Double Victory for the Atherton Academy in the last of British Downhill Series

17th September 2017

It was a slippery weekend at Hopton Wood this weekend with plenty of sketchy moments and a couple of spectacular wipeouts! But it was a fantastic day for our Atherton Academy riders who both took category wins in convincing style!


Mille also placed first in the Series overall with Luke second in the Series overall! Nice work!

Saturday Practice was fine but the drying track seemed to get more slippery as practice went on. A few showers on Sunday morning topped up the slide factor!


Our first year youth rider Luke Williamson was first up for seeding. Luke had a few sketchy moments in his run but seeded fastest , 0.3s in front of series leader Jamie Edmondson with Morgan Tyrrell 5 secs back in 3rd and Mechanic Sam reported some room for scrubbing some more time off in his Finals run.


Luke said “A wet start to practice on Saturday made things very challenging with track conditions intermittent and unpredictable resulting in a couple of minor crashes. Some good solid Sunday morning runs gave a boost to my confidence and despite a couple of errors seeding went well. My race run went to plan in sunny conditions to take the win by 2.8s”

Luke’s Final time of 2.24.657 is impressive – he would have been 3rd Junior and top ten in Elite Men!


Then it was Mille’s turn. Despite seeding first she wasn’t happy with her seeding run… Mille said “ Okay so the seeding was really bad and I was a bit disappointed and almost sad because I felt l I had been riding well all weekend and when you can’t do it in seeding you feel like you won’t do it in the race run after … Then I starting to think too much and get stressed. “

But when I got to the top before my race run I took great care to warm up more thoroughly than in the seeding. I stopped thinking about everything, and just did what I love. Just ride my bike and have fun. Everything went so well, I even cleared a jump I’d been casing all Saturday and Sunday. I was just so happy! Right at the end both my wheels slipped and I almost crashed but I saved it and just tried to pedal to the finish line.


Her time of 2.49.992 was 9 .6 seconds clear of the field and made her the fastest female of the day.


Youth Men
1 Luke Williamson Atherton Academy 2.24.65
2 Jamie Edmondson FMD/Transition Factory Racing 2.27.48
3 Morgan Tyrell Wideopen Mag 2.28.76
4 Harry Barrett Madison Sararcen Development Team 2.30.83
5 james Elliot Madison Sararcen Development Team 2.32.87

Junior Women
1 Mille Johnset Atherton Academy 2.49.99
2Rosy Monaghan Super Alloy Racing 2.59.66
3 Meghan Harris Team Aston Hill 3.08.45 +
4 Ellen Flewitt Aston Hill MTB Club 3.13.27
5 Tea Jensen Team Leslie Bike shop/Bikers Boutique 3.21.49

Pics: Dan Hearn


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