Pure Bicycle Race Report Birmingham National April 2017
The Pure team headed the midlands for rounds 3 and 4 of the national BMX series at Birmingham BMX track.
Results: Moto’s 1st,1st, 1st, Qtr 1st, Semi 2nd, Final 5th
I had lots of practice on the track before the national and had learned to jump lots of the jumps. I won all my moto’s and qualified for the final with an inside gate, I was in 2nd down the first straight but went too tight in the first berm which slowed my momentum and I finished 5th. Disappointed with my result but happy with my track speed and hopeful of a better result on Sunday.
Results: Moto’s 6th,1st, 1st, Qtr 3rd, Semi 4th, Final 5th
I think I overdid it a bit in warmup but I had fun jumping the 3rd straight, feeling tired I started the day with a bad first moto but recovered to win the next 2 and qualify for the quarter final. A messy lap in the semi meant I had lane 7 for the final and would need a good gate to get over before the first berm. My gate was good but I got pushed wide in the first turn and ended up 5th, not the podium finish I was looking for. Can’t wait for Cumbernaud next month where I took 2nd both days last year.
After a cold Friday practice went well I was delighted to see the sun out to start racing on Saturday morning.
My Motos were pretty tricky, which I like as it prepares you better for the elimination races later in the day. In moto 1, I was leading & took the holeshot but washed out in the first berm! I was a little upset and scratched my arm quite bad, but determined to recover for my next moto. Motos 2 & 3 I finished 1st ! So through to quarter finals…
I managed 3rd place in a stacked quarter-final and qualified for the semi-final, which was also stacked with 6 regular A finalists. So I was pleased to get 3rd again, getting me a place in the main AFinal.
I had 5th gate pick for the final , so chose gate 1, knew I needed a fast start & thankfully matched the European no.1 rider outside me down the first straight. I finished in 2nd place, which is my best ever result in a national event!!
So I was feeling really good going into Round 4, Sunday.
Again the sun was shining & we had a great atmosphere at the pure team area! Again my moto draws were tricky. Today though I managed to win all 3!
On to another tough quarter-final, and I finished 1st, same again in the semi! I could barely believe how well things had gone, & I felt really positive for the A final.
I had 1st pick in the final & chose gate 2. I didn’t get the best start but came out the first berm in second place & finished 2nd again!
I love the Birmingham track, & love racing there. And I’m so pleased I got my best ever results both
days. I’m really looking forward to rounds 5&6 in may at Cumbernauld, which is almost my home track. Hopefully I’ll be able to keep it up!!
I put in a solid performance , won 2 out of 3 motos , won the quarter and the semi and came 2nd in the A final. It was a close race and I’m pleased with my performance .
I felt fresher and more energetic than Saturday and managed to win all 3 Motos. With strong competition I won both the quarter and semi finals and then got the 2nd spot again in the A final. Can’t wait for Round 5 and 6 in Scotland .
Having broken my ankle in January, and having had an operation to pin it back in place this was my first race back, having last raced 5 months ago.
My rehabilitation and recovery once my cast came off at the end of February went well, and I felt reasonably good going into the weekend.
Round 3: Moto’s 1st, 1st, 2nd, Quarter 2nd, Semi 6th, B Final 5th
The day started well picking up some good results, but I was feeling very fatigued early on, probably due to not racing for such a long time.
After the 1st moto we decide to change the gearing to make it less spinney, hoping this would reduce my fatigue over the day.
Then in my semi, knowing I had a harder gear I tried to get a good snap, but I hit the gate. Coming down the start hill in last I had a lot of work to do, then coming down the 2nd straight a few of the riders in front of me crashed leaving me nowhere to go, so I landed up joining them on the floor. In the B Final I got 5th place, still feeling a bit battered and bruised from the crash.
Round 4: Moto’s 2nd, 2nd, 1st, Quarter 1st, Semi 5th, B Final 4th
Again the day started good, the gearing had now been put back, and I was not feeling too bad from the crash the day before.
Going into a tough semi I just couldn’t manage to hold onto 4th place, losing it going into the 2nd berm and finishing in 5th, meaning another B final on Sunday.
By now the race weekend had taken its toll on me and my legs didn’t have much left, but I managed to race a good final.
Looking forward to the next National up in Scotland in May.
Round 3: Motos – 1st, 2nd, 1st Quarter – 5th
After struggling to adapt to the speed of a Bensink gate in Friday practice the motos went very well. And then it came to the quarter, and well lets just forget about that one. Got squeezed on the first straight and was chasing from the back end of the field from then on, never gave up but just couldn’t make it to fourth.
Motos – 2nd, 1st, 1st Quarter – 1st Semi – 3rd A Final – 3rd
The day started off well, although my second place in the first moto was my worse result of the motos it was my best ride. Third place into the first turn, came underneath a rider for second and took that result to the line. In the remaining motos I made outside gates 8 and 6 work and took the win in them both. The quarter went smoothly from gate 1, in front from the first jump and lead the pack to the finish. After just being happy to make it to the semi final after day 1 the pressure was off. Although not getting a great start I found myself third into the first turn, I came close to taking second place in the next turn and qualified for my first A final of the year with a 3rd place. In the final I decided for gate 8, a clear run into the first turn and just wanted to see what I could do. In hindsight I should have picked a more inside gate that was available, I had my best gate of the weekend and was level with the leaders over the first jump. Into the turn my outside position meant I was pushed up in the turn and lost a few places. A coming together in the last turn between leading riders left a space for me to take a 3rd place finish. Very happy to take a podium spot, and I’m looking forward to the next rounds in Scotland.
After a big crash in Zolder Belgium at the UEC European cup race the week before I decided that I needed to rest to help my recovery as I was pretty beaten up after the crash so to speed my recovery up I decided that I needed to miss this event.
Rounds 3 & 4 kicked off in Birmingham this past weekend, and the venue is one of my favourites, Birmingham Bike Park.
I chose to drive up Saturday morning as I had been up there in recent months, and pretty much had the track dialled in… (by my standards anyway!)
Saturday warm up saw me have a few good laps and I was ready to race, but with 900 riders there was a bit of a delay before racing started, so when the gate eventually dropped on my first moto, I wasn’t warmed up enough and had cramp in my left calf as I hit the first jump!
It wasn’t ideal, but managed to pedal through it and hang on for second. My second moto went well but I left the door open in the first turn and ended up third. But from then on I trusted my Maxxis
Torch tyres in the first corner, railing it low to keep the speed, but fourth place it was and onto the quarter finals.
With over 50 riders in Vets, quarter finals was a good result, but my Pure bike coupled with my HT SX Pedals and Maxxis Tyres, wasn’t going to end there and I pushed hard to make 4th place in the Quarter and onto the Semi Final. Come Semi Final time it was like an A Final form last year, it was going to be tough, and 6th place was all I could manage against some tough competition. So it was a B final for me on Saturday and 6th place it was…
Sunday came round and I was more prepared, but my first moto was pretty stacked, and I ended up 5th, but made a mends in the second moto with a Warlock Win! 3rd moto fairly straight forward with a third and onto the Quarter Finals again. I felt a lot more confident on Sunday and it was proven with a comfortable third in the Quarter final. I t didn’t start well as I was trailing in about 6th into the first corner but I made my move, the Maxxis Torch Tyres did their job, and I came out of the first corner 4th, not leaving it there I battled up to third in the second corner and I was safely through to the Semi-finals for the second day running.
The gate dropped on the Semi, and I was in the mix again and got up to 5th, but the leading 4 riders were well away and it was too much to catch them so another B Final for me. The B Final went without drama, and a good fifth place finish.
Overall the results weren’t bad considering my training plan, or lack of it… Good to come home safe and without incident, but then Jools wasn’t riding was he!
Results cruiser: Moto’s 1st,1st, 1st, Semi 1st, Final 1st Results 20″: Moto’s 1st, 1st, 1st, Qtr 1st, Semi 2nd, Final 1st
I was feeling good on the track after several practice sessions in the weeks before and had dialled in getting a pedal in on the first jump. This helped me get the holeshot in all my cruiser races to go unbeaten all day and take the win. my gates were ok in the Vets class on the superfast Bensink gate and I took the holeshot in the final, holding on to double for the day. It was a long tiring day in the dusty conditions but I was happy with my consistency and confident for a repeat on day 2.
Results cruiser: Moto’s 1st,1st, 1st, Semi 1st, Final 1st Results 20″: Moto’s 1st,1st, 1st, Qtr 1st, Semi 1st, Final 1st
With some strong competition in the cruiser moto’s, I had to work hard to stay out front. Some minor bike setup tweaks seem to have helped my gates and this contributed to me winning all my laps and taking home maximum points. I won all my 20″ laps on the way to the final and utilised an inside gate and pedalling on top of the first jump to take the holeshot. With pressure from behind on my 22nd race of the weekend, I kept it smooth and held on to complete a perfect weekend of 4 wins. I’m more than happy with my fitness and speed at this early part of the season and now look forward to the next rounds in Scotland where I’ve had great results for the last 2 years.
Kyle Evans, Quillan Isidore
Our 2 elite riders were both out in Europe with team GB, they will be competing in the World Cup rounds in Holland and Belgium in the first 2 weeks of May so they went out there to get some good track time and to get some focused training on the world cup tracks.
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