Team BikeRadar hit the podium at the National Champs!
By Will Longden | Monday, July 21, 2008 8.00am
Team Bike Radar’s Marc Beaumont and Neil Donoghue took second and third place at the National Downhill Championships in Wales on Sunday, finishing just behind mountain bike legend Steve Peat who took his eighth British title.
It was a close battle between the remaining places with the top twenty only separated by a handful of seconds.
The National Championships always has a special atmosphere to it and this year was to be no different. With only one race run, there’s only one chance a year to prove you are Britain’s number one.
The event was run by the Pearce family and their faithful crew, who run the Midlands Series amongst other things and they really know how to put on a great show. The usual course had been extended over a road with a near seven metre high bridge to carry the riders into a grand finish arena where the waiting crowds gathered through the afternoon, checking out the team tech areas, meeting the top riders and looking at all the trade stands.
Tracy Moseley took the women’s title by a whopping eight seconds, so she will be back in the stripy National jersey for another year!
Team BikeRadar’s Neil Donoghue took the lead early on in the men’s race and waited to see if team mate Marc Beaumont could topple him, he did but only just, by a second, both looked back up the hill to see Steve Peat enter the final field, he looked super fast in the last section and crossed the line to take the lead with only Gee Atherton to go.
He missed his queue and the clock ticked on, finally he rolled into view looking second hand. A crash in the field had put an end to his chances.
Nevertheless it’s about staying on and beating the clock in this game and Steve Peat has been doing that for over a decade, British Champion for 2008 and his eighth British title to date!
For BikeRadar’s Marc Beaumont the second place was proof of full recovery from the shoulder injury and a sign he’s on form as the team heads for Canada and the next two World Cup rounds where he will be hoping to emulate the 3rd place result of 2006. Marc said: "I'm really pleased with second place this weekend having had a bad first half of the season.
I will look at this as a turning point and something to build on through to the end of the year. My confidence is growing each time I ride. I hope I can prove how fast I can be on any track and look forward to some good results!"
Find out what Neil thought about his third place in the British National Downhill Championships on his blog entry.
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