2012 Steve Peat Syndicate at the Halo BDS Round 1

Apr 18, 2012 at 3:52
by Duncan Philpott  

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The 2012 SPS Team


Following two days of training at UK Bike Park the SPS team compete at the first Halo British Downhill Series of the year under the wing of Steve Peat. Hoping to continue the success of last year's team there were some nerves as for many of the members, such as Nils, Glen, Matt Glynn and Alex Barker, this was their first national or their first race in a new category. Riding new carbon V10s with Fox and Shimano finishing kit maintained by a fully qualified mechanic the team is in the best position to deliver results!

Venturing over from the Enduro team and after a long break from downhill Neil Donoghue raced this round and won his Expert category by a convincing 1.3 seconds.

Donny squashing a jump on his way to 1st place in seeding


Donny on the top step of the podium


With many other good results despite the odd crash here and there the team looks forward to the next round at Fort William in May. Where racing takes place on one of the toughest tracks of the World Cup circuit, a real challenge for everyone.

The teams Santa Cruz V10s


Nils at UK Bike Park during team training for the first round of the BDS


Healing thoughts go out to Irvin Creighton who would have been racing in Veteran category had he not broken his hand in training.

Full team results:

James Swinden (Elite) 22nd

Neil Donoghue (Expert) 1st
Dale Russell (Expert) 16th
Michael Vickers (Expert) 38th
Josh Lewis (Expert) 54th

Brad Swinbank (Youth) 12th
Nils Williams (Youth) 25th

Billy Matthews (Junior) 17th
Freddie Oxley (Junior) 20th
Alex Barker (Junior) 43rd
Jack Read (Junior) DNF

Matthew Glynn (Senior) 62nd

Glen Peppett (Veteren) 8th
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11 Comments

  • + 1
 Love it when you click on a new link and the first thing is a video!
  • + 1
 look at all that kash gold...
  • + 1
 The idea of team of this kind is great!
  • + 0
 Haha! got accepted, couldn't afford it... Frown too bad looks sick
  • + 0
 is this camp only in the UK, please reply.
  • - 2
 gone of the syndicate since i heard people pay 6,000 to enter :L :/
  • + 8
 well they do give you a V10 and a full race kit... not to mention the coaching by the world cup's winningest rider.
  • + 21
 I didn't comment on the previous video, but i thought I'd clear things up.

Its a buy in program; people have to apply and then Steve and Tristan select riders based on many different things. If you have are offered a place then you can pay your £5995 to buy in to the program which gives you a £7500 bike (still waiting on a final upgrade for the bikes, each rider should have 2 wheelsets this year), 2 full sets of kit (shorts, trousers, jerseys, gloves, pressure suits, knee pads, subgear jerseys), a free 661 carbon comp lid, the opportunity to buy a heavily discounted tld peaty lid. And then beyond that training days with the SPS at uplift venues with days of personal coaching from steve as well as a full pit set up at races with mechanics to almost anything while you can be eating or walking the course... Not forgetting Steve's advice over the weekend. Steve's run similar programs before but only to a limited number of up and coming riders which we've all heard of: Brendan Fairclough, Stu Thomson, Neil Donoghue etc. However to make this more widely available kit can't be donated by companies on such large scales so funding has to come from somewhere. This is no profit for peaty.

At the end of the day bike 7500 + kit 660 + race fees 400 + having Steve Peat as your team manager = priceless
  • + 7
 thanks for clearing that up Smile i retract my comment was me being a misinformed idiot Razz
  • + 1
 & dont forget a mechanic !!
  • + 1
 "personal coaching from steve as well as a full pit set up at races with mechanics"

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