British National Downhill Championships: Results

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The final round of the British Downhill Championships took place this weekend at Llangollen.

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Photo Credit: Yasmeen Green – Hills Are Alive

Billed as a big day out for all the family, there were races for all ages and plenty of diversionary activities, including food stalls and ice cream vans for anyone tired of rattling a cow bell.

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Tahnee Seagrave heading towards victory. Photo Credit: Yasmeen Green – Hills Are Alive

Tanhee Seagrave took the Elite Women’s title by over 30 seconds. With Red Bull Hardline taking place on the same weekend some of the Elite Men chose to ride that but there were still 7 or 8 big names there, including Steve Peat who came in 4th.

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Steve Peat showing he’s still got it. Photo Credit: Yasmeen Green – Hills Are Alive

Jack Reading took his first BDS win with Matt Simmonds 2nd and Marc Beaumont 3rd.

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Jack Reading on his way to a first BDS win. Photo Credit: Yasmeen Green – Hills Are Alive

George Thompson, riding for the Revolution Bikepark Team in the Vets category said:

The track was the Squirrel track rather than the “death woods” of previous years which created a much more fun atmosphere. Conditions on Saturday were dry & dusty & everyone was having a blast, I think someone managed 13 runs & everyone seemed to be setting fast times. Sunday morning saw mist fall on the track & it was very greasy. Marshall point 5 saw a huge amount of action – a flat right hander that was hard to hold at speed & left numerous riders 15ft below in the bracken. That’s the great thing about Llangollen though, other than the bottom drops, if you crash it’s a good soft landing. The track dried out during seeding & by the time it came to race runs it was prime once again, however several turns were now completely blown out. The type of situation where you think it’s going to be dry, but it was still slippy in seeding so you go too cautiously in your race run and when you get to the bottom you know you could’ve gone a fair bit faster & you want another go. Didn’t seem to affect the Elite riders though, who know just how to judge it!

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Kade Edwards giving it style and winning the Youth category. Photo Credit: Yasmeen Green – Hills Are Alive

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Hannah Dobson

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