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Sick Skills Race Team – 2016 Review

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Scotland has produced some exceptional downhill racers over the years. Names like Crawford Carrick Anderson, Stu Thomson, Chris Ball and others are familiar to many for their racing exploits and their other contributions to mountain biking. Chris Ball going on to organise the EWS series, Stu Thomson creating exceptional movies with his company CUT Media and Crawford still racing bikes and winning while running his own graphics company CCA designs. There’s also the new school of young Scottish racers who are campaigning for their spot in the upper ranks of world competition. All these racers at some point have had help and support of varying levels to help get them to where they are. This support is key .

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Ben Cathro, like those before him has gone on to pursue a career with mountain biking at it’s core. Starting Sick Skills coaching, Ben aimed to pass on the knowledge accumulated over his years of racing, first of all to the general public, and then more specifically to the riders he selected for his team. The goal of the team is to develop the riders through the Juvenile/Youth and give them a solid foot up into the Junior category and World Cup racing. The team has been running for 2 years and already has two British Champions to it’s name thanks to James Purvis and Jamie Edmondson. Having just completed it’s 3rd year with new riders the Sick Skills team has claimed two regional and one National title.

Coach Cathro – Team manager, chief mechanic and the fastest man in a straight line, Ben Cathro is the boss. At 28 years old he’s been racing for 16 years and isn’t slowing down any time soon. Mega patient, incredibly wise {Ed – What?}, Ben will endeavour to pass on all he knows to his riders so that they can reach their potential. Ben won the Scottish Downhill series, the Scottish Champs and was runner up in the Scottish Enduro Series this year.

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Henry Kerr – The taller of the twins, quieter and more calculated, Henry has knack for racing and already has proved himself to be a champion winning the SDA series last season. Henry had an excellent year winning the Scottish Downhill series, the National Downhill series and winning the National Champs. An unreal talent destined for bigger things.

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George Kerr – Smaller but full of fire. George is wild in character and riding style, his skills are purely natural and he looks amazing on a bike. With a focus on improving his consistency and race craft George is quickly catching up to his brother and the two of them will be a force to be reckoned with. George scored many top 5 results through the season finishing the National Series in an excellent 5th spot overall.

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The team had an excellent season with some rad results. Henry and George both now move up to the Junior category with some more knowledge, confidence and fire to smash some results on the world stage. They leave a big shoes to fill on the team but they will be filled none the less. There’s always fresh talent on the rise.

The team wouldn’t exist without its sponsors and would like to thank them all for such a great season! Santacruz, Continental Tyres, Royal Racing, Flotec Suspension.

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