AE Forest has been rested for a few years as an NPS venue and it was welcomed back by all the riders with its popular mix of all the vital ingredients needed for a DH race. The profile of the race has been lifted this year by lots of International Racers, including our new signing Nathan Rennie.
Saturday was dry for practice but there was some showers for the seeding run. Gee Atherton won the seeding, winning the 4X in Vigo has given him a big confidence boost and it has shown in his riding.
The riders woke to rain on Sunday morning by heavy showers and the track was very slippery, then the sun came out and dried the track up again. Just as the Elite riders were getting on the uplift it started to shower again, nothing heavy but making the track a little greasy. Honda G Cross Rider Matti Leikonon had a good spell in the hot seat only to be up rooted by a blistering time from Steve Peat, As soon as Peaty had come through the finish you could here the crowd shouting for G-Unit, Gee came into the finish, edging out Peaty for the win.
Nathan had big crash in his run and said “I creamed a tree pretty good up in the woods” Nathan rolled down after everyone else had finished, not the best day for him on his 26th Birthday. Julien Camelini cruised down through the finish with no pedal, he was riding Shimano clips and he said that it came off right at the start. Marc Beaumont had an off day finishing 6th after a trip off the track before the fire road crossing.
Josh showed all the juniors what time it is with a convincing win. All the top guys now head for Wheels of Speed in Willingen followed by World Cup round 2 in Champery. Champery see’s the return of the Nico, the most eagerly anticipated comeback ever. Champery is apparently a flat pedals track, steep and super technical. We will be there in the truck, loaded up with all the products and shoes.
It should be awesome, get ready for battle.
01 : Gee Atherton
02 : Steve Peat
03 : Matti Leihikonon
04 : Greg Minnaar
05 : Matt Simmond