Final Results: British National Downhill - Round 3 Rhyd-Y-Felin

Jun 23, 2019
by Ed Spratt  

With a large proportion of the top riders sitting the third round out to recover from the past few weeks of racing it left the podium open to some new faces. In the Elite Men Gee Atherton would take another win on the new prototype bike with a decent gap back to Joe Breeden despite crashing in the final corner. After Breeden, there would be a four-second gap to the rest of the podium with Josh Gleave, Douglas Vieira and Roger Vieira completing the fastest five men.

In the Elite Women, both Tahnee Seagrave and Rachel Atherton would not be in attendance allowing Becci Skelton to take the fastest time of the day nearly a second ahead of Chloe Taylor. Both the top two women would dominate the rest of the field with Meg Whyte being the closest over nine seconds off the pace. Abbie Sloan and Maya Atkinson would complete the Elite Women's podium over ten seconds back.


Elite Men:

1st. Gee Atherton: 3:08.852
2nd. Joe Breeden: +1.59
3rd. Josh Gleave: +5.19
4th. Douglas Vieira: +5.99
5th. Roger Vieira: +6.01


Elite Women:

1st. Becci Skelton: 3:32.527
2nd. Chloe Taylor: +0.98
3rd. Meg Whyte: +9.20
4th. Abbie Sloan: +10.31
5th. Maya Atkinson: +11.52


Full results here.


23 Comments

  • + 18
 "In the Elite Women, both Tahnee Seagrave and Rachel Atherton would not be in attendance allowing Becci Skelton to take the fastest time of the day nearly a second ahead of Chloe Taylor."

While Seagrave and Atherton are certainly favorites for any race win I feel like it cheapens the achievement of the winner to imply without question that someone else only won because someone else didn't compete.
  • + 24
 Thanks for that mate. I’ve trained my arse off for that number one spot. I didn’t start riding until I was 29, I’ve worked myself up from literally not being able to ride a bike to competing against girls that do it professionally, whilst having a full time job. It’s not easy, sacrifices are made but I love it and I’m proud of it. Yeah, if T and Rach were competing then I probably wouldn’t have won but a very wise women (my mum) once said ‘you can only beat what’s in front of you’ and I ain’t arguing with her. ????????????????????????
  • + 1
 @BecSkelly: Big congrats! I'm still waiting for the a*shole championship to start so I can earn my number 1 plate.
  • + 5
 Are the elites off the pace due to the rain coming in around 3pm? Loads of other classes has better times, so either than or the track start was different
  • + 4
 yeah mate . heavy rain come in just before elite. thin everyone crashed in the field
  • + 1
 @upson-05: ah, thought so. I don't live too far away and it came down mega hard around then.
  • + 2
 @notphaedrus: I forgot a coat and was stuck on the stump gap. never ran so fast down a hill
  • + 7
 @upson-05: You've never run anywhere yoof.
  • + 2
 They got pooched again. Congrats to Gee though.
  • + 4
 Why not cover any of the younger categories in your report. Always about the elites. You don’t mention it pissed it down for the experts & elites either.
  • + 4
 Meg Whyte in third, Nay bad. bang drums and shred hard.
  • - 23
flag Bikez1 (Jun 23, 2019 at 18:04) (Below Threshold)
 Bullshit podium
  • + 10
 @Bikez1: why’s that then pal?
  • + 4
 wow lotta negativity here. y U so mad warriors ?
  • + 4
 Awwww, the racers were tired. Gee wasn't, he was hungry!
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