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Matt Simmonds Takes 3rd at Round 2 of the BDS Fort William

MTB - Fort William, Scotland

  • Matt Simmonds
  • Joe Smith
  • Nigel Page
Congratulations to Team CRC/Nukeproof rider Matt Simmonds who took third place at the second round of the British Downhill Series in Fort William, Scotland, over the weekend.

Matt seeded second on Saturday afternoon and backed that up with an amazing run in the finals. It was great to see Matt standing on the podium alongside two World Champions – Danny Hart and Gee Atherton – and double World Champion Greg Minnaar, who took fourth.

Team Manager Nigel Page was ecstatic at Matt’s effort, saying: “It just shows that Matt’s training throughout the winter has paid off, and Matt looks to be on pace with the world’s best for the upcoming World Cup race season which starts back here on the weekend of 8th and 9th June.

“This is a huge boost for Matt’s confidence and a fantastic result for the team.”

Unfortunately after seeding right up there in seventh place, Joe Smith suffered a rear puncture in his race run, scuppering any chances of a double podium for the team after the first BDS round in Combe Sydenham. On a positive note, Joe was riding very fast before his puncture and this weekend provided the perfect training for the first round of the World Cup.

Team rider Sam Hill missed out on Fort William as he’s back in Australia training and preparing for the World Cup season. Good news for British race fans as Sam will be back in the UK very soon, racing at the third round of the British Downhill Series at Innerleithen, Scotland, on 2nd June.

Never far from the podium himself, Team Manager Nigel Page raced in the Expert class, finishing fifth – he put his success down to the Nukeproof Pulse, which worked flawlessly all weekend on Fort William’s fast and rough track.

Highlights from BDS Round 2 Fort William:

As you can see from the results list, this was a stacked, world-class field:

1 Danny HART Giant Factory Racing
3 Matt SIMMONDS Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof

4 Greg MINNAAR Santa Cruz Syndicate


6 Josh BRYCELAND Santa Cruz Syndicate

7 Adam BRAYTON Hope Technology

8 Samuel BLENKINSOP Lapierre international

9 Harry HEATH 5ten / / Renthal / Schwalbe


11 Andrew NEETHLING Giant Factory Racing

12 Bernard KERR Pivot Factory Team

13 Marcelo GUTIERREZ VILLEGAS Giant Factory Racing

14 Patrick THOME SCOTT 11

15 Ben CATHRO Sick Skills MTB Coaching

16 Harry MOLLOY Madison / Saracen

17 Sam DALE (elt) Madison / Saracen

18 Jack READING KORE / Mojo / O'Neal / Schwalbe / Shimano

19 Ben REID Dirt Norco / O'Neal / sun ringle

20 Rich THOMAS

21 Damien SPAGNOLO MS Mondraker

22 Cédric GRACIA Santa Cruz Syndicate

23 Brendan FAIRCLOUGH Scott Sports

24 Fabien COUSINIE Hutchinson UR

25 Fraser MCGLONE MTBcut.Tv / Orange

26 Faustin FIGARET

27 Arran GANNICOTT gannicott racing

28 Steve PEAT Santa Cruz Syndicate

29 Scott MEARS Cyclefix / Fox / Hopetech / Santa Cruz


31 Joe CONNELL Intense / Suspension Center

32 Gareth BREWIN J-Tech / Team Skene

33 Markus PEKOLL MS Mondraker

34 Dan STANBRIDGE Dirt Norco

35 Joel MOORE Muddy Bum Bikes

36 Matthias STONIG MS Mondraker

37 Elliot MACHIN Bike Morzine / Knox Armour / SBR+


39 Jono JONES

40 Matty STUTTARD Ride-On / Slik Graphics


42 Allan FINDLAY Gamut / Santa Cruz

43 Leon ROSSER Team Skene

44 Peter WILLIAMS I-Cycles / O'Neal / Ridelines

45 Dale RUSSELL (exp) Grizedale Mountain Bikes

46 Robert SMITH (elt)

47 Oliver MORRIS Muddy Bum Bikes

48 Ronan TAYLOR Perth City Cycles

49 Dave SMITH Leisure Lakes

50 William JONES O'Neal / Santa Cruz

51 Grant BOYCE Mojo / Team Skene

52 James SWINDEN StevePeatSyndicate

53 Grégory BRUNACHE

54 Tom ATTLEE Pearce Cycles

55 Christopher MCGLINCHEY Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof Ireland

56 Joe SMITH Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof

57 Dan SHERIDAN Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof Ireland         
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