MOUNTAIN bike racer from the Black Isle has retained his national championship crown.
Greg Williamson defended the jersey in a tight-run contest in Wales.
Williamson, from Tore, saw off a challenge from top-seeded rider Charlie Hatton, who came in second, and current world champion Danny Hart. Hart was favourite to win the contest but was beaten into third place.
The event, which took place in Powys, saw the top UK riders, many of whom compete at World Cup events, do battle for the title on a track stacked full of challenges.
Downhill mountain bike racing is one of the most exciting and spectacular formats of cycling in the world and pushes rider skill and fitness to the limit.
Riders are seeded in an initial run, which determines the order for finals.
Williamson finished third at this stage, with Charlie Hatton and Marc Beaumont first and second respectively.
In the finals, the fastest rider has to start last.
After completing his run, Williamson was pleased to see he had beaten the current fastest time set by Hart.
The Tore biker said; “When I came over the line I was relieved to see I had beaten Danny’s time.
“It remained a nail-biting wait until Marc and Charlie finished their runs to see if mine was enough to retain my title. Although Charlie came very close, I had done enough.
“To become national champion once was a huge achievement and to defend my title is the best I could have hoped for. I’m ecstatic.”
Williamson rides for the racing team Cube Global Squad and has so far represented them in Germany, Andorra, Austria, France and the UK this year.
He will compete in the remaining World Cup rounds in Canada and Italy.
With this win, his chances of being selected for the World Championships, taking place in Cairns, Australia in September are high.
And it’s a venue where he has reached sixth place at a previous World Cup round.