The HSBC UK National Downhill Series sponsored by GT bicycles, better known as the BDS, took place today 17th September at Hopton. The race marks the end of Si Paton’s leadership over the series, as he throws in the towel to focus on his Malvern’s Classics Festival 2018. Who will fill his boots for 2018? It’s still to be confirmed, but lets focus on today’s grand send off.
Once again riders awoke to rain, the first practice runs ran rife with sketchy slips, trips and falls for some unfortunate riders. This didn’t dampen spirits however and as the day progressed the track began to return to its tacky state with a mixture of polished roots and rocks thrown in for good measure.
Practice was over in a flash and it was time to get set to watch the riders give it their end of season all against the clock. Seeding produced the usual suspects on top with the likes of Matt Walker for the Junior Men, Millie Johnset for the Junior Womens (with Maya Atkinson not present the overall was well within her sights) and Luke Williamson in the Youth Boys. In the Elite Mens seeding it was Adam Brayton who managed to land himself pole position, with Tahnee Seagrave not present the Elite Womens top step was up for grabs and seeding saw Veronique Sandler be the last woman down the hill.
Full results here
Series overall results here