Welcome to Revolution Bike Park. Things are done a little differently here.

As riders cautiously scoped the track during their first practice run today, it was made clear that the course was taking no prisoners and should not be taken lightly. Consisting largely of a gully cut into the floor of a dense forest, the track changes from a steep switchback filled tech-fest at the top to a fast, flowing series of berms at the bottom - all while remaining consistently rooty and slippery to keep riders on their toes. Unlike many National and World Cup level tracks of late, the reception to the Welsh course was almost universally positive, providing a refreshing change to those craving "proper" downhill courses that require technique and poise to conquer. To add to the buzz surrounding the track, the uplift was working efficiently and without hiccup, another novelty for British National regulars. Even the weather is looking positive for race day. Here is a glimpse at what happened during practice.

The course start is a short walk from the uplift drop off point into the dark forest.
The course start is a short walk from the uplift drop off point into the dark forest.

With the success of Lenzerheide keeping spirits high Danny Hart is searching for every advantage on track and showing some serious speed in practice.
With the success of Lenzerheide keeping spirits high, Danny Hart is searching for every advantage on track and showing some serious speed in practice.

Matt Walker following teammate Marc Beaumont down a tight root-infested gully.
Matt Walker following teammate Marc Beaumont down a tight, root-infested gully.

For some Saturday was as much a day to ride with mates as it was race practice. Craig Evans leading Josh Bryceland through the trees.
For some, Saturday was as much a day to ride with mates as it was race practice. Craig Evans leading Josh Bryceland through the trees.

Peaty showing who is boss by looking the best in every photo spot on track.
Peaty showing who's boss by looking the best in every photo spot on track.

Greg Williamson is having a fantastic season and continues to look aggressive and controlled on track. The efficient uplift meant lots of runs were completed early in the day and allowed him to take a walk up the track during the last hour of practice to eye up the competition.
Greg Williamson is having a fantastic season and continues to look aggressive and controlled on track. The efficient uplift meant lots of runs were completed early in the day, and allowed him to take a walk up the track during the last hour of practice to eye up the competition.

Gee Atherton struggled to get to grips with the Lenzerheide World Cup track where riding on the knife edge of control is where time is found. He is having no such problems in the Welsh forest at Revolution and set a high pace on track.
Gee Atherton struggled to get to grips with the Lenzerheide World Cup track, where riding on the knife edge of control is where time is found. He is having no such problems in the Welsh forest at Revolution and set a high pace on track.

Tahn e Seagrave has been consistently stepping up her riding in recent races and having just come back from injury put in a performance good enough for second at Lenzerheide - and by a small margin too. She will be battling with Rachel and Manon for the win this weekend.
Tahnee Seagrave has been consistently stepping up her riding in recent races, and having just come back from injury put in a performance good enough for second at Lenzerheide - and by a small margin too. She will be battling with Rachel and Manon for the win this weekend.

Matt Walker confident as ever will be hunting for the win in Juniors. Controversially the tape next to this drop was narrowed during practice to leave the straight but steep drop or a slow outside berm.
Matt Walker, confident as ever, will be hunting for the win in Juniors. Controversially the tape next to this drop was narrowed during practice to leave the straight but steep drop or a slow outside berm.

Dropping straight into a steep gully meant the berm at the bottom got some abuse.
Dropping straight into a steep gully meant the berm at the bottom got some abuse.

Aiming to back up his three consecutive junior wins Laurie Greenland looks to be on form for a good result in Elite this year.
Aiming to back up his three consecutive junior wins, Laurie Greenland looks to be on form for a good result in Elite this year.

This is the terrain at revolution - small shiny rocks and plenty of embedded roots.
This is the terrain at Revolution - small shiny rocks and plenty of embedded roots.
The nature of the narrow gully that makes up the majority of the track means that a loss of balance could very quickly result in a crash.
The nature of the narrow gully that makes up the majority of the track means that a loss of balance could very quickly result in a crash.

This course suits someone riding with a loose style and who isn t afraid to pick some sketchy lines. There is no better man to demonstrate this than Josh Bryceland who looked to be completely at home on the slippery track.
This course suits someone riding with a loose style and who isn't afraid to pick some sketchy lines. There is no better man to demonstrate this than Josh Bryceland, who looked to be completely at home on the slippery track.

Sam Dale s current World Cup season hasn t been his best but he is here to make his mark on UK soil.
Sam Dale's current World Cup season hasn't been his best, but he is here to make his mark on UK soil.

Taylor Vernon looks to have adapted very quickly to the conditions and was one of the first to take some steep inside lines near the top of the track.
Taylor Vernon looks to have adapted very quickly to the conditions and was one of the first to take some steep inside lines near the top of the track.

With Tahn e Seagrave closing the gap on Rachel Atherton s dominance at Lenzerheide she is riding with a point to prove on home turf. Riding the steep drop with more poise than most of the mens field she will be hard to beat on race day.
With Tahnee Seagrave closing the gap on Rachel Atherton's dominance at Lenzerheide, she is riding with a point to prove on home turf. Riding the steep drop with more poise than most of the men's field, she will be hard to beat on race day.

Constant drizzle all day meant the track was always slightly moist.
Constant drizzle all day meant the track was always slightly moist.

Welshman Emyr Davies loves the technical steep top section and held some serious speed into the corners. One to watch tomorrow for sure.
Welshman Emyr Davies loves the technical, steep top section and held some serious speed into the corners. One to watch tomorrow for sure.

With some top 5 results already under his belt this year Adam Brayton is on the hunt for more results.
With some top 5 results already under his belt this year, Adam Brayton is on the hunt for more results.

Phil Atwill is another rider who loves the loose nature of the surface. This is a real opportunity for Phil to show he has the raw speed to match his insane bike handling skills.
Phil Atwill is another rider who loves the loose nature of the surface. This is a real opportunity for Phil to show he has the raw speed to match his insane bike handling skills.

Did I mention the terrain was unforgiving
Did I mention the terrain was unforgiving?

Manon Carpenter has been battling closely with Rachel and Tahn e for the top spot in the Women s field for a while and it is anyone s guess who will claim victory tomorrow.
Manon Carpenter has been battling closely with Rachel and Tahnee for the top spot in the Women's field for a while, and it is anyone's guess who will claim victory tomorrow.

Scott Mears got through a lot of runs clearly enjoying the track and showing style wherever possible. Another serious talent that has the potential for a great result on this track.
Scott Mears got through a lot of runs, clearly enjoying the track and showing style wherever possible. Another serious talent that has the potential for a great result on this track.

Keeping the midges away and the mechanics warm - how cool is this
Keeping the midges away and the mechanics warm - how cool is this?

Don't adjust your set - race day coverage to follow tomorrow!


MENTIONS: @danhearn



26 Comments

  • + 22
 Steve Peat - don't go away from DH! Your impact - is immeasurable - including beer and evidently, midge control. You always look phenomenal in photos and you have helped more than a generation of DHers - British and otherwise - find their speed and motivation. Win this one, eh?
  • + 5
 For that to happen my son, you will have to leave a tooth under the pillow. The fairies will attend your request while you sleep!
  • + 7
 what is it with National Champs - they seem like some kind of secret club that us mere mortals are not allowed to see - this article is the only thing that's out there that I can see (UK but I see other countries are just as frustrated .. or . confused) , champs are happening all over and no one seems to know what the heck is going on.

The event team behind the UK one have no social media status, riders don't seem to be posting, either that is a media blackout or they are not bothered

Why do these national champs seem so secretive?
  • + 2
 Had friends racing there and there was no phone signal whatsoever
  • + 1
 @mrcoley: Steve Peat got 3rd according to instagram.
  • + 1
 must be illuminati ... LOL
  • + 1
 probably the local governing bodies of dh are ashamed of their peers getting ready for olympics. and as we all know the authorities behind DH dont care in the slightest about it so they are probably busy looking to getting promoted to a cool olympic sport like ball room dancing or archery.
  • + 6
 It's's not hard to understand why British DH racers are so good, if this is the competition at National level.
  • + 4
 Absolutely stunning photography, the wide angle in the woods above the two riders... wow.

Dan, might I ask what lenses you shoot with?
  • + 5
 Gee needs a cheeseburger. His manorexia is starting to creep me out and his results have suffered.
  • + 5
 These guys make the vw log burners check em out! m.facebook.com/creationfabrication
  • + 2
 Those are killer! Brings back old memories. Used to bee a common site along the highway. My micro bus almost burned, but I put it out. Good days.
  • + 3
 I think Phil Atwill holds the record on the Pro Line "Ffar Side" donno if thats what they are racing but the teack is an animal!
  • + 1
 They raced l1
  • + 2
 Doesnt just take a good photo our Steve, 3rd overall less than 1sec off the win behind Greg W and Danny H, check results on Borderline Events via FB. The guy is fast exceeding legend status!!!
  • + 2
 Top notch mother fucking photos!
  • + 2
 Looks like a loose track! Looks good. Phil Atwill's gonna rip it up!
  • + 2
 Race day has been with no coverage yet? I wanted up to date shizz people
  • + 1
 Now that track loops like a proper dh course that I want to ride. Looks a lot similar to glacier terrain
  • + 2
 ... I'd like some live timing!
  • + 1
 Much better coverage than the US national champs
  • + 1
 Dan you're Hearning your keep , epic write up mate
  • - 2
 Meanwhile German Championships went down today and don't even get mentioned... While British Championships get an article for practice only.
  • + 5
 Are there many top level German downhillers? It's a pretty stacked field in the UK
  • + 10
 @lumpfboldbiker121 Take your camera along and write an article then.
I'd read it for sure.
  • - 3
 "she is riding with a point to prove on home turf."

Doubtful.

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