Shakedown is the first opportunity the world’s best racers have to put their tyres on dirt at an EWS. Often, riders will hang out to get the best photos, session trail features and get started on their bike setup. Here’s what we saw at the Shakedown from EWS Tweed Valley.
The riders were going hard. A few showers in the morning dampened the trail and the conditions were near-perfect. Grip, predictability and fun were on the cards.
Shakedown takes place right at the start of race week. This means riders are usually relaxed and excited to pull some shapes for the fans. We saw a fair share of somewhat spicy manoeuvres.
Yes, despite the early rain showers, riders at EWS Tweed Valley were greeted at the top of the Shakedown trail by a fully-clad piper. It doesn’t get much more Scottish than that.
With the 2022 season sporting more teams and riders than ever before, we’re excited to welcome a host of new faces and signings onto the EWS circuit. Scottish pinner Louise Ferguson, who recently signed with Nukeproof SRAM Factory Team, is looking forward to making her team debut in front of a crowd of Scottish fans.
It doesn’t get any better than bling pro bikes. We spotted Ella Conolly’s Cannondale Jekyll tricked out with a custom, pink-tartan frame protector.