Where to start……… Team GB had an amazing Worlds, with the largest country rider count at well over 400 riders and SO many final makers. Coming home with a total of 34 W Plates, 34 !!! We cant wait to see them all on show at Birmingham National.
The week started off with the younger age groups on Tuesday, two moments stand out for us. The 1st was having 5 riders in the Girls 5 to 7 and the heart-break for DK UK’s Freia Challis, leading till the 3rd straight before loosing her pedals. Big congrats to all the girls on making that final and showing BCF just what they would be taking away with their decision. 2nd stand out for the day and possibly our biggest stand out of the week was the total dominance of Ryan Martin (Interview coming soon) he put on a master class every time he got on the gate, Lane 2 to the finish line in perfection.
Day 2 of racing was the older guys and gals, 7 W plates got bagged this day. More stand out performances came from Kat Davidson and Blain Davis (aboard one one the freshest looking bikes in the pits from any country) in the Girls 16 final. Grant Hill and Cal Strickland both brought home W2 plates with great laps all day from both of them. The day ended with Kelvin Batey winning the 1st of his 2 W plates in Masters for Ireland, re taking the Rainbow stripes in a great final. His 1st corner move was textbook. We also had it confirmed by the man himself that he’s going to have another run at the ‘Olympic Dream’ (Talk Interview in the works)
Cruiser Day, another 8 W Plates in the bag. Stay Strong’s Andy Shaw made his 11th Worlds Final coming away with a well deserved 5th on his flat pedals. We had 2 guys in the 45 & Over final, Jon Moore and Rich Barrett. Rich broke his forks in his warm up lap and had to ride his first 2 moto’s on a borrowed bike before a new pair had been purchased and fitted in the GB Pits. Kelvin takes his 2nd W1 plate of the week in 30 – 34 and at her very 1st World Champs Kim Batsford comes home with a W8 plate.
Full List of Team GB W Plate winners, Massive congratulations everyone…..
- Boys 5 & 6 – Rocco Somerville – W8
- Girls 5 to 7 –
- Elsa Rendall Todd – W1
- Micah Prithard – W3
- Lucy Simpson – W4
- Freia Challis – W5
- Esme Brook – W7
- Boys 7 –
- Myles Wildbore – W4
- Gabe Simpson – W8
- Girls 8 – Lucy Hutt – W2
- Boys 8 –
- Taylor Hunt – W1
- Ralph Grimmett – W7
- Girls 9 – Betsy Bax – W1
- Girls 11 –
- Emily Hutt – W6
- Emma Jeffers – W8
- Girls 12 – Lauren Anyon – W8
- Boys 12 – Luke Shriever – W3
- Girls 13 –
- Emily Orena – W6
- Imogen Hill – W8
- Boys 13 – Ryan Martin – W1
- Boys 14 – Ross Cullen – W1
- Girls 16 –
- Katurah Davidson – W2
- Blaine Ridge Davis – W3
- Men 17 to 24 – Grant Hill – W2
- Men 25 to 29 – Calum Strickland – W2
- Men 30 & Over – Alan Hill – W5
- Masters – Kelvin Batey – W1
- 13&14 Cruiser Men – Nathan Wood – W6
- 15&16 Cruiser Men – Harley Taylor – W4
- 17-24 Cruiser Men – Oli Cutmore – W5
- 30-34 Cruiser Men – Kelvin Batey – W1
- 40-44 Cruiser Men – Andy Shaw – W5
- 45 & Over Cruiser Men –
- Jon Moore – W4
- Richard Barrett – W5
- 30 & Over Cruiser Woman – Kim Batsford – W8
The track was wet, the hill was small, the racing was great and the take out were plenty.
Team GB unfortunately didn’t have anyone in the Junior Women’s class but we had Paddy Sharrock in the Junior Men. He looked good on track (As ever, the kid destroys anything and everything he rides) placing 7th in Time trials but sadly exiting racing in the Semi’s. On to Elites, Woman Elite we had another one man wolf pack with Charlotte Green. She placed 19th in Time Trial and exited racing in the Semi’s. Elite Men, here we have a strong squad. We don’t have the numbers of the Dutch, one 1/4 had 5 Dutch riders in… they came across the line in formation 1 to 5…. Strength in numbers for sure.
- Liam Phillips – TT 5th
- Kyle Evans – TT 33rd
- Quillan Isidore – TT 56th
- Tre Whyte – TT 72nd
Racing was messed around with the weather, dropping Moto’s from the normal 3 to 1 and then straight in to knock out rounds. This didn’t seam to bother Liam making it all the way to the final with ease. Lining up for the final in lane 3 he looked confident through the rain but a bad gate left him chasing the pack, he missed all the carnage around the track and crossed the line for a W5 plate.
As I’m sure you’ve all heard by now things got a little heated in the pits between Sam-I-Am & David Graf following Sam going over turn 2. Lot on the line, pride and money so its understandable but not excusable.
Final Thoughts……… last years Elite Mens final video below……… what do we think of Sam’s move on Connor compared to Graf’s move on him ?????