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SCU MB Downhill 2001
Round 2 Fort William
24th June

repo and photos by jon_e

Crawford carrick-AndersonCrawford Carrick-Anderson (Giant/Toyota) made easy work this weekend of the competition by taking his second convincing win in the SCU MB Downhill series held at Fort William on 24th June.

With a record entry, despite the £10 surcharge for the gondola, 260 riders competed in what has to be the biggest SCU race for a while.

Riders braved the bumpy and rocky course to bring thrills, spills and the odd splash or two, for the spectators and fellow competitors alike.

Chris Ball 1st seniorWith the gondola seeming to be running a lot faster than at the previous race (the NPS in the middle of May) the uplift was quick with little or no queuing. This enabled most riders to get on average about 7 or 8 practice runs in, I only manged 7 and boy did I know it, but some managed a lot more.

The juveniles were again in action during the weekend, Thomas Pollock took the top hounors from Strathrye winner Max Neely. Danny Spur takes a great 3rd place in his quest for that Giant AC frame set.

Youth men again brought out the cream of the crop, Team MBUK's Mark Heritage goes 2 for 2 in the series with another Youth win under his belt, Stuart Jenkinson (Bike Bank) couldn't get near Heritage's time, but Alistair MacLennan (Sandy Wallace) pushed Stuart hard all the way, to get third.

Junior mens saw a change at the top of the podium, for it was Ulster's Will Cory (Storm/GSR??) who took top hounors, the wee man from "Norn Iron" took the win with his second run, from Fergus King (fastrider) who was leading after the first run, however it was Cruzs' Chris Hardgreaves who prised the two apart with a stormin' second run.

Steve Barker (Mr. Big)Vet Men, Mike Janion takes the win from Revolutions Alex Garden and Stephen Smith (Angus Bike Chain).

Karen Ballentine (Terrain) takes yet another win in the Master womens category, from the Fully Mental Amanda Creedon and Karen Mavin (Cycle Force).

Masters men seen a newcomer to the Scottish series, Rob Johnson made his second run of the day count by improving his first run time by 10 secs, that run out the leader at the interval, Paddy Whitehead back to second place, third goes to Turner mounted Jay Parker (The Bike Place).

Senior men is now starting to be dominated by one man, Chris Ball (The Clan) has surpassed expectations I think he may have even had at the start of last season (his first), a wicked first run was enough for him to take the top hounors and win the senior men. James Marples (Leisure Lakes/ managed to win the second round but not by enough to better Chirs' first run time. Greame Duke (fastrider) was living up to his sponsers name, third here this weekend. Senior women was again won by Miss. Jaymie Mart (TDR) second was Royal hearthrob Amber Park, having her first taste of haggis, neaps and tatties in Fort William.

Scouse MikeCrawford, fresh from this years first 2 World Cups, showed his command in the elite category this weekend, by taking a storming victory in 4:14.4, ahead of his former team mate Duncan Jamieson, who is now Diamond Back (Intense) mounted, who completed the gnarly Nevis Range course just 3.91 seconds behind. Steve Barker (Mr. Big) was second after the first run but couldn't better his first run time, he manages a great 3rd place here.

The next round is on 29th July in Aviemore.



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