We are delighted to welcome Charlie to the team and hugely excited about the youngster’s massive potential for 2018. Charlie started racing Elite for the 2017 season and despite “coming into the season not knowing what to expect” his smooth style carried him straight into the top 20 rankings with a17th at Lourdes.
Charlie is modest about his racing success and his goals reflect that he says “In Juniors the aim is always the win, moving into the Elite category that’s not realistic, I went into 2017 hoping to qualify and to stay consistently in the top 10 nationally.”
His focus on the British Series paid huge dividends for him when he took the BDS Overall with wins at Hopton and Rhyd y Felin, building on his overall victory as a Junior rider in 2016.
Charlie says “ Yeah it was a good achievement and I’m proud to have taken the overall wins when the British standards are right up there with the best. I’d love to do some more British races this year but for 2018 my focus will be more on World Cups, it’s quite hard to do BDS and World Cups back to back.
I’ve loved racing my first year as an Elite; when I moved up into Juniors and rode my first World Cups it felt like a massive step up and I struggled to ride well, I never built sufficient confidence, even into my second year but with riding the Elites I’ve seemed to be able to take it in my stride –it didn’t feel like I was pushing. I feel like I’ve become a much better racer and can focus on finding my flow for the full run.
I try to be smooth – from a spectator point of view I’m probably pretty boring, I look slower than I am – with me it’s all under wraps!”
The 2017 season ended with him in 26th in the World Cup overall, even with a puncture at MSA and an “pver-excited “ crash 10 seconds from the finish in Lenzerheide. Charlie says that he “doesn’t like to set specific results targets” but he concedes that “ I obviously want to do better and last year my best finish was 11th(at Val di Sole) so a top 10 finish or more would be great.”
Charlie hails from the Forest of Dean where “Mountain-biking is massive, all the kids do it” he started racing as a ripper and soon had the bug – especially when Dirt Mag wanted to interview him!
When not on the bike you’ll find Charlie training, hanging out with his girlfriend and his family or seeing his mates.
||Downhill World Championship
||World Cup DH Round 7 Val di Sole
||World Cup DH Rd 4 Vallnord
||British Downhill Series Overall Champion – Jnr