Tuesday, April 5th, 2016
“Busy weekend of podiums for Nukeproof Team”
Last weekend saw the 2016 race season step up a gear for the Nukeproof team with round 1 of the British Downhill Series in Ae Forest, Scotland, First Tracks Enduro in Castlewellen, NI and Fontana City National in California, USA.
Charlie heads Elliot in a Nukeproof 1-2
A wild and wet weekend at Ae Forest- congratulations to all that raced and thank you to the BDS team for putting on a great race. Full video to come soon
Wideopen Team scored 3 podiums out of 3 for its riders. Charlie Hatton grabbed his first junior national win on his new Sam Hill Signature Pulse (just ahead of fellow Nukeproof team Mate; Elliot Heap). Charlie has put in a great off season and is shaping up well for a great year. After dominating the masters category last year Kye Forte makes the successful step up to Expert. Kye scored a podium in 5th in his first race on the Pulse 275. Team new comer Morgan Tyrrell looked quick all weekend and finished an excellent 3rd in his first youth race.
Trackside at Ae with the Wideopen team
Charlie Hatton on the way to the Podium
The Nukeproof Development team were on the podium in the shape of Chris Cumming– second in the juvenile category despite a crash in seeding leaving him starting down the pack for race runs. Jack Crowley finished 11th in an highly competitive junior field.
Chris enjoying the hotseat
MTB Ride Guide and Nukeproof Ambassador Alastair MacLennan scored an impressive victory on his new Pulse in the ever competitive veterans class. Alastair also managed the biggest winning margin of the day by a mighty 15 seconds over the 2nd placed man.
Joe with the Number 1 Plate as the 2015 Champion
The CRC-Paypal team used the event as a warm up to the Lourdes World Cup, with Mike Jones and Joe Smith looking rapid all weekend. Joe supporting the number 1 plate for winning last years series. A few missed lines for Joe left him less than a second of the podium in 7th. a bent chain ring after catching a tree stump put pay to Mikes chances and a repeat of last years double podium. Elliot Heap completed the Nukeproof 1-2 in the Juniors finishing a close 2nd to Charlie, less than a second off the win, lets hope for more of the same next weekend in Lourdes!
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Mike Jones Battles the conditions in Ae Forest
New USA brand ambassador Rich Houseman took his second podium for Nukeproof (1st in the hardtail catagory at the recent Fontana Enduro) with a 3rd in the Veterans class at the Fontana city national. Full Link to the Fontana Nationals can be found on Pinkbike click HERE.
On Board with Rich Houseman
In the First Tracks Enduro, Kelan Grant built on last weekends positive British Enduro Series stage results to win at Castlewellen. Kelan looked full of confidence on his Mega 290 and took the win by +22 seconds over his nearest rivals. The Nukeproof staff were also in a winning mood with Nukeproof owner Michael Cowan winning the veteran class by a +39 second margin and Brand manager Ali Beckett finishing just out of the top 3, in 4th both on the Mega 290. Great event in tough conditions.
Thank you to Wideopen Magazine/ Ian Lean, Dermott Sweeney and Chain Reaction Cycles for the images