A weekend with Tracy Moseley
To reach the top of any sport is tough. Many aspire, but few get there. To reach the top on multiple occasions takes a very special kind of person – dedicated, focused, disciplined and of course, incredibly talented. But to achieve all this in multiple disciplines takes an extraordinary person indeed. Tracy Moseley is such a person.
Tracy became World Downhill Champion in 2010 having come close previously. But having secured the title that many regard as the mountain biking equivalent of Formula 1, Tracy wasn’t remotely done. Proudly wearing the rainbow stripes of the World Champion, Tracy set off to repeat the feat in the emerging discipline of Enduro.
Enduro is very different. For a start, it requires a lot more pedalling than downhill! So this requires a different kind of fitness, mindset and preparation. Second, it often takes the format of a multi stage, multi day race, something again very different to Downhill. It’s therefore pretty special to go on to win three back to back World Champion titles in Enduro in the first three years of the Enduro World Series – 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Given all that, one can only imagine how busy Tracy Moseley is these days given her links to Trek, her other sponsors and her own emerging business interests. So it was with delight that Criterium Cycles welcomed Tracy Moseley to a weekend of events on the 19th and 20th November.
Ride Out at Glentress (Saturday)
First up was a Ride Out for around a dozen invited customers of Criterium Cycles, held at Glentress Forest Trail Centre, Tweed Valley. The format was simple but great fun – Green & Blue trails in the morning, a hot lunch at midday and then red routes in the afternoon. The weather was kind (if cold) and Tracy treated all those on the ride out to impromptu skills sessions and tips / advice.
Everyone who went on the Ride Out was buzzing by the end of it with a frequent comment being that they had learned more in four hours than they had in four months / years (Delete as appropriate!). Mind you, it’s not every day you get the chance to learn from someone who has spent as long as Tracy has at the top of her game.
Evening dinner at the Restoration Yard
Once everyone had recovered from the Ride Outs, we assembled again for a supper at the Restoration Yard, Dalkeith Country Park. The Restoration Yard cafe is one of our absolute favourite eateries in Edinburgh. It is located in the very heart of Dalkeith Country Park, the location for Criterium Cycles’ brand new cycle hire centre.
Around 35 guests including those who been on the Ride Outs plus a few lucky others were treated to sumptuous food. The seared Bowhill Beef from the Duke of Buccleuch’s own herd was particularly superb. There was plenty of opportunity to chat and a chance to look at Trek Bikes including Tracey’s own Slash 9.9 RSL in Trek Factory Racing Specification.
Highlight of the evening was a presentation by Tracy of her career. Tracy explained the ups and downs (definitely mainly “ups” as far as we could tell!) and the challenges of forging a successful career in mountain bike racing. The headcam video of Tracy descending a really technical Enduro trail in Whistler was especially exciting. The 45 minute presentation with Q&A at the end quite literally flew by.
Meet and Greet with Tracy (Sunday)
Sunday morning and Tracy was back at the Restoration Yard meeting fans and members of the public. Tracy kindly signed autographs, had countless selfies taken and chatted to as many people as possible about a wide range of topics. There were tips on how to get into mountain biking, the benefits of 29er over 650b, thoughts on Plus Bikes and the development opportunities for young riders now coming onto the scene.
Yet again, the 3 hours flew by and before long we were having to draw the event to a close to prepare for the official opening of the Criterium Cycles Hire Centre.
Opening of the Hire Centre
At 13.00, Tracy joined us for the official opening of the Criterium Cycles Hire Centre at Dalkeith Country Park. We have great things planned for the Hire Centre over the coming months and years and indeed, Tracy herself said the following on her own Instagram page:
This was a nice end to my @trekbikes Scotland tour…:having the honour to open up this great little hire centre… I can see in a few years time some great trail development and potential at Dalkeith Country Park along with amazing food and cakes @restorationyarddcp !!! Thanks @criteriumcycles for making me so welcome !
Putting on events such as these is only possible with the support of a great number of people. In particular, thanks to all the team at Criterium Cycles who, as ever, went way beyond the call of duty; Liam and all his team at the Restoration Yard cafe for the fabulous food and wonderful service; and Madeline for the catering at Glentress (the tomato soup and banana cake were particular winners).
And of course most of all to Tracy Moseley herself for giving up an entire weekend, for being so brilliant throughout and for giving our customers and everyone who joined in such an unforgettable experience. A special mention of course goes to our wonderful customers, without whom there wouldn’t be a Criterium Cycles.
So what’s next?
We are lucky at Criterium Cycles to be able to host major events with stars of the cycling world stage such as this recent weekend with Tracy Moseley and the unforgettable evening with Jens Voigt last year. We don’t organise things just for the sake of it though; they are one of the many ways we say thank you to all our customers and demonstrate that buying from Criterium Cycles means much more than just taking home a new bike never to be spoken to again.
We have plenty more planned for the future so watch this space!