Molson World Team Debut at BDS1

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Molson World Team Elite mountainbike athlete Rich Thomas starts the new racing year off with a solid result at the debut event for the all new multi sport, mountain and dirt bike team at round one of the BDS series. 

Molson World Team Elite mountainbike athlete Rich Thomas starts the new racing year off with a solid result at the debut event for the all new multi sport, mountain and dirt bike team at round one of the BDS series.

These are exciting times for the new setup, and all our sponsors, who allow us to run the best equipment and look for performance with every aspect of our sporting lives.

A massive thankyou goes to Robin and Jonathan at the Molson Group for coming on-board as title sponsors. Molson are not new to off road sport as they where title sponsors of the Kawasaki world mxgp team for many years and they are one of Europes largest heavy plant machinery dealers. It is great to have sponsors from both inside and outside the two wheeled industry showing interest in what we are doing.

I am very proud to be involved with everyone who has helped us get to the start of the season and we look forward to growing as a team and enjoying every event and days riding, in all forms of two wheeled dirt action.

Rich T performed strong and solid at round one to give the team a great platform from which to continue building to the results we aspire too. The hard winters physical training and equipment testing with the Nukeproof, Chain Reaction, and Mojo Suspension crews have given Rich a great base to allow him to ride a controlled first race run of the year without too much risk in tricky conditions. 

I will hand the ‘mic’ to Rich for the race weekend rundown. Thanks again go to all involved.

Good times.

Geoff Walker.

Team Manager.


Here’s Rich’s round-up of the weekend

I set off for the now well ‘ridden’ new venue that is Nant Gwrtheyrn, looking forward to the weekend ahead, new team colours and products!! A refreshing and exciting change for myself, and a new chapter in my racing career. After a long drive to North Wales, I had a walk of the track and it looked great, FULL on track, no rest places on this one. All in all a good track to start the year on, stunning location and facilities, even a large hall with bar…. very rare in the UK but put a cool swing on things, and to top it off the weather was good….. March… North Wales… TOP BANANA!

The first day of practice got under way and the track was good fun but even harder than it appeared, it soon became apparent that the track was extremely physical and tiring. After an average morning of practice I decided to save my legs and have the afternoon session off and walk the track. This was a good move and I found many lines to try on race day. After a good evening in the bar, catching up with friends after a long winter, I headed off to an early night to make an early start to organise the pits for race day. Unfortunately, during the night the weather turned grim and would surely sort the men from the boys! I was keen to get started on race day and rode some good runs in the morning ready for qualifying. I got the Nukeproof cleaned up and prepped for racing, however, mid way into the Youth racing a rider sustained a nasty injury, therefore the racing was stopped and the decision was made to skip qualifying and move straight to the finals, not ideal but the priority being the young rider that was injured on the technical track. So after a long cold wait, myself and the other top riders in the country headed up for our final race run. After a short wait it was my turn, I felt great after the long rest and pumped to get involved in the race! The run went pretty well with one small mistake in the rocks at the top causing a bit of a dent in my early time check, so I had to get the hammer down in the bottom section of track to try to get some time back. I was fifth fastest Elite rider through the speed check on the pedally section of track so that is a positive. My time was ok considering the nature of the weekend and it allowed me to finish in 11th  place. 

A solid result to start the season after a hard weekend and representing our new sponsors! After supporting the top guys on the podium, myself and Milky headed back on the epic drive to the southwest with a cheeky KFC power/recovery food stop!


Now for the clean up! Bad times…..


MOLSON WORLD TEAM, racing and riding with…


No Fear

Iso2 Sports Nutrition 

No fear Energy

Mojo Suspension

Fox Shox

Big Rock Media

Sun newspaper

Chain reaction cycles

Stolen BMX


Lp Customz

Juice lubes

Evoke Concepts


Bike Station UK




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