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With a large proportion of the top riders sitting the third round out to recover from the past few weeks of racing it left the podium open to some new faces. In the Elite Men Gee Atherton would take another win on the new prototype bike with a decent gap back to Joe Breeden despite crashing in the final corner. After Breeden, there would be a four-second gap to the rest of the podium with Josh Gleave, Douglas Vieira and Roger Vieira completing the fastest five men.
In the Elite Women, both Tahnee Seagrave and Rachel Atherton would not be in attendance allowing Becci Skelton to take the fastest time of the day nearly a second ahead of Chloe Taylor. Both the top two women would dominate the rest of the field with Meg Whyte being the closest over nine seconds off the pace. Abbie Sloan and Maya Atkinson would complete the Elite Women's podium over ten seconds back.
Despite Gee looking fast all weekend the rain left him and his fellow elite riders lacking behind the junior riders setting the fastest times of the day.
Sunsine for most of the weekend.
1st. Gee Atherton: 3:08.852
2nd. Joe Breeden: +1.59
3rd. Josh Gleave: +5.19
4th. Douglas Vieira: +5.99
5th. Roger Vieira: +6.01
1st. Becci Skelton: 3:32.527
2nd. Chloe Taylor: +0.98
3rd. Meg Whyte: +9.20
4th. Abbie Sloan: +10.31
5th. Maya Atkinson: +11.52
Gee Atherton takes the Elite win despite a crash
The junior men set off just before expert and elite and managed to get dry race runs. meaning super fast times and not far off the pace of Gee's winning seeding run.
1st Jamie EDMONDSON 2:51.9501 -
2nd Luke WILLIAMSON 2:53.6362 +1.686s
3rd James ELLIOTT 2:56.7233 +4.773s
Fastest Time of the Day - Jamie EDMONDSON ( Junior ) - 2:51.950
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- Matthew Davies (@blackveinmedia)