Video: BUCS Downhill 2015 - An Unofficial Race Report

Apr 21, 2015 at 14:07
by Luke Griffiths  
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The British University and College Sports Downhill race is an annual event where riders of all abilities can take part for fun or to compete. This was the first year I was able to go along to do a bit of documenting, luckily it was nice and local at Innerleithen.

BUCS Downhill 2015 - An Unofficial Race Report
The top section proved tricky with slippery roots and steep corners.

BUCS Downhill 2015 - An Unofficial Race Report
The lower section was a bit more open and drier on the whole!

BUCS Downhill 2015 - An Unofficial Race Report
Jeremy Miles from the University of Portsmouth up on the top section during Saturday practice.

BUCS Downhill 2015 - An Unofficial Race Report
Rebbeca Baraona from the University of Manchester was the fastest woman, clear of second place by over 40 seconds!

BUCS Downhill 2015 - An Unofficial Race Report
Kirsty Moynihan, second in the woman's competition, racing for the University of Strathclyde.

Taking the win in the men's category was Jono Jones, clear by almost 6 seconds, racing for the University of Nottingham.

BUCS Downhill 2015 - An Unofficial Race Report
Calum McRitchie from the University of Edinburgh took second in the men's.

BUCS Downhill 2015 - An Unofficial Race Report
Josh Lowe of the University of Exeter raced to third.

Some serious pace on a hardtail
Cameron Taylor from the University of Edinburgh had some impressive pace on his hardtail, comfortably sending the step down further down the track.

A nice bit of style in qualification
A little bit of style from George Assinder from the University of Nottingham on the step down.

BUCS Downhill 2015 - An Unofficial Race Report
A pan of Isaac Anderson from Brunel University on one of the fastest sections of the course, he ended up in 9th.

BUCS Downhill 2015 - An Unofficial Race Report
Iain Christie from Heriot-Watt University crashed in his final run but got back up and managed 22nd, here he is hitting the step down.

BUCS Downhill 2015 - An Unofficial Race Report
A classic Joe Swann bar hump, also from the Heriot-Watt, he placed 28th. Look out for a new video Joe and I are planning on putting together in the coming weeks.

Results

Women

1 Rebecca BARAONA - University of Manchester
2 Kirstin MOYNIHAN - University of Strathclyde
3 Louise-Anna FERGUSON - University of the Highlands and Islands

Men

1 Jono JONES - University of Nottingham
2 Calum MCRITCHIE - University of Edinburgh
3 Josh LOWE - University of Exeter

Women’s Teams

1 University of Manchester
2 University of Bristol

Men’s Teams

1 University of Nottingham
2 University of Edinburgh
3 University of Glasgow

All in all the race was great fun to attend, and I hope everyone else had a good time! Thanks for looking/watching/reading!

Video, photos and words by Luke Griffiths
Heriot-Watt University MTB Club


MENTIONS: @HyperSquirrel @nakedracing




7 Comments

  • + 14
 Great to see the slowest section of the track over and over again
  • + 2
 agreed slowest 2 corners on the track but second half was good with the step down and faster corners plus I'm in it just before 2 mins and 5 mins Smile
  • + 9
 Point taken, thanks for the feedback. I was just trying to be as inclusive as possible in the edit, but yeah I'll probably do something a bit snappier next time and do a bit more preparation.
  • + 5
 You didn't show any of us bananas?
  • + 6
 Unfortunately there wasn't any decent video, but I've put this album of photos together just for you Razz
www.pinkbike.com/u/hypersquirrel/album/Bananas-on-bikes
  • + 2
 I came here to watch more video of the heckle fest at the bottom.
  • + 2
 ´Mon the Watt!

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