With only a few BDSL races left to go, we thought we’d give you a roundup and some of the important stats from all the races that have been and gone so far this year!
In Open, only one rider has won more than one event (Gated Hill & Tregaron), Pearse D’Arcy, who unsurprisingly leads overall. Pearse has been shredding hard at every event and now looks poised to always be a worthy A-Bracket contender at IDF world cup events. Pearse somehow won Tregaron on medium grip freeride wheels, just by dialling lines and timing his slides to perfection.
The battle for the top spot is closely fought though, with Aaron Skippings just 15 points behind in 2nd, though he would still be first overall, by 3 points, if Oscar Taylor hadn’t snatched 2nd from him on the last straight of the Tregaron final! Due to Aaron having a better ‘Top 2 Regionals’ total after winning Ride the Dragon & 2nd place at FITV & Gated Hill.
Aaron can likely snatch back 1st place overall if he wins any of the upcoming regionals (Bo Peep, Bolsterstone or Skate to Escape’s Time Trial), but he will need to beat Pearse at the next National, Bleek, in September to secure the top spot. Pearse also has the opportunity to improve his ‘Top 2 Regionals’ total too though, so it’s going to be tight to the very end!
The rest of the top 10 in open is still very much open for anyone to move up or down though, with 3rd place Bodhi Keen & 10th place James Pethybridge seperated by just 240 points, a margin that could be turned on its head by 1 or 2 good future race results.
In Luge, Gareth Chamerlain currently leads after winning Tregaron & Hog Hill (an event that excluded Open). Though the lead is extremely narrow at just 2 points, due to Aaron Skippings having won Gated Hill & FITV Regionals.
It’s all going to come down to who wins at Bleek National and whether or not Gareth can improve his Regionals overall score, by winning Bolsterstone or Skate to Escape time trial!
As for the rest of the luge pack, 3rd to 7th is very close, with Ell Macey in 3rd just 141 points ahead of John Lee in 7th. A margin that could be totally overturned from one event.
Finally, in the Womens, Hermione Pearson leads by a big margin after three consecutive race wins. The rest of the women haven’t attended as much, so 2nd place is currently Erni Villanueva, who placed 2nd at Tregaron National, 3rd place is Mist Einarsdottir who placed 3rd at Tregaron.
We look forward to seeing everyone for the rest of the BDSL events this season!
Our awards ceremony at year’s end is in the planning stage and looks like it’ll be in November in Bristol again, for those interested in attending. We’ll be sure to update you via our Facebook page when we know the date/location.
Written by Dale Goodwin.