Gee Atherton put in a super-smooth run at Innerleithen in Scotland this weekend to take home the title of 2009 British downhill champion.
The Animal/Commencal rider’s main rival, multiple World Cup champion Steve Peat (Santa Cruz Syndicate), was on course for the win but clipped a pedal and crashed on a steep chute near the finish. He limped home in fourth place.
Second place went to local favourite Ben Cathro (MTB Cut), with Matt Simmonds (ChainReactionCycles/ Intense) taking third.
Tracy Moseley (Trek World Racing) was victorious in the women’s race, with a 15-second lead over Helen Gaskell (Halfords).
In the Juniors, it was Bernard Kerr (Identiti) who took top honours ahead of Danny Hart (Lapierre), adding to his British 4X and European downhill championship titles.
The men’s senior cross-country saw a fierce battle between Liam Killeen (Trek World Racing) and Oli Beckingsale (Giant), with Killeen surging ahead on the final lap to take the win by one minute. Third-placed Lee Williams (Wiggle) was 12 minutes back.
In the women’s race, Sue Clarke (Scott) won by four minutes over five-time winner Jenny Copnall, with Sharon Laws coming in third. The Under-23 titles went to Scott Thwaites and Annie Last, with Kenta Gallagher and Ruby Millar victorious in the Juniors.
Steve peat: steve peatmountainbikephotography.com
Steve Peat was looking fast until a crash on the last descent put him out of contention