The 17th Indoor of St.Etienne was another top event this past weekend. A good track and atmosphere are pretty much guaranteed in France, but this time round the UK fans had something to shout about! It’s been a good while since we’ve had so many Elite riders upfront and winning laps! It was very encouraging to see the teams hard work paying off with all the guys winning laps and looking strong. Come semi time in the Open on Saturday night we had 5 riders left including W1 Quillan Isidore who was in the mix all night. Come the final we had Curtis Manaton and Liam Philips in the big show who’d both been looking strong all day and with Liam in lane 1 a holeshot in the first turn seemed guaranteed. At the bottom of the hill Pelluard coming from Lane 3 had cut over hard on Daudet and like dominoes he locked up with Liam and they both went to ground on the first jump with Liam taking a big impact. Curtis was coming from lane 7 and with a clear run laid down some ponnies and was leading the main battling with Andre who took the low line in turn one. Coming out of turn 2 and Curtis was having the race of his life leading the main but had come unclipped allowing Simon Duchene to pass him in the section and he took it to the line. Non the less an awesome performance from Chuck getting on the box with a well deserved 2nd place. Liam unfortunately spent the night in hospital and will be out for a while over Christmas with another injury. No doubt though he’ll be back on the pace for Manchester World Cup.
Here’s the final from Saturday night:
Abbie Taylor had some great laps and took a 4th in the final. With Magalie Pottier over in Colombia there wasn’t anyone to challenge the on form Shanaze Reade who convincingly won every lap of the weekend. Her power off the small hill was unrivaled and she notched up two seemingly effortless wins.
We are wishing Kyle Evans the best of luck today on his scaffoid operation.. Kyle was on the charge on Sunday in the quarter final winning the lap and blew up on the third straight going down very hard. Like Liam Kyle does’nt doesn’t bounce when he crashes and always seems to get hurt. He’ll be out for 6 weeks over Christmas but is hoping that with no complications he can be back on the bike for Caen.
Although two of team GB left France injured this was still an impressive weekend for the team. They all had moments of brilliance and got the competition talking and asking questions! Even though we missed out on a few final places their confidence will be up after this weekend. Also props to our World Champ Quillan who won a lot of laps over the weekend in the Open and Elite 2 (A Pro) on Sunday. Quillian went down on the first jump in the main but regardless looked strong and smooth! He will slot straight into Junior Men in Europe this season and I predict a top 5 overall finish in the rankings.
That wraps up the race action for 2012, an awesome year for UK BMX, the biggest to date! Roll on 2013, see you in Caen!