Each year Caen Indoor is getting better and this year was te best one to date. 1700 riders signed up even with no kids classes under 13, pretty impressive! The track layout was on a bigger scale than previous years and the packed out grandstands made for a good atmosphere. Normandy TV broad casted the event LIVE on Saturday night for the Open which save 32 gates in the first round of the men’s class..
Despite all the GB squad looking impressive we didn’t get anyone through to the main event. Curtis Manaton and Kyle Evans were looking really good all weekend but just missed out on the big show.
The final saw Amidou Mir who was going seriously quick on night lead the main into turn but left enough of a gap for Sylvain Andre to take the low low line and bump Amidou. Stay Strong / CKContractors / Bensink rookie Elite Leopold Tramier made a big swoop and high lowed the pack and came out in the lead and held it to the line for a big win and 1,000 Euros in cash! He was stoked to say the least with his first Elite Win.. Quintin Calyron and Martijn Scherpen rounded out the other two steps on the box.
Shanaze Reade, Abbie Taylor and Charlotte Green all made the ladies main event, after a good holeshot Shanaze was clear and the front of the pack but went down hard on the exit of the first turn taking a few girls with her including Abbie. Charlotte just missed the podium finishing 5th ahead of Abbie and Shanaze who was now out for the rest of the weekend.
Beth Shreiver was convincing all day with a solid win in 14 girls,with Blain Davis also taking 5th place, good work.. W1 Joey Gough took a 6th for Identiti. Jon Moore also 5th in a good 40+ cruiser main and Kieron Mc Avoy was also 5th in mens 25-29 Ex.
With Shanaze out of action on Sunday the women’s main was wide open, Abbie Taylor put down a stella lap to take her first International Elite win, congrats are in order!
Bloomy’s boys rode well all weekend.. Curtis and Kyle were the standout’s from the group but everyone had some good laps and showed positive sign’s. Curtis was worthy of a main and won some laps over the weekend pulling Amidou Mir who was on form and looking strong. He didn’t make it to the main but regardless was impressive. Kyle redeemed himself on Sunday after missing his gate in Saturday night’s semi and was a genuine contender for the win after consistent laps from every lane. He battled with Calyron down the first straight in the main and was second into the first turn but went down in flames! Luckily not injured.. This is just the start of things to come for Kyle and Chuck whose confidence should definitely be up following the last two French outings! Watch this space..
For me, the French put on the best events in BMX, without a doubt Caen is one of the top races on the Euro calendar. There was a good crew of UK regulars and some first timer’s who made the trip, so next year join the party and be sure to work this one into your travel plans as you won’t be disappointed!