Images & Words by Dan Griffiths

Last year, we saw Inverness' G-Willy take the National Champs jersey just a few hundred yards down the road at Revolution Bike Park. Would we see another run worthy enough of a second consecutive win this tim out in Bala? well, just .23 would decide that.

Bala would see a swollen field of riders, with the likes of the current World Champ Danny Hart, team-mate Laurie Greenland, and last year's winner Greg Williamson, among a decent handful of top riders all competing for the National Champs jersey across the categories.

The scedule was Guess what? Nobody has any idea what's going on here.
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At the BDS earlier in the year, Bala was like a motor speedway - flat out, dusty and loose. No such luck for riders this time around. With weather concerns piping up all week, nothing would come of the heavy rainfall warnings but regardless, parts of this 3-minute course would remain comparable to a bog - all, of course, making for some very exciting racing.

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Time to see what race day has to offer.
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Another year in mid-Wales for the UK champs
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Manon Carpenter navigating the stump-field on her way to a 3rd place finish in elite women.
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Meanwhile, when she wasn't fast asleep in the pits, Seagrave was putting down a 2nd place run, 5 seconds back on Atherton.
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It would be the first time Rach has seen the top step since her crash at Fort William back in June.
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Up at the first split, and 7th at the second, it would be hard to judge where Hatton would come in the finish area. Again, incredibly tight, he came down just 0.23 seconds behind Greg, leaving the Scot to take his second consecutive National Champs win.
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Full results here.