Thats a wrap here in Innerleithen and after our champagne showers we are all getting packed up for the next few rounds of World Cup action. Joins us next time as we bring you all the action from MSA & Windham.
There is your 2014 National Champion, Josh Bryceland will be looking ahead to a weeks time when we head out to tackle the Canadian hillside in Mont Saint Anne. With his win in Leogang still fresh in his mind, he will be looking to dominate and put him in overall contention. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Josh-2014-National-Champs.mp3"]"
Josh Bryceland becoming quite the star…selfies all round!
And there we have it, the collection of our new 2014 National Champions!
Big celebrations for Josh as he takes his first ever National Championship title. But Gee will have another sour taste in his mouth of the Rat attack after his defeat in Leogang. Loosing the colours will be a big thing for Gee but I'm sure this will just put more wood on his ever burning fire!
…and all the champagne to go along with it…it was going to be a messy one!
The medals all lined up to present to the new National Champions!
And he did it, Josh Bryceland did it and took the win here in Innerleithen…all on his new proto V10! Not bad start for the bike's career.
Josh Bryceland dropping in hot out of the bomb hole and looking like he was on for a blinder. He mentioned he felt slow in the top section, which isn't true by looking at his split, but he felt he really needed to dig deep for the last sector, putting a huge 3.5 seconds into Gee time!
Looking to hold on to his National Champs colours, Gee Atherton was going to have to put down a top run, made especially difficult after the afternoon of hot sun that baked out the track. Second in seeding behind Josh he came and went right into the hot seat a shy 0.3 up on Joe Smith. But was it enough to fend off the Ratboy!
And there is your Elite Women’s podium with an almost predictable top. Rachel has been gaining good momentum the last few BDS’ but with Manon’s previous World Cup results, they will both be going in fists heavy at the next few races. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Rachel-2014-National-Champs1.mp3"]"
After taking the top spot in seeding, Rachel Atherton was on for taking the Champs colours once again this year. Dropping in she put a demanding 4 seconds in by the first split, a key time making sector. Holding to through to the bottom she crossed the line in first place and holds on to the glory for another year.
Alastair Maclennan opting for the ‘highland’ approach of celebrating with his champagne on the podium after his win in the Grand Veteran category!
Ruaridh Cunningham was really in a good chance for a top end result this weekend. Good previous results he was keen to prove his worth, but with run didn't go his way he ended up in 4th. Still a great result but he wanted more.
Big celebrations for Laurie and as he looks forward to MSA & Windham, he can go in strong and positive off of this win!
Laurie flying out of the bomb hole and into his first Championship win. Laurie has been looking for this good result all year and the hard work has paid off for him. 1.2secs up on Taylor Vernon.
A good turn out of Masters, Vets and Grand Vets at this years Champs. With the ‘you have to race…its champs’ attitude, we saw a few familiar faces be crowned, including Will Longden and Dave Wardell.
With Mike getting faster and faster, Joe has looked to push his game up again this year. Down at the first split Joe knew he would have to press on to get the job done. Which is what he did, coming across the line and into the top spot, he did well to fight off the opponents that tried to challenge him, ending up with a 3rd overall. Great result for Joe.
The lights were shining down on Laurie this weekend. Looking confident in practice he knew that all he needed to was not crash and he was in for a good result. But good things come to those who keep trying. Going into his race run he was confident and keen.
Mike Jones was really looking on it again in practice and settling into the track well as he roosts his way down. He was easily a contender for the top spot this weekend. With the track getting pretty beat up he fell back on his final run and ended up with a 5th place. Not bad for a first year elite rider!
With jet wash facilities limited to this one man with a trailer and a hose, the queue was almost as long as the uplift.
Josh Bryceland piloting his new spaceship this weekend. With details cagey about what it is, all we know is its a new prototype V10...and its carbon...fancy prototype hey...I'm sure details will surface on this piece very soon!
With Manon down in seeding, she knew she was going to have press on if she was to take the win here. She falls back at the first split after a 'steady' top section. Into the bottom she crosses the line with a 3.24, a time to challenge most of the Juniors and Vets but would it be enough to grace the top step.
Not a jammed out arena here today and with a good hand full of elite riders not attending it felt like there was something missing at the National Champs this year, not the vibe there has been from previous years.
Newly crowned 4X World Champion Katy Curd was here to ruffle the ladies field up. Coming in strong she puts her self back up there and scored 3rd place, a massive 25secs up on 4th but still back on the two top elite ladies. Never the less and good result for her after a season out of DH last year.
Timing boys do a great job this weekend keeping the results tight and exciting.
Almost living the privateer lifestyle again here at Inners, Harry Heath was riding solo for the team. Ticking off a tidy 7th place today being one of five in the 59 second crew.
Tight in the trees at the top. Will Weston tucking he knees and elbows in to get this outside line, made difficult by the rain. He managed a 9th this weekend in a pretty stacked Junior field.
Lachlan Blaire throwing all the shapes for the Scottish fans, he is no stranger to this venue. A sloppy run meant he fell back to 29th in his finals run.
The style was coming from all angles today, Jess Greaves giving it some for a 7th place finish.
Wasn't long until the racing started and the sun started to burst through the trees.
A few new lines opened up in the bottom section of the track, but you have to put your brave face on as you sped between these couple of pillars.
Foot out and flat out in the bottom section of the track. Linking up to some of the more traditional Inners lines, taking the main line to the bottom including the line of fire road jumps and the bomb hole, this was really a chance for riders to get the wheels spinning.
For some riders the uplift situation was too much faff, so push up laps were in order.
Charging and clean, but bikes didn't stay pretty for long on this muddy track. Both the CRC team have been looking solid all practice and would be ones to watch come Sunday.
With so many tracks to choose from at Inners, as a course designer the world is your oyster. You are in control of the flow and pace of the track. This year the track opted for the more tight and twisty in the trees than flat out and open. Practical local Fraser McGlone chewing up some dirt.
Greasy right out the gate to kick off a slimy Saturday of practice. Track conditions were tough at the start of the day and it didn't look like it was going to get better.
All eyes on this man today. Gee Atherton was looking to collect his 3rd consecutive National Champs win and his 7th ever! Big numbers for Gee and he will be pushing hard to make sure he gets his prize.
Standard Innerleithen problems. Once you have tackled the uplift and made it up the hill, you still need to hike to the top of the track. Okay for a few times but not great lap after lap and then up with turbos and kit for race runs.
So your set, your warmed up and keen to go nail some of the fresh Scottish track and you head over to the uplift, but no wait, you have the illusive Innerleithen 2mile pedal to the uplift to tackle!
Welcome to the Scottish country side. Innerleithen to be exact and where we will be calling home for the next few days as we embark on the British National Championships for 2014. The weather doesn't know what to do, the riding is tech and the racing is going to be tight!
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The 2014 UK DH National Championships were held at Innerleithen over the weekend with everyone from young nippers to Grand Vets being named the top national rider. Everyone from World Cup racers current and past were there and the uplift was shared with everyone from Josh Bryceland and Laurie Greenland to Dave Wardell and Will Longden.
There is definitely a feel of, 'Well you have to ride, it's Nationals!' around with many riders coming out to give it some down the turns at Inners. With the weather not really sure what to do riders were treated to a mix of rain and mud then sunbaked ruts and maybe a hint of roost thrown in for good measure.
Rachel Atherton, Josh Bryceland and Laurie Greenland took the titles, along with all the other titles the full results can be found in our full results post. Josh won aboard a brand new and prototype V10, the guys are pretty tight lipped about this one but we got a few in track shots.