Once again the British National Champs returned to the Welsh hills and the amazing Revolution Bike Park and also back from a short break was Mike Marsden and his Borderline organisation. Here is an unofficial report from DialledinUK's Jerry.
This race is the most prestigious downhill event in the UK and is extremely hotly contested by Britain’s most elite riders both male and female. I headed down to have a look around and see who would come out top, here’s how the weekend unfolded.
You would have thought that in mid-July the weather wouldn’t be a problem but all eyes were on the ruthless forest throughout the week. The saying “it’s always sunny in the Nog” was definitely false advertising. Leading up to the weekend there was biblical rainfall, with some riders doing track walks on the Friday posting videos of torrential rivers running down the trail.
Those riders out early on the Saturday practice were greeted by slimey, greasy and lethal mud, but to be fair, throughout the weekend, despite a few light showers, the track started to dry out and became faster and faster. The worst section was higher up by marshals 4 and 5, into thick wooded areas and steep mud and berms, riders were sliding all over the place. The course itself was good and varied. Starting with some gravity trail centre tables, and into super-fast berms, then into straighter steep chutes and tighter sharp turns. Eventually breaking into the open bottom section again with fast trail centre jumps and berms.
Here is a summary of the top results for the British National Downhill Champs 2019.Elite Men
1st. Danny Hart: 2:25.758
2nd. Charlie Hatton: +0.99
3rd. Joe Breeden: +2.13
4th. Joseph Smith: +2.20
5th. Gee Atherton: +2.22Elite Women
1st. Stacey Fisher: 3:04
2nd. Chloe Taylor: +0.84
3rd. Becci Skelton: +6.07
4th. Megan Whyte: +10.90
5th. Corinna Brisbourne: +15.78Junior Men
1st. Luke Williamson: 2:31.715
2nd. James Elliott: +4.82
3rd. Luke Mumford: +5.77
4th. Dan Slack: +8.19
5th. Declan Willicombe: +8.73Junior Women
1st. Rosy Monaghan: 3:21.211
2nd. Tea Jensen: +7.17
3rd. Megan Nevard: +9.57
Looking at the overall timings, the future is looking very bright for the British Downhill future stars. Luke Williamson [17-18] breaking into the top 10 of the Senior Champs with a 9th overall fastest time. With James Elliot [17-18]12th fastest and Luke Mumford [17-18]hot on his heals 16th fastest. Then you’ve got Dennis Luffman (15-16) and Jordan Williams both breaking into the top 20 fastest times of the day, both beating a good number of the Senior Champs, in 15th and 17th fastest of the day respectively. I’ll always give a shout out to the fastest veteran of the day, and that goes to James Hughes (40-44) recording the 31st fastest time of the day.
The women’s race was a tough fought fight also. With some of the top flight women out including Rachel Atherton and Tahnee Seagrave it was a very open field. Stacey Fisher took the win after being forced into a rerun due to an obstruction in the crowded open finishing stretch. Are we seeing this right? Stacey with 6 races under her belt 5 of which she has placed 1st took the senior champs women title for 2019 and only -0.84 seconds ahead. What a battle for the champs title. For a full run down of the results head over to roots and rain
Overall, this was one weekend to head to Revs, not only was there some top flight downhill racing for the coveted British champs, but Saturday night, after practice provided some superb riding by the 50 to 1 guys plus the screening of Vision presented by Adidas and Five Ten. A film about Veronique Sandler a former world cup racer and a female led Freeride Mountain Bike film and her vision for the future of the sport.
The 50to1 display attracted a sell out crowd alongside the screening of Vision
So there you have it. Danny Hart and Stacey Fisher are the National British Downhill Champs for 2019. Revolution Bike Park and Borderlines provided another superb weekender of racing, entertainment and beers.
Words and photos by @jwdtphotography