Podium for Alastair at BDS1

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Nukeproof DH rider Alastair MacLennan made the trip to Somerset for the first round of the British Downhill Series and came home with the bronze medal.  Check out his report from the weekend.  

Nukeproof DH rider Alastair MacLennan made the trip to Somerset for the first round of the British Downhill Series and came home with the bronze medal.  Check out his report from the weekend.

I made the long journey down to Somerset for this one and it was certainly worth the journey. A very picturesque location, good organisation by Si and his crew and a fun track.

The track was a fairly simple affair that featured wooded sections with tight corners and roots as well as a couple of step downs, one being fairly large that then sent you straight into a couple of very fast berms and then a jump section that included a large tabletop and a quad jump that required to be done as a double double. This then led into another wooded section that finished with an awekward rocky drop before sprinting into the finish over another couple of jumps.

Saturday practice was a bit damp which made the track fairly slippery and gloopy in places but as the day went on it dried out nicely and finished of perfect. 

I had a couple of issues with cvertain parts of the track which needed sorted out  and within a few runs I was feeling fairly confident of all parts and really enjoyed the day.

Main opposition this weekend was Jason Carpenter (Dragon Downhill) and Nigel Page (Chain Reaction Cyclescom/Nukeproof). Nigel has brought a new dimension to the Vets Cat this year being a successful former World Cup Racer. 

Sunday morning brought blue sky and sunshine to make a perfect day for racing I put in one practice run and felt good on the now nearly dry track,

In qualifying I had a good run down and was on good pace at the split time only to catch the rider in front that wasn’t too keen to move over. It was only qualifying and I just coasted in behind him to qualify 5th knowing that I should gain a few places on my race run.


Race run came and I had a good run down getting everything pretty good and moving at a good pace until the final wood section where I lost it a bit on the jump in and lost my rolling speed a bit which lost me vital seconds. I got the final rocky drop good and sprinted into the finish to go fastest time with four riders still to come. 

Jason Carpenter came down 3 secs quicker and then Nigel Page showed his style by coming in a further 7 secs quicker to take his first win in Vets.

I was happy enough with 3rd at this being the 1st round . Training has been going well and will now step up a gear as will my agression level to riders that dont move over!

Next race: SDA Round 1: Innerleithen

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