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Long live downhill – SDA season recap

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SDA 2016 Season Recap

We curate the action from Britain’s best regional DH race series.


Round 1: Ae Forest


“268 riders enjoyed amazing conditions at one of Scotland’s oldest DH venues. A fast track led to tight racing and Greg Williamson took out a tight win from Ruaridh Cunningham”

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Round 2: Innerleithen.


“The original DH venue in Scotland with tweaks for the twentyteens – fast, loose and a mixture of all things that make DH great. Ben Cathro took his first win of the year from a charging Lew Buchanan who raced on his enduro bike. “


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Round 3: Glencoe.

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“A drop in entries, with only 135 riders taking on what is one of the best tracks in the UK. Deborah Primrose took a fine win in the women’s category and Ben Cathro and Kenta Gallagher began their season battle. There were victories for Myles Reid and Kai Bremner, and Frey Avis”


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Scottish Champs: Aberfeldy.

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“A series win requires consistency and year round speed, but a Scottish title is still a Scottish title and we saw some familiar faces return for this race – namely Joe Barnes and Chris Hutchens. Last used in 2008, many riders took to the hill with a degree of apprehension given this tracks legendary reputation….”


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Round 4: Dunkeld.


“A Peter Pollock original. In it’s 14th year of existence, Dunkeld DH track provided another challenging venue for racers. We saw fist wins for Joe Mallen in Expert, as well as another win for Henry Kerr and all round good guy Peter Walton managing to topple another stalwart Alan Blyth in the masters category”


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Round 5: Fort William.


“Season finalé – the gondola might have been down due to high winds but the riders made the most of the opportunity to practice together, session jumps and get ready to race in changing conditions.”


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Blair Hughes entering the woods after the wall ride hip jump during one of the biggest downpours.

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Masters winner Alan Blyth. Oddly enough Alan was in one of the first Dirt Mag's I bought way back, railing the old corner at the bottom when he raced Elite. It was a banging photo. He's seen the track change just a little.

“The SDA is a race series for all – a training ground for those who seek accolades at higher levels, and a challenge for those looking to beat their nemesis’s across the board. With tracks that cater for all, the 2017 series is not to be missed”


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