Rounds 8 & 9 of the British Cycling National series headed to Birmingham for the penultimate 2 rounds,the weather was mixed from day to day but the racing was as fast as ever and with some titles being decided this weekend was no time to take it easy.
The hardcore BMX’ers found themselves up against the mother natures finest on round 8 as the rain lashed down for most of the day,a few odd sunny spells but rain was here to stay for most of the day…Oli Cutmore made his way into the final with his usual consistant performances,a great race with series leader and a drag race to the line until Sharpe(points leader) went down and took Cutmore with him,they both emerged slowly with Oli taking a 7th place but another injury was a more likely issue.
The 13 year old duo of Charlie Ogrady & James King both worked their ways into the semi finals,Charlie progressed to the final but James agonisingly missed out by one place,Ogrady chased hard in the main final with a very credible 4th place.
Masters rider John Lillingstone seemed to be enjoying his racing as he made the final cut with his consistant gates,another good one in the final gave home a well earned 3rd place.
In the busy 17-29 class Willis Whites ‘never give up’ attitude earnt him a spot in the semi final but it wasn’t to be as he too missed out by one place.
Our sole female rider this weekend Kelsey Dixon in championship female had her work cut out,she made the semi finals but missed out on the final finishing in 7th.
Oli Cutmore & Taylor Andrews came across each other in the moto’s in the championship male class,both rode well to make the final but with Oli struggling after his cruiser crash it was a matter of just rolling round for him to get the points,Taylor back after a few months out made the podium with a brilliant 3rd place.
Round 9 was a totally different day as the sun shone from the off,no Oli Cutmore as he pulled out with injury but 100% from everyone else was needed and what we got.
The two youngsters Ogrady & King were riding bang on form as they both eased into the semi final,James was eager to make the final after missing out on Saturday & did so with an awesome third place,Charlie also qualified with a faultless 2nd place lap.come final time and the guys were not far away from each other,James unfortunately went down after the rider in front crashed and finished in 8th,Charlie however was after the win,into 2nd place in the last corner right on the tail of the leader,a photo finish was called on the line,but unluckily just missed out on his first win.
Willis White didn’t have the day he wanted,after qualifying for the quarter finals,a 5th place was all he could muster and ended his day.
John Lillingstone was again rewarded for his good gates,replicating Saturdays result with a solid 3rd place,4 podium places in 4 national races this year.
Kelsey Dixon upped her game on day 2 as she cruised into the semi,an unlucky 5th and missing out by one place wasn’t how she hoped but a seasons best to date.
With Taylor Andrews our only Championship rider,there was no chance of any him racing any team mates,racing with the UK’s elite in the moto’s will help both him & Oli progress,Taylor again qualified for the final and led into the pro section,unluckily clipping the middle jump and losing speed for the last Pro double,that said he dug in and pulled a 2nd place and another podium place to end his weekend on a high.
Taylor Andrews mid flight.
Charlie Ogrady storming the front.