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Atherton takes title while Peaty crashes

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Gee Atherton rides to a national championship win.

Gee Atherton rides to a national championship win. (Image credit: Keith Valetine)
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Steve Peat goes down.

Steve Peat goes down. (Image credit: Keith Valetine)
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Steve Peat is about to crash.

Steve Peat is about to crash. (Image credit: Keith Valetine)
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Tom Knight

Tom Knight (Image credit: Keith Valetine)

Gee Atherton (Animal Comencal) put in a super-smooth run in front of 2,000 specatators at Innerleithen in Scotland this weekend to take home the title of 2009 British downhill champion.

The Animal/Commencal rider's main rival, multiple World Cup champion and defending British downhill champion Steve Peat (Santa Cruz Syndicate), was on course for the win but clipped a pedal and crashed on a steep chute near the finish. He limped home in fourth place.

A similar, but opposite outcome happened last year, when Atherton was up on the split, but crashed out.

Second place went to local favourite Ben Cathro (MTB Cut), with Matt Simmonds (ChainReactionCycles/ Intense) taking third.

Tracy Moseley (Trek World Racing) was victorious in the women's race, with a 15-second lead over Helen Gaskell (Halfords).

In the juniors, it was Bernard Kerr (Identiti) who took top honours ahead of Danny Hart (LaPierre), adding to his British 4X and European downhill championship titles.

Elite men
1Gee Atherton (Animal Commencal)
2Ben Cathro*
3Matthew Simmonds* (Chain Reaction Cycles.com/Intense)
4Daniel Stanbridge (Mojo Orange)
5Steve Peat (Santa Cruz Syndicate)
6Marc Beaumont (GT Bikes)
7Dan Atherton (Animal Commencal)
8Joseph Smith* (Team Kona)
9Ruaridh Cunningham* (Chain Reaction Cycles.com/Intense)
10Joshua Bryceland*
11Joe Barnes* (Nevis Cycles Racing Team)
12Dave Wardell
13David Smith
14Tom Deacon (2StageFactory)
15Richard Thomas*
16Fergus Lamb (Scottish Downhill Association)
17Peter Williams*
18Robert Smith
19Ralph Jones*
20Chris Hutchens*
21Daniel Critchlow (Chain Reaction Cycles.com/Intense)
22Ben Baker*
23Will Longden (Lapierre - Oakley)
24Neil Donoghue (4 Mountains)
25Richard Cheetham (Royal Leamington Spa 4X - RLS 4X)
26Gary Forrest
27Alex Florian (Pearce Cycles RT)
28Stuart Jenkinson

Elite women
1Tracy Moseley (Trek World Racing Team)
2Helen Gaskell (4 Mountains)
3Jessica Stone* (2StageFactory)
4Aimee Dix* (Mojo Orange)
5Sarah Newman
6Haby-Blu Cann* (EMBC - Exeter Mountain Bike Club)
7Emma Wareham
8Reanne Atherton (Dave Mellor Cycles )

Junior men
1Bernard Kerr
2Danny Hart
3Harry Heath
4Gareth Brewin
5Brad Mather
6Joel Moore (Team Skene)
7Harry Molloy
8James Scott
9Greg Williamson
10Ronan Taylor
11Arran Gannicott
12Alastair Wilson
13Callum Dew
14Benjamin Moorhouse
15Willem Herd (Perth City Cycles)
16Joe Edge
17Liam Moynihan (West Highland Wheelers)
18Shaun Conway
19Perry Gardener
20Jack Ward
21Jamie Maller
22Ben Millward
23Scott Jones
24Andrew Kelly (All Terrain Cycles)
25Craig Munro
26Edward Smith
27Peter Robinson (PS Cycles/ Cwmdown)
28Simon Stuttard
29Oliver Wakeman (Hayes Hawks BMX Club)
30Alex Powell (2StageFactory)
31Jamie Crump
32Steven Turnbull (Team CHR)
33Tom Knight
34Todd Kearney
35Philip Carters
36Cameron Leadbetter (Perth City Cycles)
37Calum McRitchie
38Adam Lock
39Rhys Matson
40Toby Davison
41Callum McCubbing
42James Dower
9999Vivian Jones
9999Anthony Henry

Junior women
1Monet Adams (All Terrain Cycles)

Juvenile men
1George Gannicott
2Ross Wilcox (Innerleithen MTB Racing/i-Cycles)
3Philip Atwill
4Stuart Wilcox (Innerleithen MTB Racing/i-Cycles)
5Sam Herd (Perth City Cycles)
6Jevan Williams
7Drew Carters
8Charlie Ross
9Joe Paterson
10Rory McRitchie
11Lewis Boyce
12Joel Anderson (UK Bike Park)
13William Weston
14Fraser Leadbetter (Scottish Downhill Association)
15James Gibson

Juvenile women
1Tahnee Seagrave

Master men
1Christopher Whitfield (All Terrain Cycles)
2David List
3Thomas Reed
4Jamie Smith
5Anthony Gaskin
6Andrew Titley
7Zac Hubery
8Adrian Bradley (Eryri DH)
9Sion Jones
10Sandy Plenty
11Daron Osborn
12Stephen Hardcastle
13Philip Gray
14Graeme Cook
15Paul Blight
16Alex Slater
17Philip White
18Lee Hammett
19Colin Bell (Scottish Downhill Association)
20Tim Langmaid (Dragon Downhill)
21Drew Freeman
22Joe Bishop

Master women
1Anne Langmaid (Dragon Downhill)

Grand veteran men 50+
1Derek Laughland (Scottish Downhill Association)
2Neil Young

Open men
1Stephen Simms
2Jonny Lodge
3Roger Valler
4Zak Hurrell
5Nick Turner
6Glen Preece (Royal Navy & Royal Marines CA)
7Thomas Gleave
8Tom Fryer
9Chris Lazenby
10Jason Hartwright
11Simon Ward (Wentwood Downhill)
12Thomas Clarkson

Expert men
1Jack Reading
2Luke Marshall
3Ashley Maller
4Emyr Davies
5Ross Anderson
6Sion Whitecross (Team Skene)
7Scott Mears
8Andy Woodvine
9Kyle Farrow
10Alex Stock
11Graeme Forrest
12Mark Milward (Lyme RC)
13Richard Cunynghame
14James Stock
15Will Soffe
16Andrew Phillips
17John Holbrook
18James Green
19James Flinders
20Jack Tattersall
21Alastair Parkin
22James Coneron (Norco World Team)
23Michael Inman
24Alasdair Maclennan
25David Duggan
26Damon Smith (www.mtb-direct.co.uk)
27Adam Holleyman
28James Shirley (West Highland Wheelers)
29Thomas Lamb (Scottish Downhill Association)
30Jack Graham
31Joseph Horton
32Billy Campbell
33Gary Drake
34David Valler
35Robert Scullion
36Seb Frost
37Joseph Winston (Banjo Cycles.com)
38Martin Nairn
39Jethro Whitfield (Leisure Lakes RT)

Senior men
1Oliver Burton
2James McKnight
3Tom Attlee
4Grant Garden
5Martin Young
6Oliver Hooper
7Sean Radcliff
8Ben Rodgers (All Terrain Cycles)
9Chris Breeze
10Ryan Chambers
11Chris Collins
12Jonathan Morley
13Timothy Breeze
14Tom Whant
15Kurt Brain
16John Bolton
17Thomas Evans
18Rhys Evans
19Tom Kelly
20Andrew Cooper (Royal Leamington Spa 4X - RLS 4X)
21Lewis Cochran
22Jon Stout
23Ross Henderson
24Ross Young
25Christopher Moore
26Matthew Ineson
27Ralph Richardson
28Matthew Slocombe
29Daniel Millard
9999Robert McDonald

Veteran men
1Alastair Maclennan (West Highland Wheelers)
2Neil Wilson (Glentress Riders)
3Darren Howarth
4Jeremy Twigg
5Richard Simpson
6Steven Boyd
7Paul French
8Peter Hoggan
9Jason Brennan
10Richard Abbott (Aston Hill MTB Club)
11Greg Taylor
12Dave Wills

Youth men
1Lewis Buchanan
2Mark Scott
3Fraser McGlone (All Terrain Cycles)
4Joseph Connell
5Jordan Doig
6James Shaw
7Samuel Wakefield
8Greg Gilfillan
9Grant Boyce
10David Kynaston
11Josh Lewis
12Allan Findlay
13Michael Turnbull (Walkers Cycling Club)
14Charlie Beach
15Billy Matthews
16Daniel Carrigan
17Joseph Clixby
18Nathan Million (4 Mountains)
19Robert Black (Scottish Downhill Association)
20Darren Wilson
21Will Mapstone
22Adam Ramsay
23Bow-Jango Cann (EMBC - Exeter Mountain Bike Club)
24Craig Shaw
25Matthew Cooper
26Benjamin Williamson (Perth City Cycles)
27Alex Glass
28Mathew Stuttard
29George Belk
30Gregor Notman
31Freddie Oxley
32Ruairidh Fraser
33Liam McGowan
34Gregor Samuels
35Isaac Anderson (UK Bike Park)
36Tom Robinson
37Matthew Downes
38Matthew Scott (Gala Cycling Club)
39Matthew Lean
40Harry Bowman
41Daniel Joyce
42Tom Hodgkinson
9999Jamie Bailey (West Highland Wheelers)

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