The Scottish Downhill Series is organised by the Scottish Downhill Association (SDA), a voluntary group that also organises the Scottish Downhill Championships on behalf of Scottish Cycling. The series offers great downhill racing on some demanding and technical courses, but each round has nine categories of racing to accommodate all ages and abilities. As with all SDA events, a friendly welcome is guaranteed for newcomers.
Races are a timed run down a taped course – two hours of practice are available on the first day of each event (a Saturday), before two race runs the following day, with the best time counted towards the results. Cattle trucks are used to transport riders up the forestry roads to the top of the course, and riders are released at 30 second intervals.
For 2014, it was announced that the calendar of races would change slightly to allow for a break in July when many riders normally head overseas to compete in the Megavalanche. The action kicked off in March at Innerleithen in the Borders, with Josh Bryceland taking the victory in the Elite Male category, ahead of Greg Williamson and Sam Dale. The Senior Women’s race was dominated by World Cup star Jess Stone.
Next stop in the series is at Dunkeld in the Perthshire Hills in April, followed by visits to the Ae Forest, Glencoe (for the Scottish Championships), and Innerleithen again, before climaxing with the series finale late in September on the World Cup course at Fort William.