Saracen BDS Combe Sydenham rd1 Results

Gee Atherton wins Saracen BDS rd1 at a wet and sticky Combe Sydenham. Rachel Atherton wins the Elite women’s race from Manon Carpenter.

Video/chit chat/bike gallery/full results/hotdogs to follow!

The Weather: Saturday practice was a wash out. Heavy rain. Sunday morning saw glimpses of sunshine amongst the on/off drizzle. Michael Fish would have said “overcast”.

The track: Top wood sections had deep ruts and the sort of energy sapping gloopy mud that reaches up from the ground grabs your tyre and just won’t let go. The word “sticky” came up a lot in conversation. Michael Fish would have gone home by now. Entry into the field was via the “do or die or go round or do-and-come-up-waaay-short-with-a-loud-bottom-out-bang” road gap. From there on things ran fast. Fast through the field and fast through the lower woods.

The crowds: Fairplay, for a wet old day in Somerset there was a good old mob of spectators up and down the track.

For full 2013 Combe Sydenham results click here.

Gee Atherton takes the win on the proto GT. Photo: Andy Lloyd
Gee Atherton takes the win on the proto GT. Photo: Andy Lloyd
You can't even take a pee these days without some one snapping a photo of your proto bike. Gee Atherton's GT.
You can’t even take a pee these days without some one snapping a photo of your proto bike. Gee Atherton’s GT.
Gee, Simmonds, Beaumont, Smith and Sam Hill.
Gee, Simmonds, Beaumont, Smith and Sam Hill.

Elite Men:
1/ Gee Atherton 2:42.049
2/ Matt Simmonds 2:44.168
3/ Marc Beaumont 2:44.265
4/ Joe Smith 2:45.609
5/ Sam Hill 2:47.415

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Rachel Atherton, Manon Carpenter, Tahnee Seagrave, Jess Stone.
Rachel Atherton, Manon Carpenter, Tahnee Seagrave, Jess Stone.

Elite women:

1/ Rachel Atherton 3:06.029
2/ Manon Carpenter 3:14.263
3/ Tahnee Seagrave 3:29.807

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Laurie Greenland talkie cam from a muddy Combe Sydenham.

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  1. David

    Poor result from Brendan

    1. Benny

      He crashed

      1. Bissman

        I wouldn’t exactly say this track is a great judge of the riders, it’s soo flat

  2. Marcus

    Good podium for the GT & CRC

  3. dirt dodger

    go on harry heath ! happy days :-)

  4. tdiddy

    I think all of the cycling federations need to do a better job of promoting women’s cycling. Only 4 women in the pro category? Someone in the crowd could have just registered and auto-podiumed.

    1. CRSATA

      totally agree on that…

  5. Remember Sprung?

    Kye Forte f***ing rules!

  6. TiS

    Rocketman in 8th.. winning.

  7. james

    Wow 650b GT DH bike!

  8. Dexlines

    I was racing this kinda track 12 years ago surely they cud use better tracks britains got top tracks now n if it had to bEnglandhow about gawton even Aston hills steeper than that place such a shame

  9. Mark Bell

    dexlines. are you serious about astonhill? its a minute long.

  10. dave

    Where was Josh and Danny?

    dave

  11. billy

    Josh and Peaty were in sunny California at a Santa Cruz event. Danny is stateside too I think. Sea Otter starts this weekend see.

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