The Descent-Gear/MSC Bikes National DH Championships 2009 - Preview.

Jul 17, 2009
by Simon Paton  
This weekend see's the most prestigous race of the year for every British Downhill Mountain Bike Racer, the Descent-Gear/MSC Bikes National DH Championships at Innerleithen in the Scottish Borders.
Parking and spectating is always free so see you there!Photography by Luke Webber.

The Descent-Gear/MSC Bikes National DH Championships 2009.
Supported by British Cycling and Monster Energy.
Saturday and Sunday the 18th and 19th of July 2009.

Current National Champion

Current National Champion


A tough, challenging and varied track awaits the U.Ks finest and what a line up we have, Steve Peat is the reigning National Champion and will be under huge pressure from the current UCI World Champion Gee Atherton and brother Dan Atherton and a whole list of hungry new comers that want the prestigous National Champs jersey and Gold medal so badly.
Previous winner Marc Beaumont is also on the charge as is Josh Bryceland along with newly crowned Scottish Champion Ben Cathro who will be leading the Clan army along with Joe Barnes and Chris Hutchens.

New age categories for the old boys as we have split the Veterans and Masters age range in half meaning more champions to applaud come podium time on Sunday afternoon.

We have a packed pits booked with Descent-Gear.com, MSC Bikes, British Cycling, Monster Energy, SIS - Science in Sport, Hope Technology, Atherton Commencal, SantaCruz Syndicate, Lapierre, Rave Racing, K9 Industries, Ticket2Ride BC, MX1.co.uk, 2Stage Bikes, CRC Intense, Swiss and Swallow, Nicolai, Continental and Pureriders.co.

In seeding at past NPS's Josh has had fastest time of the day, even though he was in juniors.

In seeding at past NPS's Josh has had fastest time of the day, even though he was in juniors.


We have a large Marquee, hot and cold food, refreshments and DVD showing Saturday night. Live timing on a big screen, live commentating and all parking and spectating is free!

Stuck at a loose end on Saturday night? We have the living legend that is Danny MacAskill the trials/street demon. 'The Clan' Trials Demo will kick off at 18.00 on Saturday in the carpark beside the Traquair Arms in Innerleithen. Bikes and Berms will be setting up a pump track for the weekend in the same area as well.

Getting there. There will be some road closures on Saturday in the town due to the St Ronan's Games. The minor road between Walkerburn (where the camping is) and Innerleithen (where the race is) on the South side of the Tweed will be closed to cars (but not bikes) on Saturday and Sunday. The uplift trucks for the downhillers park here to head off up the hill so be very careful if you are pedalling up to the race.

There are communal showers room at the XC camp site.
No noise after 23.00 please, and turn off generators. Tidy up after yourself and take your rubbish away with you.

There is one supermarket in Innerleithen, this will be closed for the St Ronan's Games weekend as will all the shops. The nearest supermarkets are in Peebles; Sainsburys (38 Northgate, EH45 8RS) as well as Tesco (Dovecot Road, EH45 8EQ). Peebles will be open as usual.
There is no water on site at the race, but you can fill bottles from the kitchen at the cross country campsite. SEPA have asked us to ask you not to wash your bikes in the Tweed please, it's no good for the trout.

St Ronan's games. The local people of Innerleithen welcome you to come along and enjoy the games, festivities and the fair whilst you are not practising or racing. The games run from the Thursday to the Saturday night, please check out http://www.stronansgames.org/ for more details, we would recommend the 'Burnin' the De'il on the Saturday for the non-racers.

Gee, Second last year after falling

Gee, Second last year after falling


Timetable for the XC and DH weekend:
Friday:
12.00 - 16.30 XC and DH course inspection walk only, and DH Comms Inspection 18.00 - 20.00 DH registration

Saturday:
08:00 - 11.00 DH Registration and XC Comms Inspection 11:00 - 18.00 XC Registration 09.30 - 17:00 DH Open practice 13.30 - 16.30 XC Marshalled practice
16:45 - 17.00 XC Riders and Teams meeting 17.00 - 18.30 XC Open/Fun race
17:45 - 17:50 DH Riders meeting
18:00 - 19:00 Trials display (Innerleithen)

Sunday:
09:00 - 10:45 DH Open Practise
09.00 - 11.00 XC Race 1 - Youth/Juv/Jun
11.30 - 12.00 XC Race 1 Podiums
11.00 - 13.00 XC Race 2 - Masters/Vets
13.30 - 14.00 XC Race 2 Podiums
11.00 - 14.00 DH Seeding runs
13.00 - 15.30 XC Race 3 - Seniors/Espoirs/Sport 14.30 - 17.30 DH Race runs 16.30 - 17.00 XC Race 3 Podiums 18.00 - All DH Podiums

Past Winners in DH:
Men
2008 - Bala - Steve Peat
2007 - Rheola - Marc Beaumont
2006 - Moelfre - Mark Beaumont
2005 - Bringewood - Steve Peat
2004 - Fort William - Gee Atherton
2003 - Bringewood - Steve Peat
2002 - Ludlow - Steve Peat
2001 - Ludlow - Rob Warner
2000 - Innerleithen - Steve Peat
1999 - Eastridge - Steve Peat
1998 - Builth - Rob Warner

Women
2008 - Bala - Tracy Moseley
2007 - Rheola - Tracy Moseley
2006 - Moelfre - Tracy Moseley
2005 - Bringewood -Rachel Atherton
2004 - Fort William - Rachel Atherton
2003 - Bringewood - Helen Gaskell
2002 - Ludlow - Tracy Moseley
2001 - Ludlow - Ffionn Griffiths
2000 - Innerleithen - Tracy Moseley
1999 - Eastridge - Helen Mortimer
1998 - Builth - Tracy Moseley

Past Winners in XC:
Men
2008 - Crow Hill - Liam Killeen
2007 - Newnham Park - Oli Beckingsale
2006 - Moelfre - Oli Beckingsale
2005 - Ludlow - Oli Beckingsale
2004 - Fort William - Jody Crawforth
2003 - Bringewood - Nick Craig
2002 - Ludlow - Oli Beckingsale
2001 - Ludlow - Oli Beckingsale
2000 - Innerleithen - Nick Craig
1999 - Eastridge - Paul Lasenby
1998 - Builth - Barrie Clarke
1997 - Nick Craig
1996 - Barrie Clarke
1995 - Eastridge - Barrie Clarke
1994 - David Baker
1993 - Eastnor - David Baker
1992 - David Baker
1991 - Tim Gould
1989 - Aviemore - Chris Young (race won by Mike Kloser - USA)

Women
2008 - Crow Hill - Jenny Copnall
2007 - Newnham Park - Jenny Copnall
2006 - Moelfre - Jenny Copnall
2005 - Ludlow - Jenny Copnall
2004 - Fort William - Sue Thomas
2003 - Bringewood - Jenny Copnall
2002 - Ludlow - Caroline Alexander
2001 - Ludlow - Caroline Alexander
2000 - Innerleithen - Caroline Alexander
1999 - Eastridge - Caroline Alexander
1998 - Builth - Tracy Brunger
1997 - Caroline Alexander
1996 - Tracy Brunger
1993 - Eastnor - Caroline Alexander
1992 - Caroline Alexander
1989 - Aviemore - Sally Hibberd

Steve, Si and Hensley look forward to seeing you all trackside.

Never Clip In!

Si..
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