A lot of riders have been anticipating this for a long time, putting in training over the winter in preparation to take on the best racers in the UK. World cup stars such as Gee Atherton, Steve Peat and Ben Reid where all on the start list, but it was the young guns who ran amok on the podium, with Danny Hart taking first place, followed by Josh Bryceland, Matt Simmonds, Ruaridh Cunningham and Marc Beaumont all placing within 3 seconds of each other!
The track was tricky and it was tough for riders to carry their speed, there was also an uphill at the bottom which was a negative for most, it would certainly show off who had put in the most work over the winter. There was also an awkward rock drop about a quarter of the way down which a lot of riders where crashing on, but nothing you wouldn't see at Val Di Sole or similar.
The women's podium lined up with Rachel Atherton on the top spot, taking the win by a good margin, with Manon Carpenter of Madison Saracen second and Tahee Seagrave in third. All the ladies looked pinned through every section, with Carpenter and Seagrave both hitting the awkward rock drop near the top, but it just wasn't enough to earn themselves the top spot.
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Elite mens podium
Elite womens podium