Well hello again race fans. So March the 2nd brought spring to the air and the last winter race. Despite this it was a welcome return to the indoor for those who have endured winter training. Ahead of the season opening it was a full race entry and with the added bonus of Double Olympic Champion Maris Strombergs and our very own World Champion Liam Phillips it was bound to be an exciting day’s action.
Bur first to the novices and in the 8 and unders we had another good set of results from Tom Brookes who took 3rd overall in the series for a promising start in BMX.
In the 9-11s we saw some good riding from Connor McHugh and Alex East to squeeze into the top 10 but out front there was no stopping Adam Tattersall who took a clean sweep on the day to take the series win from James McDowell who took 2nd. Great work guys.
12-14 saw Lewis Holmes the sole representative but taking a clean sweep to clinch the series win. Another great prospect for stepping up into expert.
Novice 15+ saw the cruiser guys of Marc Holmes and Adam Yates putting in solid and improving rides with Marc Clinching 2nd in the series overall.
Two debutants in the male 5-6 with Alexander Skjelten and Flynn Drelincourt looking very impressive and picking up some great results showing they have what it takes at this level. Great for the future of the club to have guys this good coming in.
Male 7-8 has some big names in BMX in it so great to see the four Manchester lads getting in amongst it with good results for Curt Sveikutis, Harry Tanner and Liam Doyle putting in some great rides and picking up some results. Could be even better for Harry and Liam who looked really fast but couldn’t find ways through to the front past some of the more experienced riders. Looking good though guys.
Female 9-10 saw Kirsten Dillon back after a broken wrist and looking good all day to take the series. Great to see you back on the bike Kirsten.
Male 9-10 again had just one Manchester rider but as always Ethan Duffy made it look easy with a clean sweep on the day and taking the series win.
Izzy Hines and Katy Cosgrove mixed it well in the girls 11-12 with some good rides and a 4th for Izzy and 9th for Katy in the series showing great promise for the season.
Male 11-12 is a huge category and very strong across the North. All the Manchester lads are in the lower age here but all put on a strong show with Saul Jeffrey and Will Blevins battling hard but not quite able to break into the semis. With Saul in 13th overall and Will tying with Sam Bennett for 27th once those older guys are out of the way then it should be a good year for all.
Female 13-14 saw Hannah Baker riding well and getting some good results and Leanne Henshall stepping into expert for the first time and looking impressive. Going to be a good year ahead with these two riders battling it out in a tough group.
Male 13-14 saw Mason Chidley looking faster than ever and with thrills and spills galore in this one we had some great action, with Mason holding off Ross Cullen in one race. Unlucky not to make it through to the final on the day but taking a strong 5th in the series.
OK so Female 15+ was even tougher than before with a number of international riders competing but great performances from Kerri Turner and Zoe Politis who look quicker and quicker all the time and from Valerie Zebrokova mixing it right at front to take 4th in the series with Kerri a very very respectable 6th overall.
Male 15-16 was slightly weakened by the absence of Joe Cotton due to a fall last week but the remaining duo of Matt Fazackerley and Charlie Yates putting in some great rides with the older guys. Riccardo Addymellor put in some good rides too at the older end of the group but no-one could keep up with Jack Critchlow taking the final in fine style and clinching the series overall.
17-29 is well represented with Manchester Riders and with Andy Clucas having already taken the series win it was down to the rest to battle it out. With George Hawker just pipping Rob in the semi and then taking a 3rd in the final after finding a way through the chaos it was likely to be lively evening in the Hawker household. With Matt Saunders showing some great speed and Nathan Turner back in racing action and getting some good results it looks good for the year ahead albeit in a tough category. With a 1st for Clucas, Rob Hawker in 4th, George in 5th, Matt in 11th and Nathan in 21st overall looks a strong class for MBMX.
With Masters having the largest field yet in the series it was going to be tough but John Hines led the way for MBMX picking up some good results to take 2nd overall in the series.
So to the big rigs and Louise Abbot owned the 15+ female and took the clean sweep and the series win. Jamie Duffy and James Tressman in the 30-44 category and Jamie looking strong. Couldn’t quite take the win on the day but did enough to take the series.
In a fitting end to what has been a great series the Pro-am saw thrills, spills and big names a plenty. With Cal Strickland still on the mend it was down to Jacob Roberts and our new elite rider (via South Africa) Kane Herbert to represent MBMX. Great action in all the motos and finals with Liam taking this round ahead of Maris in the final and a few fallers along the way. In amongst it in the main was Jacob Roberts. Brilliant effort for his first race at the indoor and the international field he was up against.
Hard to pick a ride of the day, but many riders stand out. Flyin Flynn Drelincourt was on fire, Ethan can’t be overlooked for his performances and making it look so easy, and Louise Abbott who continues to Dominate her class, Jacob Roberts showing he more than belongs in the elite, Adam Tattersall who was back on form after a nasty crash not long ago and George Hawker’s final ride to pinch 3rd spot. I’ll let you decide
Big thanks to the organisers, the BC team and the paramedics, big shout to the legend that is Rich Eames for his work on the mic. Healin vibes to the fallers – heal fast and heal well and a special thanks to Liam and Maris for a great days racing and for taking so much time with all the other riders. Not sure how many autographs you signed and pictures you had taken but thanks. Great inspiration to all and why we love the sport.
Next up, season opener back at the indoor. Time to see how all the practice and winter training has paid off. See you then BMXicans