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BDS Rd1 | AE Forest

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It seems that Ae Forest is becoming the starting point for the season each year. After the SDA, a BES and now the BDS, it’s fair to say the hill, much like the fields around it have received a real beating over the last month. We’d all like to control the weather but hey….

With that said, riders seemed to be loving the track that was taped out for the weekends race – roots , ruts , rocks were order of the day and even the “dreich” weather couldn’t put a damper on proceedings.

Read on to learn what went down.


This is becoming a nice little earner for someone with a tractor and a tow rope. The pits had a definite earisome vibe to them.


Appropriate footwear.


Inappropriate footwear.


Marshall 6 making an appearance as a commissaire at a BDS. Officially in the Fort William World Cup hall of fame. And ambassador for the days when Rallying was awesome.


Scotty Mears. No caption needed. Photo: @mrjacktennyson


There was plenty of this up top. Less than 30 seconds in and BAM. Loose, muddy, mint. Photo: @mrjacktennyson


Marc Beaumont – up to speed, comfortable and with the bit between his teeth. It was like going back 10 years seeing Beaumont Senior and Atherton senior out on the sidelines too.


Big peaks made a come back this weekend, even the best mudguards weren’t up to the job. 0 style points, 8 for function.


James Flinders had a testing weekend but has some speed. Cutting through the slop on Sunday morning and avoiding the strong heckling coming from this turn. #anyneed


Mud tyres were the choice of most riders through out the weekend. With an unpredictable surface underneath the gloop, tyre choice was a tricky business.


Danny Hart ploughing through the slop on the top of the hill. He was fastest to the first split but couldn’t quite click it altogether.


Danny Hart’s race run was over by this point and he needed to sort out his googles. No better place to do it but when your dropping of the step down. Helping the togs think they are Simon Cudby. #sxforthewin


Last practice run from Ben Cathro before seeding run, always good to check the possible style options for photo opps on the new big doubles.


Contrasting styles. Clockwise from top right: Ben Cathro, Elliot Heap, Danny Hart and Craig Evans.


Steve Peat. Timeless.


A man with the world on his shoulders, race organiser Si ( Putin ) Paton has a walk down the track checking all’s well during practice. #welcometothekremlin


Wait for it to load. Kade Edwards. Wild mofo!


Great to see Marc Beaumont back looking lean and hungry for a win again. 5th place today and only 2.5 secs of the top step. Expect a decent result out at Lourdes this weekend from Slugger.


Obligatory wide pan.


@mrjacktennyson could be racing and winning. Instead he’s busting out radtastic pan shots.


A lot of riders were having problems with this big double this weekend, others just sent it…#pancakeday #hucklife


Classic. ‘Cos we never see mud in Britain.


Joe Smith running the number 1 plate this year. Not a great weekend for him. I’m sure he’d like to have been up on that podium but a solid start to the season none the less.


Steve is back with Andy Kyffin for this year. He looks relaxed and having Andy around no doubt helps. What a strong head game he has. Incredible.


Just after this Steve stayed tight, hugged the tape and blasted the rut section at warp speed 42. Patent pending.


Your winner from the weekend Gee Atherton on a new Trek for 2016, Gee looked comfortable and fast on the new setup. I’d expect a solid season if not a win or 2 in the WC circuit this year.


Big shout out to Innes Graham for pulling one out the bag this weekend, so close to the win on his first race for the new Dirt Propain Zelvy team. Fingers crossed that 2016 will bring some wins for the lad.


Innes getting washed up before hitting the first podium of 2016.


Katy Curd . Rutastic.


Manon putting all that time in NZ to good use. This jump would have been prime for a Alex Rankin Caseorama tribute. Manon catching downsides better than most blokes.


Elite women’s winner Manon Carpenter looked relaxed and up to speed this weekend taking the win by almost 7 seconds over Tahnee Seagrave


All your winners up on the podium to finish of a rather wet and sloppy weekend’s racing. All the results can be found over on the Roots and Rain webite


That’s it. That’s all.

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