Lewis Buchanan victorious at Innerleithen

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

ChainReactionCycles.com/Nukeproof team rider Lewis Buchanan won the second round of the Winter Series downhill race at Innerleithen, Scotland over the weekend.

ChainReactionCycles.com/Nukeproof team rider Lewis Buchanan won the second round of the Winter Series downhill race at Innerleithen, Scotland over the weekend.

Continuing his winning streak in the series, the young Scottish rider topped the Junior Men podium with a best time of 2:59.50 ahead of Joe Connell and Chris Reynolds. Even more impressively, Lewis’s time was the fastest of the day across each category, including the Elite Men.


Here’s Lewis’s weekend race report:

“Round 2 of the Winter Series was looking to be a dry race this time and I was super excited about this race. I felt that the past few weeks I’ve been spending riding the Nukeproof Scalp have been so worthwhile and getting the forks set up and putting a firmer spring in has really helped my balance on the bike, and I feel 100% comfortable on it now.”

“Saturday practice was amazing really. I had so much fun on the track and was enjoying it a lot. It was pretty technical and involved carrying a lot of speed. Fitness and strength played a key part in doing well I think.”

“Sunday came around quickly so I bust out one practice run, then headed up for my first race run and felt pretty good for it. My run went good, I kept it consistent the whole way down speed-wise and the bike was working mint. I ended up taking first place by 12 seconds in Junior and had the fastest time of the day so far. I went up for my second race run and felt I had a bit more left in me. My run was really good; I felt fast and didn’t really make any mistakes at all.”

“I ended up going one second slower than my first race run so I was kind of gutted because it felt so much faster, but I think it’s because the track was a bit rougher than the previous race run. I got fastest time of the day by over three seconds so was super happy with that considering the amount of competition there was. So all in all it was a great weekend.”

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