// Photos by Mr Ian Lean (unless credited)
// Words by Jamie Edwards
// Video by Luke Hough
The British Race Season fired up its engines this weekend at Ae Forest for the 1st round of the British Downhill Series.
A short, fast, natural and balls-out track challenged the UK’s fastest and proved who had been putting in the hard graft over the winter.
We were in the pits, on the hill and on the start list to bring you the action!
He got it! Team Wideopenmag’s Kye Forte has been working hard for a British Downhill National … and it finally came together for him. Amazing work sir!
With no Rachel Atherton on the line-up it was just Gee and Kade Edwards (photo’d here) repping for the Athertons. Kade is the Atherton young gun on the “Atherton Academy” – he scored 5th place in Youth.
Jack Reading – optometrist by day, team manager and racer by night! Jack’s new team “1Vision Racing” is a nod to his eye-testing-roots. “I’ve got my eyes set on success!” he told us.
Gazzy B! Gareth Brewin doesn’t always get the top results … but he always looks amazing on track. Send us a photo of Gaz and we’ll run it 10 times out of 10!
The BDS doesn’t run itself. It takes a huge team of hard working race fans to bring it to life. Here’s Race Director Colin Olden pausing for breath between jobs!
Manon – by her own admission – had a high pressure weekend. With no Rachel Atherton she was feeling the pressure to live up to the crowd’s expectations.
… But she needn’t have worried. 1st for Manon, 2nd for Katy Curd, 3rd for Tahnee Seagrave.
Bryceland. 1st race back after his big injury. Josh was keeping a fairly low profile this weekend and just getting his head-down and putting in the laps.
“Forgot me trouser clip today and got all snarled up in a few sections!” Josh landed 3rd and looked disapointed … but it’s early in the season. Good luck for Lourdes Rat!
Was there ever any doubt Gee would take the win? Nope, not until Innes Graham won seeding and made Gee think twice!
“I had to push hard in my race run … but it all came together. It’s always great to take a National win”. Gee Atherton.
1st for Gee, 2nd for Mike Jones, 3rd for Josh Bryceland.