Video: MTB Masterclass with Mark Scott

15 September 2020

Anyone who’s been keeping up to date with the Enduro World Series (EWS) knows that Mark Scott has been there since the beginning - and has only missed one race start in seven years. Mark started racing at the age of 11 in the competitive Scottish scene, naturally progressing to World Cup level and representing the UK as a junior in 2011. The move to Enduro came just two years later when he raced the first ever EWS in Punta Alla.
The Live to Ride Crew first caught up with Mark in Dunkeld, just an hour and a half north of his home in Peebles. But in classic Scottish fashion they were greeted with some predictably wet conditions. Not that the weather bothered Mark: "It’s really good for your race craft and learning to adapt at races, but pretty grim to ride in all the time.” 
Life at home in the Tweed Valley consists of bike riding, and an impressive amount of it, over the UK lockdown Mark found himself spending a lot of time on his gravel bike. He did an array of big rides which was topped off by his K2 day, an epic 8,614m, 230km ride.
“It’s basically ride the height of K2, but you cant use the same climb twice. I ended up using 23 different climbs in the Tweed Valley, it was a good challenge and a serious day out.”
The Tweed Valley is quickly becoming one of the UK’s number one riding destinations and is back on the EWS calendar in 2021. With trails on every hill Mark was keen to shoot some of the less frequented trails, including one built by good friend and former team mate Ruaridh Cunningham, who is now the EWS Sport Director.
But this week Mark leaves Scotland's hills behind as he heads to Italy for the final two rounds of the EWS - Vittoria EWS Pietra Ligure and Bluegrass EWS Finale Ligure. You can keep up to date with Mark's races in Italy by following him on Instagram.