The 2016 Race Season is just flying by with many of the big series approaching the half way point already and the 2016 season shaping up to be a classic. After an awesome weekend of racing in the Scottish Highlands the riders headed to South Wales and Rhyd y Felin better known as Bala for the 3rd round of the Shimano British Downhill Series.
Just a week out from the World Cup in Fort William the Brits were keen to use the tough track as a final shake down for the busy week ahead in the Highlands of Scotland. It could be argued that 2016 has seen a changing of the guard as the young guns have been firing fast and loud and with Innes Graham (Dirt/Propain/Zelvy) setting the pace it looked like it was business as usual. However as the saying goes ‘there’s life in the old dog yet’ and Steve Peat (Santa Cruz Syndicate) showed his form going into Fort Bill just 0.421 of a second off Innes to steal second place from another young guy Phil Atwill (Dirt/Propain/Zelvy) in third. Joe Smith (Chain Reaction/Paypal) came home in 4th place and Matt Simmonds (Madison Saracen Factory Team) rounded out the top five. With Peaty in this kind of form it looks like he could be set to round out his final season in style next weekend.
In the Elite Women’s Race Katy Curd took the win with an 18 second margin from Ellie Maxfield with Lucy Drees (Grips Bikes) taking third place, Kiwi Veronique Sandler in fourth and Hazel Wakefield rounding out the top five. Manon Carpenter and Tahnee Seagrave will both be hoping for better luck this weekend in Fort William as they were sidelined with food poisoning and a sprained elbow respectively.
As far as the B1KE Skills Trained Riders go it was another solid weekend with some great results. Team Aston Hill were back in action with Josh Mead coming home in 17th place in the the hotly contested Super Alloy Springs Youth Boys. There’s more to come from Josh as he adapts to the step up to the Nationals in Youth I’m sure.
In the Junior Men’s race Tom Davies (Ride.IO) had a big off in his seeding run and nearly didn’t make the final. 11th place doesn’t underline his capabilities but he lives to fight another day and keeps his series chances alive. Look out for Tom racing in the Junior Category the UCI Downhill World Cups in Fort William, Scotland and Leogang, Austria over the next couple of weeks. Team Aston Hill’s Alfie Killner also put in a great ride to secure 14th place on the day.
B1KE’s Chris Cockrill has been making his way up the results sheets in 2016 and squeezed into the top 10 in Seniors with a 9th place finish. Joe Killner (Banshee/Team Aston Hill) came home in 13th place in a hotly contested Veterans category with some big names from the past heading the time sheets.