Charlie Hatton and Tahnee Seagrave win BDS Bala

Dust clouds were obligatory.

Images by Dan Hearn // Words by Dan Griffiths

This weekend the British downhill series returned, this time settling at Rhyd-Y-Felin, Llangynog… far from the “Mini world cup” we saw in Fort Bill, but still equally as exciting.

Charlie Hatton continued turning heads as a first year elite and wrapped up his first ever BDS victory. In the women’s race Tahnee Seagrave was simply a class above and put 29 seconds into the rest of the field.

See the full results here.

Contrary to ‘The Nogs’ typical climate, the sun would continue to beat down throughout the weekend, as Nog experienced one of it’s hottest, and possibly only heatwaves this year – the course would remain dusty and loose as ever…

Starting off the day, you would be wise to make the first uplift – getting in your runs before the heat rolled in.

Suffering a flat in Fort William, Matt Simmonds would be eager to dig out a top result come finals.
All the way from Norway; Mille Johnset has been making a name for herself on the BDS circuit this year - she went fastest at round two and took a 2nd place finish in Nant G, despite a crash. Watch out for this young woman, she's going to be a VERY big deal
She was just pipped by junior women's Fort William winner Meg James though. These two both need to be racing World Cups soon.
With a top 20 finish in Leogang last weekend, One Vision's Jack Reading was definitely a man to watch.
Meanwhile, having taken her first World Cup win last weekend, it would be eyes on the prize for Tahnee Seagrave.
Plenty of sketchy moments were had on a flat out track
Not one to shy away from a scrub - Kaos Seagrave does his thing.
Propain Dirt Zelvy's Henry Kerr would later go on to finish 3rd in the Junior men's category.
He took the win at the start of the season in Nant G, but this run wouldn't quite be enough as it was 2nd place for Joe Breeden in juniors this time around.
The stump gap claimed a few victims this weekend. The Cornish Fasty, Jay Williamson, went unscathed, followed by a 5th place finish in the elite men's category.
Coming back from a savage injury earlier in the year, the super stylish Vero Sandler would finish second
Becci Skelton was looking at a second place finish, being up on Meg Whyte, and Sandler at the 3rd split. Unfortunately, an over-the-bars to DNF would cost her the podium... fortunately, she walked away unbroken.
Poor luck for Kaos - a crash before finals meant he didn't race.
Matt Walker must be itching to get racing against the Elites, he is putting down some serious times at the moment
Australia's Graeme Mudd may not have had the result he was looking for last week in Leogang but would go onto to put down a 9th place finish.
Through the trees, and onto an 8th place finish for Al Bond this weekend.
A step higher than the last round, Hope's; Adam Brayton sailed into 4th.
Third for series leader Simmo
Reading would finish the weekend second, going just 3 seconds back on the leader.
Atta boy. A first big Elite win for Charlie Hatton. The future's bright, the future's orange.
Not only did he go fastest in the Juniors - Madison Saracens Matt Walker took the second fastest time of the day.
Taking the biggest winning margin of the day, Seagrave went just under 30 seconds quickest - a contrast to the 0.6 gap last weekend.


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