Hello again race fans, and it is a return to action at the ever popular indoor series and at a bit of racing under the roof. What a good idea.
As always the first race after Christmas brings new bikes and kits out making a test for all those watching. First up a big shout out to Dominic Skidmore who took a heavy one in the 17-29 final. Healin vibes. Also a mention to Leanne Henshall who missed this one being ill. Get well soon Leanne.
To the action then, and what a start. 8 and under novices packed with MBMX riders and they took the top four spots with Max Allen pipping Alesha Allen for first followed home by Joshua Harris and Declan Cunningham and a great effort from Lexi Waite who missed out on the A final. These little guys set the standard for those to follow.
A bit tougher for the 9-11 novices but Brandon Heselton did himself proud on the way to a 4th place finish with some great results from James Furness and Tom Brookes on their way to A final too.
A small but strong field in the 12-14 novices but is always great to see Theo Borzsony out on the track. Hard racing saw him pick some 4th places in the motos on the way to a 5th place finish. Keep up the training Theo, getting quicker all the time.
Not sure there were too many riders close to the 15 end of the 15+ novice age group but some good laps from Ged Ratchford saw him pick up 3rd place. Nice one Ged.
Into the experts and cruisers first and straight out of the gate and into another clean sweep was Louise Abbott but she had a real scare, well two actually, one on the second straight and then being pushed all the way to the line in the first moto by Joanna Kistle. Business as usual after that from Louise. Awesome.
Great to see some of last year’s novices stepping up and into supercruiser. Fun filled action packed racing as always with Adie Kendal showing some speed but sadly both Adie and Sean Piatt (tired from the day before) missed out on the A final, along with Stuart Eastmead and John Bentley who looked in fine form before a crash. Love Not Money’s Neil Harbour mixing it on the BMX track made it through before finishing 7th. Jamie Duffy was having some great battles on his way to the final but a bad start cost him but recovered well to finish 4th with a brilliant move in the last turn, a move that is surely contender for move of the day.
Onto the little dudes next and first up in 5-6s James Warren and Theo Rowles. Great riding from both these guys with James just missing out on the A and Theo going one better and picking up a fine 4th place in the main final.
Another little superstar in the making is Millie Tanner who rode hard to make it to the A final in the 5-8 girls which is no mean feat for the younger rides. Nice one Millie.
Great to see how strong the future of the club is with a strong showing in the male 7-8 class with all these guys progressing through. Tyler McHugh didn’t let his lack of experience daunt him and put in a great effort making it through to the quarters and finally finishing 7th. Zach Jeffrey made his indoor racing debut and also rode strongly making it through to the quarters but had to settle for 8th in a tough group. Making it through to the semis was the ever improving Sam Tucker who picked up a brilliant 2nd spot in the first moto and finished 8th in the semi. Battling all the way to 7th spot in the semis was Flyin Flynn Drelincourt mixing it well with the older guys. Nice on Flynn. Meanwhile out front was Harry Tanner who looked like he was going for a clean sweep with wins in all the motos, quarter and semi but in the final he had a battle on his hands and just tried a move too tight and slid out. Unlucky Harry but looking good for the nationals.
A massive 59 riders took to the track for the 9-10 boys class so dropping 27 riders for the quarters was always going to be tough. Despite some good results and great riding Liam Doyle, Alex Heaven, James Jackson and Tyler Kendall all fell victim to the cut. No disgrace at all guys in a huge field with some big big names in. Keep learning. Some real bright new talents in Aaron Davy and Taylor Yardley went one better and made it through to the quarters with some great moto results. A slightly more experienced rider, Curtis Sveikutis had a tough day making 8th in his quarters to show what a tough group this is.
In the 9-10 girls only Kaylen Davies took to the track for MBMX and despite some good motos it wasn’t quite enough to make it through to the final in a very strong field. Keep showing that determination Kaylen and even better results are just round the corner.
Into the 11-12 boys and some promising riding from Connor McHugh wasn’t quite enough to make it through to the quarters in a stacked age group. Connor didn’t give up despite giving away a lot in terms of experience. Adam Tattersall made it through nicely into the quarter finals before having to settle for 6th in a tight race. Will Blevins also made it through with some impressive motos but narrowly missed out in the quarters with a close 5th place finish. Great riding from all showing good form heading into the nationals. Ethan Duffy was on fire making it all the way to the final but got squeezed out in the first straight and worked his magic to make it back to the 6th.
In the 11-12 girls it was a tough day for Sophie Piatt (also tired from the day before) who couldn’t quite find the legs to make it through to the final in a small but very strong class. Katy Crosgrove made it through despite some tough moto draws and picked on a 7th spot to strengthen her position in the indoor series standings.
Only Lewis Holmes in the 13-14 boys. A good effort too with a solid first moto before sliding out in the first turn while right in the mix in the second. Unluckily for Lewis and despite a good final moto it wasn’t enough to see him through to the semis.
15 girls saw another strong turnout for MBMX with 5 riders and 3 making it through to the final. As always with this class results swapped from race to race but sadly it was Courtney Heaney and Maisie Kendall who missed out on the final with all the swapping going on. Olivia Blevins did just about enough to make it through in a tight qualification but showed her potential by taking 7th spot. A strong showing too from Zoe Politis with some good moto results and a very good 5th in the final. Out front Kerri Turner looking good and taking wins in all the motos but in a nip and tuck final finished 3rd. Well done girls and great racing.
The 15-16 boys saw a very strong field with plenty of overseas riders and riders from Team Ireland. It was always going to be tough in a large field bolstered by such talent but Joe Cotton and Tom Garner got stuck in and despite some good racing both missed out on the semi finals. Charlie Yates made it through to the semis with the help of a brilliant piece of riding in the first moto to avoid a falling rider mid air which is up there with Jamie Duffy’s move as move of the day. In a mixed up crazy semi there were moves and changes all over the places with Charlie ultimately being forced out in 8th but a great showing all round for these guys ahead of the nationals.
Two guys in masters and again great to see them progress from the novices. A tough ask to take on many veteran riders but Trev Woods was on it with 2nd, 1st and 3rd place finishes in the motos and 3rd spot in the final showing he is not out of his depth at this level. Supporting Trev was Adam Yates who also steered a path into the final but had to ultimately had to settle for 8th.
Results in the 17-29 class are always difficult to predict and pretty much anything can happen and so it proved. A large class but Mike Hawker was looking on fine form until being caught up in crash and taking a heavy fall in the semi. A fall in the first moto for Jack Critchlow cost him but he recovered well to make it into the semi and a 5th place there brought an end to his day. An absolutely brilliant first moto for Nathan Turner who took 2nd spot which made his day a little easier on the way to his semi and a 7th place finish there. Meanwhile out front Cal Strickland showed his class and nearly made a clean sweep but for a late mistake in the second moto pushed him back to 2nd. Other than that it was firsts all the way taking the semi and final wins in an impressive day.
With no MBMX riders in either the pro-am female or male that was it for the club but the action in the pro-ams was brilliant. With so much other stuff going on thanks to Shanaze Reade, Northwest BMX centre and the signing session at BMX one it was a great fun day that summed up the series.
As always big thanks to all the officials and volunteers, the medical staff for looking after everyone, the staff at the NCC, the organisers at Four4 events and all the parents and families for making it such a pleasure. Big shout out to the man Rich Eames for the skills on the microphone. Healin Vibes to those that need it.
Lots of great performances and great riding from MBMX riders. Tough call but for me rider of the day was either Nathan Turner who, as well as his 2nd place in motos mixed it well all day in a tough class, and after the best part of a year off and giving a lot away in experience to some of the other riders showed he has what it takes, or everyone’s favourite fireman Trev Woods who has stepped into expert racing and really shown some good form. Over to you to decide race fans. See you at the next one.
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Friday 7th of November is the end of season party and summer series trophy presentation. Tickets are now available from the Platt Fields track at just £5 each.
So the National series rumbled back into town for the final round of the 2014 series. With places still up for grabs and trophies to be presented it was all set for a good weekend of racing. The sun shine and the weather was fine and yes, we were all inside. Typical.
So to the action then and just like the Brits Saturday was little kids and big rigs. First out then Charlie Yates in the 15-16 Cruiser class, which saw the largest field of the year. Charlie made it safely through to the A final with some solid laps on his way to an impressive 6th place finish on the day and a 6th place finish in the series. Well done.
Next up for MBMX was Louise Abbott in the 30+ female cruisers, and she did it again winning every lap to take the win and the series in dominant fashion. Only one lap dropped all year. Hugely impressive performance from Louise.
Onto the big kids on the big rigs then and James Tresman wrapped up the year with a 7th place finish in the 30-39 Cruiser. Tougher day for Jamie Duffy who battled his way to the A final and a 3rd place finish putting all of his indoor practice to use.
Next up the little guys and first out was the national champion Flyin Flynn Drelincourt who stormed his way through the motos and semi and into the A final on his way to 2nd place showing why he took the series. Also storming into the A final was Jack Bennett who took 7th place on the day and finished 14th in the series off only 4 races. Very impressive start for these guys.
In the 7s Harry Tanner led the way for MBMX making it through the motos and semi and into the A final before finishing 6th on the day and 7th in the series. Not quite the result Sam Tucker would have wanted with some tough motos and he wasn’t quite able to make it out of the motos this time.
Another tough day for the 8’s with both Curtis Sveikutis and James Jackson both making it through to the quarters but that was a far as it went for these guys in a class that brought the best racing of the day with thrills, spills, moves and mayhem a plenty. A good year for these two with plenty more to come in 2015.
And with that Saturday drew to a close with the presentations for these classes before everyone headed off home for some rest ready for Sunday.
So Sunday came and the sun shone and the weather was fine again. Never mind.
Out first was Kirsten Dillon who again put in some solid laps on her way to the final and then saved the best til last with a storming ride on her way to another podium and 3rd place on the day and in the series. Another Star in the making here.
Not for the first time Ethan Duffy was the only rider in the 10s but some great laps saw him progress through to the semis and into the A final, and in an action paced race he used all his track knowledge and race craft to take the win he deserved and was so keen to get. A great way to end the year for Ethan who also took 2nd spot in the series.
In the 11s the trio of Sam Bennett, Will Blevins and Saul Jeffrey were joined by James McDowell making his national debut. Despite putting in a solid performance and showing he is far from out of his depth James couldn’t find a way through to the quarters but a good national debut nonetheless. Sam, Will and Saul all put in some good laps to make it through to the quarters and all was set for them to tackle the semis. Will and Saul showed there progress this year by making it through but Sam was right in the mix until he slipped a pedal and that put an end to his challenge. In the semis it wasn’t to be for Saul or Will despite some great riding and they had to settle for the B final a race that saw places swapping all the way to end with Will picking up 5th and Saul 7th. All the riders in the class should be proud of themselves this year and it is great to see the club so well represented.
The 11-12 girls was always going to be a tough one with 16 riders being dropped and straight to an A final. This did not deter Izzy Hines or Katy Cosgrove as they set out in determined fashion but in a tight class they couldn’t squeeze through and into the A with Izzy finishing 11th and Katy 14th.
Only Lewis Holmes in the field for the 12 boys for MBMX and definitely not his day. While challenging for the lead in the first moto he slipped a pedal and took a heavy fall that brought an early end to his day. A bit bashed up but on the mend. Healin vibes as always and hope to see you back on it soon.
The ever improving Ben Cotton and Joe Burns making his national debut represented MBMX in the 13 boys and it was always going to be a tough task to make the semis with so many riders being dropped. Still Ben put in some great laps and showed he is closing the gap all the time and Joe made an impressive debut to take 18th with Ben picking up 23rd.
3 riders took to the track in the 15 boys with a tough battle to make the semis. Despite picking up his best result of the series it wasn’t enough for Joe Cotton but his 18th spot was a good finish to the year for him. Tom Garner also missed out despite being in the mix all day and took 19th spot to end his first year of national racing. One guy that did make it through was Charlie Yates who made the semis but couldn’t quite get the space he needed to make the A final and came home 6th. In the B final it was a similar story with Charlie holding onto take 7th and finish 15th overall to give him a great end to the year too.
Not the greatest first two laps from Zoe Politis in the 15-16 girls but probably the lap of her life to take 2nd in the final moto saw Zoe through to the main and 7th place finish in a very close race and 9th place in the standings.
In the 16 boys the luck was against Riccardo Addeymellor who suffered as other riders came off in front of him. Still he showed his speed on the way to the semi where he was held up and had to settle for the B final where again a very strong result was denied him by others mishaps. Still an 11th place finish with some great moves and 15th in the series is good a return. Jack Critchlow managed to find a way through the chaos and into the A final but his luck deserted him too and he had to settle for 7th place on the day and 8th in the series.
17-29 saw another good at the office for Andy Clucas who was on fine form on his way to the final but couldn’t quite take the win and had to settle for 2nd and 2nd in the series too.
Mixed fortunes in the vets with Karl Sanderson making the cut and making the A final but Phil Critchlow missed out finishing 12th. 6th place for Karl on the day and 9th in the series.
So to the championship classes and the men first. Not a great for Matthew Saunders who crashed in the first moto and from there it was always going to be a struggle to get through to the final. Surprise of the day was Mike Hawker back in action and showing everyone that despite a lack of track time he’s still got it. Some good moto results saw him through to the final and then a 6th place finish.
In the women Valerie Zebrokova had a good day with some good motos to see her make the final and it a tight race Valerie took 3rd spot just behind the visiting Ruby Huisman and Abi Taylor and a very impressive 3rd place in the series.
Finally then Elite men. A small field but with Paddy Sharrock and Jacob Roberts in the field it was always going to be a great watch and so it proved with places swapping race to race with Jacob picking up a win before ultimately finishing 2nd on the day and picking up 2nd in the series. Cal Strickland who wasn’t in action also picked up 6th in the series which given the start to the year he had is pretty good if you ask me.
So that was round 10 and the series. Lots of highs and lows, sunshine and rain. Thanks as always to the greycoats, Rich Eames and Uncle Buck on the microphones and Ry on the tunes, all the staff at the indoor for hosting and the medical team for doing what they do.
Rider of the weekend, well that goes to all the guys that made their national debut. A bit daunting to step up and you all got stuck in and did yourself proud. Well done.
The event featured an old skool roll out, a raffle and an auction of items to raise money for Damian Myles, a former national champion and a huge thanks to all that supported this and helped with the funds. Sadly Damian passed away on Tuesday night but the funds will go to his young daughter’s trust fund. Thanks all.
To end on a positive it has been a great year on the BMX series and a privilege and an honour to watch you all give your all and represent the club so well. 4th place for the club is no mean achievement and next year will be even better. Now just the Northern Champs to go and win. See you in Hartlepool, or Platt Fields.
So after some rest and some bike cleaning it was back to the track and early start and more importantly the sun shone and conditions were great for racing.
A case of déjà-vu for Charlie Yates in the 15-16 cruiser class with another full set of 5th places following on from Saturday. World no.3 Louise Abbott also repeated Saturday’s performance perfectly with another clean sweep in the female 30+ cruiser class to show she is right at the top of her game.
Definitely not a repeat for Jamie Duffy who decided one lap was enough on the Sunday and withdrew early. The emotions of celebrating his 40th birthday the night before obviously got to him.
So to the guys with the little legs and little bikes. Flyin Flynn Drelincourt was on fire making the main final again and finishing 2nd place. Sure he would have wanted the win but it was enough to take the series title so we will see him rocking the 1 plate next year. Well done little man. Jack Bennett joined in with great laps on his way to the main and a 7th place finish to show his talent and how he can learn tracks quickly.
Another great 5th place finish for Harry Tanner in the 7s showing how well he has taken to expert racing well in his first year. Brilliant again Harry. Sam Tucker put Saturday behind him and got stuck in well to finish 2 places higher in 20th on the Sunday. Great stuff Sam.
Sunday proved to be a tough one for Curtis Sveikutis in the 8s who made the quarter finals but couldn’t make it through, bringing to an end a great run of results. Move on Curtis and get ready for the next one.
Into the 10s and Ethan Duffy again looked super fast as we know he is but again suffered in the semi and had to settle for an awesome B final win.
In the 9-10 girls Kirsten Dillon decided it was not going to be a repeat performance and made the A final with ease and then went one better than Saturday with a 2nd spot on the podium.
The 11 boys was stacked as always and this time Harrison Drelincourt joined in the fun but narrowly missed out on the quarter finals. Again the trio of Sam Bennett, Will Blevins and Saul Jeffrey made it through to battle it out in the quarters but again it was not to be there day with Saul finishing 27th, Will 26th and Sam in 18th after some good motos. Keep going guys the next step is so close.
In the 11-12 girls Katy Cosgrove was on fire in the motos and made the semis but was squeezed out in the semi to race in the B final. After being fired from a cannon in the B final with snap of the day Katy was battling at the front of the pack to claim 3rd place and 11th overall. Izzy Hines slipped under the radar quietly but assuredly making her way through the mtos into the semis and into the A final with a great 5th place.
In the 13 boys Ben Cotton was again battling a big field on his own and was motoed and came home 26th.
It was a very similar day in the 15 boys with Joe Cotton and Charlie Yates both missing the semis in a tough field with Joe picking up 27th and Charlie picking up another 21st place.
A slightly smaller field in the 15-16 girls meant 8 being dropped and 8 going into the main. It was a stretch too far for Zoe Politis who again put in some good motos but missed out on the main and had to settle for 11th.
In the 16 boys Riccardo Addeymellor missed out on the semis by the smallest of margins and had to settle for 17th (pedal to line). Jack Critchlow did make the semis but narrowly missed out on the A final and had to settle for 2nd spot in the B final.
Two guys took to the track in 17-29 men with different results. George Hawker couldn’t find a way through the motos missing out by a small margin. Further up the field Andy Clucas was in contention all day and made it through the motos, the quarters and semis and into the main and amidst the action and chaos came home in a fine 6th spot.
In the vets Phil Critchlow was on his own and got stuck in but in a tight field couldn’t quite find his way to the semis.
On to the last race of the day and with Jacob Roberts’ fall it was Cal Strickland continuing his fine form and making the A final in an anything can happen class. A good ride from Cal was spoilt amidst the close racing heading into the pro section leaving Cal to come home 7th.
Well that was Birmingham and as always healin vibes to those that need it. A big thanks to Birmingham BMX club for hosting, all the officials from BC and all the medical staff for picking up and patching up.
Stand out moments for me were seeing Louise Abbott back at the front, Katy Cosgrove’s first straight in the B final and Izzy Hines mixing it out front. Riders of the weekend though are Ben and Joe Cotton. These two made the step up to expert and national racing giving away a lot of experience and keep battling and progressing and enjoying it. Their enthusiasm will pay off with even better results soon but for now guys keep going and keep smiling. Next round at the indoor so let’s see plenty of you there and no need for camping and hotels.
Ride safe BMXicans.