16/06/2017 - Tweedlove Retrospective



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Just back in the office today after a marathon (and arduous) drive back involving closed motorways and diversions, plus stinking colds (me) and hangovers (the rest of them). Thanks to everyone who swung by over the weekend. We all had a brilliant time, and was good to meet owners and demo riders and people just looking.

Friday was a little quiet, but we still had a few demo rides out, and we finished off the day in fine style with the Cotic Ride Out from the stand in the evening. We had a couple of demo riders join a small group of existing owners, and it was so nice to hang out with everyone and share stories of how they got their bikes. One guy, Mark, was a particular star as he brought Soul number 31 - an original batch 1 2003 frame, recently repainted in nail varnish pink - along for the ride. At the other end of the scale was Sam who had just got his Rocket two weeks ago. The whole journey of Cotic right there in one ride! Lovely.

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Saturday was much busier with around 30 demo rides through the day and catching up with Chay and Swinny and some of the other Sheffield crew up for the International Enduro. They were having a rest day having practiced on Friday on what turned out to be a monster loop. Over 50km and several thousand metres of climbing, along with stages up to 10 minutes long. With Greg Callahan, Lewis Buchanan and Tracey Moseley all there racing there were plenty of big hitters to measure up against too.

Saturday evening after the family ride (they closed the main road through Peebles to let kids and parents ride around a circuit. It was ace!) the lads hit the freeride park up at Buzzards Nest car park at Glentress, taking the camera gear with them. Development Squad rider Wes Fife took time out from his GCSE's to join in. Looks like they had an alright time.....

Wes Fife

Sunday dawned a little damp, but not too bad, and the International Enduro rolled out from 9am. Swinny was seeded in the Top 10 so he got a little mascot to join him on the podium. They were even playing Rocketman on the big screen at the same time. Couldn't have planned it better! All the Top 10 riders got local kids to join them on their ride out. How cool is that?

The lads did brilliantly as usual, and both looked completely empty when they got back. Hardest race of the year so far they think. In keeping with our tradition of Cotic Racing - Never Knowingly Off The Podium, Chay put it on the box with 2nd in Veterans, and Swinny just missed out with 4th in Masters. A problem with brake pads on Stage 1 put paid to a better result unfortunately.

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Chay Granby

Massive thanks to Geoff Waugh for the awesome shots of the lads out on track.

Once podiums were done and champagne sprayed, we packed up, grabbed a curry and headed to the pub. We capped off the weekend in civilised fashion some some carpet bowls. Rock and Roll!

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