HSBC UK National Downhill Series, Round 3, Rhyd-Y-Felin – Sunday Racing

Jun 19, 2017
by Tristan Tinn  



The sun shone brightly as it rose over North Wales yesterday. The weather turned up the heat on a dusty track, which was enjoyed by all participants at the Round three of the HSBC UK National Downhill Series presented by GT Bicycles at Rhyd-Y-Felin. The weather was, for once, kind to the riders offering them continuity in conditions throughout the weekend. The track remained bone dry, and as it dried further plenty of dust was flying!

The day ran seamlessly with minimal interruption. The sunshine brought with it a good crowd of spectators, providing a supportive family atmosphere, with the sounds of the finish arena dispersed into the warm air along with the scent of BBQ’s.

With riders practiced and seeded the day swiftly wound its way onto race runs. The packed out start list provided some thrilling battles for the hot seat. Elite newcomer Intense UK’s Charlie Hatton would scoop the win in the Elite Men, aged 19, managing to roost down in just 03:03:754 setting the fastest time of the day. Jack Reading of One Vision Global racing came in second 3.094s back. Madison Saracen’s Matt Simmonds followed taking 3rd, with Hope Technology’s Adam Brayton in 4th and Jay Williamson of Steve Pete Syndicate taking 5th.

FDM Racing’s Tahnee Seagrave dominated the Schwalbe Elite Women’s category with a 29.801s margin on her closest challenger, Wideopen’s Veronique Sandler. Followed up by Meg Whyte, Aston Tutt, and Rebecca Kennedy.

Perhaps the best performance of the day came in the Juniors Men’s category sponsored by Spank. Madison Saracen’s Matt Walker took the win laying down an incredible 03:04:449, second fastest time of the day putting him less than 1 second off the number 1 spot in the elites. He was followed by Intense Racing UK’s Joe Breeden in second place with a time that would have also put him on the Elite Men’s Podium. There is certainly lots of up-and-coming talent being bred at these National events.

Marc Beaumont makes sure his ride is tip top before the day begins
Marc Beaumont makes sure his ride is tip top before the day begins.

Mudd it s even got his name on it
Mudd, it's even got his name on it!

The uplift crews worked hard all weekend to keep riders moving
The uplift crews worked hard all weekend to keep riders moving.

Quaint country lanes..
Quaint country lanes..

The death star gets sized up by a passing aircraft
The death star gets sized up by a passing aircraft.

Charlie Hatton warms up in morning practice little did he know he d be standing on the top step
Charlie Hatton warms up in morning practice, little did he know he'd be standing on the top step.

Joe Parfitt early in the mornings practice was he expecting to make the podium here
Joe Parfitt early in the morning's practice, was he expecting to make the podium here?!

Kade Edwards isnt just about the speed
Kade Edwards isn't just about the speed.

Graeme Mudd wasn t far behind on the big wheels
Graeme Mudd wasn't far behind on the big wheels.

Matt Simmonds takes a cheeky low line avoiding the big hit and the risk it ensues. It clearly worked well for him
Matt Simmonds takes a cheeky low line avoiding the big hit and the risk it ensues. It clearly worked well for him!

Henry Kerr chose to keep it low driving him into third place
Henry Kerr chose to keep it low, driving him into third place.

Joe Breeden somehow rode away from this encounter with one of the guardians of the gap
Joe Breeden somehow rode away from this encounter with one of the guardians of the gap.

Will Weston narrowly survives a brutal buck from the root
Will Weston narrowly survives a brutal buck from the root.

Adam Brayton reminds us why he is nicknamed the Keswick kesterl as he soars over the stump gap with finesse
Adam Brayton reminds us why he is nicknamed the Keswick Kestrel as he soars over the stump gap with finesse.

Jamie Edmondson en route to a win in the youth category
Jamie Edmondson en route to a win in the youth category.

Millie Johnset was hot on Megans heels however the future of womens racing will be volatile
Millie Johnset was hot on Megan's heels, however, the future of women's racing will be volatile.

Megan James on course for a win she will be making mentor T mo proud
Megan James on course for a win, she will be making mentor T-mo proud!

Matt Walker charges down through the final field at warp speed whatever that is enough to land him second fastest time of the day
Matt Walker charges down through the final field at warp speed, whatever that is, enough to land him second fastest time of the day!

Jay Williamsons back end steps out as he nears the finish not that it slowed him down
Jay Williamson's back end steps out as he nears the finish, not that it slowed him down.

Jack Reading charges around the last chicane avoiding the local wildlife which was adamant to get in on the racing
Jack Reading charges around the last chicane avoiding the local wildlife which was adamant to get in on the racing.

Charlie Hatton charges into the finish arena on his winning run
Charlie Hatton charges into the finish arena on his winning run.

Charlie Hatton is congratulated after snatching the hot seat from Jack Reading
Charlie Hatton is congratulated after snatching the hot seat from Jack Reading.

Charlie Hatton shares the tale behind his fastest time of the day
Charlie Hatton shares the tale behind his fastest time of the day.

Si grabs a quick chat with Elite Womens Winner Tahnee Seagrave
Si grabs a quick chat with Elite Women's Winner Tahnee Seagrave.

Junior Mens Podium left to right Kade Edwards Joe Breeden Matt Walker Henry Kerr Joe Parfitt
Junior Men's Podium, left to right: Kade Edwards, Joe Breeden, Matt Walker, Henry Kerr, Joe Parfitt.

Womens Elite Podium left to right Aston Tutt Veronique Sandler Tahnee Seagrave Meg Whyte Rebecca Kennedy
Women's Elite Podium, left to right: Aston Tutt, Veronique Sandler, Tahnee Seagrave, Meg Whyte, Rebecca Kennedy.

Mens Elite Podium left to right Adam Brayton Jack Reading Charlie Hatton Matt Simmonds Jay Williamson
Men's Elite Podium, left to right: Adam Brayton, Jack Reading, Charlie Hatton, Matt Simmonds, Jay Williamson.

Poor Jay Williamson this is what a podium gets you
Poor Jay Williamson, this is what a podium gets you.

Other winners include:

- Kieran Davies took the win in Fabric Expert Men's
- Jordan Williams took the win in DMR Juvenile Boys with a 6-second margin
- Jamie Edmondson took the win in Funn MTB Youth Boys
- Kyle Farrow took the win in Shimano Senior Men
- Micheal Vickers took the win in Dainese Masters Men
- Andrew Titley took the win in the NS Bikes Veteran Men
- Pete Little took the win in the Kenny Racing Grand Veteran Men
- Abbie Sloan took the win in Dex Shell Open Women
- Megan James battles Millie Johnset to win by a close margin in Rachel Atherton’s Junior Women

Full results here.


MENTIONS: @tris400d / @GTBicycles / @si-paton




28 Comments

  • + 15
 Well... they're certainly not doing it for the money
  • + 1
 £100 for winning a national, can't complain about that surely!?!?
  • + 2
 Damn, sorry for down-voting, wrong button.
That was my first thought as well. 300 bucks, wow. So after Taxes they have 150?!?
  • + 3
 @MSVF: I am not sure winnings are taxable income, could be wrong but don't think so.

Either way, DH racing at any level isn't a big money sport, even the top world cup guys only do 'OK' compared to other sports, especially mainstream sports.

Gwin was rumoured to be on 300k a year which is really good money put is almost insignificant to a footballer, basketball player, boxer, etc etc

Wht do you expect from a National DH event?
  • + 1
 @MSVF: 50% tax?!
  • + 1
 @Racer951: In the uk as far as I know if you choose to enter a competition to win a prize then it is taxable (national lottery etc doesn't apply). However the costs of entry are deductable. But this seems to only apply to competition where a skill is used to win, ie DH riding or pie making or whatever. If the competition is a simple question answering tv phoneline type competition then it isn't taxable.

So, a mess in other words really. But yeah, I wouldn't be expecting more than £300 for winning a national in this day and age.
  • + 0
 @Racer951: yeah maybe you are right. But there was a interview with Andreu Lacondeguy where he said that 50% percent of his Rampage prize money was gone because of taxes in the USA and Spain. Maybe it's better in the U.K.....until the Brexit : D
  • + 1
 @MSVF: yeah hopefully they will get rid of that ridiculous 20% VAT that every other country laughs at!
  • + 2
 I was nearby at Revolution, it was hot, got through 5l of water, think I got heat stroke anyway. There was still mud in the forest even so!
  • + 3
 Top weekend! Marshalled the stump gap got sun stroke but worth it!
  • + 1
 Cheers for been understanding to the media needs! See you next round
  • + 2
 I heard there was trouble with a squirrel on your section!
  • + 1
 @tris400d: no worries! Safety first but I do understand you guys need to make a living to! We all work together for a good outcome!! Yes see you there
  • + 2
 amazing how well Jack Reading is doing this year. His off season training in Portugal obviously paid off
  • + 3
 Looked like such a great weekend racing!
  • + 1
 It certainly was!
  • + 2
 Does anyone know if it rained at all?
  • + 1
 Not a drop!
  • + 1
 Apparently it started out bone dry and then managed to get even drier.
  • + 1
 @wpplayer18: It actually remained bone dry and then got dustier as the day went on Wink
  • + 0
 @tris400d: "The track remained bone dry, and as it dried further"...
  • + 1
 @wpplayer18: I'm not sure why you are splitting hairs here. Sorry the text isn't perfect for you - if you would like to try and turn around a race report with edited images, selected from 1100 taken that day in under 24 hours then I'm sure yours would have its imperfections too. Have a great day!
  • + 1
 @tris400d: my bad, man. I didn't realize you were the author. I know you have a tough job putting something like together. I just thought I was being snarky to any other PB commenter. Cheers!
  • + 3
 @wpplayer18: It could have dried further to have been as dry as 2 bones.
  • + 1
 Massive contrast to the armeggon of rain fall the week before.amazing track
  • + 2
 'FDM Racing', Follow Dream My racing, seems legit
  • + 1
 Sorry for upsetting you, I'l try harder next time.
  • + 1
 @tris400d: only joking with you, nice write up and report all the same Smile

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