With the recent announcement from British Cycling
that the U.K were only fielding one female rider at the 2019 UCI World Championships at Mont Sainte Anne, social media accounts were set alight by the keyboard warriors.
Passions were high as many thought back to the glory days of UK downhill racing when the UK dominated the UCI 2014 Downhill World Championships in Hafjell, Norway. Manon Carpenter won Gold closely followed by Rachel Atherton taking Silver and Tahnee Seagrave taking the Bronze medal home. Not forgetting at the same event, Gee Atherton and Josh Bryceland took both first and second place respectively, the UK was on a high!
It was time to stop tapping and start doing as we decided to host another BDS Academy. The first BDS Academy ran back in 2016 and was free and open to all the up and coming UK riders. A weekend away at one of the UK's best downhill venues, One Giant Leap at Llangollen in Wales, a venue noted for its steep and challenging tracks and known as one of the favourite venues for the now-dissolved BDS. Giving the riders all the encouragement, knowledge and wisdom to progress towards their aims of Regional, National and World Cup success.
The call went out to our industry friends to help fund the academy, costs such as the uplift, medical provision and to bring the experts in to deliver the academy. Special thanks to those who stepped forward and put their hands in their pockets; DMR, Lapierre, King Sunglass, GT Bicycles and Cannondale.
The proposed schedule.Saturday 12th October.
10:00 - Introductions
10:15 - Prepare to Race - Turbo Trainer Exercises with Yannis from Olympus Training.
10:45 - Social Media Updates with Oliver Paton from Malverns Classic.
11:00 - Bike Set-Up with seasoned World Cup Mechanic, Stendecs Dave Garland.
12:00 - Track Walk.
13:00 - Lunch.
13:45 - Warm-Up - Turbo Trainer Exercises with Yannis from Olympus Training.
14:00 - Ride.
16:30 - Warm Down - Turbo Trainer Exercises with Yannis from Olympus Training.
16:45 - Bike Wash and Prep with Stendecs Dave Garland.
17:00 - Finish.Sunday 13th October.
10:00 - The Four 'C's of mountain biking (Rider Psychology) with Ian Warby from Firecrest MTB.
10:30 - BC/UCI Commissaire Rules and Regulations with Adrian Walls.
11:00 - Interview Skills with Si Paton from Pinkbike.
11:30 - Rider Development with Ian Warby of Firecrest MTB.
13:00 - Lunch.
13:45 - Rider Development Continued.
14:45 - Ride.
16:30 - Warm Down.
16:45 - Bike Wash and Prep.
17:00 - Finished.
Quotes from three of the female riders who attended the first BDS Academy in 2016.
First to confirm their attendance in a supporting role is Fionn Griffiths, holder of 57x UCI World Cup Podiums who will be joining us on Saturday the 12th.
Please note the cost is FREE to attend, but you will need to provide your own food, refreshments, accommodation, a turbo trainer and a bike suitable for the turbo trainer.
If you are a young female racer or have a daughter that is available for both Saturday and Sunday, the 12th and 13th of October at One Giant Leap in Llangollen, Postcode LL20 8AR, that wants to attend the BDS Academy, please email firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP.