Steve Peat sealed his series victory in the RAV4s this weekend
with a win at the final round of the National series in Nannerch. Steve (GT) beat
Will Longden (MBUK Jamis) by nearly 3 seconds, stealing victory with the last run
of the day in a time of 2:30.52. Will seemed to have the race sown up after sitting
in the hotseat for some time with a time of 2:33.38, nearly 5 seconds ahead of nearest
rival, Ed mosely, who finished in 2:38.26.
In the womens race, Fionn Griffiths (GT) pulled out all the stops to beat series
leader, Tracy Moseley (Kona Ford Focus) into first, with an impressive time of 2:57.98.
This didn’t dampen the party too much for Tracy though, as she still retained the
yellow jersey for the series win.
Helen Mortimer was noticably absent in the Womens downhill, but noticably present
in the Dual, taking the womens dual series in a convincing manner with a win in the
In the Mens Dual, Steve Peat made sure he collected both the yellow jerseys as he
came second to an evidently back on form Will Longden who took the top spot in the
dual. I guess it must be something they put in the water in Sheffield eh?
The downhill course was not that much to speak about, passing only briefly through
the more interesting wooded parts of Nannerch, and with a grassy run through the
mid section that wouldn’t look out of place in a time criterium. The finish section
proved to be a crowd pleaser though, as the course bobbed and weaved through the
dual course toward the finish. It must be said though, for the series final, a better
hill could be found.
The Dual on the other hand was probably the best we’ve seen so far. Alexis Parks
had been real busy moulding a stonker of a course, which had a big stepdown to wow
the crowd and keep the photographers happy. Aidan Bishop (Sintesi UK) nearly caused
an upset, having sent Steve Geall out in a tumble, he got the snap of the millenium
out of the gate in his quater final run, leaving Steve Peat for dead. Steve showed
his world cup class though and fought back to secure his place in the semis.
More info on the reults, the course, and the after race party will be available later
this week on http:www.ukdownhill.org.uk