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Jaymie Mart memorial downhill

Jaymie Mart was a seven times Scottish downhill series winner who tragically died in September last year.

A new Mountain Biking festival, ‘Jayfest’, has been announced, and will be held in her memory in Innerleithen, Scotland, from 14th to 16th June 2013.


Jaymie was a colourful and well known personality in Scottish mountain biking, and although I did not know her, and am not plugged in to the downhill scene, my brother did and was deeply saddened to hear of her passing.

Here is the media information for the event- with pro rider Tracy Mosely, and coaches Emma Guy and Tracy Brunger (formerly of the Glentress Hub) on board it is sure to be a great event.

Download the Jayfest poster PDF

Jayfest will host an invigorating range of mountain biking events, complemented by a multitude of supporting events over the course of the weekend. Jayfest aims to promote biking, the arts, fun and laughter, all in the stunning setting of the glorious Tweed Valley.

The weekend will offer a variety of biking coaching sessions and races, and will also including a world record attempt at the longest mountain biking train. The festival will also include The Marketplace, a chill out teepee, children’s entertainment, pump track, and nutrition and wellbeing booth.
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Andy Macleod: Superman

A couple of years ago my wife showed me this video of 15/16yr olds ripping on their jump bikes in the local woods. The footage is rough but she knew the kids, it was local, and we were impressed. Although The Drum-Up has a pretty roadie-centric worldview, my teenage years were spent skateboarding and mountain biking, and I can still appreciate a nice jump when I see one.

Amongst the majority of Drum-Up readers, ‘Superman’ will conjure up Graeme Obree’s revolutionary position used to break the hour record for a second time. But in this context, it’s the motocross-inspired freestyle manoeuvre that most of us could only dream of attempting, let along landing.

Originally hailing from Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis, Andy Macleod started taking his biking seriously around the age of 13, and was immediately drawn to jumping and getting whatever air he could. He chose a full-face helmet and pictured himself as a motocross rider.
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Macavalanche, Glencoe

I don’t cover mountain biking that much on the blog. In fact I don’t mountain bike that much, any more– the pressure of time and an obsession with road. But it’s where I started taking cycling seriously, so I will retain a fondness for it.

When I have been using the mountain bike, it’s been in the snow, for my commute – during the last 2 harsh winters. Slush and road salt do terrible things to anodised aluminium, I can tell you.

The Macavalanche, a No Fuss invitation event, is a gravity enduro race starting from the Meall a Bhuridh (Glencoe Mountain resort) 1108m and descending to the bottom of the chairlift at 305m.

IXS Macavalanche Promo from No Fuss Events on Vimeo.

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Freeride Scotland

I’m a road rider primarily and that comes through in the content of this blog. However I used to mountain bike a lot more when I was younger, and I still appreciate almost all forms of cycling. Scotland has some great natural and man-made playgrounds when it comes to off-road cycling as this youtube vid from Freeride Scotland shows. The track is pretty cool too.

Alastair MacLennan: vets World Downhill Champion

There have been many outstanding performances by Scots during 2009, but none has surpassed the efforts of Fort William-based vet Alastair MacLennan, who ends the year with a clean sweep of downhill titles.

The West Highland Wheelers rider has struck gold at the Scottish, British, European and World Championships in the 45-49 age group. I had never heard of this guy, as I’m not really into downhill, but that’s a bloody impressive set of results for the year.

Alastair Maclennan 2009 Downhill Champion

Alastair Maclennan 2009 Downhill Champion

Full report – Scottish Cycling website