So Sunday brought out more sun and was a little warmer. Early start to the action and a little rebellion from the Commentary team over the sound levels saw the atmosphere rise a notch.
First up again was Louise Abbot who again was on top form taking the win. Could do with a few more girls in Cruiser classes for MBMX but Louise has set out on strong start to the year.
30-39 saw a shortened appearance from James Tresman due to illness but a solid 11th spot none the less. Andy Drelincourt posted a nice 13th spot after some great racing and Jamie Duffy finishing 10th in a class that had some really tight racing on the day.
After a very strong showing on Saturday Roger Wilbraham who is on a mission for the worlds showed class taking the win, a first national win since 2001. Amazing.
And the fine performances kept coming with Kirsten Dillon going even better on the Sunday and making it to the podium with a fine 3rd place. Fantastic riding Kirsten. A tough day in the 11-12s with Izzy Hines taking a B final win to finish 9th and Katy Cosgrove picking up some good results and finishing 18th. More good riding from Hannah Baker in the 13-14 class saw a 14th place finish.
More great action in the Championship saw Valerie Zebrokova squeezed out in the final picking up a 5th place.
Flynn Drelincourt was on fire again and looked set for another top finish but got a bad start in the final, recovering well to pick up a 3rd place and more good riding from Alexander Skjelten picking up 6th place. Sam Tucker again showed how much he has improved with some good laps to take 19th in the 7s with Harry Tanner doing even better taking a 7th in the main after some great motos.
Ethan Duffy was obviously in determined mood after the gate incident on the Saturday and was on fire all day. Despite his best efforts a close 2nd in the A final probably was not what he wanted but still a great performance and I am sure Ethan will be on it at the next round.
11 boys saw a lot of places swapping from Saturday with Morgan Chidley dropping to 34th but Will Blevins, Sam Benett and Saul Jeffrey making it through. Saul eventually picking 5th in his quarter missing out by less than half a wheel. Unlucky Saul, next time mate. More good rides from Sam and Will but again not quite squeezing through in a tight class.
Ben Cotton picked up where he left off on the Saturday with some good laps and showing he is catching the rest in the 13s. Always smiling and a good start to a national career.
With plenty of spills in the 14s Mason Chidley kept a calm head and made it through to the final and picking up a fantastic 2nd place. Great reward for some great effort.
Joe Cotton again was the only rider in the 15s for MBMX and put some good laps, managing to avoid any falls unlike on the Saturday and picked up a good 28th spot which on a normal day would have seen him into the quarters. A few less spills in the 16s on the Sunday and Jack Critchlow unlucky in the A final and picked up 8th spot and Riccardo Addeymellor showing some style on his way to a fine 13th spot.
Action packed again in the 17-29 with George Hawker sliding out and having to settle for 32nd. Rob Hawker was unlucky to be taken out twice and having to settle for 15th meanwhile out front business as usual with Andy Clucas taking the win.
Masters saw James Tressman again doubling up but having to cut his day short. Vets saw Phil Critchlow riding well through the spills to get a 13th spot.
Championship men and elite men saw more chaos in the motos with Matt Saunders riding well and making the most of it picking up a 10th spot and Josh Hanlon making 6th. A real lottery this class and anything can happen on the day.
Elite men saw both Kane Herbert and Jacob Roberts falling victim to the chaos and both missing out with Kane finishing 13th and Jacob finishing 11th and with a bit of an ankle injury so hopefully that heals up for the super X next weekend. Further up front Cal Strickland managed to finish 4th after staying out of trouble on both days and looking strong. Bit of a shout out here to Quillan Isidore who took the win on Sunday. Not a MBMX rider but an awesome guy and after the crash at Birmingham last year it was great to see him looking good. Nice one Quillan.
So nearly the end of a great BMX weekend, as always thanks to the staff at Cyclopark, the medical team, the Commentary team, The BC officials and a special mention to my man DJ Superfly Ry for the inspired tunes during the unplanned interval due to the gate malfunction. Healin vibes to the injured and well done to all. Some great performances from MBMX riders doing yourself proud, Harry Tanner, Louise Abbot, Kirsten Dillon and Flynn Drelincourt stand out but the ride of the weekend, showing that he knew all along what he is talking about, Roger Wilbraham. Bring on the worlds.
That’s it BMXicans, time for the long trip home, have a safe one and see you in Crewe.
So after the long drive to Kent (and I mean long) we were treated to some great racing and the sun shone bright. So to the action race fans and after the indoor round it was a full set of races. First up the big rigs.
First points for MBMX came from the ever impressive Louise Abbott taking a clean sweep on the day and the win. James Tresman showing his heart is still in MBMX despite being the new secretary at Bruntwood Park and picking up unlucky 13th in the 30-39 cruiser class. Plenty of action in the 40-44 class with Jamie Duffy taking 6th and Andy Drelincourt taking another unlucky 13th. Great performance in 45+ cruisers by Roger Wilbraham finishing with a good 3rd spot. Awesome performance Roger.
So to the 20” action and Kirsten Dillon put in some good rides to clinch 6th in 9-10 girls. Izzy Hines took a brilliant 4th spot in the 11-12 Girls and was well supported by Katy Cosgrove who just missed out on the semis with a 17th spot. Finishing one place better was Hannah Baker picking up 16th in a tough 13-14 girls class.
With Kerri Turner still recovering and Zoe Politis missing out there were no girls in 15-16 for MBMX but plenty to cheer about in the Championship Female class with Valerie Zebrokova taking 2nd spot and looking fantastic all day.
Next one of the rising stars for MBMX, the ever popular Flynn Drelincourt taking the win in the 6 and unders. Brilliant. Not to be forgotten was Alexander Skjelten picking up a very good 6th place. Looking a strong class for MBMX.
Another rising star Harry Tanner took a solid 10th in the 7 boys class and looked really good through the motos. Backing up Harry was Sam Tucker taking a good 21st place.
10 year old boys was represented by Ethan Duffy who was on it all day but disaster struck in the final when some twitching by other riders caused Ethan to go early and hit the gate. Eventually riding home in 8th.
Onto 11 year old boys and a huge class and well represented by MBMX with Sam Bennett, Will Blevins, Morgan Chidley and Saul Jeffrey all riding well and getting some solid results in the motos to make it through to the Semis but none of them could quite find the way through despite some great rides. Keep the faith guys the breakthrough will come soon, you all have the talent.
In 13 boys Ben Cotton stepped up as the sole rider for Manchester and put in some good rides all day. For someone with less experience than the other riders he is gaining quickly and closing in on the others. A very respectable 28th for Ben.
Mason Chidley was on fine form in the 14 boys, powering his way to the A final and taking 5th spot in a tough class. Great performance Mason.
Another class missing a few riders due to injury was the 15 boys but Joe Cotton got stuck in with some good rides for his first trip to Kent eventually finishing 24th on the day.
It was a tough day all round in the 16 boys with Riccardo Addeymellor not quite making it through the motos and Jack Critchlow having to settle for a B final and a 12th place finish.
So to the action packed 17-29 class with Rob Hawker pulling moves all over the place, George Hawker being brave enough to take out his team manager (could be looking for a new team soon George) and Andy Clucas owning through the rounds. Rob finished in 4th in the B final and George taking 17th overall and Andy Clucas taking 2nd spot in the main after a great race.
James Tresman doubling up on 20” in masters finished with a solid 16th place and Phil Critchlow battling to 12th spot in the vets class. Good work from the less youthful side of MBMX.
So finally onto the real speed merchants and with motos being split with Championship men and Elite there was action a plenty as Matt Saunders rode well all day and picked up a 14th spot and Josh Hanlon picking up another unlucky 13th. While Elite men lacked the ODP guys it was still a quality field with many great riders returning and Jacob Roberts continuing his return. Awesome to see Jacob flying and showing what can be done after serious injuries and to see Cal Strickland back in action after the crash at the indoor and there was no sign of holding back as they rode brilliantly to make it through to the A and finishing with a 2nd for Jacob and a 3rd for Cal behind the British champion Dan McBride. Awesome to watch
So Saturday closed and it was off to bed ready to do it all again, with some hoping for better and some hoping for repeat performances. What will Sunday bring……………..
Wow, the regional series kicked off with 257 riders making the trip to Knowsley. A great new venue making its regional debut. With a massive 53 riders from Manchester the pressure on space in the gazebo is going to be at a premium this year. The club really is growing. Fast.
A quick pre-race shout to Cal Strickland who was there getting some practice in on his road back after the crash at the indoor. Great to see you back Cal.
So race fans, to the action and as always it was the 6 and under novices up first, with Zach Jeffrey improving in every race, eventually taking a great third spot overall and James Criddle putting in some great races to take the 4th spot.
Tyler McHugh battled it out at the front and eventually took first spot and was ably supported by Declan Cunningham taking a 4th place in the 7s Novice.
Alex Heaven lead the way all day in the 8s Novice class with a clean sweep. Fantastic.
Connor McHugh in the novice 11s picked up some good results finishing with a 7th place in a tough class.
Novice 14 saw Nicole Whyne and Courtney Heaney carrying on from the super Saturday racing with the Nicole making a great 5th place on a regional debut and Courtney picking up 6th. Great effort from these girls against the boys and Nicole certainly showed her first straight speed.
Algis Sveikutis recovered after a fall in one of the motos to eventually take 7th in 18 plus novice class.
So to the big rigs and the young Charlie Yates made 5th in the 17-29 cruiser against older more experienced field and still showed some moves while battling out for the places. A great cruiser debut.
A strong turnout in the 30-39 cruisers for MBMX with Neil Harbour taking a 3rd spot, with Louise Abbott picking up a great 5th taking on the guys and Adam Hill taking 6th.
40-44 saw Jamie Duffy on it picking up a 4th and Jason Bennett bringing in a strong 6th in his first regional.
Finally in 44+ Roger Wilbraham took the spoils after some great last corner action in the final showing his know how to steal the win.
So to the experts and the 6 and unders was bossed by Flyin Flynn Delincourt and Jack Bennett on his expert debut. Jack taking the win after Flynn was fell victim to the last one on the first straight that caused carnage all day in many classes. Well done Jack and unlucky Flynn. Flynn’s fall allowed Alexander Skjelten to take 2nd overall so well done Alex. 3 real prospects in this class for MBMX.
Sam Tucker improved in each round to take a good 3rd spot in the 7’s and under. Great to see riders stepping up when they are the only representatives in a class.
A big turnout in the 8’s with an all Manchester B final taken by Aaron Davy with James Jackson close behind. Meanwhile both Liam Doyle and Curtis Sveikutis kept their heads through the carnage in the A final to take great 2nd and 3rd places. These guys are looking faster with each race.
Boys 10 was the biggest field of the day with Adam Tattersall taking 4th in the B final after some good motos. Great effort from Adam against some more experienced riders and I am sure better results will come through the year. Talent will show through.
Kirsten Dillon was on fire in the 9-10 girls taking 3 wins and a second to take the spoils. Looking dominant Kirsten.
Great racing in the tough 11-12 girls from Izzy Hines and Katy Cosgrove, with Izzy taking 2nd in the final and Katy a great 4th. Good to see thehard work paying off in results for these two.
13-14 girls saw Hannah Baker looking fast and chasing the front two to take solid 3rd places and all day and Leanne Henshall taking 4th in her regional debut and improving race on race to move up the field and hold on.
Possibly the strongest class for MBMX is the 11 boys. Some great results from Sam Bennett, Will Blevins, Morgan Chidley and Saul Jeffrey through the motos with Saul eventually finishing 2nd, Will Blevins making his target of a podium position in 3rd and Sam taking 5th to complete a good day for team Bennett with Morgan an unlucky 7th in the final after some great motos. Great racing guys. James McDowell picking up 3rd in the B final after some good laps on his expert debut showing his talent. Great start James, keep going, you will only get better now you are in expert.
Lewis Holmes took a 7th after making it through to the A final in the 12 boys with Ethan Duffy making a very impressive 3rd, riding up two age groups. Good results guys.
Ben Cotton and Joe Burns also made regional expert debuts in the 13 boys and both rode well in particular Ben who pulled some nice berm moves to take 6th and Joe not far behind with a 7th.
15 boys is another strong class with Mason Chidley taking the win after a final corner move and Charlie Yates taking a great 3rd. Joe Cotton picked up 7th and Thomas Garner picked up 8th after some squeezing in the first corner in the A final left them both with a bit to do. Good rides and unlucky in the A final Joe and Thomas. Joe Saunders was hugely unlucky after flying out of the gate and leading the B final he was another to fall victim going into the first victim, and while Joe was the innocent victim he couldn’t recover from the pirouette and came home 4th.
16 boys saw Ricardo Addeymellor taking a hugely impressive 1st, 2nd,1st in the motos but couldn’t quite find a way through in the final and having to settle for 2nd.
In the Men’s class (which did include Ria Goodman) James Tresman pulled in the win in the B final with Phil Critchlow taking 5th in the A after some good motos including a 1st.
So to Championship Female and Zoe Politis lead every inch of the way in every moto to take top spot in a very impressive performance obviously trying to emulate club and GHP team mate Louise Abbott in the clean sweep stakes.
17-29 male certainly led the way for thrills, spills and first corner carnage. Josh Hanlon managed to keep out of trouble to take 2nd in the A final trying to chase down winner Jordan Hayes. After chaos in the semi saw five riders going down in the first corner, this left Rob Hawker, George Hawker and Matt Saunders battling in the B final and after more chaos George “moses” Hawker talk the win after plotting a course through with Coach Rob taking second and the unlucky Matt Saunders coming home 8th after hitting the ground for the 2nd time. More Unlucky was Jack Critchlow, who after an impressive winter could not make into the semis after a crash. Back for the next one Jack.
So that was Knowsley. Ride of the day goes to Riccardo for his first moto, recovering from unclipping on the gate to take 1st. Performance of the day has to go to Zoe for a clean sweep, with mentions going to Alex Heaven too for a clean sweep, Ethan Duffy for taking 3rd riding up two age groups and Charlie Yates for taking on a long track on two bikes. Well done to all though, you are all doing the club and yourselves proud.
Thanks to all at Knowsley for putting on a great event first time out, all the team at the North region, the medical team, Simon on commentary and all the parents, friends and supporters from MBMX for making it so great. See you all at the next one BMXicans.
So as the super Saturday series starts the sun came out and it looked like spring was in the air. It was still not quite as warm as it looked though but the action was hot. Plenty of thrills and not too many spills, it proved to be a great afternoon’s racing and enjoyed by all.
With some experienced riders on show and large numbers of young experts and novices in action, some making their race debuts it was great to see the future of the club looking strong. The largest super Saturday turn out with 10 categories and 78 riders taking part. I think I have seen smaller turn outs at Regionals.
First up the novice 6 and unders and a great turnout of 11 riders with Zach Jeffrey, Oakley Kettle and Alesha Allen-Price out front and a runoff between Zach Al-Ausi and Robbie Rowles to see who would make the main with Zach making his way through. An exciting final saw Zach Jeffrey taking the spoils for today but all of these guys were flying.
Novice 7-8 was an even bigger group with 14 riders. Finlay Hodgson was impressive all day with a clean sweep but Alex Heaven, Tom Brookes and Adam Al-Ausi putting in some rides to keep the pressure on.
5 riders taking the gate in the novice 9-10 and Theo Bishop leading the way from Alex East and Mitchell Finn, with Stanley Lewis and Sophie Piatt chasing hard behind.
Tom Hodgson was out front all day in the 11-12 novice but Theo Borzsony and Jacob Hickson lead the way for the younger end of the age group. Some speed on show here and it looks like it’s going to be an exciting class this year.
Just to prove it is not just the youngsters coming into the sport there were 6 30+ novices. Marc Holmes took the spoils after swapping 1st places with Trevor Woods. Alexey Shemanov taking a solid 3rd place with Alistair Rowley and Adam Yates duelling it out for 4th and 5th.
Onto the experts and some real future talent on show in a strong 7-8 boys class. Harry Tanner leading the way from Arthur Herrington Liam Doyle and Curtis Sveikutis. With Flying Flynn Drelincourt leading the 6 year olds in this one from an impressive Jack Bennett on his debut and Alexander Skjelten who edged out Sam Tucker. These kids are fast and fearless.
A mixed bag in the 11-12 boys. A strong class for MBMX with some strong 9 year olds and very strong girls making for some good racing. Saul Jeffrey and Will Blevins looking fast showing Coach Hawker’s coaching does pay off and despite Saul taking 3 wins in the motos Will took win in the final after some a great race. Great action throughout the motos saw the results really hard fought and Kirsten Dillon and Katy Cosgrove more than showing the girls can mix it with the boys.
13-14 girls had Hannah Baker leading the way and showing the novices how it’s done but there was a great battle between Courtney Heaney and Nicole Whyne swapping places. A small class but exciting and I think the club will be well represented by the girls this year.
Expert 13-14 boys saw a small turn out but these boys all know each other well and the placings were shared out through the motos but the ever improving Ben Cotton took the points from Cameron Jackson, Owen Mappleson and Joe Burns.
8 riders on the gate in the “expert 30+ men” including riders from the 15-16 class, and Louise Abbott on her cruiser. It was the younger guns showing the way in some great racing with Ricardo Addymellor at the front and Charlie Yates taking 2nd after some great swoops saw him pip Mason Chidley. Louise showed her national class by pulling some great moves and not letting the guys have it all their own way.
Absolutely loved the day, can’t pick a ride of the day all the little dudes and big dudes did the club proud. Thanks to all the volunteers and in particular to Roger for doing the honours on the mic (a job no-one wants to do), Catherine and Nicki for all the race admin and making the day work, all the riders for putting on a great show, all the parents and supporters for the great friendly atmosphere you created and to Edinburgh Cycles for supporting the event. One final thanks to the sun for putting in appearance.
See you all at the next one.
An early start for Sunday but the drama starting with Kerri Turner taking a heavy fall in practice. A few bumps and scrapes but a double fracture of the jaw meant a trip to hospital and a stint out for Kerri. Not a great start to what should be a good season but healin vibes from all at MBMX.
So to race action and first up Kirsten Dillon in the 9-10 girls. Some solid motos leading to an A final and a 6th place finish.
Shock of the day in Male 10 with Ethan Duffy smashing it all day but could only make a 5th in the semi. Made up for it with a 1st the B final. Sure you will be back at the top of the podium in the next round.
Male 11 is a tough group with a huge entry list. Sam Bennett, Will “the baker Blevins” and Saul Jeffrey showing the winter training has paid off with great results in the motos with both Saul and Sam picking up 2nd places. Sadly Sam couldn’t squeeze through in the quarters but Will and Saul both made it through with a 3rd and 4th places in the same quarter. The semi’s didn’t quite go their way but good rides in the B final marking a great start to the season for these guys.
11-12 girls is a growing class and Izzy Hines and the ever improving Katy Cosgrove battled well all day with Katy making some good moto results and 7th in the B final after a tough semi and Izzy pulling in a first and 2 seconds in the motos before taking 4th in the final in what looks like being a close class this year.
Tough day for Lewis Holmes making his national debut in a tough and large class. Not making it out of the motos but the experience will be good. Always hard on the first one so stick with it Lewis and the quarters are there next time.
Hannah Baker riding in the increasingly tight female 13-14 class put in another strong show finishing with a 3rd in the B final.
Male 15 saw Joe Cotton and Matt Fazackerley both missing out due to injury and Thomas Garner making his national debut alongside Charlie Yates. This looks like a strong class for MBMX this year once Joe and Matt are back. Good debut from Thomas making into the quarters with some good moto results and Charlie making it through with his best qualifying yet. Quarters were tight and both unlucky to miss out on the semis.
15-16 girls saw Zoe Politis flying and giving the more experienced riders something to think about. Great 2nd in the first moto and after a spill in the 2nd moto recovered well to make her first A final and claim an impressive 7th place after being unlucky in the first corner.
Male 16 saw Ricardo Addymellor looking fast and picking up a great 2nd in one moto but couldn’t find a way through to make the semi’s with a 6th in the quarters. Jack Critchlow was looking class all day with 1st and 2nd places all the way to the semis where he was squeezed at the start and missing out on the main. With a clear 1st in the B showing he is going to be a contender out front all year.
Jack’s Dad Phil took a 3rd in the B final after some sound motos in the vets and James Tressman another rider doubling up but not able to get through the motos.
Mixed fortunes in the 17-29 with Kieran Marsh and Nathan Turner being moto’d and Nathan taking a fall over the gate to add to team Turner’s woes on the day. George Hawker picked up some good moto results before picking up a 6th place in the quarter. Meanwhile out front Andy Clucas took a clean sweep in motos, quarters, semis and the main final absolutely owning it.
Josh Hanlon and Matt Saunders looked good in the championship men both making it through to the semi’s and a 6th for an increasingly fast Matt with Josh crashing out in the A final. Tough riding, tough group.
After Saturday’s high Valerie Zebrokova was out front again in Championship women with 1st and 2nds in motos and semi but after a great start looped out on the first jump and took a heavy fall in the A final. Unlucky Valerie and hope no damage was done.
Big action in the elite men with the international riders racing again. Some great moto results for Kane Herbert and Jacob Roberts but with Kane crashing in the first moto he sadly couldn’t progress in to the quarters. Quarters for Jacob but a crash saw him miss out with World Champion Liam Phillips taking the win and bringing the weekend to a close.
Tough call for ride of the day, Louise on Saturday was fantastic and so was Flynn, Sunday belonged to Clucas but special mention to Saul for his first moto (and bright outfit) and Zoe’s performance. Winter training pays off guys.
A good start to the season for MBMX and with a few riders out injured it can only get better when fit again. Thanks to the NCC, the BC team, all the paramedics, Superfly Ry, Uncle Buck and Rich Eames. As always healin vibes to the fallers – heal well and heal fast especially Kerri who is going to feel the effects of that jaw more than most.
See you all again soon Manchester BMXicans with the regionals just about start at Knowsley and the long drive to Kent for the next rounds of the nationals. Stay safe and stay fit.