Final Results: British National Downhill - Round 2 Fort William

May 12, 2019
by Ed Spratt  

Taking three podium spots at today's British National downhill race it looks like the new Atherton DH prototype is definitely up to race pace. In the Elite Men Gee Atherton would take the win over Danny Hart with Adam Brayton coming just behind in third. Greg Williamson and Gee's teammate Charlie Hatton would round out the podium in fourth and fifth respectively. Matt Walker, the first round winner, would not end up racing in finals after having a nasty crash which led him to abandon the race.

For the Elite Women, it would be the expected results with Rachel Atherton taking the win but it wouldn't be an easy victory with Marine Cabirou under a second behind her. Katy Curd would finish third and Becci Skelton and Mikayla Parton would complete the Women's podium.

Elite Men:

1st. Gee Atherton - 4:35.164
2nd. Danny Hart +0.186
3rd. Adam Brayton +4.730
4th. Greg Williamson +4.848
5th. Charlie Hatton +6.179

Elite Women:

1st. Rachel Atherton - 5:29.593
2nd. Marine Cabirou +0.424
3rd. Katy Curd +22.972
4th. Becci Skelton +25.881
5th. Mikayla Parton +27.925

Full results here.


  • + 92
 Good to see Gee up there!
  • + 4
 Are they on the same revision as Maribor?
  • + 16
 Congrats Athertons and your new brand just got official results.
  • + 1
 And Rachel!!! Some big names just got A-Thertoned
  • + 7
 It's a proper result with riders like Danny Hart racing too.
  • + 3
  • + 1
 Yeah he only step down a level
  • + 4
 @jaame: a smaller house... But a house, nonetheless
  • - 15
flag gabriel-mission9 (May 13, 2019 at 0:12) (Below Threshold)
 @Jaybirdy: what big names? Only one i see is hart.
  • + 1
 I was looking at the splits and it seemed like gee made 9 seconds in the last 1.40 of the track.. but then looking at other splits they seem to be all over the place... not ideal for a UK national round!
  • + 11
 @gabriel-mission9: because Danny Hart isn't enough? You've probably never heard of the Keswick Kestrel, or Charlie Hatton because you're not really a fan are you. Just an internet annoyance.
  • + 0
 Who was the 2017 British champion?
  • - 6
flag betsie (May 13, 2019 at 5:32) (Below Threshold)
 You have to love PB. Someone makes a point and gets negative propped for it.
Probably the point gabriel-mission9 is making is... That only 5 of the top 20 in the world were there. (Pretty much the same that 5 of the top 20 were there from last years WC).
2018 WC standings.
1. Pierron - NOT at BDS
2. Hart - Yes at BDS
3. Brosnan - NOT
4. Vergier - NOT
5. Greenland - Yes
6. Macdonald - NOT
7. Bruni - NOT
8. Shaw - NOT
9. Gee... of course
10. Fearon - NOT
11. Gwin - NOT
12. Thirion - NOT
13. Blenkinsop - NOT
14. Wallace - NOT
15. Iles - NOT
16. Harrison - Yes
17. Gutierrez - NOT
18. Wilson - Yes
19. Lucas - NOT
20. Meas - NOT

This kinda means that we know Gee and Danny are up to speed on the Fort William track and probably have a little more to give in a WC and the exciting bit is the 15 we dont know about... pretty sure they will be turning up soon. Gee and Danny have shown their hand in the game, put a message out there too. Rock on the WC at Fort William. Smile
  • + 1
 @jaame: Greg did well at the weekend, hopefully this is a good year for the Inverness boy.
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 @betsie: yeah you just don't know if they really showed their hand or not. Danny has never won at ft bill in the world cup. I doubt they were riding at 100%. 98% perhaps.
  • - 2
 You give him too much credit. But anyway, it was the British champs... Not world...
  • - 1
 @danlovesbikes: it wasn't British champs. It was a round of the British Downhill Series.

British champs is at Glencoe later this year. That's a much rougher and steeper track.


These boys don't like to lose. Maybe much more relaxed and much less pressure but once in that start hut I bet they wanted to win. The time shows you that. Times are a message to the rest also. First round was the same. Shame those who did the IXS didn't win the WC.
  • - 1
 @betsie: yep, I mis-wrote, I knew that but thanks for pointing it out.
  • + 1
 Negative props from the keyboard warriors on Pinkbike for pointing out what is a fact.
yeh boys.

Thank god I was there at the weekend, racing in the over 40's.
  • + 2
 Hahaha. Betsie gets it.

As for the guy who suggested I'm not a fan and haven't heard of Brayton. Literally made him a coffee and had a chat about his suspension settings a few weeks ago. But yeah sure, never heard of the guy....
Obviously you are a much bigger fan than me though. What with your in depth knowledge of the results of the British Champs race Big Grin
  • + 3
 @gabriel-mission9: you know what you're talking aboit. I guess your comment just hinges on exactly what size of name constitutes big. There are several medium to large names. Perhaps only one large as you say.
  • + 0
 Hahahahaha this is what a british argument sounds like if you were wondering.
  • + 1
 @gabriel-mission9: mate come on, you made the Kestrel a coffee? So you're a 'barista' at a bike event. Life goals.
  • + 1
 @danlovesbikes: why did you put "barista" in inverted commas?
  • + 1
 @jaame: why did you use quotation marks?
  • + 1
 @danlovesbikes: I don't know. I guess because it's kind of a made up name for someone who steams a bit of milk and pours it into a coffee cup. I used to be one myself actually! But I asked you first!
  • + 24
 Gee was the first WC rider a knew about. After all the injuries, it's good to see him back riding with confidence. I hope he becomes the permanent host of the Red Bull track preview .
  • + 14
 stoked for the athertons!! Ages since the last atherton double!
  • + 11
 Come on Gee! Light her up on the WC now!
  • + 9
 Now for the world cups. Go Gee!
  • + 2
 Gee was flying all weekend. Times were so tight though.
Watching the fast boys in the woods (nice line taped in by the SDA for this combined race), through the corners before the hoofer and heading into the pedal before the motorway after my race run was so cool. It wasnt a world cup but they were certainly at world cup pace. 4.35 taking the win.
I think Rachel took it easy. I heard she nearly pulled over due to the wind which did pick up a little bit but not too bad. (She must have taken it easy as I beat her. Lol)
  • + 2
 Just a couple of things,,
It was very, very windy up top so that will have affected results/splits early on in the track
Tahnee apparently complained bitterly about the "natural wood section"(damp boggy bit) when it was put in for the WC a couple of years back. There was a simillar section put in for this race, I saw her drive off before close of practice.
Maybe because there are only so many changes that can be made to the track, that there were fewer than usual International entries?
There were some big accidents, was the track getting too loose, we`ll just have to wait and in a fortnight`s time.Well doen everybody who DID race though. Big Grin
  • + 6
 Now we're cooking.
  • + 1
 Great seeing the results, but is it not insane that someone +22 seconds off the lead finishes third in the women's? The difference in top 5 women vs men competitiveness is insane
  • + 4
 Wow was not expecting Gee to win! Awesome!
  • + 1
 I'm blown away on how tight times are on such a long rough tech track. It's remarkable, how they're so clumped together. A few seconds - what's that a pedal stroke or a tuck here and there? Amazing!
  • + 1
 Has the rack been changed quite a bit since the wc last year? Rachels time is 20 seconds off Tahnees winning time last year at the wc.
  • + 1
 No, the lower woods were different to the WC woods, I think that Rachel was just up there testing mostly, might have even had telemetry on on Saturday. There was a wee bit of wind but not too bad.
  • + 3
 I’m all geed up for the WC DH now
  • + 3
 DH fantasy league notes updated
  • + 3
 Hate if ya want, but i like seeing Gee up there
  • + 2
 Can someone tell me why Tahnee didn't race please
  • + 4
 Free will?
  • + 2
 The lord moved in a mysterious way?
  • + 1
 Surprised not to see Kaos on the list. Figured he would be riding to gain WC points
  • + 0
 another second for danny, probably a bit frustrating for his mega high standards, but u can't say he's not been consistent so far.
  • + 2
 Atherton’s did well tup
  • + 1
 all 4 of them Wink
  • + 3
  • + 2
 Watch out Greg is on the way!
  • + 2
  • + 2
 Good job Athertons!
  • + 2
 Did Tahnee not race?
  • + 1
 Where is Cathro Vision?!!
  • + 1
 He was racing and finished in 7min. I suspect that would be a crash as it's his home track and one he coaches on
  • + 1
 @tall-martin: I can get down in under 8 minutes, so for it to take Ben 7, yeah, something definitely happened.
  • + 1
 @tall-martin: I heard that Ben crashed on the 4th corner into the track as I was walking back up after racing.
Doesn't matter how much you coach and Ben is an amazing coach. When the pressure is on and Ben has owned the SDA until this year and is an amazing rider. Mistakes can happen. A BDS especially before a WC is another level from and SDA. Just look at the junior times, nobody was holding back at the weekend so mistakes were bound to happen.
  • + 1
 @betsie: yep. I can fully picture him going all out and binning it and doing it in 7 min. I can't imagine him riding down with out a problem in the same time. No pressure for a race on your home track.....
  • + 1
 Maybe im wrong but isnt marine french? How do nationals work?
  • + 3
 I don't think you have to be a British National to race the nationals. Yet. Cabirou only 0.4 behind Rachel is a great result, great performance in the first WC too.
  • + 3
 Most countries have a national series that anyone can race in and win including the overall title.

Then they have National Championships (a single race) that anyone can race in, but only a genuine national can win.
  • + 1
 What's up with the sector times?
  • + 1
 Go Gee, put it up the haters' asses!
  • + 1
 Atherton Gee.
  • + 1
 29ers ftw!
  • + 0
 Lots of crashes and punctures for 29ers yesterday and saturday...
  • - 2
 Pipe Dream for the win.
  • + 1
 I must have missed that. Who was riding a Pipe Dream?
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