Greg Williamson and Rachel Atherton take 2017 National Champs
Bala played host to the battle for white
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.
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.