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2016 Pure Bicycles British Championships

Rider Race Report

 

The Pure UK team headed to Derby for the biggest race in the UK calendar the British Championships this year saw the event grow to over 1200 riders competing from all over the UK. Have a read of our riders reports below and many thanks to all the sponsors that help us to do what we love.

Jared,

 

Jared went to the Brits with one goal in mind and that was to win the title of British champion and the chance to run the 01 plate on his Pure bike. His racing got off to a great start with 3 moto wins. His age group was the biggest it’s ever been with 67 riders, leading to 1/8ths which Jared won and went on to win his quarter also. Jared’s gates had been on point up until the semi final stage when he unfortunately got a late gate. He was blocked from the start and had a lot of ground to make up, going into the 1st berm in 5th or 6th position but he dug deep and fought his way back to 3rd by the finish line. With 5th pick in the final gate 5 was the best he could hope for. His start was ok. He was 3rd coming out the first berm and looked to be reeling in the top 2 . In the last berm he spotted an oppurtunity to make a move when the two riders battled but was promptly shut down and despite his best efforts had to settle for 3rd. He was disappointed to start with but was soon smiling again and more determined than ever to train harder for next year.


Luke

 

So the season finale, the 2016 British Championships at Derby.

Luke made sure he qualified on both the 20″ and Cruiser during the season, so he could double up and race both bikes for this event.

 

Saturday was Cruiser race day, with 24 riders it was straight into semi’s for this class, moto’s went well with a couple of wins and a 3rd, then it was through the semi and into the final.

Having got a decent gate, Luke didn’t get a great first straight, coming out the 1st berm in 3rd, he was unable to pull it back, and took 3rd overall.

 

On Sunday it was race day for the 20″, with 54 riders it was top 32 going into quarters.

Moto’s were good with a couple of 2nds and a 3rd, with the riders that beat him going on to take the top 2 steps in that class in the final.

A win in the quarter and second in the semi saw Luke make his way into the final.

He had a decent start and raced a good final, coming away with a 3rd place, beaten by the 2 riders that have dominate the age group this year, this was his best Brits result to date.

 

Luke’s had a tough season this year with a couple of injuries, not something we’ve ever had to deal with, but it’s been a good first year with the Pure team.

We’ve enjoyed being part of the team and love the brand, thank you to Richard Townsend for having us on the team, and to all the sponsors and partners that help make all this happen.


Tian

 

The Brits was a tough one with a load of fast riders in superclass. I felt pretty good though and liked the track.

I managed to finish 3rd in all of my motos so I got through to the semis. I was on the outside in the semi but my start was pretty good and I was in 5th going into the first corner when I tried to make a move but unfortunately slid out.

Overall I’m happy with the way I rode but it would have been nice to see how I would have done if I didn’t slide out.

 

Onto the next one!


Josh

 

The Brits is the arguably the biggest event of the racing season and this was certainly noticed on race day, lots of new riders in the pens and just a general feel of excitement. I was drawn some tough motos and was given gates 6,4,7 within these, not the best start to the day. The gate was causing some problems to riders due to its slow speed in dropping, where you had to be careful and wait longer than normal before giving it everything out the gate. The motos i handled this well, the first race i got out well and entered a drag race with another rider coming out of the inside. I didn’t have enough to get over on him into turn 1 so tucked in behind and followed for a second place. The second moto had the most difficult lineup with three eventual finalists alongside me, i had a great gate but got squeezed from both sides down the hill. I was in fourth down straights one and two, and made a move for third down the next straight and held that till the line. The third moto went well leading out the lap only to be passed in the last turn, but I easily qualified for the quarter finals. With now having gate pick in the quarters I could choose anything apart from 1, 3 and 4 as they had been taken by higher ranked qualifiers. I decided on gate 5 to give myself some space, this worked as i gated well and just pulled away from the rest of the field down a very long first straight, i got across the riders into turn 1 and took the win sealing my spot in the semi. With second pick in the semi i decided on gate 5 again with it going well previously, however this tricky gate come into play. Being too eager i missed out the needed temporary pause and just went for it, i hit the gate and luckily managed to stay clipped in albeit being left right at the back of the race. Needing top 4 to qualify for the final i couldn’t have made it any more difficult for myself. I caught up to the back of the field into the first turn and carried lots of speed round it to fire me down the second straight, i made a few passes squeezing through gaps between riders leaving me 5th into turn 2. Knowing i needed to make one more pass to make it through i decided to leave it to the last straight and try and beat the rider on outright speed rather than making a block pass in the turn. I wasn’t sure that this had totally worked as i lunged for the line, i knew it was close but believed i had missed out on the spot. However as the officials looked at the photo on the line i had infact made it into the final. My poor gate pick in the final because of this left me in gate 8. I remained with the field down the first straight but being on the outside into turn 1 meant i was pushed high and wide leaving me at the back of the field. I fought back to make 6th in the race and 5th within my age group. I believe i had the speed to do better but making the finals at the Brits i cannot be disappointed

Alan

 

My preparations for the British Championships went well with a win at my home track at the last regional of the year and some good training sessions at Derby. Racing only cruiser on Saturday, I won all of my laps in the run up to the final and was feeling confident of a good result. With on-off rain all day, the conditions were challenging but the track held up great and the gate was still grippy. My start in the final was good and I pedalled through the first jump to keep my speed but couldn’t quite take the holeshot and slotted into 2nd through the first turn. I railed the second turn and used the exit speed to dive up the inside into the last turn and take the lead, holding on to take my 16th Brits title.

After a late night at the awards presentation, it was good to wake up to a dry and sunny day for my 20” class. I won all my races leading up to my final and was happy to get first lane choice and the important inside pick. I got the gate I was looking for in the final and led down the first straight but only with a slight lead on the rider on my outside. Trying to hold him wide, I left a gap on the inside going into the first turn and was passed by another rider. With nothing left in the tank, I was unable to chase him down and had to settle for 2nd, disappointed after a costly mistake.

Its been another good year with the Pure Bicycles team and all the sponsors that support us. I’m looking forward to representing the team again for my 5th season next year but first were off to the USA for the Grand Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma in November.


Neil.

 

The British Champs 2016… Wow what an awesome event and not just my result but the whole weekend, despite the weather trying to spoil things on Saturday!

Friday Practice went well, I felt good on the track and my Gates were simply spot on… The gate was a bit slower than normal, which always helps, and I seemed to be pushing it down and Snapping some of the young guns around me.

Saturday came and it was only another practice day, but after being at the track for training twice in the last few weeks I decided to give the 9AM stint a miss, at 11AM the heaven’s opened and it was raining for the second session, so I decided to give this session a miss also and save my legs for Racing on Sunday.

Sunday came round with the Sun shining, and race day was upon us, with 58 riders in Vets it was going to be a tough day with Quarter Finals looming.

First Moto on the gate and I was really nervous, which doesn’t normally happen for me, was I starting to regret no practice on Saturday?

Boom… The Gate went down and I took the Holeshot and held on for the win in Moto 1, same again in Moto 2, but I chilled and rolled home in Second.

Moto 3 came around and again I took the lead and held on for another Moto win, so it was a 1-2-1 in the moto’s and first choice on lane pick for the Quarter. I knew even before seeing the line-up I was going in lane 3… When the Lady on the hill asked me I said “1”!!! “no wait a minute, don’t know why I said that as I was always going in 3”! maybe nerves, but lane 3 it was… The quarter was tough, but I had confidence knowing that I could get through it, and although it wasn’t my best lap of the whole weekend, 3rd was good enough to see me in the Semi Finals… I had 4th or 5th pick in the Semi, but ended up in gate 2 next to Ian Archibald who was in lane 3, I thought to myself just follow Ian round and I will make the Brits Final?

Gate dropped and I got a really good gate again, tucked in behind Ian down the first straight and never looked back, cheering myself across the finish line in Second, I had made yet another A final, this one meant a lot, as it was the British Champs!!!

Now totally relaxed, knowing I was in the Final, the pressure was off, I ended up in lane 1, and a great gate saw me battling for 3rd down the first straight, whilst Archibald and Nicholls battled for the 01 plate, I was chasing down Campbell for that final Podium spot, with Campbell eventually getting it… It was a great Final with a Photo Finish deciding the winner, and I was elated to come home in 4th!!! 4th at the British Champs sounds pretty good…

 

This topped off a great season for “The Warlock” and his Pure Bicycle, National Number 6 and 4th at the British Champs… Thanks to all the Sponsors, but especially to Rich Townsend from Pure Bicycles, probably the fastest bikes in world!

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