Borders College

Local Downhiller smashes it at Scottish Enduro

One Borders College student has every reason to celebrate following a big win at a recent prominent mountain biking event.

Gregor Nixon

Photo courtesy of Keith Bremner (Website: www.highlandcaptures.com Instagram: kbrembo)

Gregor Nixon, originally from Callander but now based in Peebles, was elated to finish first ahead of 32 others in the Under 19 Mens category of the Scottish Enduro Championship, held at Laggan in the Highlands.

Speaking of his win, where he came out the lead in 4 of the 5 stages, Gregor says:

“I was really happy to come first in my category at Laggan.  The final event in the 2017 Scottish Enduro series is in Dunkeld on 15th October and this event will be crucial for me as the end result is taken from your best 4 races and is points based.  I’m currently in second place, around 100 points ahead of the 3rd place rider so I’m looking to widen that gap.”

Gregor first began biking several years ago as part of a course of physiotherapy following a knee injury sustained playing rugby.  It is only in the past three years that mountain biking has become a serious competitive interest for Gregor, encouraging him to relocate to the Borders to join the College’s BASE Downhill programme in 2016 before progressing to his current course of study – year 1 of HND Coaching and Developing Sport.

He adds that both the Downhill and HND courses at Borders College have allowed him to work on strength and conditioning as well as increase his confidence in racing through sports psychology, aspects that have certainly contributed to his recent success.  He also credits the time spent in practical sessions with the ‘Dirt School’ coaches for enabling him to improve his race craft and techniques.

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A full list of results from the recent Scottish Enduro event can be viewed on the Roots and Rain website

Published: Thu 28th Sep, 2017