Homeland: Katy Winton and Lewis Buchanan ride the Shimano TweedL

The Shimano TweedLove International Enduro is regarded by many in the industry as one of the main events on the international race circuit, with a big course, big prizes and big names fighting it out for the title. Several of the world’s top enduro athletes cut their trail teeth on Tweed Valley dirt, but this year’s race had special significance for two riders in particular.

Lewis Buchanan and Katy Winton are emerging as top enduro athletes, and both are riding for Trek Factory Racing.

Coincidentally, they both grew up in the Tweed Valley, and were even in the same class at high school. With rising statures in the world enduro scene – Katy is ranked World No.3, and Lewis has come back from serious injury last season to stand 26th overall.

Both came back home to this race on good form, and with something to prove – they wanted the win on home soil. A strong pro start list including the world’s most successful female enduro athlete ever, Tracy Moseley, and the men’s world number one Greg Callaghan, meant it was going to be a hard day at the office for them both.

It was good to be home for the team Trek athletes, but it would be no easy ride to the podium in the UK’s biggest enduro race.

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