The Fort William Round of the UK Nationals Series is always highly subscribed with packed field of World Cup racers looking to get some early lines dialed for the big show in two weeks time. This year was no different but for the Trek Factory Racing team there was the added pressure of Gee and Rachel both returning to the scene of last year’s massive injuries.
For Rachel the introduction of a new rock garden in the bog section where she crashed last year must have helped a little with the huge psychological barrier
but the constant rocks took a toll on her arms causing her to pull up in her seeding run, she took the last section mega –easy to seed fourth.
In the junior seeding run Kade was racing against Thibault Daprela ( who took the World Cup win from Kade at at Losinj) – just enough to fire Kade up for the Seeding and Finals wins! Kade said “ Hella weekend at Fort Bill, I was happy with both my runs, had a few mistakes but was good.” Feedback from the team is that Kade continues to mature as a racer keeping it clean and safe… there was a moment near the middle of the track but he held it, kept composed and was stoked to take the win!
By the time that the Women’s Finals race was on track the wind had picked up considerably, some changes to Rachel’s suspension paid dividends as she roared down the brutal track to take the win by a convincing 6 seconds.
Rachel said “This place is so savage! I’m am buzzing to take the win, I feel like my old self again!! Massive thanks to the team for getting me back on track.”
In the Men’s race, Charlie had qualified well in 6th place, he had been 2nd at the final split but mistakes in the bottom section put him back in the ranks. In similar style his race run was going well until the new woods section. Charlie said “ it looked like it was drying out so I tried to push hard and washed out and went over the bars. I felt fast on the bike and I’m looking forward to the World Cup in a couple of weeks.”
Gee’s injury was definitely on his mind so he is delighted to have the is weekend under his belt saying “ that was a hard one to get through, I definitely laid some demons to rest.” A day of testing Monday should put any lingering doubts firmly in their place.
And last but not least, Atherton Academy’s Luke continues his winning streak with another Youth victory here at Fort William!
1 Kade Edwards – 4:52.903
2 Henry Kerr – 4:53.040
3 Thibaut Daprela – 4:53.77
1 Rachel Atherton – 5:22.616
2 Tahnee Seagrave – 5:28.753
3 Katy Curd – 5:41.873
1 Luke Williamson
1 Danny Hart – 4:38.767
2 Greg Williamson – 4:44.195
3 Faustin Figaret – 4:44.952
10 Gee Atherton 4.49.029
22 Charlie Hatton 4.566.246
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