Double delight for Jed’s bike-riding brothers

Sprawling, uncompromising Borders terrain was the scene of a great double triumph for an enthusiastic bike-riding family from Jedburgh.

Thursday, 19th November 2020, 3:25 pm
Jedburgh's Nic Davidson and his sons Callum, left, and Robbie (photo by Bill McBurnie)

The Scottish Borders Enduro Club recently staged an event in Duns, and, for two teenage siblings, it was a weekend to remember.

Robbie Davidson, 13, won his class in the youth section, the 85 Big Wheel.

Elder brother Callum, 16, had been riding at youth level for about a year but opted to move up to sportsman, the lowest men’s category.

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He was up against 36 or so other riders and beat them all, winning by around three minutes.

Dad Nic was hugely proud of his sons’ achievements.

Callum, he added, had been working and training very hard, putting a lot of effort in at the gym and going running for his fitness.

The brothers have been on the enduro circuit for about a year.

They started riding quad bikes as youngters and, a couple of years ago, acquired the machines they use now.

They graduated to the world of motocross, with its jumps and sprint racing for 10 to 12minute spells, but they found the more physically demanding enduro was more to their taste.

Youth races last around 90 minutes, while senior events go on for about three hours.

“Enduro riding is in woods, bog land and open terrain, with hard and easy sections,” explained Nic.

“There could be a quarry route through it, or up and over lochs.

“It’s proper hard trial riding, riding in mud, with cramping of muscles and mental fatigue. It’s hard, hard going.”

Nic added his sons loved the competition in such big fields.

“They’ve made loads of friends from around the country,” said.

“They get out in the fresh air for two or three hours in a day, testing themselves and pushing themselves to how far they can go.

“It’s a personal thing for them too.”

The boys do most of their racing in the north of England and hope their next competitive action will be at an event in Scunthorpe in North Lincolnshire from December 5-6.