Team Wideopen’s Morgan Tyrrell just won the Youth National Downhill Championship title.
The National Downhill Champs took place yesterday at Rhyd-y-Felin in North Wales and was a one-off to crown the number one fastest racers in the UK. As racing goes, it’s the biggest event in the UK before you reach World Cup level.
Team Wideopen’s Morgan Tyrrell beat a stacked field of fast young guns and was crowned the British Youth National Champion. He now gets to wear the National Champs jersey in competition runs.
Morgan races in the youth category – a crazy fast and competitive field that is stacked with tomorrow’s World Cup stars. He’s just 16 years old but already has an impressive 71 races under his belt since starting racing in 2013.
He went into the race full of confidence after a win in tough conditions at Rheola the previous weekend.
He’s raced flat out all season so far at the British Downhill Series and has been hungry for a win … but until the last two weeks hasn’t quite managed to break through to the top spot. With one win in the bag and the end of the season in site the pressure was well and truly on.
Practice went well and Morgan didn’t waste any time getting up to speed and hitting the tricky lines on track. The fast, loose, rough track seemed to suit him nicely and he punched out runs all day Saturday with Steve Peat, Mike Jones and Elliot Heap.
Race day went well. Morgan went fastest in his seeding run by four seconds and then just went faster for his race run.
In finals, second place Jamie Edmondson crossed the line six seconds ahead of his nearest competition and was looking set for the win.
Last across the line, Morgan dropped into the finish line pedaling hard and took two seconds out of Edmondson’s time with a 3.02.92. Morgan’s time wasn’t just fast for his category but also put him well within the times of a number of much more experienced racers that are already competing at World Cup level.
Next up for Morgan is the IXS Rookie’s Cup in Austria and the British Downhill Series at Llangollen. 2018 will see Morgan step up Junior and make his move on international racing.
Thanks to all of Team Wideopen’s sponsors for helping Morgan and the team win the National Champs title.