a sprained thumb and a hole in his hip that required stitches. A modification of the grip on his bar and some taping of his hand, enabled him to keep racing on day 2, finishing a respectable 20th.

In between the EWS racing, Jamie returned to the Mountain of Hell in Les Duex Alpes to defend his title. This race descends 2500m over nearly 25km, starting in snow and ice and dropping through shingle, rocks, meadows, and forest on expert rated tracks. He got off to a ripping start by qualifying first, which turned out to be a good tactic as the actual race was cancelled due to a severe storm. As fastest qualifier Jamie then won the race for the second year in row. 

Jamie also lined up for the 2nd edition of the Trans-Savoie, a six day stage race around the French Alps, starting from Val D’Isère and ending near Mont Blanc in Chamonix. There are 27 timed stages, 25,000m of descent and 5000m ascent. By day two Jamie had leapfrogged Steve Peat to be in first place. He continued to improve his lead each day finally winning the entire race by almost eight minutes. Check out the victory action below.

Racing in high mountain evironments means that the weather does not always play ball. Luckily Jamie had his anti-Cyclone jacket and Helter Skelter rain pants ready to be put through their paces on the wet 'n wild days. As you can see they kept him smiling!