It was a scorching day in Rhyd y Felin yesterday with the heat and the contrast in light between the fast open sections and the steep dark woods throwing a lot of riders off their game. A lot of experience gained this weekend in a pretty relaxed atmosphere; the Atherton Academy did really well with two second places for Mille and Luke an a top ten for Jamie in his second “proper” DH race! Kade podiumed in 4th despite a Finals run crash and it was 9th for Muddy.
Saturdays practice featured some wet woods and quite a few crashes but by Sunday they were pretty dry apart from the odd greasy spot.
The Youth Men were first up for Seeding runs. Jamie Cable said “ This is a good track , The fast and loose corners in the top section don’t suit me so well, I struggled to keep speed up there but the woods are slower, more technical, steeper, I’m a little bit more confident there , there’s a lot of possible line choices – not sure if I’ve got them sorted yet, it’s still quite hard to remember the plan! 10th place in seeding for Jamie today.
Luke was next up, crossing into first enough to seed 3rd.
In the Junior Women Mille Johnset was very unhappy with her qualifying run 5 seconds back on Meghan James.
Kade felt the same, struggling to find his flow and crossing the line a second slower than in practice to seed 4th.
Then the Elite Men were on course, Muddy didn’t set off well, he said “I just didn’t get into my jam, I was braking out of the second corner when I shouldn’t have been, it wasn’t a huge deal there but it set the tone for the run!”
1 Charlie Hatton Intense Racing UK 3.07.16
2 Matt Simmonds Madison Saracen Factory Team 3.09.87 +2.7
3 Jack Reading One Vision Global Racing 3.10.73 +3.57
4 Taylor Vernon Unior Tools team 3.11.29 +4.12
5 Adam Brayton Hope Technology 3.11.32 4.15
11 Graeme Mudd Trek Factory Racing DH 3.17.52 +10.4
1 Megan James T-Mo 4.04.52
2 Mille Johnset Atherton Academy 4.09.95 +5.43
3 Maya Atkinson Rose Bikes Factory Racing 4.24.54 +20.01
4 Ellen Flewitt Aston Hill MTB Club 4.32.30 + 27.78
5 Meghan Harris Team Aston Hill 4.39.13 +34
1 Matt Walker Madison Saracen Factory Team 3.09.87 +2.7
2 Joe Breeden Intense Racing UK 3.12.25 +2.96
3 Henry Kerr Propain Dirt Zelphy 3.16.85 =7.55
4 Kade Edwards Trek Factory Racing 3.17.34 +8.05
5 Luke Birkett 3.24.55 +15.26
1 Jamie Edmondson FMD/Transition Factory Racing 3.24.00
2 Morgan Tyrell Wideopen Mag 3.26.17 + 2 .16
3 Luke Williamson Atherton Academy 3.28.96+ 4.96
4 James Elliot Madison Saracen Development team 3.29.61 +5.6
5 Harry Barrett Madison Saracen Development team 3.30.04 +6.04
In the Finals young Luke Williamson looked aggressive and confident as he bettered his seeding run by 5 seconds to take second place. And Jamie bettered his 10th place seeding to finish 9th – a solid result so soon inot his racing career, AND his recovery from a broken collarbone!
Mille roared into the hotseat 27 seconds clear of Ellen Flewitt but was deposed by Megan James who went exactly one second faster! Mille said I’m a little disappointed not to take the win but it was such a fun weekend and the BDS was as good as ever.”
Kade crashed on his Finals run, disappointed with his 4th place and Muddy struggled to find his flow, Rhyd y Felin’s tight turns playing havoc with the tailbone injury he picked up at Leogang and leaving him quite lot of pain.
The whole team were pretty exhausted after a weekend in the sun – time to rest up and heal up before Andorr a World Cup Round 4 at the end of the month.
1 Charlie Hatton Intense Racing UK 3.03.75
2 Jack Reading One Vision Global Racing 3.06.84 +3.09
3 Matt Simmonds Madison Saracen Factory Team 3.07.19 +3.4
4 Adam Brayton Hope Technology 3.07.56 +3.81
5 Jay Williamson Steve Peat Syndicate 3.08.62 +4.3
9 Graeme Mudd Trek Factory Racing 3.14.8 + 11.4
1 Matt Walker Madison Saracen Factory Team 3.04.44 +
2 Joe Breeden Intense Racing UK 3.07.43 +2.98
3 Henry Kerr Propain Dirt Zelphy 3.15.49 +11.04
4 Kade Edwards Trek Factory Racing 3.18.42 +13.97
5 Joe Parfitt FMD Racing 3.18.43 +13.98
1 Megan James T-Mo 3.56.85
2 Mille Johnset Atherton Academy 3.57.86 +0.01
3 Ellen Flewitt Aston Hill MTB Club 4.24.91 +28.05
4 Maya Atkinson Rose Bikes Factory Racing 4.25.66 +28.8
5 Meghan Harris Team Aston Hill 4.32.16 +35.3
1 Jamie Edmondson FMD/Transition Factory Racing 3.19.57
2 Luke Williamson Atherton Academy 3.23.45 + 3.88
3 Morgan Tyrell Wideopen Mag 3.25.04 +5.4
4 James Elliot Madison Saracen Development team 3.25.71 +6.1
5 Chris Cumming Nukeproof 3.34.11+14.5
9 Jamie Cable Atherton Academy 3.39.14 + 19.56
pics Dan Hearn