Pure Bicycles Race Report
RACE REPORT: Pure Bicycle's
The team headed to Cyclopark in Kent for rounds 3 and 4 of the National BMX series. The team was a little short at this event, Elizabeth Bown was suffering from an Injury and going to the world Championships the following weeks so decided to rest up and be fit for Worlds, Luke Mendes was also suffering from a big crash in the week leading up to the race he tried practice on Friday but decided the risk was to high to compete. Our Junior and Elite Riders Kyle Evans, Quillan Isidore and Tian Isidore are all heading out to Baku for the worlds so were deep in training for his event.
Saturday Moto’s 3/2/2 Quarter 3. Semi 2, final 8
Mum and Dad tried to convince me I could do the 1st jump and towards the end of practice I finally did it and it felt so much quicker and made the rest of the straight flow faster. However, because of the wind getting stronger I didn’t feel comfortable doing it in racing. I was fairly happy with my Motos, I had a moto where I was last out of the 1st berm due to another rider sketching in front of me but I fought my way back to 2nd by the finish line. I was happy to make the final but I messed it up in the 1st berm again and couldn’t make up any ground so I finished in 8th. My gates were quite late, my semi was the best gate of the day.
Sunday Moto’s 2/1/2 Quarter 2 Semi 3 Final 5th
On Sunday the wind had dropped a lot so I felt a lot more confident sending the 1st jump in racing. Again, I had a few laps where I found myself in 5th or 6th but I was strong down the 3rd and 4th straight and always got back into the top 4. I jumped in the final but I was on the outside gate and I really should have come over sooner and been a bit more aggressive. I finished 5th but I can take a lot of positives away from the weekend and work on them. My gates were a little better than yesterday. I’m looking forward to riding the new track in Scotland in three weeks and my goal is to get on the podium.
Cyclopark National Round 3
This was my first national back after just over 12 weeks off my bike due to an injury to my elbow. I had been training hard in the run but wasn’t sure how it was going to go...
I’m pleased to say I didn’t drop a lap all day and took the win!
Cyclopark National Round 4
Think I was still on a high from Saturday but unfortunately I hit the gate in Moto 2 and ended up in the 8th spot...quarters and semis went more my way! Finished by taking the win again! Chuffed to say I took a double win on my first national race back!
Saturday Motos: 4th, 2nd,4th Quarter: 4th Semi: 7th B final: 2nd
Saturday wasn’t too good results wise however it was really good to set me up for Sunday and get used to national racing again.
Sunday Motos: 1st, 2nd, 3rd Semi: 2nd Final: 4th Sunday was miles better. I made good moves and felt smooth all day. Unfortunately I missed my gate in the final but brought it back to forth in the first corner!
With this being my GCSE year, this National came right in the middle of my exams, but with a half term holiday happening after the National weekend, I thought it should be ok to take part.
Training had been going ok, but obviously with the lead up to exams and then writing the exams 2 weeks prior to the National I wasn’t able to do as much as I would have liked too.
Then 1 ½ weeks before the National, I crashed at the Redditch track while training, which ended up with me having a large cut to my elbow.
I arrived at Cyclopark ready to race on the Friday, and took part in the practice session, but unfortunately with the injured arm and not having much track time, I made the decision not to race the National.
I’m looking forward to the trip up to Scotland in a few weeks’ time, my exams will be over which will be one thing less to worry about, so I can focus more on my racing.
Round 3: Motos – 1, 1, 1 Quarter – 1 Semi – 1 Final – 3
I hadn’t been riding as much as I would have liked in the lead up to this weekend, being in the middle of exams I have prioritised my time focusing on revision rather than riding my bike. Practice went well and I felt ready for the weekend ahead. Taking 3 moto wins was a great start to the day and I qualified first out of the motos. I won the quarter final from gate 1, and chose the same gate with the same result in the semi final. 1stpick in the final, for the first time in a couple of years, I decided to stick with gate 1. I gated well and entered the first turn in 3rdplace and kept that until the line. I think this was the best chance I’d had to win a national again but I cannot be disappointed to finish behind a w2 and a w4.
Round 4: Motos – 1, 1, 1 Quarter – 1 Semi – 2 Final – 6
The plan for Sunday was to repeat that of Saturday. My gate in the first moto wasn’t the best but I hit the first turn first and that settled me in for the day. I followed this up with 2 moto wins and a 1stin the quarter final. Sticking with the gate 1 strategy again in the semi, unfortunately I didn’t get to the first turn first in this one and had to settle for a second place. Gate 4 in the final wasn’t what I was hoping for but I still felt confident I could make it work. This race just didn’t go to plan and I battled for a 6thon the line. A much better weekend than being quartered both days at Manchester, but I left feeling I should have done better with the way I had been riding.
Rounds 3 & 4 of the British BMX Series went down at Cyclopark Gravesend this past weekend, the weather was glorious for the whole weekend despite some major storm showers and electrical bolts shooting through the sky on Saturday Night.
I have been away the last 6 weeks commentating all over Europe in the UEC European League and the UCI World Cups, that with cancelled races and other commitments I haven’t actually ridden my bike for 8 weeks!
Saturday Morning came around and I was ready early doors and first onto the track in my block practice, they say you never forget to ride a bike, and that certainly was the case after a few hot laps on my fairly unused Pure V5.
Vets moto’s on Saturday had 23 riders, so semi-finals were on the cards as per usual, and I was fairly confident I could make the Semi’s… But it didn’t start well when I powered down the first straight lighting up my Maxxis Torch Tyres in my first moto, I was second at one point, but by the time I crossed the finish line, I ended up 6th… A position I wasn’t use to… Maybe the lack of bike time hadn’t helped. Second moto came around and I was in third going into the last corner, but Oggy left the door open, knowing I needed low points, I went for the move inside, but Oggy had already turned, luckily we both went up the Turn onto the grass rather than crashing out, but the race was done, and I ended up 6thagain! 2 Moto’s down and with 12 Points already, It looked like I get Moto’d for the first time in about 7 years! I knew what I had to do, and I got Rich at Pure to tighten up my Amazing HT SX1 Pedals… The gate went down in moto 3 and I took the Holeshot, in the first turn Gunner came through on the inside, and I gladly followed him round in 2ndto the finish! Was it enough to get through? I waited patiently for the results, and yes, I had made it into the Semi’s!
Seeing Jools and Dovey have a run off, knowing I was safely through, was all the more sweeter… (that could have been me)
Semi Final time, and I had been getting good gates all day, but both Jools and the Flying Fox snapped me, and from there I was struggling, exhausted and sad, limped home in 8th!
The B Final was the same, had a major dizzy spell in the pens, tried to gate, but shut it down after the first turn, 8thin the B Final it was for me on Saturday
Sunday morning, and despite the stormy weather during the night, the track was mint, and the sun shone… Today was going to be a better day for my Pure V5!
3rd in the first moto, 4thin the second moto, and 3rdin the last moto, saw me cleanly through to the semi-final without any dramas, even getting a little airborne occasionally. For the Semi Final my gate wasn’t great again, and I knew before the gate had dropped it would be between Jools and Me for the 4thspot. I chased hard but it wasn’t meant to be and 5thin the Semi, wasn’t what I had hoped for… I was gutted, as I know with more bike time and less Kebabs, I should’ve been in that A Final, but it was the consolation Final again for me…
I went for it, hanging on for dear life to my ODI grips, as I powered my Pure V5 down the first straight and into the lead, and despite a late charge from Andy Coryn, I hung on for the B Final win, it was a better end to the weekend than expected after all…
All of which was made more enjoyable watching Neal Gibson come across the line in the same B final, fellow Vets giving him a massive congrats…
Everyone knows Neal’s’ story, he’s an Amputee, with a mission in life to race BMX, he rode the Brits last year, and has now competed at a National Level, and made his first Semi Final, which lead to this his first Final.
That is what I love about BMX, the support Neal gets is well deserved… I hope he continues to inspire people around the world with his incredible story…
Thanks to Rich at Pure as always, and of course all our other sponsors who without their support, none of this would be possible. See you in Baku, where the man on the bike will be mostly on the Mic! @theenglishspeaker
Round 3 -Saturday
Results cruiser: Moto's 8th, 1st,1st, Semi 1st, Final 1st
Results 20": Moto's 2nd, 1st,1st, Semi 1st, Final 1st
After racing the south regional at Cyclopark a few weeks before, I was feeling good and looking forward to racing the track again. Things didn't get off to a great start after I missed my first moto on cruiser by I still managed to qualify for the next round with 2 wins in the other moto's. A blustery wind was not ideal riding conditions so I stuck to manualling the jumps and staying safe. Winning the semi-finals in both classes gave me inside lane choices which I used to take the holeshot and win my finals, holding off a strong challenge in the Vets final from a local rider.
Round 4 -Sunday
Results cruiser: Moto's 1st,1st,1st, Semi 1st, Final 1st
Results 20": Moto's 1st,1st,2nd,Semi 1st, Final 1st
I was happy to wake up to no wind on Sunday morning which meant we could jump the first straight jumps safely. I used that to my advantage and qualified for the finals with first lane choice again which was vital when my starts weren't always the best. Getting the holeshot in both finals, I kept it smooth with no mistakes to win and extend my leads in the national series. Looking forward to racing the new track in Glasgow in a few weeks for round 5 and 6 of the national series, after that my focus will be preparing for the European Championships in France.