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The SP Syndicate Hit BDS Round 214th APR 2011

Round 2 of the Halo British Downhill Series took place at a sun drenched Moelfre in Wales last weekend and the SPS crew were there in force as Britain's most talked about downhill team went out to prove that the early successes of Round 1 were certainly no fluke.

With temperatures more akin to California than West Wales, a hot and dusty track was to be the setting as the SPS guys set themselves up for a full on weekend of racing.

Nathan Vials enjoying the podium again

Pitted alongside the all conquering Santa Cruz Syndicate, SPS riders swapped notes on race lines amongst themselves and the Syndicate stars, Josh Bryceland and SPS team boss Steve Peat, again demonstrating the ever-growing team spirit in the camp. For anyone visiting the pits between runs, the sight of the Santa Cruz Syndicate and the SPS team bikes lined up alongside each other powerfully reinforced the dominance of the Santa Cruz V10 in downhill racing with fifteen of California's finest rigs lined up together.

Come race time though, the V10s and their riders proved yet again why it's the downhill bike of choice for so many.

Nathan Vials continues to be a star performer in Expert for SPS following his strong ride at Nant Gwrtheyrn in Round 1. Now on his way to compete at the World Cup in South Africa, Vials prepared for his senior world debut with a flying second place and missing top spot by just 0.2 seconds. His performances on the bike so far this year have really highlighted just what a talent he is for the future of British downhilling.

In the Junior category, Josh 'Loosedog' Lewis demonstrated just what hard work and training can do for your riding. Always a talented and committed rider, his career best 6th place finish at Moelfre proved that he's now got the consistency and fitness to back up his natural riding talent. Few have worked harder than Loosedog in preparation for the season, and in the Moelfre sunshine, the rewards for that hard work started to show missing the podium by a hair's breadth.

Josh Lewis hitting the Moelfre track in style

ot from his win in Round 1 Michael Vickers was hoping for a repeat performance in Round 2. However, the higher speed track at Moelfre proved to be an open playing field and competition was even closer this time around. A strong ride saw Michael finish 9th in a super competitive race.

The Masters class saw the arrival of two ex-Elite racers at Moelfre making an already competitive category even more so. Undeterred though Chris Griffiths put in a storming run to secure his second podium in two races, finishing third overall.

With all SPS riders showing improved performances, increased consistency and the benefits of the support and training package they receive as part of the team, spirits are high as the summer approaches.

Team Manager, Tristan Tunstall explains:

"The team is exactly where we hoped it would be"

"There's a great vibe in the pits and the riders are all working together to push each other on to even greater things. Steve and I are really happy with the progress they are all making and we are both enjoying ourselves at the same time"

"The Steve Peat Syndicate is a great concept and we now hope to expand it in a few other directions in the coming years" he concluded.

Fresh from his second place in Elite and sporting a brand new TAG Heuer watch for clocking the fastest speed in the speed check, Peaty had this to say,

"What an awesome weekend. The SPS pits are shaping up to be a great atmosphere with everyone having fun, learning and improving"

"When I was out on track doing practice runs, it gave me great pleasure to see the SPS guys representing themselves and their team by helping each other, talking lines and bike set up. It's a funny feeling getting excited for those guys about to do their run whilst getting excited about my own performance at the same time"

"I just have to say, well done guys. You make me proud"

SPS is proud to be associated with and supported by the following companies:

  • Santa Cruz
  • Royal Racing
  • SixSixOne
  • SRAM
  • Syncros
  • Maxxis
  • Five10
  • Troy Lee Designs


You can also find out more about the team and its sponsors as well as get in touch with the Steve Peat Syndicate today at www.stevepeatsyndicate.com

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