Watch: Innes Graham’s meteoric rise to the EWS Top 10

Posted on Aug 2, 2022 by Jessie-May Morgan

At the start of 2022, Innes Graham was a complete unknown in the world of Enduro Racing. Today he is ranked 9th in the overall EWS standings, with only 5 enduro races under his belt… ever. The breakthrough star received the Wyn Masters’ Privateer Award after coming third in the season opener in the Tweed Valley. This race in his hometown saw him drop the proverbial pants of many Factory team riders – only Jesse Melamed and Richie Rude went faster this weekend.

So where did this meteoric rise come from?

Innes riding his new Nukeproof Giga on his local tracks in the Tweed Valley, Scotland

At the time, Innes raced the downhill World Cup at a very high level, but he put the competitive sport to bed after a nasty accident at Lenzerheide left him with a broken leg. That was 2016. Since then, Innes has flown under the radar, leading the rising Tweed Valley chippers on the Frontiers Sports Excellence Academy.

To be a better mountain bike coach for his students, Innes set out to train and race for just one EWS round in 2022. His goal was to learn as much as possible about the sport so he could pass on his knowledge. budding athletes. He didn’t know he was on the road to stardom.

Innes’ story is incredible, documented here by his employers, Dirt School. His journey continues this year with funding from Dirt School, Tweed Valley Bikes, Café #1, Hotlines Distribution, Burgtec and Nukeproof. You can follow him on Instagram here.

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Innes Graham rides a Nukeproof Giga with a RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate Coil shock, ZEB Ultimate fork and OChain Active Spider

Wiley C. Thompson