The BDS Round 2 hit Fort William this past weekend, with dry trails and surprise absences from the results for both Rachel and Gee Atherton. Nevertheless, UK racers gave a very strong showing, with five of the top ten Elite men and nine of the ten Elite women.
Danny Hart (UK)
Loïc Bruni (France)
Greg Williamson (UK)
Manon Carpenter (UK)
Tahneé Seagrave (UK)
Lucy Drees (UK)
In his first run, Gee Atherton had a massive crash near the top of the course, landing him in hospital with a dislocated hip. It’s back in place and he’s recovering, though no word yet on how serious this might be down the line. Healing thoughts to Gee, we hope he makes a fast and full recovery.
Manon Carpenter topped the women’s podium, followed by Tahneé Seagrave and Lucy Drees. It must have been a particularly satisfying win for Carpenter after her massive crash at Fort William in 2015, and having to chase Rachel Atherton ever since.
After slipping down to 76th place with a lot of crashes in the sudden rain at Lourdes during the UCI World Cup race a few weeks ago, Danny Hart was back on form in the Elite men’s BDS, coming in more than a second ahead of Loic Bruni and putting four seconds into fellow British rider Greg Williamson.
Rachel Atherton practiced for four days, with BDS organiser Si Patton even uploading a helmet cam run from her, but didn’t race, leaving the field wide open for the people who’ve been snapping at her heels for so long.
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