Here is Sundays race report from Braintree regional.
Write is from BMX guru Jools Allen and photos are by-Peter Acteson-Rook, Miles Kirby, Evpike.
BMXTalk- This was my first BMX race in a couple of years and I gotta say a big thanks to Jools and the Braintree massive for putting on blinder, the track was in perfect condition ( until I skidded up all the lips and slowed up all the racing) the weather held up and everyone had a really good time…Cheers.
BMX East Race report
East Anglian Regional Round 1 – Braintree – 6th April 2014
The East Anglian BMX racing season opener kicked off at Braintree Bullets BMX track with an almost unprecedented 202 riders in attendance from across the region, the Midlands and the whole of the South East.
The club had spent their time the previous week getting the track prepared with 10 tonnes of new surface being laid to get the track in tip top condition for the meeting. The riders were also treated to dry conditions and the racing was top notch across all classes.
Myles Wildbore from Derby Ssquared made the trip well worth it in the 6 and under’s as he romped home to the win ahead of Norwich Flyers Jared Hill and Rotherham’s Rocco Brant. Dagenham’s Ewan Munday was super consistent all day in the 7’s on his way to the class win. Jay Drew from Redditch Premiers stole 2nd place away from the hard charging Joseph Brighty from Peterborough Phantoms in 3rd. In the 8’s Jack Bowditch from Birmingham totally dominated the class with an unbeaten run through the day. Braintree’s Eddie Cannons showed true grit as he battled hard for 2nd ahead of Peterborough’s Joseph Carey.
The Cruiser classes were up next and the 9-12’s saw Josh Werner from East Kent take a solid victory from Birmingham’s Harrison Gee and Dagenham’s Alec Munday. Michelle Eaton from Dagenham took the win in the 30+ Ladies class with Sarah Fuller from Milton Keynes in 2nd and Norwich’s Abi Hill in 3rd. The rest of the classes were combined to make a brilliant class of mixed ages and it was the Braintree boys who rose to the top as Oli Cutmore smoothed his way ahead of the pack with ease to take the win from Chris Potter and Peterborough’s Paul Maidment who made the podium after a harsh crash in the heats nearly saw him out of the competition.
Braintree’s first win of the day came from Adam Gilbert who powered away from the pack to finish the day with a clean sheet. Josh Abbott kept the pack at bay in 2nd for Royston Rockets with Cameron Parrish doing the business for Braintree in 3rd. Seb Pantlin kept the ball rolling for the home club as he jumped his way to the front of the field in the 10’s to claim the class victory. Runneymede Rockets Ben Curling made some moves to take 2nd with Alex Doree for the Bullets in 3rd. The Golden Ticket class for the day was the 12’s and East Kent’s Josh Werner stole the show and the money with some great bike riding to take the win. Birmingham’s Harrison Gee took some big points back to Birmingham as he rode to 2nd with the home club’s Tom Stokes turning it on in 3rd. In the girls class Abi Pike from Ipswich took the Suffolk clubs sole win with Royston’s Harriet Alexander chasing her down in 2nd and Norwich’s Evie Harding hot on their wheels in 3rd.
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The 14’s had a strong national feel to it with the National Champ; Natham Wood from Doncaster on the gate and he proved he’s worthy of the title with a strong win. The Braintree pair of Charlie O’Grady and Ollie Rowe duked it out behind wood to take 2nd and 3rd with club mate Christian White chasing hard in 4th. Cyclopark’s Ev Tulloch turned on the style in the 16’s to flow his way to the front ahead of Ipswich’s Alex Pike and Merton Saint’s Ewan Stark. Norwich’s Morgan Dorrell was on fire in the 13-14 girls as she took the win ahead of Peterborough’s Deborah Parrish and Drew Raven.
It was the veteran of the class who took the victory in the 17+ class as Lee Alexander fought off all comers for Royston to take the win. Matt Allen from Peterborough played it safe and settled for 2nd with his club mate Michael Ledlie in 3rd. In the Championship Women Kelsey Dixon from Braintree finished her day on a high note with a great lap to secure the win ahead of club mates Lana Redgewell, Isabel Potter and Meg Vaughan.
The big race of the day was left until last with the Superclass bringing down the curtain on a great day’s racing. Off the gate Oli Cutmore from Braintree pulled like a train to lead the pack out with Peterborough’s Jonny Hastings in tow. As they flew into the 2nd corner Braintree’s Josh Butson made his move up the inside of Hastings to take the spot. Behind the leaders Josh Wallis from Cyclopark jumped his way into 4th past Hayes Hawks William Iwe and Iwe was also overcome by Braintree’s Lee Golder who slipped a pedal at the start and had to fight through the pack for positions. Bringing up the field was Julian Allen from Braintree and Peckham’s Aaron Massey.
The first of Braintree’s summer series races is on Wednesday May 7th and the 2nd round of the East Anglia series is at Peterborough on April 27th. For further information on the club, coaching and racing please visit www.braintreebmx.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org