Spring Polaris Challenge report & results

The first Polaris Challenge of the season was held last weekend, in the Scottish Borders? Tweed valley. The Polaris is a 2-day mountain bike score navigation event. Riding in pairs or solo, competitors have seven hours on Saturday and five on Sunday to ride, navigating to checkpoints along the way. Saturday night is spent at a remote campsite to and from which riders must carry their camping, eating and sleeping kit. The Tweed valley is home to some of the best man-made and upland trails in the world.The hills of the Borders are not huge but they are steep and there are plenty of them. My legs certainly knew about all the climbing! Of course, with climbing comes descending. I´m still buzzing from dozens of awesome descents. The planning of the event was top notch. A great map and loads of route choice made point scoring a real challenge. The Saturday night bonfire at camp was a very sociable affair. Locally brewed ale was available to sup by the fire. The Southern Upland Way, Glentress and Innerleithan mountain bike centres, beautiful sunny weather and dry trails combined together to give a fantastic event. I felt it was one of the best Polaris ever.Sweet trails, fantastic scenery and a great craic – what more could you ask of a weekend of mountain biking? The ladies and mens results:1) Heather Dawe 2) Iwona Szmyd   3) Lisa Kamphausen 1) Steve Heading 2) David Mckendry / Jean Claude Van der Veken 3) James Taylor Full results here:http://www.polarischallenge.com/upload/PolarisTraquairResults.htm The Summer Polaris is 30th June – 1st July