BDS Round 1 Track Preview With Danny Hart

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It’s Round 1 of the British Downhill Series this weekend at Nant Gwrtheyrn. Our man George Thompson will be there for Revolution Bike Park Racing #MakingUpTheNumbers, so expect another entertaining race report after the weekend.

The weather is apparently atrocious, so George may be letting out a few more squeals on the way down than World Champion Danny Hart in this track preview. He barely utters a peep other than to alert people on the track to his presence. Watch them scatter and watch Danny slither and swoop his way down the course.

We’ve not quite got those Fort William promo pics out of our heads and can’t help but picture Danny as riding down here, sword in hand, shouting ‘freedom!’…or something like that.

Dany Hart - Fort William World Cup 2017
“Danny, what is best in life?”

A full house of 250 riders are booked in with practice scheduled all day Saturday from 09:30 to 18:00. Sunday is race day with practice from 08:30 to 11:00 quickly followed by seeding runs and then race runs. Round 1 winners will be crowned come 17:00 in the finish arena straight after the final race runs.

Headlining the event are current UCi World Champions; Trek Factory Racing’s Rachel Atherton and MS Mondrakers Danny Hart. They will be up against stiff competition with Rachel up against Radon’s Manon Carpenter and FMD Racing’s Tahnee Seagrave in the Elite Women’s category along with ten other female athletes contending the category.

The Elite men’s final is set to be a nail biter with the Santa Cruz Syndicate’s Steve Peat and Trek Factory Racing’s Gee Atherton going head to head against the likes of the 2016 BDS series winner Matt Simmonds as well as the likes of Adam Brayton, Marc Beaumont, Jack Reading, Mike Jones, Graeme Mudd, Taylor Vernon and a number of top contenders in the 30 strong category.

For further information on this weekend’s event for both riders and spectators, please click
The location is: Nant Gwrtheyrn, Llithfaen, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, North Wales. LL53 6NL.

Hannah Dobson

Hannah came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. Having worked in policy and project management roles at the Scottish Parliament and in local government, Hannah had organisational skills that SIngletrack needed. She also likes bikes, and likes to write.

Hannah likes all bikes, but especially unusual ones. If it’s a bit odd, or a bit niche, or made of metal, she’s probably going to get excited. If it gets her down some steep stuff, all the better. She’ll give most things a go once, she tries not to say no to anything on a bike, unless she really thinks it’s going to hurt. She’s pretty good with steri-strips.

More than bikes, Hannah likes what bikes do. She thinks that they link people and places; that cycling creates a connection between us and our environment; bikes create communities; deliver freedom; bring joy; and improve fitness. They're environmentally friendly and create friendly environments.

Hannah tries to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

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