"It was a good course, good lifts, loads of people came to race and watch, the rain held off, I had

National Championships, Ludlow

“It was a good course, good lifts, loads of people came to race and watch, the rain held off, I had a good run, my team did OK, but it was all screwed up by the timing. A good weekend except I was four seconds slower than Steve, but he’s flying again now.”


That was Will Longden’s take on the weekend. Rob Warner’s is somewhat more expletive deleted, not without reason.

“I had a goodish run, I was stoked. Then I looked at the board and it said I was 11 seconds faster than Steve’s first run. Well I knew it wasn’t that good. Then I had all sorts of people slapping me on the back and calling me ‘a living legend’, before my time was corrected outside the Top Ten. And just as I knew I wasn’t that fast. I knew I wasn’t that slow. It made me a tad unhappy.”

Helen Gaskell had it easier than usual: “Tracy and Ffionn stayed in the States to do the Norba, which was a pity in a way, I’d like to have won with them there. But a win’s a win.”

The women had no trouble with the timings, but when a Junior clocked several seconds faster than Steve Peat, questions were asked. As always, when doubts set in, it spoils the atmosphere. Second runs were coming in slower than first runs, to the annoyance of riders who just went steady first time down.

The timing crew is checking and rechecking the data and British Cycling have yet to publish the results in full, but barring discovery of a massive fubar, the results will stand.

It was a podium weekend for Team SCOTT/MBUK. In the XC Oli Beckinsale was third, Sophie Johnson won the Juniors and Abi Greenaway did the same in Youth. In the Junior men, Rich Firth lead from the gun to take the title, the second year that a development squad rider has taken the title in their first attempt. In Masters, Paul Hopkins took third after a race long tussle for second.

In the DH categories James Gould was 2nd to Gee Atherton In Junior and Matt Symonds 2nd to Lee Pincher in Youth.

DH Results
Men’s DH
1: Steve Peat
2: Will Longden
3: Marc Beaumont
4: Dan Atherton
5: Jonny Cheetham

Women’s DH
1: Helen Gaskell
2: Anja Rees Jones
3: Emily Horridge
4: Jules Coventry
5: Rhian Atherton

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Main picture: Steve – Nat Champ, who else?
Picture 1: Helen Gaskell – A win’s a win!
Picture 2: Will – 2nd and proud team captain
Picture 3: Marc Beaumont – Very happy in third.