Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Innerleithen XC

Pic taken from top of the Minch Moor ascent.
"The red-graded Innerleithen XC route is a cracking trail and provides a great alternative to its busier sister at Glentress, the Red Route. There is plenty of climbing involved but it's well worth it, as the descents are stunning and varied - fast flowing singletrack packed full of jumps, rock features and berms, followed by tighter more technical riding, then a fantastic freeride finish at Cadon Bank."

This isn't an easy going cross-country trail. You need to be well prepared and have a high level of stamina. The first half of the 19km run is up hill and unrelenting. Just as you're quads are about to give up on you, you'll need to be able to negotiate rocksteps which take even more out of your legs. (and occasionally your front chain ring as well!). 

However, don't let this put you off. As there is much to be gained in return for your uphill efforts. The Minch Moor decent is one you'll never forget. 

I would say this is a fairly mild red as far as technical features are concerned. But make sure you're up for the long slog at the start! 

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