Team CRC/Nukeproof rider takes victory in style at Bike Park Wales, putting an end to an amazing 2014 season for the team.
Team CRC/Nukeproof rider Joe Smith won the final round of the Shimano British Downhill Series over the weekend at Bike Park Wales, with Team Manager Nigel Page topping the podium in the veteran’s category.
Nigel brings us his final report of the season:
This was my first visit to Bike Park Wales and I was pleasantly surprised at how good the downhill track was. It started off with some well built good sized bike park jumps that were really fun to ride, which then shot you at high speed into a fast but flowy technical wooded section then out into the open with some tricky rock drops, jumps and great corners.
Then into a fast rough bermed corkscrew-like section with some high speed rough stuff through a tunnel and into a pretty long gnarly rock garden. The final fast jumpy section was amazing and had a huge crowd with some wild riding from the elite men pushing the limits.
Unfortunately Mike Jones had a big crash last week and was unable to race, so it was just Joe Smith and myself for my second race of the year.
In the elite men’s class it was a super close race with the top four on the same second in the seeding run, with Joe Smith in third. Come finals time and it was getting even faster with the elite riders absolutely pinned in every section squeezing even more time off the fast seeding runs. Joe Smith managed to take the hot seat with only two riders to go. Neither Harry Heath or Matt Simmonds could match Joe’s pace though and Joe took his first ever elite national win. An amazing achievement and what a way to finish out the season for himself and the team. A massive congrats mate, from everyone on the team.
I managed to take the win in the Vets category and it was great to be back racing on my Nukeproof Pulse after injuring my shoulder back in May. I had a great time in Bike Park Wales; get yourself down there if you haven’t already been.
Thanks once again to all our great sponsors for all the support in 2014.