British duo of Steve Peat and Tracy Moseley gave British mountain biking one
of its greatest ever results, picking up both Elite Downhill titles at the
European Downhill and Dual Mountain Bike Championships in Vars, France.
British and French riders utterly dominated the Championships and there were
further British medals for Helen Gaskell - bronze in the Junior Women's
downhill - and Peat again - silver in the Men's Dual.
Peat was delighted to beat his arch rival and world number one, Nicolas
Vouilloz, of France. The pair are currently head and shoulders above the
rest of the world's downhillers and, although Vouilloz looks set to pick up
the World Cup title, Peat has the satisfaction of beating the Frenchman in
both major championships this year: at the worlds, Peat picked up silver
whilst Vouilloz finished out of the top five.
Thje good news for Mountain bike fans is that Steve Peat and Tracy Moseley
will be competing on British soil this coming weekend when they tackle the
National Championships, being held at Innerleithen in the Scottish Borders.
European Championships Results
Gold Steve Peat GBR 3.10.33
Silver Nic Vouilloz FRA 3.13.83
Bronze Fabien Barel FRA 3.17.01
7th Rob Warner
15th Nigel Page
28th Tim Ponting
Gold Tracey Moseley GBR 3.43.31
Silver Seb Jonnier FRA 3.45.07
Bronze Celine Gros FRA 3.45.54
Junior Women DH
Gold Celine Gros FRA
Silver Amelie Gheroz FRA
Bronze Helen Gaskell GBR
Second GB rider, Fionn Griffiths crashed heavily and retired.
Junior Men DH
9th Jamie Tomkins (41st Overall)
11th Alan Blythe (48th Overall)
Blythe was flying in his last run and splits indicated a podium place but he
fell in the last section and broke his hand.
13th Stuart Thomson
17th Sam Furness
18th Dan Harper
23rd Dave Smith
Dan Atherton broke pelvis in practice in the rock garden at the top of the
Gold Mickael Deldycke FRA
Silver Steve Peat GBR
Bronze Karim Amour FRA