Words by Zara Kane
In recent months, there has been something missing in Scottish mountain biking.
For those not of the enduro or cross country persuasion, things have been a little rough. With two of the most accessible uplifts, in terms of location and trail choice, closing it’s been a little harder than usual to get your DH kicks north of the wall.
In June of this year, we said goodbye to Uplift Scotland after 14 years of running the uplift service at two of Scotland’s most popular downhill destinations, Ae Forest and Innerleithen.
David “Tally” Tallontire made the tough decision to move on from the business in favour of spending more time with his family, continuing working on trail maintenance and his new “Tallon” bike frame builds.
Ae has now been without uplifts for over a year and Innerleithen for a number of months. Although Progression Bikes provides a terrific service in Dunkeld, the absence of Tally’s tows has been felt throughout the downhill scene.
Enter “Adrenalin Uplift”
Gary and Gordo of Adrenaline and Snow Rehab announced on the 7th November that they had won the uplift tender and are already making big plans for the new service they will provide at Ae and Innerleithen. For those who aren’t already aware of Ae and Innerleithen’s legacy in downhill, let me fill you in.