Klasika Primavera in Amorebieta
Movistar Team extended their winning streak to five in the Klasika Primavera as Carlos Betancur picked up his second win since signing for the team. The Colombian crowned a fine performance from the seven strong team who were present in all of the main moves and managed to place the entire squad into the final 21 rider selection.
As the race entered the hilly finishing circuit, Edu Prades and Betancur were part of a six man move, which then became four on the descent from Muniketa. Edu then worked hard to create the perfect opportunity for Carlos to finish.
Amorebieta is a race we always come to with a great will to success, and fortunate, we were all to move our pieces well and secure victory once again. As we climbed Autzagane for the final time together, we had in mind that both Edu and myself had a chance at the sprint, and we were able to profit from that and secure a win.
HSBC UK National Downhill Series
With two weeks to go until the first World Cup of the season, the start list for the first round of the UK series was packed with talent, including an Atherton Racing trio of Rachel Gee and Charlie were joined the start gate by new Endura signing Mikayla Parton of Nevis Range Race Team. Raced on a gnarly, classically British, track with tight lines down through the trees which featured more than enough rooty sections to keep the riders on their toes as preparation for Maribor stepped up.
Atherton Racing showed that the prototypes of their new downhill rigs are race ready with Rachel taking the win in the Elite Women with a healthy advantage over world cup rival Tahnee Seagrave (Transmission / Muc-Off) in her first race since winning the World Champs last year. Mikayla Parton, racing at Rheola for the first time finished in 10th spot.
In the men’s race, Gee Atherton followed up his podium finish in Portugal with his second third place of the season, with Charlie Hatton in sixth spot.
Photos: Josie Owen
POC Scottish Enduro Series
The renagades from Hazzard Racing opened up their 2019 season with a 1-2 at Laggan for Joe Barnes and Lachlan Blair on a beautiful if cold day in the Scottish Highlands. Also on the top step of the podium was Endura Ground Division ambassador Anna Riddell (Basecamp Bikes / Endura) who picked up the win in the Female Masters category.