The Champions of Cheddar race is a brand new race event brought to you by Ultimate BMX and EA Pure Bicycles, the race was held on the 17th of september a week before the British Championships, which attracted riders from all over the country and even a couple from the Netherlands.
the younger age groups and cruisers racing was held during the day, there were a couple interesting age groups with the 8 & under mixed, 9-11 year olds, and 12-14 year olds, as well as mixing the boys with the girls, one of the girls who really stood out for me was Beth Shriever from Braintree, she rides like a boy, a fast one at that, it was great to see her whooping ass in with the boys.
After the Challenge classes finished we waited for the sun to go down and the flood lights to come out, unfortunately during that wait the heavens opened and threw down about a weeks worth of rain for two hours, and looked as though the race wasn’t going to go ahead, but after a riders meeting and every one deciding to tough it out in the rain racing went ahead. Unfortunately a bit of a poor turnout for the women’s class with only five riders, which meant grand prix for them, Molly Dobson done it for Stay Strong and took the third, Amelia Silvestre took the second and Charlotte Green took the win for EA Pure. the 19+ final was won by Jason Fay and even pulled up quite a lead, Tom Palmer took the second and the always factory looking Alan Hill got the third. The 15+ Pro race had semi finals and believe me, the berm moves were everywhere, a couple riders decided to ditch the clips and put flat pedals on for some foot down action and for Scott Waterhouse it paid off as he went from about 7th to second behind Tre Whyte with Martijn Jaspers and Jordy Van der heijden behind them. The final gate went down and Van Der Heijden took the hole shot and stayed there to take the win, Curtis Manaton came out of the first turn right behind him and didn’t stop gaining on him but it didn’t seem to be enough so he had to settle for second and Martijn Jaspers took the third after almost getting pushed off the first turn he pulled almost everyone by the second turn. So despite the rain it was a great race.