Andy and Dan Farley headed to Innerliethen (Scotland) for round 3 of the IXS European Cup on the weekend of 15-17 June. The event was held over three days with practice starting on Friday afternoon. Innelerithen-MTB racing had put in a massive effort to refurbish and improve the track last used for the ixs cup in 2010. Spectator friendly berms and jumps had been added to the finishing field but unfortunately the weather prevented them being used to full effect. It rained for most of the three days with track conditions varying from wet and muddy to very wet and very muddy. A top class field of international riders included the Swedish national team, a team from Are bike park Sweden, and riders from Germany, Switzerland, and the MS Mondraker World Cup team including Brook Macdonald form New Zealand.
Seeding runs took place on Saturday afternoon, Andy qualified 53rd with a time of 3.34. Dan had a puncture in qaulifying which meant he would be first down the hill in the race runs. On race day Andy improved his time to 3.33 putting him into 53rd place in the elite class of 123 riders. Top honours in Elite went to current British Champion Ruaridh Cunningham riding for Alpine Bikes with a blistering time of 3.02. Dan set a quick time of 3.24 putting into the Youth hot seat for quite some time until Taylor Vernon riding for Scott/Fox came down in a time of 3.21 just beating Dan to the win.
A great weekends riding; next up is the North-West championships at Marple, followed by round three of the British Downhill Series at Glencoe.