Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015
Two Nukeproof riders on the elite podium
What a weekend for the CRC-Paypal rider, MBUK cover star and fresh off the boat from a top result in his first Enduro World Series in Ireland, Joe Smith took the win at the latest round of the British Downhill Series in super steep Llangollen, North Wales.
With a week to go before the UK round of the World Cup the field was stacked full of international Elite riders as well as the best of UK racers.
Team Manager Nigel Page was there to bring us this report:
This has to be one of the steepest technical tracks in the world of downhill racing, with many of the amateur riders having to throw their bikes down the steepest parts, unable to ride them.
Mike had an awesome weekend, qualifying first and finishing 5th overall
This type of riding suits Joe’s amazing bike skills down to a T and Joe handled the pressure to qualify in second place behind team mate Mike Jones. With a first and second in the qualifiers it was looking promising for the team.
Come finals time and ex-World Champion Danny Hart who is another technical track wizard was sitting in the hot seat. As Joe popped out of the wooded section onto the open section of the track he looked to be flying and super smooth. The commentator announced Joe was up on the split time and Joe rode a perfect race on his new Nukeproof Pulse all the way down to the bottom to take over the lead with a big impressive stoppie which delighted the fans.
Mike Jones was last to go and he made a few mistakes riding tight up in the wooded section but still crossed the line with the fifth fastest time for another podium spot for the talented young Welshman.
With two riders on the podium and Joe taking an amazing well deserved win it was an amazing weekend for the team.
Joe has had a great couple of weeks lately with a front cover shot on MBUK magazine and now a big win this will hopefully give him some great confidence going into Fort William World Cup this coming weekend.
Well done Joe, we are all super proud of you.
WideopenMag team riders also had a great weekend, with Kye Forte taking yet another masters win (3 out fo 3 BDS wins now) on his Pulse.
Here’s the Low down form the team Manager Jamie Edwards:
Kye Forte – … and that’s 3 British downhill Series wins out of 3! Kye had never raced Llangollen before and wasn’t sure how he’d carry across to the steep, gnarly, wild course. But – it turns out that like all tracks – he loved it. 1st place again, for the 3rd time on the bounce. Kye is now looking to get set for Master’s World Champs and his new Green Acres Jam – a BMX and mountain bike festival in his new field (more here).
Charlie Hatton – It’s all coming together for Charlie, our newest rider. Charlie just put in a 3rd place in the super competitive junior category at Llangollen. Charlie wasn’t totally in love with Llan but was happy to see he could put in a fast run on a track that he didn’t feel was his style and be just 1 second off the win. Remember – Charlie is a first year junior and is racing against older, 2nd years. He’s now home for 24 hours then on to Fort Bill World Cup and then straight to Leogang!
Joe Parfitt – Parff had a real break-through this weekend. We’ve been working with him leading up to this race to help him “race” in a slightly more focused way and be a bit more structured with his practicing. It paid off and Parff qualified fastest overall in youth and hit race runs full of confidence. He raced well, had a bit of a crash and lost time – dropping down to 8th place. Not bad with a crash. It’s coming together for Parff!
Check out the Videos on the Wideopen Magazine website to experience the noise of a BDS!
Not to be out done by the Downhill team, Wideopen Enduro racer Mark Scott put in an amazing performanceat RD3 at Tweedlove Enduro World Series in Peebles, Scotland. Following on from his 11th place finish at the RD2 of the EWS
Mark Scott – Mark just leveled up big time! 11th at the Enduro World Series in Ireland and now 6th place at Tweedlove Enduro World Series. That’s his best result to date and a place on the results sheet well above some heavy-weight full-time pros. The investment in Mark and the time spent training with Milway has definitely paid off!
We also had our Nukeproof Development riders racing in the Enduro World Series and the BDS. Chris Mcglinchey and Kelan Grant put in awesome results on there Mega’s at the EWS to finish a highly credible 42th and 62nd in Elite men. Irish Junior Jack Crowley represented the Development Team in the BDS at Llangollen finishing 11th.
Also racing in Tweedlove EWS was our Finish legend Matti Lehikonen. Despite not being 100% fit Matti put in an awesome effort to finish 44th.
Congratulations to all our riders, amazing weekend for Nukeproof bikes. See you at Fort William next for the UCI World Cup!