Madison Saracen 2013 - BDS Two: Fort William

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May 13, 2013
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Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

Fort William conjures up two very different images with the mountain bike crowd. One is a sun-drenched mountainside with carnivorous midges, whilst the other is of a cold, wet and windy place that at times feels like the very definition of isolation when sat atop the hillside.

Photography: Laurence Crossman-Emms // www.laurence-ce.com

Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

Round 2 of the Saracen British Downhill series was to be the latter, with the exposed tops of the Nevis Range giving nowhere to hide from the elements. Snow-capped mountains are a very prominent reminder that its still early in the season and whilst those in England are basking in Spring, up in Scotland it’s a very different story.

Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

The British Downhill Series has a reputation of being one of the best domestic races series in the world and with the turnout and rider list on offer this weekend, you can see why. Practice was extremely busy with a number of teams opting to come early in the week to get some serious practice in. Fort Bill always brings in a good crowd from over the UK and even afar with this weekend seeing the likes of Greg Minnaar, Cedric Gracia, Sam Blenkinsop and the whole of the Gstaad Scott team attending. No doubt many teams are looking to the opening round of the World Cup and are using this as a dress-rehearsal for one of the most anticipated races on the calendar,

Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

On the whole the Madison Saracen team were all in good spirits. With Combe Sydenham being a great start to the season, each rider was looking for an improvement on their last results, with the new-look team now starting to come together and looking like a team that really work well in each others company.

Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

Weather in the Nevis range is unpredictable at the best of times and the ever-changing forecast meant for an ever-changing race schedule which fluctuated from standard race weekend, to Cancelled, to race runs Saturday, to practice being cancelled to eventually the final decision of Seeding Runs on Saturday and early Race Runs on Sunday. Not the best situation for getting your race head together

Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

Waking up Saturday to the sound of rain against your window isn't the best of starts and we all knew we were in for a soggy one. Damp and sodden within a few hours it sure did make being out on the hill far from enjoyable. With the team being at the venue from Friday and having already got some solid runs in, practice on Saturday morning was more of a refresher and a chance to spin those legs out . Into seeding’s on the Saturday and the intermittent rain and the odd time delaying red flags made it difficult to keep warm and motivated for seeding, especially being 45mins behind schedule on an already late start. But considering that the seeding run could have counted as race runs if the weather turned bad, there was a lot of pressure riding on putting in a solid time.

Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

Manon was first down the hill and with a healthy top section she manages to flat out half way down just before the wooded section.

Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

Phil up next and after a few on-course troubles with tear offs, he managed to lay down a solid 3rd place seeding time which put him in great stead for race runs.

Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

Rolling in next, Harry managed a very fair seeding run time, which considering if made a few mistakes and a spin off on a corner he seemed pleased and gave him some solid areas to improve on comer race day.

Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

Sam, having the same fate as Manon also managed to flat out on his seeding run, Fort Bill can be a bully to your wheels and tyres, it eats them for breakfast!

Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

Team test-rider, Jack (AKA The Stig), managed to really have an eventful practice run which culminated with a concussion and a bruised ego that didn't put him in the frame of mind to lay down a seeding run but was still able to break the beam to put him in the running for race day (if he was healthy enough to ride)

Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

A late end to the day and the team headed back to the house for feed and sleep, fingers-crossed for a dry day of racing.

Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

And all I can say is crossing fingers paid off well! Overcast, high clouds but dry was the forecast for the morning with the bad weather closing in to the afternoon.

A few morning practice runs put the team into good pace and over all the team were feeling fit and fast. The track had dried up nicely over night and was had left a nice tacky riding surface to play on.

Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

Race runs came pretty quick, starting them at 11 to try and avoid the horrible forecast weather.

Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

Manon Carpenter was first out the gate, her flat in seeding meaning she was the first of the Elite Women down the hill, giving enough space in front to lay down a quick time. And quick she was. Coming down with a solid time and straight into the hot seat, Manon was in good contentions for the win, as well as being the only girl to successfully clear the river gap during the race. She sat in the hot seat up until Pugin came speeding through, putting 3 seconds into Manon’s time. Sitting on the second spot come podium time was a good result and great preparation for the World Cup season.

Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

Phil Atwill was looking to stamp his claim on the Junior category, but it as not to be. A flat at the top of the wooded section put him way back and out of contention for a podium place.

Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com


Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com


With a renewed focus on reaching his full potential this season, Harry Molloy was stoked to make it down the hill in a sub 5 minute time, walking away with 16th place in a stacked Elite field.

Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

Sam, Dale although finishing a place behind Harry, wasn't happy with his race run and felt it hadn’t all fallen into place when it really mattered. With an 8th place at the fort William World Cup last year, a top-ten finish was the goal, but it was not to be.

Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

Jack Geoghegan, after knocking himself out and then having a concussion-riddled wasn’t expecting to put down a quick time. Dropping in he seemed to be fast in the top section with an almost “I don't care attitude”. He was looking good, until the woods claimed another victim : A big OTB and Jack thought he was out, but he jumped back on and steamed ahead. Cruising into the finish line he didn't even care to look at his time. But as it turned out he went straight into the hot seat. With everyone in his category still to come down after his DNF yesterday he didn't think he would be there long. But rider, after rider after rider attempted to beat his time, all unsuccessful, and in the end Jack took the win against the odds.

Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

Overall, the team had a good weekend of riding with a host of ups and downs to make the weekend nice and eventful. Some great results mixed with some disappointment only gives the team more fuel as the World Cup season looms on the horizon.

Overall BDS Rd 2 Results

Manon Carpenter: 5:30.2 // 2nd
Phil Atwill: 5:51.8 (PUNCTURE) // 23rd
Harry Molloy: 4:55.6 // 16th
Sam Dale: 4:56.1 // 17th
Jack: 5:10.7 // 1st

Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

A special mention must go to the marshals at the round, having to suffer an extremely grim Saturday ,they did their very best and were truly the unsung heroes of this round.

Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Madison Saracan Dampening Saracen British Downhill Series TWO - Fort William Nevis Range Scotland - Find the article on Pinkbike.com - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

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Photography: Laurence Crossman-Emms // www.laurence-ce.com
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24 Comments

  • + 25
 That was some really nice photography! more of this than really long articles Smile
  • - 17
 Quality over quantity. Was it really necessary to include 4 photos of a champagne bottle?
  • + 13
 You missed 1. There's 5 pics of champagne! All part of looking arty! Have to say Madison Saracen are really pushing the coverage this season. Hope other teams do the same come start of the world cup as it tells the stories of the race weekend really well!
  • + 5
 look carefully, it's not champagne
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  • + 13
 The Manon Carpenter British Downhill Series.
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  • + 6
 Great write up.
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  • + 3
 Madison Saracen's photography is just as good as their videography. PLZ POST VID OF FT BILL!!!!!!!!
  • + 3
 same guy, laurance-ce
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  • + 4
 The shot of Glencoe is so sick!
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  • + 2
 Some brain dead , unable to read tit made the same comment on the last saracen vid too
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  • + 2
 Once again great photo story.. great way to review Team Madison Saracen's coverage.. well done Laurence
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  • + 1
 Definitely some of the best team coverage out there!
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  • + 1
 Why is Manon Carpenter running a Deore shifter?
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  • + 0
 For a second I thought the Article was titled Madison Scott. Those who know will know.
  • + 0
 I see what you did there Wink
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  • - 2
 the girl with the pink umbrella is sooo hot !!! id like to know what shes hiding under that big coat
  • + 4
 She is hot mate! Good job she's mineWink
  • + 0
 "Awkward" - Dr. Evil
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  • - 1
 she is sooo cute Smile
  • - 1
 raptishaaaa....!!! hahahah
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