RACE REPORT - Pure Bicycles, Glasgow Scotland

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RACE REPORT – Pure, Glasgow

Pure Bicycles Race Report Scotland 2018


The Pure team headed north of the boarder for the Scottish round of the National Series, this is a brand new track in Glasgow so was a great chance to race the new facility.



Elizabeth Bown

Saturday2nd 1st 1st in motos 1st in semi 2nd in final

Definitely one of the biggest tracks I’ve ever ridden. I was feeling really strong after my success in Baku, but I hadn’t raced a lot of the girls since my injury so I was a little nervous.

For my age group it was all about the first jump so I know I had to get it dialled in the practice.

My first Moto left me full of confidence after I nearly got the hole shot on probably the fastest 10 year old girl on the planet!

So pleased to take a 2nd in the main.

Sunday1st 1st 1st in motos 1st in semi 2nd in main

Felt really good, I know my first straight was really fast and I loved sending the first jump.

Like most of the riders I wish I’d had a bit more time to ride the track. I am sure I might have had a go at the step up on the second straight or the second jump on the first straight.

I’ve had another fantastic weekend doing what I love.

Thank you so much Scotland, see you next year.



Jared Hill

Saturday Moto’s 3,3,1 Quarter 1 Semi 4  Final 4

I was’nt very keen on the track when I did practice on Friday night and I was’nt sure what to do with the 1st jump, During Saturday morning practice I got more comfortable and sent the 1st jump which was a lot quicker and safer than pumping through. Moto’s went ok, my gates were back to how they should be where I was snapping at the right time. My semi was very scary because I got an ok gate and I got shut down so I didn’t feel I could do the 1st jump. I went back to 7th and I thought to myself “I’m not going out in the semi” and sure enough I managed to get myself back to 4th place by the last straight and into the A final. I got a good gate in the final but I was in gate 7, I was in 2nd just before the 1st corner but still on the outside and came out of the berm in 4th and that is how I finished, I tried to get back to 3rd but couldn’t make it.

Sunday Motos 2/1/1 Quarter 1 Semi DNF B final 7th

Sunday was a better day to start with and my gates were popping. I was feeling quietly confident going into the semi and I was winning all the way to the last straight. Unfortunately I could feel Oliver about to overtake me and I wanted to win the semi so much I didn’t slow down enough to get through the last jump safely. The roller before it went wrong and I was almost over the bars before I hit the last jump which spat me over the bars properly. I was gutted not to make the final but I was in pain too, my back and head hurt. Mum convinced me to have a go at the B final and I did but it was too painful to pedal hard so I shut it down and finished 7th. Until the crash i was happy with my races and felt that I was getting back to realising my potential again. Especially on such a technically demanding track.,


Harrison Bell

I was excited to race at my new home track in Glasgow for rounds 7&8 of the national series! It’s just 5mins drive from my house!(thankfully, as after Kent national and Baku Azerbaijan for the world champs I was glad we didn’t don’t have another mammoth journey!!) Day 1/ Round 7/ Saturday It had rained all night and rained all day, a typical Glasgow summer day! I quite like racing in the rain because I’m used to it!

I started off with 3 comfortable 1st’s in my Motos. Onto a stacked semi-final & again took 1st place. I was a wee bit nervous before the main Afinal, with it being my new home track I sooo wanted to win! I got a great gate and led going into the first turn, kept it smooth & fast, my Pure bike & Maxxis Torch tyres kept me planted in the soaking weather! & I took the win at my home national !!!

Day 2/ Round 8/ Sunday

Weather a little drier until we got to the days finals!! Again I won all my Motos , my semi final so into the main Afinal… again I got a good gate but was pipped to the hole shot, I was in 2nd & gaining on 1st when I dropped a manual losing my speed & nearly coming off. Managed to hold on to 2nd place though so really pleased with another podium finish!

My best ever national weekend results.

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Ben Curling

Having just got back from Baku the weekend before, it was a quick turnaround to get up to Glasgow on Friday!

Day 1 I felt good all day, despite the rain, getting firsts in every moto!  Through to the quarters with another first and second in the semi.  Bit of a bad gate in the final which meant I couldn’t get the win no matter how hard I tried to get through and finished with a third.

I reflected on my racing; the things I did well and those I could have improved on and would try to implement on the second day racing this brand new track.

Day 2 started well with two moto wins and second in the third heat.  Feeling confident I went on to win both the quarter and semi finals.  Unfortunately I wheel spun on the gate and but still  managed to get a very close 2nd! Roll on Telford!

Matthew Gilson

Saturday Motos: 2nd,2nd,1st Semi: 1st A final: 3rd Saturday was great apart from the weather. I was very please with how I rode! And I made some good moves in the corners!

Sunday Motos: 3rd,2nd,2nd Semi: 4th Final: 8th Sunday was good. I felt just as good as Saturday but unfortunately it rained just before the final meaning I couldn’t make the move in the first corner which I’d hoped to do and I ended up sliding out. However I’m pleased with my results and how I rode!

Luke Mendes

I had my last GCSE exam on the Friday morning, before making the long Friday afternoon trip up to Scotland.

Wasn’t able to get many practice laps in on Fridays and Saturdays practice sessions, in what was a very technical track. I was struggling to dial in the 3rdand 4thstraights, unable to find any flow or rhyme.

Saturday Moto’s 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Semi 5th, B Final 2nd.

Going through the moto’s on Saturday was very frustrating, I was unable to get a decent lap in, struggling to find a combination down the 3rdand 4thstraight that would work for me, but I did enough to get into the semi’s. In my semi I was in 3rdgoing into the 3rdstraight, but lost one place in the 3rdstraight and another place in the 4thstraight, leaving me in the dreaded 5thplace spot in the semi to go into the B final and finishing up with 2ndplace.

Sunday Moto’s 1st, 2nd, 2nd, Semi 4th, A Final 8th.

The results were better on Sunday, but I was still struggling to get to grips with the track, had my one and only good lap of the weekend in the 2ndmoto, lap felt nice and smooth, and this time I held onto 4thplace in the semi to make the A final, but finishing 8thsummed up my weekend.

A hugely frustrating weekend, it wasn’t pretty, never before have I struggled so much to dial a track in, only able to get one decent race lap in all weekend, did the best I could. Scotland done and dusted, won’t look back at this one fondly, let’s move on to Telford.



Josh Butson

Round 5: Motos – 1, 1, 1 Quarter – 1 Semi – 1 Final – 3

It’s always exciting going to race on a new track but this also means practice becomes more difficult having to try out different lines on each straight to see what works best for you. The first moto was strange not knowing how the track would race but I lead from start to finish to settle into the day well. Second moto I had gate 8 and the slight freedom it brings, and won that from the first straight also. Third moto I had to make some moves to take the win, but qualified first overall out of the moto’s. I had first pick in the quarter and semi and with two wins I had first pick in the final. My gate in the final was my best of the day and hit the first jump level with the those to my outside, getting squeezed I exited turn 1 in 3rd. Making a mistake with track position I dropped back to fourth and then fifth, before making a move in the last turn to regain my 3rdplace finish.

Round 6: Motos – 1, 1, 1 Quarter – 1 Semi – 2 Final – 3

Sunday started with a gate next to Saturdays winner, after a poor gate I got shut down and worked my way from 3rdto take the eventual win. 3rdto first was the running theme for the day, with the first and second moto as well as the quarter final having the same outcome. Needing a better gate in the semi final I managed my best of the weekend and held second place from start to finish. Final time with third pick I had gate 3, although my gate felt pretty good those around me gated better and I had been shut down on the crest of the hill. I entered turn one on the inside midpack, getting lucky with a lead rider sliding out in the wet turn I exited in 3rdplace for a repeat of Saturdays finish. One of my best weekend results for a long time, coming away pleased with how I managed to win races coming from behind. The track raced much better than I thought, and with just a few tweaks I would look forward to going back again. Next up the much smaller, much shorter Telford.

Alan Hill

Round 5 -Saturday
Results cruiser: Moto’s 1st, 1st,1st, Final 1st
Results 20″: Moto’s 1st, 1st,1st, Final 2nd

We nearly didn’t make it to Scotland after breaking down on the way up but the BMX community came through as usual and we were ready to go Saturday morning for practice. The long,  challenging and technical track was a big talking point all weekend and I would have liked more time to feel comfortable on it and try some bigger gap lines. Moto’s went well in the wet conditions and I was really liking the progate which is slower than the regular Bensink gate. Had a good final on cruiser and led start to finish on a much dryer track after the rain had stopped. I got a great start in the final from the inside on my 20″ but made a mistake on the 3rd straight and got passed in the last berm, battled to the line but had to settle for 2nd place.

Round 6 -Sunday
Results cruiser: Moto’s 1st,1st,1st, Final 1st
Results 20″: Moto’s 1st,1st,1st, Final 1st

A dry start to Sunday and even some sunshine helped the track to pack down and become faster which saved some energy throughout the day. Moto’s went well and I tried a few different lines on the 3rd and 4th straights to help maintain speed and flow. Another good lap on cruiser in the final to take the win and another step closer to the national title. The rain came again before the 20″ finals and the new berms were looking slick so I was caution as I led into the first turn. Holding onto the lead, I got the 3rd straight smooth with the jump line out of the berm which was much faster and helped me maintain the lead to the finish, unbeaten for the day. A few more weeks prep before we head to France for the European Championships where I’m looking forward to taking on the World Champion  on cruiser and racing the new 35+ category on 20″.


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