A boggy monsoon at Nant Gwrtheyrn in North Wales made for a slippery descent on an ever changing track for the athletes at the first round of the British Downhill Series.

This event saw the debut race for Manon Carpenter since she joined Radon Factory Race Team, and managed to secure herself a solid second place position. Tahnée Seagrave was just 0.2 seconds behind the reigning queen of the mountain in her seeded run, but a wipe out in her final race had the young athlete carted off to hospital for a few stitches.

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Her first race back since World Champs last year, and Rachel Atherton sailed her Trek Session home to the top spot of the podium. It's great to see the Rainbow Stripe curse hasn't taken a hold.

Results:

  1. Rachel Atherton
  2. Manon Carpenter
  3. Veronique Sandler

Round 2 of the BDS will take place May 13th/14th at Fort William, Scotland. Before then, we have the exciting buzz of the World Cup season to get under way. The first round of the UCI World Cup series takes place later this month in Lourdes, April 29th/30th.