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Rd 3&4 – Birmingham – Identiti



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HSBC National BMX Series Race Report

Round 3&4 – Birmingham Bike Park – 22-23 April 2017

 

The Identiti BMX team hit the road again last weekend for rounds 3&4 of The HSBC National BMX series at Birmingham Bike Park. The team had a couple of guys out of action as Christian White had school duties to attend to and our TM Jools had to miss out due to a broken wrist following a crash on his home track at Braintree a couple of weeks ago. The old boy was “on hand” though to keep the team in order and even took to the commentary tower to add his own brand of Essex trash talk to proceedings.

Shane Redgewell - Tony Twist

Our cruiser boys were out on track first as always and both Oli Cutmore and Shane Redgewell made their way through to the 17-29 cruiser class mains both days. Our “flouro flyers” had things under control from the gate as they put on a synchronised show of radness for the fans taking, 1st and 2nd to rack up max points for the team points standings.

 

Onto the 20” classes and Syd Allen was back in action for his first big race of the year. Being the TM’s son is no easy ride and he went to work in the 15’s aboard his new Krisis MX XL frame in our awesome Blue colourway. On the first day he looked to be struggling with big race nerves and scraped through to the quarters where his day ended. Taking a lot from the day he was out again on day two, taking 3rds in all of his motos and qualifying easily for the quarters. His gates were on point and he settled into 3rd through the first berm and looked to be easily going through to the semis when a lapse of concentration caught him out and he got shuffled back to 5th in the last turn. Taking away some positives he was on the pace and will be better prepared mentally for rounds 5&6 in Scotland next month.

Syd Allen - Tony Twist

With 64 riders entered, the 17-24 class is amongst the most competitive in the country. The depth of talent in the class is unsurpassed and our man Shane Redgewell is always in the mix. Regrettably, his weekend didn’t start too well with an OTB off the gate in his first moto it was a tall order just to qualify with 32 riders getting dropped. He fought back with a 4th and a 2nd but missed out on the next round by one point. New Halo MXR SL tyres got fitted for the second day and he was back on point with some awesome gates and first straights seeing him go 1, 3, 3 through the motos and into the quarters. The quarter went like clockwork with a solid 3rd and then into the semis where he sat on the bubble spot to take 4th and into the main. What a difference a day makes, motoed one day and in the main the next. Well anything can happen in the main and it normally does in this class. Off the gate he was with the pack and battling with club mate Josh Butson. As the race was coming down the third straight the field were bunching and a sniper took some riders down in the last turn opening up some gaps that Shane didn’t need asking twice to go through. Some quick thinking and swift bike handling saw him dive through the chaos to take a fine 4th place finish.

Shane Redgewell – Abi Taylor

Our Championship class riders get no easy races and our first year Champ Women’s racer Maddie Owen-Matthews was hoping to make it happen on her home track. With style for miles she was looking good through the tech sections but her power is still a work in progress and she was struggling with the speed on the first straight. Always with the pack she just missed the cut for the finals and was lucky to walk away from a big slam on day two. Another learning curve for our “Brummie Bird” and she’ll be back for more on the track she took her first national win on in Scotland next month.

Maddie Owen-Mathews - Tony Twist

Last up was Oli Cutmore in the Superclass, where he went bar to bar with the fastest BMX athletes in the country. Some strong moto results saw him style his way through to the semis both days and he took his place in the top 16. Coming from the outside gates made it a tough job, but he got stuck in, just missing out on the finals by one place. Considering his jet lag from a trip to the states mid-week, his riding was a treat to watch as ever and he keeps himself in the hunt for a top 8 finish in the premier class.

 

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. Massive thanks to Tony Twist and Abi Taylor for their awesome photos.

 

We’ll be back on track for rounds 5&6 at Cumbernauld in Scotland on 27-28th May and looking to carry momentum North of the border to keep our Elite team status on point and out front.

Oli Cutmore – Abi Taylor
Oli Cutmore - Abi Taylor

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