Nukeproof rider report from Halo BDS 2

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

The second round of the 2011 Halo British Downhill Series took place over the weekend in Moelfre, Wales, where Nukeproof Team riders and Nukeproof-supported racers once again occupied podium spots or finished in the top ten. 

The second round of the 2011 Halo British Downhill Series took place over the weekend in Moelfre, Wales, where Nukeproof Team riders and Nukeproof-supported racers once again occupied podium spots or finished in the top ten.

Ben Kennedy once again led the field in the Juvenile category, riding the Nukeproof Scalp to victory ahead of fellow Nukeproof-supported riders Jacob Dickson, Luke Cornforth and Nial Oxley who finished second, third and fourth, respectively.


Christopher McGlinchy came a disappointing seventh in the Junior category ahead of team-mate Dan Sheridan who took eleventh. Christopher said: "I had an amazing weekend, was having so much fun on the track as it was just so fast. 

My seeding run went well. I hit all my lines and just had a smooth clean run. My time on the other hand wasn’t so good. It was a real eye-opener as to how fast and perfect your run had to be on this track to stand a good chance. Most tracks you can afford to have a little slip up or two but here there was no margin for error.


The race run was going amazing. I was smashing all my lines and feeling faster than my seeding run. I came into the 4X section far faster than I’d hit the jumps in practice, and ended up flat landing the first one and crawling out of that section. I came down seventh – 0.3 seconds off the podium. I was kicking myself as I threw it away on a simple part of the track."

Youth

In the Youth race, Cameron Cornforth took seventh riding Nukeproof components.

Veteran

Alastair Maclennan piloted the Nukeproof Scalp to fourth in the Veteran race, here’s his round-up from the weekend: 

“Blue Skies, sunshine and dust were the main ingredients for a great weekend of racing at Moelfre.

Not one of my favourite tracks, but fun to ride and super-fast, Moelfre consisted of a mix of tricky grass turns, super fast berms, tricky step-downs and long sections of rock-strewn sheep track. It finished off with a set of three jumps which proved to be the main sticking point for many riders – the most unfortunate of these were taken in an air ambulance to hospital.

Practice went fairly well but at the end of the day I still hadn’t managed the awkward step-down near the start of the course. After rolling through it on the first run the wind had picked up and it proved a bit dangerous to launch off it. Mentally-wise it’s never good to end practice having not fully achieved all goals of the day.


Race day again was a scorcher with not a breath of wind, so first practice run down the dreaded step-down was nailed along with the rest of the track.

My seeding run was done at around 85% effort and I was confident with all my lines and felt I had plenty energy left in the tank for my race run. After crossing the line I seeded fourth, some 5.5 seconds off the pace of Darren Howarth who had put in a cracking run.

I was going to have to push as hard as possible to get on the podium and set off as hard as possible from the start on my race run. The wind had picked up a bit which made it a bit awkward in places and slowed the pace down a bit. 

Turning out of one of the fast berms a bit early to get a high line, I blew out with the front wheel a bit which lost me a bit of pace, but I soon got on it again and gave it all I could all the way to the finish line, going into second place with three riders still to come down. 

Howarth again put in a good solid run as did Rich Simpson and Adrian Bradley with me finishing fourth. Not an ideal result but it’s still early season and I’m getting stronger and fitter with every race and looking forward to the next round which is a bit nearer home in Glencoe, and should be a cracker.”

In the Elite category, Team ChainReactionCycles.com/Nukeproof riders Matti Lehikoinen and Joe Smith repeated their form from the first round of the Halo BDS and finished fourth and fifth, respectively. 

Team CRC/Nukeproof manager Nigel Page took second place in the Masters race behind local rider Jim Hughes. 

Check out this video from the guys at Wideopen Mag featuring Nukeproof elite rider from the Molson Wold Team Rich Thomas




 

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