This Thursday we return to the Indoor for our 7-9pm session and there’s the hour added bonus for Elite/Championship riders (or riders moving up to Championship level in 2014).
As the sessions are getting busier, we’d like to remind you all of some rider etiquette:
1. Riders may access the track from the 5m hill or at the end of berm 1 only (7-9pm session).
2. Any rider stopping on the track must pull of onto a part of the track that is not being used.
3. Riders must put the wristband given at registration onto bike handlebars so officials can see it.
4. Please obey Club Officials on the night, they are there to support riders and ensure rider safety at all times.
Manchester BMX Members ONLY.
£4.00 per rider. Family rates are £4.00 1st rider, £2.00 additional riders.
There are no bikes/pads/helmets available – riders must have all their own equipment.
9-10pm (no early access for non members) Elite/Championship riders ONLY – Riders do not have to be MBMX member.
This session will run from the 8m hill and pro-section.
£4.00 per rider (unless riding as a member and having already paid for the 7-9 session) Riders without a track record will not be allowed on the track until you’ve been assessed and disclaimer signed.
Riders without proven 8m hill experience should enquire prior to the session.
As per last week, payment is made to the parent volunteering on the door where you’ll be given a wristband. There is no booking, just first come first served.
Any questions, please get in touch…
All details and info for the 2013 National at Platt Fields are now available here:
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…