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Identiti BMX

Cumbernauld, Scotland

British BMX Series Race Report

Round 5&6 – Cumbernauld, Scotland

14/15th May 2016.

 

WOW!! What an awesome weekend of racing for Team Identiti up in Cumbernauld, Scotland for rounds 5&6 of the British BMX series. The Cumbernauld Centurions club in partnership with NL Leisure had pulled out all the stops to give the riders a finely groomed raceway and awesome facilities. The racing was off the hook with very few crashes and moves a plenty in all classes. The team themselves all made their way through to the A finals and had their most successful results haul to date. Here’s how it went down……..

We’ll start with Maddie Owen-Matthews in the 15-16 girls and what can we say…….two days, two wins…..max points!! It didn’t all come easy for the British Cycling apprentice as she had to battle with fellow squad members throughout the qualifiers. In the main on day one, Maddie got the holeshot and lead out the lap from the gate, but got reeled in a little and the drag race was on down the last straight. The girls had a little coming together and it was deemed an unfair advantage in Maddie’s favour by the commissairres to gift her the win. A wins a win, but it wasn’t really the way she wanted it and on day two she was ready to stamp her name on the final. Off the gate she was gone and she flew through the track aboard her Krisis MX pro like a girl possessed going untroubled on her way to a fully legit first national win. The tears flowed and the smiles showed. Awesome stuff.

Christian White has been a revelation in the 15’s as he has gone from B final wins in Manchester, to mid pack mains in Birmingham and we were hoping he could carry the consistency through in Scotland. Well, he definitely didn’t disappoint. The first straight certainly suited his powerful style and he was up front from the gate all weekend. Into Saturdays main and he was in contention for a great finish. Regrettably, the dice didn’t roll his way as he got bunched up in the pack in the first turn. Undeterred he kept up with the field to roll home in 7th. Come Sunday and he was firing on all cylinders again, taking his place on the gate in the main amongst the firm favourites for a podium. When the gate dropped, he was neck and neck with the leaders and after some elbows through the first berm he slotted into 2nd to chase down the leader through the lap, it got close, but he was clear in 2nd and wrapped up the weekend with his best ever finish. Oh it’s coming on strong with this one!!

I genuinely shocked myself in Birmingham with a pair of A finals and decided to keep the ball rolling in Scotland. Practice went well and I felt it was time for the big, red TSG “Sam Willoughbyesque” helmet to make an appearance. Well, I seemed to find a groove through the moto’s until day two when I just lost the rhythm. It was like I hadn’t ridden the track before. I took myself off for a chat and set up the semis from the middle of the gate. It seemed to do the trick as I got the snap back and made it through to the mains. Both days I got set up out in gate six and both days that gate you dream of came to me…..it was a long way over, but I found some space and took a 3rd on Saturday, following it up with a 4th on Sunday after throwing a few shapes in the corners. That replicated my finishes in 2015 so it seems the track is my lucky one.

The 17-29 cruiser twins of Oli Cutmore and Shane Redgewell were tearing the class apart lap after lap all weekend and set up the mains for the fans. As the gate dropped the pair went bar to bar on both days, with Oli just edging ahead through the first berm to keep Shane at bay. The gap got stretched between the stylish duo and the rest of the pack and they went 1-2 to take maximum points both days.

 

Things didn’t quite go to plan for Oli up in the Superclass across the weekend, but he was as stylish as ever through the qualifiers, just missing out on the main event. Shane too had a bit of a mare on Saturday as he got pinched down the start hill in the quarters and took an early bath in the 17-24’s. Come the Sunday’s racing and he was as fired up as ever to get the job done. He breezed through the moto’s and took his place on the gate in the quarters again, this time in a much better place for qualification. He was in the last qualifier down the hill and slipped into 3rd around the first turn, where he stayed to set himself up for the semis…..then the controversy started. There were complaints from a few riders that the gate was moving before it dropped and it was decided that the 17-24 class quarters would be re-run……….not all the quarters………..just the 17-24s…………hmmmmmmmmmm!! Anyhow, they were re-racked and re-set to go again. This time, he didn’t quite get the drop he wanted, but with some fine cornering he made the moves to go through again. The relief was obvious, but the determination was stronger. Into the semis and it seemed to be his time to shine and with some great mid race manoeuvring he found himself through to the mains. We were totally stoked as a team and prepared for the main. Off the gate he was mid-pack but there was some carnage in the turns as riders collided and Shane made his move to capitalise taking 5th on the line. Quality!!

I’d like to give massive props to the team at Cumbernauld for their attention to detail and especially Fred O’Hara for sorting us out with a team pit space even though I was really late in getting it booked in. You’re a star!!

 

Massive thanks to Ison Distribution, Identiti Bikes, Gusset Components, Halo Wheels, TSG International, HT Components, ODI Grips, Renthal, Pat Campbell-Jenner, Matt Andrews, Lloyd Townsend and all the guys behind the scenes for their support.

We move on to Peckham in London for round 7&8 o 25/26th June and we will have full team coverage of the event right here.

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