There have been big changes over the winter at Twisted Concepts, with Sal Correa Racing (SCR) coming on board as the frame partner for the 2018 season and providing us with a fantastic hand built 6061-T6 alloy heart to our race machines. Sal is a legendary frame builder from America, with over 40 years experience in race frame manufacture. Sal started off many years ago welding SE PK Rippers in their heyday and has fabricated frames for countless brands since. You probably didn’t realise it, but if you’ve ridden a lot of hand made American alloy frames over the years, you’ve definitely ridden something welded by Sal.
There have been big squad changes over the winter too, with a few old faces moving on and fresh new talent coming in to strengthen the team and hopefully boost this years points score and push us up the elite team table. Every rider receives a custom-built race machine and Twisted Concepts are the first BMX team in the world with every rider using a disc brake. This is partly due to the fantastic support we receive from our hub sponsor Onyx Racing, who’ve provided us with full custom hub bodies to take disc rotors, and RideMisc BMX Disc Brake Systems for the brackets that bolt on to our hubs for mounting the calipers and allowing full precise chain adjustment. Feet will be firmly attached to the pedals with the continued support from our pedal sponsor CrankBrothers, who’ve been amazing partners and supported us into our third season. We also have had a great deal of help from Tangent racing products and Powers Bike Shop, the coolest BMX shop on earth and ENV Graphics and Signage giving our bikes and plates. the custom Factory finished look.
Rounds one and two of this years national series saw the team arrive at the Manchester National Cycling Centre for this seasons opening rounds. The indoor is a foreboding place to race with large grandstands and screaming crowds down the first straight and ‘factory row’, with all the big teams down the last straight, giving the feeling that you’re racing in a gladiators arena. The challenge track runs alongside the UCI supercross track and is just a (slightly) tamed down version of the championship track. The 5 meter start hill is steep and fires you up to race speed in a fraction of a second, then into a flat out first straight, the first berm is huge and easy to get lost lost in, so you have to be forceful and pick a good race line. The second straight is tricky, with a step up first, but the take off is pretty low, the jump long and the landing high, then a very steep set of doubles and a huge step up into the second berm. The third straight is a deep and tricky rhythm section which sees more than its fair share of injuries and crashes, the last berm is the smallest of the corners, but see more than its fair share of moves with a few lines opening up into the last straight. The final straight is pretty hard, again a rhythm straight, easy to get wrong and hard to race, I’ve heard it likened by some to racing across a Toblerone bar! To get the full effect of what I’ve just described make sure you check out our live streams of the team riders races on our facebook page. We ran a double gazebo in the prime position halfway down the last straight, with a half open back, and full hospitality area, as well as plenty of room for our growing squad to relax in. The atmosphere in the tent was amazing and when you rode past on the way back from your races, all you could see were smiling faces and laughing families, showing the world what we’re really about: having fun at the sharpest end of national competition. The freshly acquired Nic Nac Engineering bike rack was positioned on the back wall hanging our team bikes, the freshest and most progressive bikes on the UK scene. With an entire winter of preparation, an afternoon of practice, then two full days of racing things went really well, but who did what?