East Anglian BMX Club Race Report
BMX East Regional Round 4 – The Olympic Park, Stratford – 18.05.2014
Braintree Bullets BMX Club were history makers yet again as they hosted round 4 of the East Anglian BMX Championships at Lee Valley Velopark based in the 2012 Olympic Park in Stratford, London. This was the first race to be held on the revamped BMX track since the Olympic Games and the large field of 249 riders was a testament to the clubs hard work in putting on an event at such a prestigious venue. The event that was supported by Identiti Bikes was a huge success for the club and the sun gods were kind to the riders and spectators alike as they were bathed in glorious sunshine.
As always, the racing got underway with the cruiser classes and Jake Coombs from Braintree took charge of the 13-14 class from the gate to claim the first win of the day. Oli Cutmore claimed the second win of the day for the Bullets as he lead home the 17-29 cruiser class all day long. Shane Redgewell also had his big wheels rolling to take 2nd place with Chris Potter making it a clean podium sweep for the Bullets in 3rd. The Women’s cruiser class had the pair of Michelle Eaton and Renee Diwell out front and doing the business for Gosport
The 6 and under boys had Dominic Hines from Royston Rockets showing a clean pair of wheels to the rest of the field as he went unbeaten all day. In the A final Wilfred Pickering from Merton Saints took 2nd and Finley Davies from Milton Keynes took 3rd. The London clubs were out in force and in the 7s they dominated the class with Peckham’s Lorenz Patten racking up the win from Dagenham’s Ewan Munday and Otis Miller from Merton. In the 8’s Jack Bowditch from Birmingham made the trip down to the capital worthwhile with a great display of riding to take the win from Peterborough’s Joseph Carey and Cyclopark’s Rossi O’Brien. Freia Challis got the girls racing underway for the Bullets and took 2nd in the 7-8 girls’ class.
The first win of the day for Braintree came from Adam Gilbert who used his powerful style to pull clear of the pack and head for home in the A final of the 9s. Jordi Hart from Andover kept Gilbert honest though and chased him down in 2nd while Jospeh Harris who had been consistent all day took 3rd. The wins kept coming for the Bullets too as Seb Pantlin was unbeaten yet again in a regional race as he romped home for the win in the 10s.Kamil Sulleyman from Hackney made his presence felt as he rode to 2nd with Josh Izzard from Royston rounding out the podium in 3rd. Ipswich took the win in the 9-10 girls with Abi Pike powering ahead of the field. Evie Harding took 2nd for Norwich Flyers and Harriet Alexander was 3rd for Royston Rockets.
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Jamie Phillips from Bristol stole the show in the 11s as he went home with a clean sheet of wins through the heats and qualifiers and the final. Travis Diwell-Wilson from Gosport rode with finesse to 2nd just ahead of Dagenham’s Alec Munday who was amongst the favourites in the final. In the 12s there was a great cross section of riders from across the country with Braintree riders fairing very well. Out front though Luke Mendes rounded out a superb day’s racing to take the win from Gosport’s Evan Watson who used his power to stay ahead of the rest of the field. Braintree’s Sydney Allen had been knocking on the door of the podium all day and in the final he proved himself up to the job when he made a great move through the first corner to secure 3rd place and headed for home while club mate Tom Stokes found some great form on the long and technical track to secure 5th.
Up in the 14s Myles Fisher from Royston put in a gutsy performance to snatch victory from Braintree’s Charlie O’Grady. Fisher lined up the second straight and jumped himself into the lead as O’Grady opted to roll through the big double jump. Ollie Rowe followed O’Grady home in 3rd also for Braintree. Morgan Dorrell from Norwich was the untroubled winner of the 13-14 girls with Royston’s Ella Tomsett holding off the rest of the girls in 2nd.
TJ Yates took the win in the 16 year old boys for Birmingham with Kody Evans hot on his wheel in 2nd. Bournemouth’s Brynley Savage made up for a big crash in practice to ride his way to 3rd in the final. The Chapionship Women’s class was all about Libby Smith from Redditch. She had been consistent all day and when her nearest rival Karys Richards from Merton took a crash, Smith capitalised on the opportunity. Richards held on for 2nd and Kelsey Dixon from Braintree who wasn’t a fan of the track gave it her all to take 3rd.
The penultimate class of the day was the 17-29s Shaun Andrew’s from Ipswich was in great shape at the front of the pack as he used great skill to stretch a lead from halfway through the lap. Keith Bryceland from Dagenham was back on a bike after a lay off through injury and the rest had obviously done him good as he charged to 2nd ahead of Merton’s Gabriel Martinez.
The Superclass brought the curtain down on an awesome days racing which was hailed as a great success by all the riders and spectators. Off the gate Billy Luckhurst from Identiti Bikes was on fire and lead into the first turn. Jordan Perry from Derby had been close but bonked the first jump and slipped back. Through the second straight Billy was flying with Balby’s Dom Skidmore in pursuit and they danced through the technical third straight down into the last turn. Billy went tight to protect his line as Skidmore went wide to get his Hi-Lo on and they drag raced to the line where Dom just took the win. Oli Cutmore from Braintree was in contention at the front of the pack and as the race progressed his smooth style carried him through to 3rd place.
The Bullets Summer Race Series continues on Wednesday evenings through the summer at their Deanery Hill home track with classes for all. Registration closes at 6.30pm. For more information on the club, racing and coaching please visit www.braintreebmx.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org