There’s no doubt about it that this weekends race in Manchester was one one of the best the UK has ever played host to. And this is merely a warm up for what is about to go down later on this Spring in Birmingham before the showdown in London in August.
The SX on Saturday night attracted over 60 riders from Europe and also from as far wide as Japan, Canada, South Africa Equador and Mexico. The NCC facility is definately going to see a lot more foreign visitors in the coming months as the Worlds top Elite riders prepare for a busy few months of International racing chasing those all important UCI points that will be vital in qualifying themselves and their countries Olympic spots for London in August. This facility prides perfect practice conditions for the Europeans looking to get their “big hill” practice in before Chula Vista World Cup next month in the USA.
Our GB squad’s impressive performance this weekend was a testiment that things are on the up and hard work is paying off. The “rookie’s” have all stepped up to Elite men this year and it was encouraging to see that Coach B’s mentoring has helped them find their feet quickly as they all showed encouraging signs at some point this weekend winning laps, looking smooth and confident. Liam Phillips really did show our foreign guests whose house it really is! His first 5 pedals are currently on another level and were unrivaled all weekend. His return to the BMX has definately put a new contender in the mix!
Here is Saturday night’s final :
Sunday’s final was exciting for the fans and luckily for us Liam’s exit over turn 2 in the main left him “ok just a little disappointed” . This was BMX racing at it’s best, two riders going neck and neck and nobody backing off, 100% commitment!