All details and info for the 2013 National at Platt Fields are now available here:
All details and info for the 2013 National at Platt Fields are now available here:
General opening times for Manchester Platt Fields BMX Track
Welcome to the Manchester BMX Club website. Have a browse around our information pages and please add your comments and replies to posts. The Platt Fields BMX track is open 7 days a week and run by Manchester City Council. For enquiries on opening times and admission prices for general public please email: plattfieldsBMX@manchester.gov.uk or click here for opening times.
Manchester BMX Club run club training and gate practice sessions on Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons, for all enquiries about Manchester BMX Club please see our contacts page.
Another great year for Manchester and other northern clubs in the 2012 British BMX Series. Preston finished as the UK’s top club once again, with Manchester finishing 3rd and Mid Lancs in 4th. Not bad seeing as there are 59 clubs taking part in the series.
Congratulations to all our riders who took part, here’s a few notable highlights; Ethan Duffy had an awesome year in the 8’s, winning 9 out of the 11 rounds to take the title. Ethan’s also picked up a new sponsor for 2013 and will be riding for Doublecross Bikes. Dad, Jamie has also been picked up by Doublecross on Cruiser.
In the 9’s, Oliver Cope looked capable of breaking the top 8 overall, but just finished outside the top 10 with some notable performances throughout the year. Shay Casey was no stranger to the podium in the 12’s. Really tough class is the 12’s, so Shay’s improvement is even more impressive. A well deserved 3rd overall for Shay.
Moving on up to the teens, Nathan Marsh was a case of what could have been. Massive improvement as the season went on gave Nathan the 12 spot overall in the 13’s, but Nathan proved he’s a top 8 rider and one to watch next year. In the 15’s, Jake Power didn’t drop a point all year, which is an amazing achievement with Jake wrapping up the title even before the last 2 rounds at Peterborough.
Low numbers, but tough competition in 25-29 never the less. Ross Gill did the business in 2012 taking home 6th spot overall and will be looking forward to even tougher competition in the Masters next year. In the Veteran class, Manchester had 3 riders making the top 8. John Hines taking the 8 plate for next year, Kev Blackman taking 4th overall. Peter Power dominated the class, finishing top of the pile and taking 8 wins along the way. Manchester will really miss the Powers in 2013, as they become more involved in the new club at Knowsley, near Liverpool.
Cal Strickland had a great year in 2012. Elite’s a tough class as you’d expect. When you’re surrounded by full time athletes, claiming the number 6 spot for the year is obviously great. In all honesty, at no point does Cal look like the part time athlete, he always looks capable of beating any one of them.
On to the ladies; Kirsten Dillon in the 7-8 girls has been putting the time in on the bike and this really shows. A well deserved 6th spot this year, so I’ll predict some top 3 finishes in 2013. In the 9-10 class, Isabel Hines looked superior at the indoor races and was able to carry great speed, which bodes well for the future as the leg power develops. Fourth overall for Izzy in 2012, one of the most impressive riders this year in my opinion.
It doesn’t seem long ago that Valerie Zebrokova used to complain about racing the boys at club races. How times have changed, Val loves to beat the boys now! Racing up in Championship women at the age of 14 is exceptional. Taking a few podiums along the way and finishing 3rd overall is even more exceptional. Valerie was also voted “Young Sports Achiever” of the year by Manchester City Council, which is a great accolade for Valerie and well deserved after also attaining 3rd place at the World Championships.
The club had 30 riders in attendance and as much as I’d like to mention everyone, we’ll just mention a select few. In the 8’s Ethan Duffy was looking like the favourite all day, but an amazing start by William Goode in the final left Ethan with just too much to do. Ethan caught William by the last corner, but had to settle for 2nd. In the 9’s, Oliver Cope was up against 63 other riders in one of the toughest categories. Oliver had a fantastic day making it all the way to the final. A coming together in the final left Oliver on the floor, but just getting to the final was a great achievement. Shay Casey had a great weekend taking to the podium twice with a 2nd in 12 & Under Cruiser and 3rd in the 12’s. Nathan Marsh and Spencer McLeod rode well on Sunday making it to the semi finals in the 13’s and 14’s respectively. Jake Power’s luck in the 15’s ran out in the semi final stage, but after a dominating year, Jake’s shown that he’s a real talent. Matthew Saunders doubled up and rode in the 16’s on Sunday making it to the last 16, but had an excellent Saturday in making it to the podium in 15-16 Cruiser. Pete Power also dominant in 2012 had a tough battle on his hands against some top riders. Pete finished on the podium in the Veteran category, but looked like a sure fire winner all day. In the Elite category, Calum Strickland really came to life at the Brits. In the UK’s fastest category, Calum pushed Olympian Liam Phillips all the way to take 2nd in the final.
On to the females. Kirsten Dillon is a fast improving rider who has taken 6th spot in her first year at national level. Kirsten backed this up at the Brits, taking 6th spot in the 7-8 category. No stranger to the top step of the podium, Isabelle Hines has been on fire all year and was looking to secure another 01 plate. Izzy took 4th on the day in a very talented 9-10 female category. Valerie Zebrokova in her 15th year was up against the adult female riders and was more than holding her own. Valerie’s had a great year taking 3rd at the World Championships and a very well deserved 2nd place against a world Championship Junior finalist.
In the big wheel categories, Jamie Duffy was disappointed in not making the 35-39 final, but rode well and made it as far as the semi finals. Izzy’s father, John Hines was in a class of 50 riders in 40-44 Cruiser. John also made it to the semi final stage after getting through some tough Motos and a ¼ final.
Manchester BMX Club came 5th overall in the Club Championships, so behind on what we could have achieved, but still a great result considering there are 60 clubs in the competition. The North region showed how strong the competition is in our region by producing 3 out of the top 6 clubs, which meant that the north region came top once again. Such was the enthusiasm of the north region that we were also awarded the best supported region by the commentators.
Overall, Cheddar delivered a great event, so it’s a shame it was the last event at this great venue. Over 900 riders proved once again that BMX is booming and the North region sits proudly on top…
Just a reminder that there will be coaching at Platt Fields with Marcus Bloomfield every Tuesday at the following times:
• Juniors (12 & Under) 6.00pm until 7.15pm £3.00
• Seniors (13 & Over) 7pm until 8.30pm £6.00
It’s the same format as when we previously ran sessions with Marcus outdoors, which means that it is aimed at those riders who meet the following criteria:
• All participants should be a 2012 member of Manchester BMX Club
• All participants should race for Manchester BMX Club regionally (and nationally if applicable)
Please ensure you arrive on time for your session (no need to book) and if you can, please bring the correct money.
PLEASE NOTE: All track users must now park in the public Car Park and not trackside.
Well, the first National of 2012 is nearly here….just 3 days to go!!
I know that some of you who are racing this weekend have never raced at this level before, and may need some guidance from the seasoned race parents/riders, so…. On Saturday 14th, could any Manchester Club riders and parents looking for guidance meet at 11:30am by the Cafe at the Indoor, and Sarah and Andy will run through the weekends schedule and give guidance on what happens. If you need to contact Sarah, her email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s a link to the event information including the schedule: http://www.britishcycling.org.uk/bmx/article/bmx20111215-bmx-2012-British-BMX-Series-Round-1—Event-Information-0 Please note the registration and practice times, as even riders that have pre-registered still have to sign on to verify their category, race plate and club details.
For those of you not racing at the Indoor this weekend, the Council have kindly offered to cover the Club session, and will be running their usual pay and ride session.
Following the success of last years mountain biking trip, we’re off to Llandegla again on 30th December.
There’s a great range of trails for all abilities including some awesome new black trails recently tested by some of the junior race team!
Once you’ve finished riding, there’s an award winning cafe or if you’ve still got any energy left, there’s a couple of pump tracks and skills areas to play on.
We’re aim to meet at 10am and then probably split up into a couple of groups depending on ability (last year a couple of people took the kids round the blue run, whilst the adults rode the red).
If you’re bringing kids, they do need mountain bikes and you need to be aware that the first 30 to 40 minutes is all uphill!
If you need more information on directions, bike hire or facilities, please look at the centre website www.oneplanetadventure.com.
Theres no limit on numbers, but if you need more help or info, please e-mail Sarah on email@example.com
Bonfire Night Race Results
1st Elliott Brownsword
2nd Keiron Binder
3rd Rufus Lancaster
4th Alexander Green
5th Davis Spungis
6th Tom Smith
7th Noah Gell
8th Dylan Gregory
6 and Unders
1st Conor Mohacsi
2nd Arthur Werrington
3rd Adam Al-Ausi
7-8 Years Boys
1st Ethan Duffy
2nd Oliver Cope
3rd Zack Harrop
4th Harrison Drelincourt
5th Olli Hines
9 and Over Girls
1st Isabelle Hines
2nd Ashley Thomas
3rd Hannah Baker
4th Kerri-Ann Turner
10-11 Year Boys
1st Jordan Gavin
2nd Daniel Liptrot
3rd Emils Spungio
4th Kyle Mohacsi
12 Year Boys
1st Nathan Turner
2nd Joe Saunders
3rd Matt Fazackerley
4th Abdul Qadri Akim
15 and Over Boys
1st Scott Casey
2nd Matt Saunders
3rd Shay Casey
4th Jake Downend
5th Spencer McLeod
Due to rider demand the Manchester BMX Race Tops will be available to order again this November at discounted prices. Juniors are available at £20 per top and Adults available at £30 per top. Price includes riders name printed to race top.
Please go to the shop page to place your orders.
We need all orders placing on the shop page before November 28th.
Due to the 2012 national series races at the new indoor track in January and February the club have decided to run some specific coaching at the NCC indoor facility. The coaching will be with Marcus Bloomfield on Tuesday evenings and is aimed at Manchester BMX Club riders who are planning on racing the indoor events in 2012.
- The sessions will run in blocks of 4 weeks.
- First block of 4 sessions starts November 29th.
- 15 Junior places available, session times 7.00 PM till 8.30 PM.
- 15 Senior places available, session times 7.30 PM till 9.00 PM.
All bookings must be made via the paypal links on the website training page.