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.
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.