Billy Luckhurst, trained, raced, coached, sessioned and vlogged his way through the winter for all to see on YouTube along with Charlotte Green, who also became a full team rider. Rhys Wood got the variation in, racing BMX, as well as enduro mountain bike and mini downhill, which was a great stamina builder, as well as adding to his already amazing skill set on bikes.
We had another new member join the team, the lovely Morgan Haslam, who will be racing in the 13/14 year old girls’ category for us this year. We were super impressed with her podium performances over the winter at the Indoor series, taking the overall series title, and we’re sure she’s going to shine on the team this season
We were pleased to continue our partnership with a majority of the team’s partners from the previous season, with Doublecross, Onyx Racing, Turn3 and Cranks Bros. We even had some new partners on board and the technical side is starting to look off the hook, with some of the new team new bikes going onto disc brakes thanks to Ride Misc. brackets and carbon rotors. A new shop deal was also agreed State side with Powers Bike Shop coming on-board for all our parts and spares.
Manchester Indoor is a scary place to race, no doubt about it, its two tracks in one, a full UCI supercross track and a national standard challenge track. Our riders would be competing on the challenge track for rounds 1 and 2 of the 2017 national series, but it’s still a serious and foreboding prospect for most. The 5 meter hill is next to a grandstand, which is usually packed and pretty noisy. Even the little kids are hitting the first jump with some serious speed and have no choice but to ‘send it’. The pro/supercross first straight runs on the inside parallel with the challenge first straight, in places it’s like racing next to a concrete wall where the huge supercross jumps spread out before and after the challenge ones, so if you’re coming from the inside gates and you don’t hit the front you’ll get squeezed out.
The first berm, is massive, easily big enough to find yourself giving too much room in, moves can come from any direction, all at once. The second straight is a long step up, followed by a steep set of doubles, then a steep step up into the second berm, again running next to a supercross straight, so if you get your lines wrong or your pushed out you can end up quite easily on the wrong section of track. The final two straights are super technical rhythm sections which see many riders getting caught out and a lot of crashes, quite often serious ones, the indoor takes no prisoners and is probably the most daunting track in Britain for almost everyone. It was built as an elite training facility for Olympians and it still is, there’s just an everyman side to it.