DOUBLE WIN FOR GEE AND RACHEL, BDS#4

A double win for Gee and Rachel at Llangollen, BDS Round 4 Rain before practise day on Saturday had resulted in “absolute carnage” in the woods. By the qualifying runs on Sunday the track had started to dry out but there were still some very slick areas in the woods requiring huge nerve and concentration from the riders. In the Women’s qualifying it was clear that the race was going to be between Rachel and Manon Carpenter , Rachel qualified first with a time of 2.34.9, Manon was second with 2.49.19 but then there was a huge gap to Jess Greaves with a brave 5.53.46. Gee qualified in third place with the fastest top split but Series Leader Marc couldn’t find his groove this weekend and qualified 11th. Rachel said “I prefer this track to a lot of the World Cup tracks. It’s so steep and technical but so much fun, I love riding for this crowd, Manon was pushing me hard – it feels great!. In the Junior race Taylor Vernon overcooked a blown out corner at the exit to the woods, he span 180 degrees and had to walk his bike back up the track, losing valuable time. A fast bottom section pulled back some seconds but it was a very disappointing 11th place on the day. In the Men’s race Slugger Beaumont suffered two off-track excursions and finished 15th overall. Gee was 3rd last down the hill and looked strong all the way – almost 3 seconds ahead a split one – he maintained this pace to cross the line at 2:08.13. Second qualifier Joe Smith went 2.7 seconds behind Ge for second place and fastest qualifier Josh Bryceland couldn’t get into contention – finishing 4th at 2.14.39. Gee said” A pretty intense weekend at Llangollen as usual – the crowd was awesome, the track was wild – Stoked to take the win and stoked for Rach and Kade.” Gee takes the Series lead from Slugger and Kade maintains his first place in the ranks. Results; Men’s Elite 1 Gee Atherton GT Factory Racing 2: 08.135 Women’s Elite 1 Rachel Atherton GT Factory Racing 2:30.67 Juvenile Men 1 Kade Edwards Atherton Academy 2:42.61 Via Atherton Racing Photo Credit: Laurence Crossman-Emms