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Rd 1 & 2 – Manchester – Identiti

 

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HSBC National BMX Series Race Report

Round 1 – Manchester Indoor – 25-26th March 2017

 

The HSBC National BMX series kicked off at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester with the team out on track getting some great results. Following the 2016 season, the team competition structure was changed and Team Identiti are now in the prestigious Elite Teams league amongst the biggest brands in the industry.

 

Our cruiser boys were out on track first and Jools the TM was back on the big rig after a season off from the 40-44 class. Rocking his HT AE05 flat pedals as ever he went to work and raced his way through to the finals on both days of the competition. Racking up on the gate with an inside draw he was up with the leaders as the races flowed through the super tech track and he came away with a pair of 3rd place finishes to start the season off with a bang.

Both Oli Cutmore and Shane Redgewell race in the 17-29 cruiser class and are renowned for making the big wheel racing look rad. As ever the flouro flyers had things under control and both made their way steezily into the main. Cutmore has been working on his gates through the winter months and it showed as he took the holeshot both days and dominated the class with his fluid style to lead the point’s standings after two rounds. Redgewell gave chase and put in some great laps to take 3rds keeping the points rolling for the team tally.

 

Onto the second block of racing and the 20” classes where Maddie Owen-Matthews has stepped up to the Championship women’s class at just 16 years old. Under the guidance of the British Cycling academy coaches she has been working on her jumping skills and recently had her first few runs down the 8m supercross hill on the National Cycling Centre Elite track rolling on her new set of Halo EX3 wheels. In the racing she battled hard amongst the fastest females in the country and took to valuable experience of the top level of racing away that she will undoubtedly put into practice on her home track in Birmingham in April.

 

Sydney Allen sat out the first rounds following the final surgery on his leg that has hindered him for 18 months. Fixed up and back in training he’ll be back on track in the 15’s for rounds 3&4.

Now up in the 16’s, Christian White was looking to carry the sort of form he found during 2016 into the opening rounds and make his way into the A finals. The class was packed with talent and White just missed out on the main on the first day with a 7th place B final finish. Day two and his wick was lit with desire after not making the A final on the previous day. Some solid moto finishes and a great gate in his semi-final saw him through to the second days final where he battled amongst the pack for some good points.

 

Jools was back out for the second block of racing on the 20” Krisis MX XL and was thoroughly warmed up and ready for the task in hand following the cruiser laps. The Vets class was stacked with former elite racers, world, European and British champions amongst the 45 entries and the racing was off the hook. Our flat pedal warrior kept his head down and got involved with the action, making some corner moves Valentino Rossi would have been proud of to secure himself a spot in the semi-finals and top 16 both days. The semis didn’t go so well and he missed out on the cut for the main events, rounding off the weekend in 14th overall.

 

Also stepping up in a stacked class of 57 riders was Shane Redgewell in the 17-24’s. Our man had a tall order ahead of him, but following a solid winter of visits to the Indoor track he put his skills to work and was looking dialled in as he breezed through the motos and quarter finals on his way to the semi-finals on both days racing. Much like Jools, he worked his Halo MXR SL tyres to their limits but just couldn’t find the all-important top four and racked up on the gate in the B finals where he had a pair of top 5 finishes keeping him well in the hunt for the main event as we head into the season.

Last up was Oli Cutmore in the Superclass, taking to the gate alongside the British Cycling Academy racers on their home track. His track craft and bike handling skills are amongst the best in the country and his ballsy moves aboard his XXXXL Krisis frame kept the fans entertained. His nemesis on the track had been the super tech third straight and he has paid the price for small mistakes twice through the winter. None of that seemed to faze him though as he went bar to bar through the qualifiers to make the premier class main events putting him alongside the top 8 fastest racers in the country after the first two rounds of racing.

 

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, Race FX, XLR8 Bike School and all the guys behind the scenes for their support.

 

We’ll be back on track for rounds 3&4 at Birmingham Bike Park on 22nd-23rd April looking to carry momentum from the great showing at the first rounds with us to the Midlands.

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