The National Championships. It’s the big one. A mini World Champs right here in our own back yard. One chance for one rider to smoke the field. One run to prove they’re the UK’s fastest. Winners come and go, but you’re always a national champ.
Previous National Champs have been fought a hair’s breadth from the 2016 venue … Any one remember the Battle of Bala where a huge bridge was built over the road and Steve Peat stole the win from Gee Atherton, in his own back yard? For 2016 it was a brand new venue and a brand new winner (at least in the men’s field).
You know by now who took the win – in the elite field it was the (almost) unbeatable Rachel Atherton. For the men it was more of a wild card, Greg Williamson. Greg is insanely talented, super professional and – finally – a National Champion.
Alongside Rachel and Greg the following UK pinners proved themselves: Kieran Davies, Harry Barrett, Henry Kerr, Matt Walker, Chris Sinden, Neil White, Will Longden, Pete Little, Steve Jones, Dorota Grabkowska, Megan James, Ashton Tutt, Jamie Robertson.
Rather than bang on about the weather and all that crap – we’re just going to treat you to a massive gallery of Ian Lean’s photo gold. Without further ado…