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Innerleithen Enduro Specialists

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About SummitDOWN

The best rides are undoubtedly the ones where you bump into a local rider, that chance meeting with someone who knows all the best trails, the little secrets that escape even STRAVA. We have been lucky enough to ride all over Europe and still find the trails of the Tweed Valley some of the finest in the world. Join us as we take you beyond the waymarked trails of Glentress and Innerleithen and unlock an enduro nirvana, full of secrets and filled with steep, challenging, technical and amazingly fun trails. Welcome to SummitDOWN

Guided Innerleithen Rides

Do you want to ride the finest natural single track in Scotland with a group of like minded riders? Do you climb to enjoy the descents and love the challenge of technical enduro style terrain? Then why not let us show you the best riding in Innerleithen and join one of our guided rides. From just £20pp* we will take you far from the trail centers, showing you the secret side of the valley.

Enduro Coaching

Do you want to knock minutes off your enduro race times, find out how the pro’s approach a race stage, improve your confidence, skill, speed and get the most from your bike? Do you want to compare your times against the best riders in Scotland on our amazing enduro trails, Then you need to book an appointment with the EnduroLAB™!

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Daily Enduro Guiding

Do you want to ride the finest natural single track in Scotland with a group of like minded riders? Do you climb to enjoy the descents and love the challenge of technical enduro style terrain? Then why not let us show you the best riding in Innerleithen and join one of our guided rides. Far from the trail center we will take you into the secret side of the valley. Expect fun, steep and challenging trails, arm burning descents, deep berms, rocks, roots and most importantly massive smiles! The Tweed Valley has some of the finest riding in Scotland and the established trails at Innerleithen and Glentress are just the tip of the iceberg. From just £20pp you can experience not only the legendary trails in the area but also some amazing trails that lie below the radar!

Delivering amazing riding since 2009!

All of our guides are experts in their region and will show you THE best enduro descents, unmarked on any map.

An awesome adventure

On our 6 hour tours (with a stop for lunch) you will spend every moment on amazing trails with great company, ensuring that every minute of your riding time is filled with memorable trail action.

All killer, no filler

All our routes are ‘high-lights‘ and represent the best riding in the region.

Rider Development

The insider tips from our guides turn a days riding into an extraordinary experience far exceeding expectations.

World Class Trails

All of our guides are experts in their region and will show you THE best enduro descents, unmarked on any map.

Taking you further

Starting outside Alpine Bikes in Innerleithen, we will take you out for 6 hours of fully guided riding on both legendary and secret enduro trails. We will take you out of the trail centres and onto the hand cut trails that have been shaped the best riders in Scotland..

Is it for me?

Aimed at the competent rider, Enduro Sessions™ are all about riding great trails! You do not have to be a racer, but the theme of the ride will focus on progression on technical and challenging trails! As long as you enjoy riding great trails, including steeper natural style terrain you will love the Tweed Valleys finest secret and classic routes! The trails will be tight, engaging, technical and a lot of fun. If you have a 140-160mm enduro bike and love challenging riding then join us!.

From just £20pp*

Please contact us for prices and availability! *depending on group size.

Tweed Love EWS Enduro Sessions 25th – 29th May 2014

The Enduro World Series is coming to the Tweed Valley

In celebration we will be running 5 days of exciting guided enduro days (9:30 – 3:30), showing you the best riding in the valley, and all for only £25pp. Each day will start out from Alpine Bikes in Innerleithen, and you will be riding in a small group of 8. With a stop for lunch, we will be riding THE best natural trails in the Tweed Valley.

A great vibe

If you are racing solo or are up with family, join one of our groups and enjoy the best trails in the region, and the banter, with a like minded crew. On the 25-27th sessions, we will be riding trails that are similar too BUT NOT on the EWS race as those stages will be closed for taping. This will be perfect if you want to get your eye in for the coming race, learn hints from the locals, ride epic trails, and get your Tweed Valley ninja skills dialed without breaking the rules.

Join our experienced racers

Its all about fun and enjoyment, but our guides are all experienced World Series racers, racing all the events of 2013, full of handy hints and tips about how to get the most from your race day, and will be more than happy to chat tactics and logistics.

EWS Practice Days

If you are racing solo or are unfamiliar with the Tweed Valley, on the 28th – 29th we will be riding the stages themselves and getting prepared for the race. If you would like to join the camaraderie and safety that comes with riding in a group, join our EWS Practice Session as we head up and ride the stages. Not only will we handle all logistics, but our experienced EWS racers will be on hand to talk line choice, pacing and tactics. We will likely split the course into two days, full details will be released as soon as the route goes live. Book your places now as we only have 8 spaces per day!.

Is it for me?

Aimed at the competent rider, The Tweedlove sessions are all about riding great trails! You do not have to be a racer, but the theme of the ride will focus on progression on technical and challenging trails! As long as you enjoy riding great trails, including steeper natural style terrain you will love the Tweed Valleys finest secret and classic routes! The trails will be tight, engaging, technical and a lot of fun. If you have a 140-160mm enduro bike and love challenging riding then join us!. .

Each day is strictly limited to 8 riders, so book now to avoid disappointment. If you would like to reserve a place or have any questions please get in touch

  • Sunday 25th May 2014 – 5 Spaces Left
  • Monday 26th May 2014 – 7 Spaces Left
  • Tuesday 27th May 2014 – 8 Spaces Left
  • Wednesday 28th May 2014- 6 Spaces Left
  • Thursday 29th May 2014 – 6 Spaces Left

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    Whats new for 2014!

    After 5 years of operations, with over 50 successful all-mountain and trail holidays, uncountable smiles, laughs and new friends, we are changing up a little for 2014. With a new crew member in the team, James Knowles, we now have everything in place to be your one stop shop for amazing enduro riding! The term enduro has exploded into the mountain biking world and it has been really good for us, really giving an identity to what we do! Anyone who has attended our holidays knows that we always go the extra mile to ensure that you are riding the best trails in the region, and get the most from your holiday destination. As the sport develops, bikes are becoming more specialized and we believe that we need to reflect that. Our focus and goal has always been to put riders on the best trails and we have built our reputation on the quality of riding that we offer. For 2014, we are all about enduro! Our team are passionate about rider development and we have identified that many riders want more than to just ride great trails. Don’t we all aspire to ride with more confidence, speed, control and enjoyment and get the most from our bikes? With this in mind, and working with World Class coaches and Riders we have developed the EnduroLAB™ program, supercharging your riding, busting through plateaus, and helping you get the most from you and your bike! If you are looking for the same amazing trails but ride for the love not the pursuit of seconds, you should check out our Daily Guiding. Riding the Tweed Valley’s best natural, sinuous and technical single track with our highly experienced guides we cannot think of a better way to experience the amazing variety of secret trails in the area. The Tweed Valley has been producing some of the finest riders in the UK for years, we will show you why!

    EnduroLAB™

    Do you want to knock minutes off your enduro race times, find out how the pro’s approach a race stage, improve your confidence, skill, speed and get the most from your bike? Do you want to compare your times against the best riders in Scotland at our top secret enduro trails, Then you need to book an appointment with the EnduroLAB™! Click the photos below to find out more!

    Ride With Elites

    Ride With Elites

    To kick off you will enjoy a half day session with the Dirt School Coaches focusing on Tactical Application: Grip Points™, Stand By™, and Traffic Lights™… How to get traction where it doesn’t look like there is any, when to save your energy, and how to break down a track so you know where to go hard and where to take it easy.

    After your half day session with Dirt School, the SummitDOWN will take over, and throughout the next two days we will guide you over some of the regions finest enduro terrain, allowing you to put your new found skills and race craft into practice! We will focus on the most effective way to approach an enduro stage, from line choice to tactical racing, from the first looks to putting down your race run, we will help you find those elusive seconds! In some of the sessions we will be joined by guest professional enduro riders, allowing you to watch and follow in the tyre tracks of those who race at an elite international level. While they will not be coaching, our guest elites will be happy to chat about their own personal experiences, preparation, tactics and useful tips picked up over years of racing at the highest level.

    Accurate Timing

    Accurate Timing

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    This trip is all about awesome trails, but we also ensure you leave feeling that you have learned something and your riding has improved! We use super accurate timing systems that can be set up in seconds, allowing us to look at ways of finding those elusive seconds in a racing environment. Whether we are sessioning a challenging corner looking for the optimum line, or putting down full top to bottom runs, your times will be recorded accurately to the millisecond. You will also get the option of putting down timed runs on our infamous ‘chainless challenge‘ and ‘test track‘, and can compare your progress to some of the best in the sport.

    What’s involved?

    What’s involved?

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    Join our unique workshop and ride in one of the worlds greatest natural enduro locations, home of the 2014 Enduro World Series! Share 3 days of good times with the SummitDOWN team, a guest top50 Enduro World Series racer and supercharge your riding with a half day session delivered by the world class coaching company Dirt School! Top it all off with a chance to pitch your new skills against the clock on our timed test stages. A weekend filled with world class coaching, world class riders and a world class location, EnduroLAB™ is the perfect way to improve your enduro riding and explore the Tweed Valleys hidden secrets.

    Whats included

    • 2-3 Nights self catered accommodation in the comfortable Bike Lodge based in Innerleithen (2 -3 per room)
    • 3 days fully guided riding on both legendary and secret enduro trails in the Tweed Valley, plus a chance to ride on our private LocationX trails
    • A half day session with the Dirt School Coaches focusing on Tactical Application: Grip Points™, Stand By™, and Traffic Lights™… How to get traction where it doesn’t look like there is any, when to save your energy, and how to break down a track so you know where to go hard and where to take it easy.
    • Riding with the elites: A chance to ride with a top 50 ranked Enduro World Series racer, check out their lines and talk tactics.
    • Innerleithen Uplift day! Spend the whole day being uplifted and sessioning some of Innerleithens famous Enduro Trails with our guides.
    • Accurate Timing: You will get a chance to put your new skills to the test on our test trail, complete with Freelap timing system so you can measure progress to the millisecond.
    • Video Analysis: On trail analysis and coaching, find those optimum lines!
    • You will be joining a group of 6 – 8 riders
    • Full mechanical support from certified bike mechanics during your stay.
    • All transport and shuttles while you are riding with us.
    The Trails

    The Trails

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    Not only is EnduroLAB™ a great way of improving your racing performance and skills, but also a fully guided holiday, riding the finest natural singletrack in Scotland with a group of like minded riders! You can enjoy riding against the clock accompanied by legends from the UK enduro scene! Expect fun, steep and challenging trails, arm burning descents, deep berms, rocks, roots and most importantly massive smiles! The Tweed Valley has some of the finest riding in Scotland and the established trails at Innerleithen and Glentress are just the tip of the iceberg. During your time at the LAB you will not only get to experience some of the legendary trails in the area but also some highly secret spots and epic trails built by the SummitDOWN team themselves!

    What’s Included

    Awesome Riding

    2 days fully guided riding on both legendary and secret enduro trails in the Tweed Valley, plus a chance to ride on our private Location X trails

    We will make you faster!

    A half day session with the Dirt School Coaches focusing on Tactical Application: Grip Points™, Stand By™, and Traffic Lights™… How to get traction where it doesn’t look like there is any, when to save your energy, and how to break down a track so you know where to go hard and where to take it easy..

    Learn from the pros

    Riding with the elites: A chance to ride with a top 50 ranked Enduro World Series racer, check out their lines and talk tactics.

    Accurate Timing

    You will get a chance to put your new skills to the test on our test trail, complete with Freelap timing system so you can measure progress to the millisecond.

    Top 50 EWS Racers

    In some of the sessions we will be joined by guest professional enduro riders, allowing you to watch and follow in the tyre tracks of those who race at an elite international level. While they will not be coaching, our guest elites will be happy to chat about their own personal experiences, preparation, tactics and useful tips picked up over years of racing at the highest level.

    Staying with us

    If you choose the residential option you will be staying right in the heart of Innerelithen in the popular Bike Lodge, just 10 minutes ride from the best trails! The Bike Lodge is perfectly located to enjoy an epic days riding and is within walking distance of the cosy pubs and cafes of Innerleithen. The 8 person bunk house has full self catering facilities, WiFi and offers a well equipped secure bike room, full workshop and a bike shop 100m away for any big repairs. We have a big TV area for end of the day video analysis or to catch up on the latest MTB films to get motivated..

    Is it for me?

    Aimed at the aspiring enduro racer, EnduroLAB™ is based primarily on riding great trails! You do not have to be a racer, you don’t even have to go against the clock, but the pace and style of the weekend will be aimed at progression and rider development! As long as you enjoy riding great trails and have an interest in improving your riding skills, confidence and speed, whilst enjoying some of the Tweed Valleys finest secret and classic trails, EnduroLAB™ is perfect for you!. This holiday is aimed at competent enduro riders, perhaps you have raced a UKGE round or are thinking about attending some international races next year! The trails will be tight, engaging, technical and a lot of fun. If you have a 140-160mm enduro bike and love challenging riding then join us.

    Booking*

    We are currently taking bookings on the following EnduroLAB™ sessions for 2014:

  • EnduroLAB™ Workshop 1: April 11th – 13th
  • EnduroLAB™ Workshop 2: May 9th – 11th
  • EnduroLAB™ Workshop 3: June 13th – 15th
  • EnduroLAB™ Workshop 4: July 18th – 20th
  • EnduroLAB™ Workshop 5: August 1st – 3rd
  • EnduroLAB™ Workshop 6: August 29th – 31st
  • Contact us for more information

    • It felt like we’d landed in Europe’s biggest secret stash of epic, massive long descents – grin factor 10 terrain. Loamy woodsy stuff, natural bermed gullies, forest floors with four inches of bone dry leaf litter (the new brown pow), endless fun rock gardens – and all pretty much to yourself. Trev and Cat go a long way out of their way to get everyone doing the kind of riding they want – we were looked after incredibly well. Finishing epic trail rides straight to a beer

      Neil Dalgleish
    • Thank you to Trev and Cat for an amazing trip . Excellent guide and excellent trails. It was a worry when choosing a guide that they would know the type of riding we were hoping to get. With Trev he knew exactly what we were after and showed us perfect trails beyond what we were hoping for. Highly recommended and we will be back! Cheers, Ollie.

      Olie
    • I would like to echo Toms words and say thanks for a great week. The effort put in by both Trev and Cat was beyond what was expected, especially Trev considering he was also racing. The organisation during the week and knowledge of the area was excellent and allowed us to enjoy the amazing riding and not worry about the mundane stuff.

      Nigel
    • Best MTB holiday of my life so far! This was my second time with Summitdown team Trev, Cat and Rufus and certainly not the last time.

      Dan
    • Learned loads from the session and gained a lot of confidence to ride down trails I would never have attempted before. I’ve had a cracking insight into how to approach my first enduro. Above all was great fun on some awesome trails. I’d have no hesitation to book in again with you guys or to recommend you to other riders.

      Donnie
    • The SummitDown/TrailScotland week away to Chatel was the best holiday I’ve ever been on and neither of us wanted to come home at the end of the week. Trev and Cat were awesome hosts in the chalet, with the most amazing food (and drink) and brilliant guiding throughout the week – with too many things to do on offer – a week just wasn’t enough! The final day, riding Rochers-De-Naye was without doubt the best/most fun riding i have ever experienced, topped off with a swim in Lake Geneva – Perfection! Thanks guys, cant wait for the next time!

      Charlenne
    • We arrived back in Australia earlier this week and (after recovering from jet lag!) I thought I’d drop you a quick note to say thanks for an awesome time in Garda. It was one of the best trips we have ever done, you guys were great and the riding was epic. I think we would have left a little disappointed if we hadn’t done the trip with you, as while we saw loads of riders, the fact that we almost never saw another rider on the trails makes me think we would have spent all our days climbing up hills to get to the good tracks or simply never finding them.

      Brent
    • Trev was a brilliant guide, has awesome MTB skills, and he took us on some spectacular and challenging trails that catered to the abilities of the four of us in our group which was no mean feat given the different riding abilities amongst us.  Cat organized everything which made trip planning a breeze.  The guys have a great set up with the van and trailer, and the accommodation was the self catered apartment was perfect for our needs..

      Tim
    • Thanks for a great couple of days Trev, Cat and Rufus. Highly recommended to anyone! Anyone searching for a guide translating Trev’s ‘guide language’ can contact me direct – e.g.’seriously, the summit is literally around the next corner……’ means ‘the top may or may not occur within the next 1000m ascent’. Seriously though, some of the best riding I’ve had across several continents! Love that ‘airy’ shit!

      Jim

    Our Team

    SummitDOWN is run by passionate mountain bikers, every member of the team is a keen rider and EWS racer and has years of biking and guiding experience behind them. Our professional MBLA guides are friendly, polite, welcoming, inclusive and live to ride.

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    Professional Guides

    With over 30 years of combined guiding/racing/adventuring experience, We are only too pleased to show you the best mountain biking in the Tweed Valley. Ride like a local, connecting up sections of perfect but well hidden single track, finding that secret stash of mountain biking nirvana!

    We are a small 'rider run' company!

    From the minute you book you will be talking to your guides, allowing us to tailor the riding perfectly to your requirements! If you want to ride the best singletrack in the valley, pop us a mail!

    Cat Smith

    Cat Smith

    Having worked for HeliSki, Bungee and Rafting companies and spending many seasons working in the European and NZ Alps Cat is highly experienced in the adventure tourism market. Driving the organisational side of the company Cat will be your first point of contact and will be only too happy to answer any of your questions. Cat has raced and ridden great trails all over the world and as a fully qualified TCL really enjoys guiding women-only groups, where you can learn new skills and have an amazing ride in a relaxing, non competitive environment.

    James Knowles

    James Knowles

    James Knowles is the speed in the team. After taking many podiums on the Scottish Enduro scene James is moving up to international events and will be joining the SummitDOWN team delivering awesome MTB adventures! Racing the 2013 Megavalanche he stormed to a top 75 finish and has been going from strength to strength. An expert on where to find the best Scottish descents James is the man to ask if you want to know where that hidden gem trail can be found. Endlessly patient, a hoot to have around and an all around good guy.

    Trev Worsey

    Trev Worsey

    A highly experienced Mountain Bike Guide with over 10 years of experience working throughout the globe. Trev an experienced enduro racer, and is always on hand to help out with riding technique advice. Passionate about people enjoying their riding, Trev enjoys helping you get the most from your riding and ensures you leave with new skills. Trev has been building bikes, racing and exploring the hills and mountains for over 20 years and has worked as a guide in Scotland, New Zealand and much of the Alps. A keen racer, Trev loves Enduro’s and has raced all over the world, in the Enduro World Series, the legendary Megavalanche and countless more. Trev has been working tirelessly to seek out the most enjoyable, fastest, flowing, technical and engaging trails and with endless enthusiasm for the sport, he is sure to find you awesome flowing trails.

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    O'Neal Clothing

    SummitDOWN are proud to be working with O’Neal clothing this year, an easy choice for us as we work, live and play in our riding gear so it has to be tough, comfortable and perform well. The AMX Zipper Knee pads have kept us going after some big hits and are super comfortable. The storm rider shorts are so tough they would easily survive a nuclear blast!

    Get in touch and join us for some addictive natural trail action!