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Difficulty

8

MTB Ride Level 8
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Distance

Day 1: 13 miles
Day 2: 31 miles
Day 3: 15 Miles
Day 4: 9 Miles

Ride Type

Enduro

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Ascent

Day one: 2,100 ft
Day two: 4,248 ft
Day three: 2,780 ft
Day four: 2,100 ft

Tweed Valley MTB Intermediate

£160.00£310.00

Deposit from £150
Total from £745 per person (room choice dependant)

Brand New for 2021 is our long awaited and locally crafted four day mountain biking trip for intermediate riders that will open your door to the world class mountain biking of the Tweed Valley in the scintillating Scottish Borders.

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Brand New for 2021 are our four day Enduro MTB trips aimed at the strong intermediate and advanced mountain biker in the awe-inspiring Tweed Valley! Join Sean and our local leader and coach, Liz Peacock who lives and breathes the stunning mountain biking that is on offer in the Scottish Borders. Liz knows the plethora of enduro trail gold like no other. This hugely experienced and highly qualified Marmalade MTB Level 3 team, will host you for four jaw dropping day’s of the very best this area has to offer. Decades of local knowledge and passion have come together to create this simply unique Scottish mountain biking experience for the strong intermediate rider.

Do you want to push your limits and gain the tool set for the level up? We have an Advanced version of this awesome trip as well!

Day 1 – Glentress Warm Up & Coaching

Glentress is probably the most famous Trail centre in Scotland and is the main stay of the 7-Stanes which are among the best in the world. Day 1 is all about shaking off the journey and giving you the best warm up ahead of this trips epic days. The day will be super relaxed and chilled as we explore the serpentine singletrack and use our knowledge of the off-piste trails to cherry pick the best sections.

Upskill & Be Prepared!

During the day we will provide focussed coaching to provide you with the perfect refresher and or skill set to maximise your enjoyment from the following days on the natural, steep, raw and remote trails across the amazing Tweed Valley.

Day 2 – The Big ‘Perfect MTB’ Day Out

Unbelievable! What we have planned here is potentially the greatest 50km you are likely to ride on your bike. Liz’s local expertise and years of fine tuning this monster loop starts with a climb through Traquair Forest to Minch Moor and then across to the Three Brethren. All this before we visit Yair Forest and inject some simply awesome natural singletrack, ahead of the return to Innerleithen. Up next and on our way to wrap up this mega loop, is nothing short of mountain biking perfection as you will be shredding on the rocky and raw flow of Innerleithen’s plethora of trail goodness.

Day 3 – Innerleithen Exploro

Arguably known more for its downhill mountain biking heritage, Innerleithen is home to an impressive network of trails, from the red ‘xc’ loop to world class enduro trails and several downhill tracks. We will mix it up today, honing skills on trail centre features and exploring some of the flowiest off piste trails that are on offer, using our local knowledge to match trail selection to our rider group for maximum enjoyment.

Day 4 – Golfie Goodness

Once again our local expert Liz will be unleashing another day jammed packed with classic Tweed Valley mountain biking. By the final day and with your new confidence and skillset that we have expertly increased over the first three days, you’ll be wanting to dip your toes into the more advanced trails on offer in the Tweed Valley. Therefore, today’s focus will be the steep enduro trails of Caberston Forest (a.k.a ‘The Golfie’). A truly unique day that will have you discovering what the ‘locals’ ride away from the little red arrows and what makes the Tweed Valley a venue of choice for events like the enduro world series.

Tweed Valley Advanced

After these four days you will have lifelong memories and a new vision of what you are your bike are capable of riding. The trails we will show you on this trip and the upskilling you will receive, will provide you with the confidence and ability to come back for the advanced trip in September or next year.

Tweed Valley Enduro MTB Tweed Love Guided MTB Trip Marmalade MTB

Details for your Tweed Valley MTB weekend trip

We have carefully crafted this four day trip aimed at strong intermediate riders to provide you with the very best format and team to experience the awesome Tweed Valley. Mix this all together with the usual fun and social elements that we are famous for and you have the perfect recipe for an unbeatable experience and lifelong memories.

Here are the details below, along with the additional information on the other tabs, for our 2021 Tweed Valley MTB weekend trips: If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to contact us.

  • Dates:
  • Places available: 10 (max.)
    • 1:5 ratio of riders to fully qualified British Cycling Level 3 MTB Leaders
  • Total price:
    • Twin room (shared or couples) = £745 per person
    • Deluxe double room (couples only) = £785 per person
    • Single room = £805 per person
    • Twin room single occupancy = £845 per person
    • Deluxe double room single occupancy = £925 per person
  • 20% Deposit:
    • From £150 per person (non-refundable)
  • Balance payment:
    • Due 60 days before the first day of the trip
      • This is payable via BACS or by credit/debit card above
      • Subject to you our standard Terms and Conditions

Reassurance

We comply with the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 by paying money received for package holidays into a trust administered by independent trustees, Serenity Travel Trusts. This means that in respect of all arrangements requiring protection, in the event of our insolvency, funds will be available to ensure that you will receive a refund of the money you have paid to us. If the holiday or weekend is not filled then we hold the right to cancel or postpone.

To read the full terms and conditions please visit them here. Thank you.

Marmalade MTB weekend trips terms and conditions serenity travel trust

What’s included:

  • 4 nights bed and breakfast at the amazing Traquair Arms Hotel
    • B&B: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
      • Single and shared occupancy en-suite rooms available (see above)
      • Additional pre & post trip nights available by booking direct with Traquair Arms Hotel
  • 4 fully guided days by Liz Peacock and Sean Howell our British Cycling qualified Level 3 MTB leaders and Level 2 coaches

What’s not included:

  • Evening meals and drinks
  • Travel to (day 1) and from (final day) the accommodation
  • Personal health, activity and holiday insurance
    • The above is a requirement for your participation on this trip
  • Bike hire (options available – please contact us)
  • Bike spares
  • Ride day lunches, snacks and drinks

Tweed Valley Enduro MTB Tweed Love Guided MTB Trip Marmalade MTB

Day One: Glentress Warm Up & Coaching
  • Duration: 3-5 hours *
  • Distance: 22 kilometers | 13 miles *
  • Elevation gain: 650 meters | 2,100 feet *
  • Technical Grade: Experienced intermediate (minimum)
    • Minimum of 2-3 years mountain biking experience with regular experience on steep, technical and natural trails
    • See ‘Is this for me tab’
    • Any questions, please contact us
  • Group size: 10 maximum **
    • plus 2 qualified Level 3 MTB Leader and Level 2 coaches
      • This is the highest level of MTB leadership in the UK
Day Two: The Big ‘Perfect MTB’ Day Out
  • Duration: 5-7 hours ride time *
  • Distance: 50 kilometers | 31 miles *
  • Elevation gain: 1,295 meters | 4,248 feet *
  • Technical Grade: Experienced intermediate (minimum)
    • Minimum of 2-3 years mountain biking experience with regular experience on steep, technical and natural trails
    • See ‘Is this for me tab’
    • Any questions, please contact us
  • Group size: 10 maximum **
    • plus 2 qualified Level 3 MTB Leader and Level 2 coaches
      • This is the highest level of MTB leadership in the UK
Day Three: Innerleithen Exploro
  • Duration: 3-5 hours ride time *
  • Distance: 16 kilometers | 10 miles *
  • Elevation gain: 650 meters | 2,100 feet *
  • Technical Grade: Experienced intermediate (minimum)
    • Minimum of 2-3 years mountain biking experience with regular experience on steep, technical and natural trails
    • See ‘Is this for me tab’
    • Any questions, please contact us
  • Group size: 10 maximum **
    • plus 2 qualified Level 3 MTB Leader and Level 2 coaches
      • This is the highest level of MTB leadership in the UK
Day Four: Golfie Goodness
  • Duration: 3-5 hours ride time *
  • Distance: 25 kilometers | 15 miles *
  • Elevation gain: 850 meters | 2,780 feet *
  • Technical Grade: Experienced intermediate (minimum)
    • Minimum of 2-3 years mountain biking experience with regular experience on steep, technical and natural trails
    • See ‘Is this for me tab’
    • Any questions, please contact us
  • Group size: 10 maximum **
    • plus 2 qualified Level 3 MTB Leader and Level 2 coaches
      • This is the highest level of MTB leadership in the UK

* for each day the distances and elevation gain will depend on weather and the overall riding level of the group. As ever our rides will be sociable and relaxed which will dictate how much climbing and different trails we fit in, especially on Day 1, 3 and 4. This is big country and we appreciate we need to look after our legs, therefore to maximise the smiles we will take all day if required to pace ourselves

** the luxury of having two Level 3 MTB leaders means we can manage the group/s on each day whilst maximising your experience!

  • You will be at least a strong and experienced intermediate rider with a minimum of 2-3 years regular mountain biking experience looking to progress to an advance level
  • The above experience would include example routes and locations that you have successfully ridden such as:
    (see video below for a sample of the Tweed Valley Trails we will ride on this trip)
    • Jacobs ladder in the Peak District
    • The Rangers path from the summit of Snowdon
    • Helvellyn descent in the Lake District
    • Technical red trails with some black features in places like Bike Park Wales, Afan and Coed-y-Brenin
  • You will be confident in advanced mountain bike handling skills and not be phased by steep, technical and long trails that would be graded predominantly black
  • The trails will include features such as roots, small to long committing roll-able drop-offs and loose rocks of varying sizes. The drop-offs in some places would not be considered roll-able and along with some features may require you to walk around or down with your bike
    • Your professional Level 3 MTB leaders will dynamically manage the group and individuals during each day. There will not be any pressure to ride features or sections above your riding ability on the day
  • You have your own suitable full suspension modern ‘all mountain’ / ‘enduro’ mountain bike
    • 120 mm of suspension travel with modern and aggressive geometry is the bare minimal for this trip
    • 140-160 mm of suspension travel on an ‘all-mountain’ / ‘enduro’ bike would be perfect
    • Hybrid and budget bicycles are not suitable for this intense 4 day trip
  • The ride does contain many undulating and moderately steep, technical and long climbs
  • You have the personal fitness to ride for at least 6-8 hours on consecutive days at a social and comfortable pace
  • You are aged 18 and over unless accompanied by an adult also participating on this ride
  • If this sounds a little beyond your current skill and fitness level, then please do contact us for further discussion
  • If you consider yourself a solid advanced rider, then please do check out our ‘Advanced’ version of this trip or contact us for further discussion

Equipment, kit, clothing and anything else

  • You have your own suitable full suspension modern ‘all mountain’ / ‘enduro’ mountain bike *
    • 120 mm of suspension travel with modern and aggressive geometry is the bare minimal for this trip
    • 140-160 mm of suspension travel on an ‘all-mountain’ / ‘enduro’ bike would be perfect
  • Helmet *
  • Personal health, activity and holiday insurance *
  • Gloves and glasses
  • Knee and elbow pads if this is what you usually ride with
  • Hydration backpack (min. 2 liters) *
  • x2 spare inner tubes
  • Spare rear mech hanger specific for your bike
  • x2 spokes specific to your bike wheels
  • Puncture repair kit and bicycle pump
  • Clothing & shoes appropriate for cycling and weather conditions on the ride days
  • Padded cycling shorts for comfort
  • Personal choice of drink and ride snacks *

* without these you will not be able to take part in the guided ride. Our guides carry an extensive kit to assist with trail-side repairs

(IMPORTANT: your helmet must be within the warranty period from the date of manufacture to take part in any of our guided rides. See the warranties table tab. You will be asked to submit this information via our riders consent form).

MTB Helmet Warranties

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