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.
Ae Forest based in Dumfriesshire has become a popular destination for race and events including Scottish, British Downhill and Enduro Series. There is a great mix of downhill trails with big features including the infamous Step Down, as well as some of the more natural hidden trails. Don’t let the size of the hill fool you, there’s plenty on offer here.
Innerleithen has been regarded as one of the best areas to ride in the UK with a deep history of downhill racing. If you have not ridden Innerleithen, then you have not lived, it is the downhillers dream!
Until now the Adrenalin Uplift team have been working on their other business ventures, Snow Rehab and Adrenaline Rehab. Snow Rehab delivers successful instructor courses and exciting snow holidays in Canada. The most recent development, Adrenaline Rehab, specialises in wheelie good holidays, offering both road and mountain bike holidays throughout Europe.
What should we expect to see the new exciting Adrenaline Uplift? Although it is still early days, the new uplift team have promised a regular uplift service with four buses to have continuous upload, season passes, social media competitions (one of which is already up and running on their page), private rentals, toilets and even more!
To keep up to date with the progress of the service and find out opening dates just like and follow the Adrenalin Uplift Facebook Page.