Apologies to Stu and Aggro about the late posting of the Aggro Team race report.
Rounds 4 & 5 of the British Cycling National
Championships headed North to Preston in what proved to be a
wet & frustrating weekend for the BMXtalk supported
Aggro Racing Team.
Day one and round 4 held out weather wise until pretty much
race time and then it just seemed to keep falling,that said
spirits were high and everyone fully supported the efforts
put on but the Preston Pirates BMX club.
Oli Cutmore started off his Cruiser well motos well and
qualified for the cruiser final grabbing a 2nd.
Next up were the young guns of James King & Charlie
Ogrady,both getting solid results in their respective motos
and qualifying for the semi final,although disaster striking
as they both went down together on the last corner,both went
into the B final finishing 2nd & 1st respectively.
Willis White rode his socks off in what was by far his best
national for the team to date,doing enough in his motos he
cruised through to the quarters finals,then progressed his
way through to the final with a great ride all day finishing
in 4th place.
The girls of Beth Campbell & Kelsey Dixon both raced in
championship female and after coming up against each other
and mixing positions between themselves they both made the
semi final,unfortunately they never progressed but made the
surprise addition of a B final(a race never usually ran for
championship classes) Kelsey finishing in 7th & Beth
Oli Cutmore was up last again on 20″,a crash in his
first moto as the rider in front went down and he had no way
of avoiding him left him with a lot to do,a puncture in his
2nd moto pretty much summed up his weekend as they hate
dropped before we’d had time to fix it.
Day 2 & round 5 looked as if it was to be another wet
day but the rain held off bringing some exciting & close
racing along with more frustrations.
Oli Cutmore again eased into the final on his cruiser but it
again proved not to be his day…his 20″ motos
weren’t going too well and a move on the last corner
trying to gain that all important place ended his day,his
front tyre washed out bringing him down hard,this ended his
day,unfortunately his Cruiser final but worse of all a
broken collarbone was confirmed lateon
Sunday night…another rider adding the Aggro injury
list with the recovering Taylor Andrews & John
James & Charlie again traded positions in their age
group and again both placed well to make the semi
final,James didn’t fare too well in his semi as he got
squeezed off the track and crashed along the 2nd
straight..luckily no injuries though,Charlie qualified with
a consistent 2nd place and staked his claim in the
final.James battled his way around in the ‘B’ final
and grabbed a 3rd place while Charlie rode another solid lap
to finish in 4th place and just missing out on a podium spot
in the main final.
Willis White was hoping for another good day in the stacked
17-29 age group,some good racing in his motos looked like it
was going to happen again as he progressed to the quarter
finals but unluckily a 5th place ended his day.
Championship females were up next and both Kelsey & Beth
made their ways into the semi final again,again things
didn’t go their way as the both finished outside the top
4 in the respective semi finals,but the ‘B’ final
was a great race,the gate dropped and the two Aggro girls
showed their potential by holeshotting and both side by side
going into the first corner,being to nice was the easy
option as they both left a hole on the inside and fell back
to 3rd (Beth) & fourth(Kelsey)they stayed there until
the finish and showed they both have but need to dig in
All in all a great weekend except for a few mechanicals that
could happen to anyone and the obvious injury to Oli
The next National round is in Alvaston in Derby on the 5th
& 6th July.