BDS Rd2, Fort William
The second round of the 2010 Halo British DH Series stormed into Fort William over the weekend bringing with it the sunshine that they had in Rd1 at Rheola, could this be an omen for the rest of the season, hope so. Having had so much snow over the winter I was wondering how much was still going to be their and how much time they would’ve had to repair the track. Well the diggers were still there on Thursday not repairing but building new parts, which was a welcome change to most, but well as usual not to others. Biggest groans, not many I must say, heard over the weekend were that some of the new parts seemed to slow you down more than anything, which meant having to peddle more to get going again.
After the sunshine on Saturday everyone awoke to clouds and wind on Sunday, welcome to Scotland. I was standing up top at just before 9 am and it started to get really cold and I swear it snowed just a few flakes but it did snow. Anyway practice kicked of and the clouds parted for the sun to come out and a very welcome sight it was indeed.
The entry was a who’s who of racing for a national, which is good to see and credit to organisers, Si Paton and Dave Francoisy for all the hard work they’ve put in to get this series back on it’s feet. You couldn’t miss the fact that the Chainreaction team were there in force with all team members, even the boss Nigel Page was pulling his race kit on to compete in the masters. Well the old dog aint lost it; he took the win by a clear 10 seconds leaving the rest of the regular masters riders glad he’s not going to be at all the races……or is he.
Nige was probably the happiest guy there at the end of the day with Chris Kovarick taking the Elite win Matti Lehikoinen in 4th Matt Simmonds 5th Julien Camellini 6th and Ruaridh Cunnigham 10th. Then if that wasn’t good enough Clair Buchar had a good result in 2nd place behind Elite woman’s winner Rachel Atherton.
Rachel had the best result for the Atherton racing team this weekend with her win but Dan was the best of the brothers with second place just 3.4 seconds behind Kovarick, Gee suffered a mechanical but still managed 8th.
Expert rider Jack Geoghegan rode his shiny Ancillotti to first place over Owain James with Oliver Burton taking third place.
Fraser McGlone destroyed the youth class taking the win with a time of 5.28.8 good enough for second place in Expert, 17 seconds back in 2nd was Greg Gilfillan, I-Cycles Ross Wilcox got 3rd spot on the podium.
Juniors produced another stonking time and win for All Terrain Cycles Mark Scott over Arran Gannicott with Lapierre’s Sam Flockhart in 3rd.
Not a bad weekend for All Terrain Cycles with Joe Flannigan taking first place in the Senior class over Ralph Richardson, Plymouth Cycles young star Luke ball got the 3rd spot on the podium.
Alastair Maclennan not only won the vets class he also won the prise for the biggest winning margin of the day by 24.4 seconds over Bikeactive.com’s Rich Simpson, 3rd place went to Pete Roberts.
Sam Herd continued his winning ways by almost breaking the 6-minute time taking the Juvenile win over Callum Havard with 3rd place going to Ancillotti UK rider William Weston
Last but not least the Junior, Senior and Master women all seemed to be in one category when it came to the podiums, Ellie Maxfield took the win over Emma Atkinson, Angela Proctor just pipped Bex Reilly into 4th by less than a second.
For the full list of results go to www.rootsandrain.co.uk and to keep up to date what’s going on in the series head over to www.britishdownhillseries.com Next round will be at Llangollen Wales on the 26th/27th June