The second round of the club’s Summer Series saw an increase in rider numbers from Round 1, including 4 Talent Team riders rocking up to do battle (I say battle, I mean “fly round the track at warp speed making it look easy”)
These guys may not be old enough to leave school, vote or drink alcohol, but they can certainly handle a race BMX round a track… Adam Smith is a regular at the Platt Fields track, despite having to travel for several hours to get there and looked as though he’s got it dialled. Kyle Evans was back on his bike after his rude introduction to the ground at the Leeds Regional and gave Adam someone to chase in a couple of motos. Jake Roberts plus Robert and Michael Hawker made this rack look like an A-Final at a National. Watching them rip round the track as though it was a training session was exciting but made me feel old. At least I’m secure in the knowledge that I can get legally drunk whilst voting. Yay for me.
Valerie “The face of Manchester BMX” Zebrokova was up to her usual tricks and led her race by a considerable margin. Valerie has a bright future in the sport and it’s great to see her parents cheering her on at races. Rumours that her dad David is considering getting a cruiser and entering races have largely been started by me, but hey, I think he should get on a bike so will continue to bother him about it at every opportunity.
In the 30+/Cruiser category there was some cracking banter, with Andy Drelincourt and Neil “Hitman” Harbour taking on Mark Ferguson, matthewglynn.co.uk and me on cruisers (thanks to Sutty for lending me his rig for the race…it’s a sorted bike!) and Kev Blackmon looking cool in an old school adidas tracksuit taking on newcomer Ross Gill on 20″.
Andy looks as though he’s been putting in some hours training, as he turned up to the last committee meeting looking suspiciously healthy…whatever he’s been up to, it paid off with an impressive performance in motos sealing the win on the night…He’s got an explosive snap! The man with his own web domain, matthewglynn.co.uk looked good too, fully recovered from a couple of nasty spills earlier in the season. Mark and myself battled it out at the back of the pack, with honours going to the man with a regular haircut. Ross transferred his experience riding park to the track and looks to have a good future as a racer. Kev needs to get himself racing Regionals asap as he’s too good not to be.
Thanks to all who took part and parents/WAGS/friends who turned up to support riders and the event. Thanks to Sutty for the commentary and to Abi for registration and Nikki for finish line duties.
Pics; Mark Ferguson