Santa Cruz Syndicate downhiller Josh Bryceland (SRAM/RockShox) won his first race as a pro at the Innerleithen Winter Series in Scotland at the weekend.
Eighteen-year-old Bryceland finished in 3min 14secs, just 0.06 seconds faster than fellow World Cup rider Tom Braithwaite. Local racer Pete Williams was third with 3:17, while youth rider Lewis Buchanan won his category and posted the fourth quickest time overall with 3:19.
Tracy Moseley (Trek World Racing) won the women's race with a time of 3:39. Helen Gaskell (4Mountains Fox/Zumbi) was second with 4:04, followed by Sarah Newman (Pure Riders) with 4:12.
Bryceland said: "When it came to race time I was pretty chilled and my goal was to just put in a smooth and solid run because that is what I am trying to work on this year; consistency.
"I didn't make any major mistakes and when I did this gap over a stump, the crowd got pretty excited and cheered me on hard through the last section. I went over the line into the lead and being last rider down clinched the win. Tom Braithwaite was a close second and I was pleased to win my first ever pro event!"
Bryceland was delighted to take the win on such a wet and technical course. He said: "I set off on Friday lunchtime with my friend Harry Heath for a weekend's racing. It's about a four-hour drive from my house and we arrived not too long before dark. I got a quick walk up the track and it looked sick! Pretty rooty and technical with a nice tight steep section at the top.
"Sunday morning and I got two practice runs in on the now wet track. I was enjoying the conditions and hanging it out in my two practice runs. Good start to 2009, for sure!"