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British National Champs

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Words and Photos: Ross Bell.

The biggest race on the UK National calender saw us roll into the familiar town of Llangollen in North Wales. The track used was not that of the steep woods utilised by the BDS earlier in the year, but the loose open track further along the hill which was super dry and dusty with the track changing every run.

Gee Atherton never appeared at Llangollen so that left names such as Hart, Fairclough, Bryceland, Smith and Dale to battle it out. In the elite women all 3 of the UK’s 2014 World Champs medal winners were poised to lock horns.


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Nothing like the smell of burning clutch to wake you up in the morning!

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Frazer McCubbing leaning her over at the end of the first straight. 3rd in Juniors.

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Harry Heath was fast and loose all weekend, making light work of the many loose Llangollen turns.

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Emyr Davies hanging off the back round one of many steep switchbacks.

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With Gee Atherton absent, GT's hopes were pinned on first year elite Taylor Vernon.

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Guy Gibbs making light work of the stump gap.

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Mike Jones has been on form all season and was one to watch this weekend, he ended up in 5th.

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Not a good weekend for Josh, he looked pinned as always but problems in both seeding and finals took him out of contention.

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Rachel looked very comfortable on the steep turns from the get go on Saturday morning.

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Brendan destroying the off camber traverse.

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Joe Smith finished in 6th a mere half tenth back from his team mate.

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I had to ration myself to featuring only 2 photos of Harry, the guy just looks so rad all the time!

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Greg Williamson tucking his way to a solid 8th place.

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Mr Phunkt made a swift dash for the ice cream van between seeding and race runs.

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James Hurst of One Vision Global Racing negotiating the fresh cut.

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Laurie a class ahead in juniors, 4.5 seconds up on Stewart with a time that would sit him just outside the top 10 in elite...

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Tahnee seeded 2nd and laid it on the line in finals, unfortunately crashing out.

+5.5 seconds to Rach, not the run Manon was looking for. She'll be looking forward to getting her hands on that new carbon looking prototype ridden throughout the weekend by team boss Will Longden...

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Rachel's race winning run, on her way to yet another national title.

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Onto the box in 3rd for Ruaridh, smashed it!

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Jack Reading is on fire this year, following up his 3rd in seeding with a 4th in finals.

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The distinctive style of Sam Dale, so close to taking the win!

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The track had Danny's name written all over it, he didn't dissapoint.

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A moment of contemplation for Taylor.

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All smiles for Rachael Atherton after securing the title once again.

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Another National Champs done and dusted, a new winner who will be looking forward to getting the chance to pull on his new jersey and sleeve in a few weeks time for MSA World Cup!

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