HSBC UK National Downhill Series
The second round of the British National Downhill Series headed north to Fort William and its legendailyry gnarly course. Held just a few weeks before the World Cup at the same venue, the British series race offered the chance to gain track time and fine tune bikes before the full circus hits town at the start of June
On a blustery but dry day, the racing was super tight on what is a notoriously physical track, and Atherton Racing produced two stellar performances from Rachel and Gee who both picked up wins. Rachel looked smooth all weekend and took top spot by almost 0.5 seconds over Marine Cabirou (Scott Downhill Factory Team), whilst Gee bettered Danny Hart (Madison Saracen Factory Team) by a whisker under 0.2s.
Nevis Range’s Mikayla Parton picked up her first elite podium with a strong showing on her home trails, noticably fasy on the Motorway section, to finish in fifth spot. Atherton Racing’s Charlie Hatton also finished in fifth and looks to be loving his new race bike.
We’ll be back at Fort William for our favourite World Cup of the year at the start of June, you'll be able to find us in the event village. Nevis Range’s bike season is now up and running, so you too can launch yourself down the same World Cup course that the pros ride. We're proud to be sponsoring both this year.
Enduro World Series - Madeira
Reigning U21 Enduro World Series champion Ella Conolly stepped up into the pro ranks with a breakthrough performance as EWS returned from its Antipodean adventures in Madeira. The Invernessian was in scorching form througouut and only a dropped chain on stage six mildly dented her stunning performance.
Festival Elsy Jacobs
After a weekend of smashing it on home soil, Lizzy Banks hopped onto the European mainland at the Festival Elsy Jacobs in Luxumbourg and carried on where she’d left off at the Tour de Yorkshire with a series of good results earning her third spot on GC.
UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup
Denise Schindler headed to Italy this weekend for the opening round of the Para-cycling World Cup in Corridonia and kicked off her road season with up a bronze medal in the C3 individual time trial over a hilly circuit. Results of Sunday’s road race to follow.
The opening stages of the first Grand Tour of the season passed by with Movistar Team content to bide their time and shepherd leaders Mikel Landa and Richard Carapaz safely through Sunday’s first road stage as the sprinters battled it out in Fucecchio. Jasha Sütterlin, whose raw power will prove valuable over coming days was the victim of a crash with 30km to go, but despite picked up some bumps and bruises, looks good to continue.
Vuelta a Madrid
Back on home soil, Carlos Barbero finished on the podium at the Vuelta a Madrid with Movistar Team laying it all on the line on the final stage looking to propel him up the rankings, but in a nervy finish, Barbero had to settle for fifth on the stage and third overall.