Wednesday, June 29th, 2011
The Nukeproof Junior team made the trip Llangollen for the 4th round of the BDS. Ben continued his unbeaten run in the series in the Juveniles while Junior riders Dan Sheridan took 6th place and Chris McGlinchy took home the silver medal. Check out the round-up below.
The Nukeproof Junior team made the trip Llangollen for the fourth round of the British Downhill Series. Ben continued his unbeaten run of the series in the Juvenile category while Junior rider Dan Sheridan took 6th place and Chris McGlinchy took home the silver medal. Here’s the round-up of the weekend.
The full team of Ben Kennedy (Juvenile), Chris McGlinchy and Dan Sheridan (both Junior)arrived in Llangollen on Friday afternoon and set up our pits. Weather was good and we walked the track. During the track walk the weather changed and the rain arrived.
The track was deadly , the top section flat out single track then into the steep shutes and finally into the off camber section , over the drops and into the long pedal to the finish.
Saturday practice was wet and the track really greasy. We set up our bikes and had a good days riding. Ben was on the pace and Dan and Kipper were on the gas too. Dan t-boned Brendan Fairclough who reckoned he was pinned.
Sunday morning the weather had changed completely with bright sunshine and the track had started to dry out. Up early for the first uplift and all riders got their 2 runs in before seeding.
Ben was first out and finished in pole a good five seconds clear.
Dan was next up and was well ahead at the split and was looking good until he had an over the bars experience in view of the finish line. He recovered but lost all his time and finished near the end of the field.
Chris cruised down with a great run to finish in the top 5. Bikes repaired, Dan had some mechanicals and his leg was badly bruised and was bandaged up to let him do his run. Ben and Chris were all ready to go.
Race run and the track was riding really fast. Ben came down the winner in Juveniles by a close 1 second margin to maintain his unbeaten run in the series.
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Dan was off in the first 5 as a result of his crash and had a great fast run in the 1.54 bracket. He went into the hot seat to hold first position for the next half an hour.
Chris was on the track having a great run when the rider in front was injured and the race was red flagged for half an hour.
Chris and 3 others got reruns and Chris came down with a magnificent run in the 1.53 bracket to get 2 nd place overall. Dan finished in 6 th place after a very disjointed end to the race as a result of the red flag.
All in all a great result for the Junior team with a 1 st, 2nd and 6th.
Thanks to our sponsors Nukeproof, Nema Schwalbe.