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British Downhill Series Round One - Slideshow

Mar 31, 2014
by Thomas Gaffney  


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!

Images from round one of the British Downhill Series at Antur Stiniog for more go to Roots and Rain and search Tom Gaffney or go to www.thomasgaffneyphotography.com

Images from round one of the British Downhill Series at Antur Stiniog for more go to Roots and Rain and search Tom Gaffney or go to www.thomasgaffneyphotography.com

Images from round one of the British Downhill Series at Antur Stiniog for more go to Roots and Rain and search Tom Gaffney or go to www.thomasgaffneyphotography.com

Images from round one of the British Downhill Series at Antur Stiniog for more go to Roots and Rain and search Tom Gaffney or go to www.thomasgaffneyphotography.com

Images from round one of the British Downhill Series at Antur Stiniog for more go to Roots and Rain and search Tom Gaffney or go to www.thomasgaffneyphotography.com

Images from round one of the British Downhill Series at Antur Stiniog for more go to Roots and Rain and search Tom Gaffney or go to www.thomasgaffneyphotography.com

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.

Images from round one of the British Downhill Series at Antur Stiniog for more go to Roots and Rain and search Tom Gaffney or go to www.thomasgaffneyphotography.com

Images from round one of the British Downhill Series at Antur Stiniog for more go to Roots and Rain and search Tom Gaffney or go to www.thomasgaffneyphotography.com

Images from round one of the British Downhill Series at Antur Stiniog for more go to Roots and Rain and search Tom Gaffney or go to www.thomasgaffneyphotography.com

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.

Images from round one of the British Downhill Series at Antur Stiniog for more go to Roots and Rain and search Tom Gaffney or go to www.thomasgaffneyphotography.com

Images from round one of the British Downhill Series at Antur Stiniog for more go to Roots and Rain and search Tom Gaffney or go to www.thomasgaffneyphotography.com

Images from round one of the British Downhill Series at Antur Stiniog for more go to Roots and Rain and search Tom Gaffney or go to www.thomasgaffneyphotography.com

The next BDS round is at Fort William on the 10th and 11th of May so be sure to keep an eye out for any updates and make sure to check out www.thomasgaffneyphotography.com for any coverage of things in-between.

Images from round one of the British Downhill Series at Antur Stiniog for more go to Roots and Rain and search Tom Gaffney or go to www.thomasgaffneyphotography.com
Elite mens podium

Images from round one of the British Downhill Series at Antur Stiniog for more go to Roots and Rain and search Tom Gaffney or go to www.thomasgaffneyphotography.com
Elite womens podium


21 Comments

  • + 13
 I pay by bank transfer in pounds sterling so they don't loose out. UCI states that's amount to be paid so it keeps the Commissaires happy. Those are the minimum amounts you have to pay out. In total over the series I pay out over £10k in cash. (£20k in additional prizes to the other categories). Is it enough? Of course not but I'm afraid we weren't racing at Old Trafford and Steve Peat doesn't earn £300k a week.. As Rachael has said before she understands that the men get more, after all there were less than 20 women entered compared to over 300 men. Hope that helps, anymore questions, please ford them over.
  • + 3
 si you do a great job pal and anyone who critical is an idiot ... great to see downhill on the up !!! keep up the good work :-)
  • + 2
 Nobody was being critical, we were just asking questions to better understand how the sport we love is run.

Si, I understand the running costs invloved from running my own business and the pay difference between the men and girls, I would also presume that this is capped by the UCI so that in other national events the winnings are therefore the same across europe, spain, italy ect;

My question is though what do the UCI bring to help you guys. I know that they set the rules, but like in football the Premier League is able to promote and run thier league how they like but at the same time the game is still played under UEFA rules. We have loads of talent in the UK for DH and we really love cycling over here, you guys have been running this event for a long time, do you not think that you could advance this event better without the constraints of the UCI, if you offered more money, the elite riders would all come and if all the elite riders are their no doubt the sponsers would follow, I know its not that easy but hopfully you get what im asking?
  • + 10
 I don't really have anything to say, I just wanted the first comment for the first time.
So... errrr.... ummmm... yay for 650 wheels winning races... or should that be "Boooo to 650". I just don't know any more.
  • - 25
flag dbox123 (Mar 31, 2014 at 9:44) (Below Threshold)
 ^LOL, I had first comment, better luck next time Smile
  • - 17
flag dbox123 (Mar 31, 2014 at 10:58) (Below Threshold)
 yeah thanks for the neg props, but my comment below was still posted first.
  • + 6
 Si thanks a lot for the opportunity to Marshall both days! Marshall point 1 was a joy to work and met a lot of riders who were all willing to chat and ask me for line advice ha! Awesome event and awesome set up!
  • + 2
 Mr. Owen, the thanks are all mine sir, all mine. Plus I hear you saw Danny launching that drop? Was he the only one?
  • + 1
 Thanks si!! I was trying to get a sneaky photo as he launched from the top and missed because of the speed but what I saw was incredible! And yes he was the only one! The height he was hitting on the double straight after was awesome too! Top rider!
  • + 5
 Do you think Rach looks so happy because she has just come 1st, or that she has just won 265 euros?
  • + 6
 Wait, the prize money for the British downhill series event was in euros? I'm not sure I understand why, did it come from a European sponsor or something?
  • + 9
 no idea matey, I was just blown away by how small the prize money was, would of expected at least a minimum of £1000.00 for 1st place expert?
  • + 14
 Note the cheques say 'Bank of Schwalbe.' Shame Spank don't write the cheques!
  • + 1
 Josh at least got a nice helmet ;-)
  • + 1
 Spank did sponsor at least one category. So those did come straight out of the Spank Bank.
  • + 4
 Prize money is in Euros as it's s UCI cat 2 race and is listed on the UCI international calendar. It's part of the rules.
  • + 2
 Si with all the sponsers that are on board why is the prize money for the elites so low? If you actually get paid in euros you will also have to pay to get the money back into pounds reducing it even more.

When you look at all the names on the board behind Rach and Danny it seems quite low?
  • + 1
 It's also interesting that Danny got more than Rach even though they both came first in their respective races on the same course
  • + 0
 Boo to sexism in races. Rachel should get the same!
  • + 1
 Dbox, always happy to give an honest answer. To register the event as a UCI cat 2 event with the UCi costs around 1,000 euros. The UCi send over an international commissiare. I just have to pay for their transport from the hotel back and forth, hotels and food. I also have to pay out the prize money (following the UCi guidelines) and offer free entries to UCI Elite Team riders. Plus offer a few extra bits and pieces at the event. In return I get listed on the UCi calendar and can offer UCi points. This should mean more pro riders, more sponsors and more spectators.
Men’s UCI cat 2
1st 300 Euros
2nd 230 Euros
3rd 165 Euros
4th 130 Euros
5th 105 Euros
6th 90 Euros
7th 80 Euros
8th 65 Euros

Women’s UCI Cat 2
1st 265 Euros
2nd 200 Euros
3rd 130 Euros
4th 65 Euros

UCi Cat 2 Points Available:
1st - 30
2nd - 20
3rd - 15
4th - 12
5th - 10
6th - 8
7th - 6
8th - 4
9th - 2
10th - 1
  • + 3
 Awesome pics!!!

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