photos from the first race of the evening where the under 12s got to race on the same track that the elites would use later on in the evening.
Prior to the lite riders taking to the course, the senior race proved to be just as exciting to watch.
Following a steady stream of attacks and numerous riders being eliminated after being dropped by the bunch the final gallop for the line was contested by a bunch of around 10 riders. Victorious in this small but select group was Jake Womersley (Sportscover), with a comfortable enough winning margin to begin his victory celebcrations a good few metres from the line. Karl Denton (blumilk.com) took 2nd place with Jake’s team-mate Olli Wood in 3rd.
In the women’s competition Catherine Williamson (Bizhub) took the win. Despite being the only women in the bunch she proved a deserved winner after a gutsy but eventually futile attempt to avoid being lapped when the rest of the group she was in were eliminated to clear the course for the lead riders.
Photos from the go ride event to follow.
all photos from the elite event now on flickr
All photos from the elite event now on Flickr
The 2012 edition of the Virgin money cyclone cycling festival got offf to a great start this evening with the annual Leazes park criteriums.
Despite yesterday’s storms the crowds weren’t put off descending into the park for a great evening of racing.
Following some great racing in the lower categories the Elite riders took to the course with hardly a lap passing where no-one attacked. Eventually a 4 man break went away in the closing laps with Richard Lang (Rapha Condor Sharp) finally prevailing over his fellow escapees.
More photos and results to follow. Time for sleep now though!
It’s been a busy day today here in Tyneside as the olympic torch relay rolled into town. Naturally, I spent the afternoon running around catching up with it at various places!
The day ended somewhat spectacularly with Chief Scout, TV star and adventurer, Bear Ghrylls delivering the olympic flame to the awaiting crowds in the Newcastle Quayside by zip-wire from the Tyne Bridge. A sight well worth seeing!
Anyway, after all that running around taking photos of the relay I’m feeling suitably knackered myself now so am off to bed!
More photos from the downhill event. Slightly better weather this time! Saturday’s qualification saw the best weather of the weekend and the best performances for British riders with a british 1-2-3 in the mens category (Hart, Atherton, Beaumont). Gee and Marc’s team-mate, Rachel Atherton also posted the fastest time in the womens category making it a great for GT factory racing.
Photos from the 4x finals at Fort William now on flickr.
Photos from race runs at the BDS event in Fort william. Unfortunately due to time restrictions I was unable to stay until the end of the race runs.
All photos now online (and for sale) on Flickr, my facebook page and Roots & Rain.
Next stop Fort William mtb World Cup in June! 😀
I took a trip up to Fort William last weekend for the second round of the 2012 Halo british downhill series. With Bad weather forecast for the Sunday the lessons learnt at Glencoe last year were put into action. Rather than pinning all hopes on the weather holding out for the race runs on the Sunday, this year the decision was made to move the Qualifying runs to Saturday Afternoon so as to have at least one race run completed should the weather turn bad.
As it happened this was exactly the case and word came round mid afternoon that day 2 wasn’t to be and the final result would be determined on saturday’s race run.
in an extremely talented field of rider, including over 50 elite rider, the fastest run of the day was posted by reigning world champion Danny Hart. This was despite losing his chain somewhere on the motorway section and having to pump/aero tuck his was down the final part of the course! In the women’s category was junior world champion Manon Carpenter with former world champion Rachel Atherton hot on her heels. Testament to the brilliance of these two rider the next best female rider was an amazing 35 seconds back!
Click on the image below for more photos from Saturday’s practice session. I hope to get some photos from the race run up over the next few days.