The BDS Academy Returns to help Upcoming Female Racers

Aug 29, 2019
by Simon Paton  
Images from the BDS Academy 2016 blog

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.

Images from the BDS Academy 2016 blog

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.

Images from the BDS Academy 2016 blog

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.

Images from the BDS Academy 2016 blog

Quotes from three of the female riders who attended the first BDS Academy in 2016.

bigquotesI thought it was great to be riding with girls a similar speed to me when we're not racing because it's a lot less competitive. Coaching was great on all fronts, not just riding. I learned a hell of a lot about racing, warm-ups, rules and bike mechanics that I had no idea about before. All in all, a great weekend! Ellen Flewitt

bigquotesHad an awesome weekend. I learned a lot of useful stuff to use throughout the seasons to come. Would love to do something like this again. Thank you very much for this amazing opportunity. Sumayyah Green

bigquotesReally fun weekend learned a lot and had loads of fun. Love to do it again. Rosy Monaghan


Images from the BDS Academy 2016 blog

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.

Images from the BDS Academy 2016 blog

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 si@pinkbike.com ASAP.


1 Comment

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 "social media accounts were set alight by the keyboard warriors" -- exactly what was being said !? was there a specific reason to not have more female riders in the ranks that i'm missing !?


.... where i live, people think downhill is when "you just go down the hill on ya bike, right ? that's sorta cheating, ain' it ?" -- nothing around here will ever be as important as gaelic, hurling or hockey or rugby..... there's just not a culture to back it up, there's simply no interest....

.... curious to know more about why "them keyboard warriors" were saying !!?!??

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