Cruiser action has been hot today out here in France… The turns have played havoc with the riders, slid outs, take out’s, riders getting high sided on back wheels, you name it…The first turn is too low and too tight, we are guaranteed “action” when the faster guys hit the track tomorrow that’s for sure!
The race of the day was undoubtedly the 40-44 Cruiser final. Keith Bryceland twitched and hit the gate, went into turn one last and came out second…he bumped and passed the leader in turn two (pic above). He got passed in the rythmn section but dived again in the last turn with a signature elbow.. The rider in third cut down and they dualled down the last straight but Keith had edged back in front when he just exploded on the last jump! He crossed the line with his Sinz forks snapped clean off on the legs… I’m not sure if this caused the crash or was caused by the crash but Keith was metres away from a title. The crowd lapped it up..one of the best cruiser races I’ve seen in a while! Unlucky for Keith.
45 and over was up next… A rider wobbles on the gate, fell over and took the rider next to him out like a domino. Both riders down in the 10 metres…The race isn’t stopped until the exit of the second turn. The crowd start boo’ing and whistling in disaproval for the race not being stopped immediately. After a few minutes rest the race is re-run and ironically the rider that caused the carnage in the first run, wins the re-run.
All in all an eventful and entertaining end to the days racing with lots to talk and laugh about. For the UK contingent Andy Shaw rode well but crashed out in the semi’s in a tough 30-39 class. Ady Warden was semi’d but as ever a crowd favourite and lot’s of mention’s on twitter from the fans weatching the live feed back in the UK.
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