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Milton Keynes

Twisted Concepts Race Report

East Anglia Summer Regional Series Round 1 Milton Keynes 03/04/2016

Sunday saw the a large representation from the team take a slice of race action at the first round of the East Anglian summer series at Milton Keynes BMX track. MK is the home club for quite a few of the riders, so expectations would be high, with all riders wanting to deliver the goods in front of a home crowd. There had been heavy rain in the week in the build up to the event, the car park had been flooded out and a popular Easter Holiday coaching session had been forced to cancel, so the whole event had even been in doubt at one point, but the weather cheered up, the ground dried out and it was all go. The morning of the event saw the team gazebo set up in the sunshine in prime position, the bikes kits shone, but would the riders carry that factory sparkle through to the racing? The track was in surprisingly good condition and running quickly on the day, just a bit loose in the dirt berms, which would lead to some exciting race action, riders having to balance grip with nerve and speed and a bit of home track knowledge coming into play. The meeting was attended by plenty of travelling racers all on a trophy hunt, as it was the Spring Classic with podium prizes in all classes, which would see the standard of competition rise even higher. So how did they all do?

Elisabeth ‘Maggie’ Bown raced in with the 8 year old boys, a highly competitive class containing riders more than capable of making National Series A finals, even Worlds finals. Maggie had crashed a couple of times racing hard the previous weekend in with the boys at the Southern regional at Runnymede, so this would be a real test of character and strength for her. She rode steadily in the motos, getting a 4th after being pushed onto the grass, a fantastic 2nd, then 3 in the final moto, so sensible riding and not taking unnecessary risks paid off ensuring herself a slot in the A final. Come final time Maggie was growing with confidence, riding well and running mid-pack into the final berm, when the lead two riders tangled and one went down, so with lightning reactions, quick thinking and a small slice of luck she avoided the chaos that ensued and came out in 3rd holding the podium position to the line. A great result in stacked class and a boost in confidence after the previous weekends spills.

Harry ‘The Rockstar’ Kirby is really getting to grips with his new bike, he’s loving the stiffness of the Epik carbon rims and the instant engagement of his Onyx hubs. We’ve been testing a few set ups and gearings out and it’s really starting to come together and so are his results. He rode a steady first moto, coming 4th, just getting an idea of the amount of grip in the corners and out of the gate, after a couple of wheelspins down the start hill in practice. He felt happy with grip and let rip in the next two motos getting massive holeshots and winning both races, giving him a great second pick in the A final. He got another cracking gate in the main too, drag racing for the lead into the first corner, slipping into second place he tore through the triples trying to get the lead up the inside, but his front end stated washing out on the loose surface, showing great reactions and counter action he caught it, but lost enough speed to be pushed back into 4th, where he would remain until the finish line. He was disappointed not to get a trophy, but still really happy with his overall performance and has many positives to take from the meeting.

Ethan Cremin, with the 17-29 men being merged with regional Superclass Ethan was really in with the big hitters, experienced riders who race at World and European level as well as national Superclass riders capable of making national A finals . Ethan had some tough moto draws and it was complete chaos out there, with the top guns going faster than the track could allow, but he didn’t crash out and managed mid-pack moto results with a 4th in the 3rd moto. It wasn’t quite enough to make the combined A final, having to settle for 2nd pick in the B he had to make the best of it, after the disappointment of not making the A final he responded in exactly the way you would hope, winning the Superclass B final with a great ride taking the race from the gate dropping to the crossing of the finish line, giving him a highly respectable 2nd place over all in 17-29 after results were split back. Riding in at that level will push Ethan to the limit and will only improve his results in the long term, which is, as a team where we are looking.

Big Spencer Cremin was on fire in the Vets/Masters combined motos, riding so hard you could have sworn the jumps were quaking at the thought of him going over/through them, at one point I swear a step up ducked out of the way as he busted out one of his trademark manuals out over it! Spencer hit the gate in the first moto, you could argue that he didn’t bother waiting for the notoriously slow dropping Milton Keynes gate to make it way down and I should think he almost bent it, but he still managed a mid pack position over the line. He came back strong in his 2nd moto with a 2nd position and another great ride winning his 3rd, seeing him comfortably through to the semi’s only to win that! Then onto the A final which he also stormed in him usual formidable fashion finishing near the front. After the dust had settled, everyone’s heart rates had returned nearly back to normal and the results had been split back to classes the big man took the win in Vets, finishing ahead of former national champions, team managers/coaches and highly respected senior warriors.

Racing in the Masters/Vets combined was Richard Ayles too, testing out his new Epik carbon Rims and Onyx hubs and he was really pleased with the stiffness and rolling speed he was getting. His immaculate fluro orange Doublecross frame was certainly turning heads on and off the track, making fellow competitors and spectators alike reach for their sunglasses. Rich was on fire, wining every lap, moto’s semi and A final, with unstoppable and faultless performances. Against some highly talented opposition, some with years of international experience, he really didn’t have it easy and rose to the challenge brilliantly. There really isn’t anything else we can say, Rich you were awesome!

Also in action over the weekend the rest of the team were busy too!

Rhys Wood, our Superclass rider went up to Crew to take part in the North regional, riding in regional Superclass up against some of the biggest names in UKBMX at the moment, on the famously gnarley Clark and Kent track. He was our lone representative, but it certainly didn’t put him off, on a track he really enjoys, storming his motos with two 2nds and a win in his final moto, progressing onto the semi which Rhys smashed with a 2nd. So onto the A final, Rhys had a real battle down the first straight and through the first berm, getting into 3rd over the pro section, the battling all the way to the finish getting a photo finish podium position , thanking long legs and ‘Mr Tickle’ arms for his victorious lunge for the line, giving him a slice of the prize purse. 

Ben Hallet was busy training with at Birmingham BMX track in preparation for the upcoming national there, he’s starting to get to grips with the big start hill and very foreboding first jump, which is great news.

Last, but in no means least is our ever popular Pro Elite rider Billy Luckhurst, who was training at Manchester indoor on Saturday for next weekends international Super Cross. Billy got to test his big hill speed against some international big hitters and fitted a new pair of Crankbrothers Mallet pedals to make sure he’s in full control and contact with his bike when he’s hitting the biggest and raddest jumps on any track in the country. Then Sunday he was at Birmingham for practice, hitting up pro section with all his usual style and grace, making sure he’s got it fully dialled in for the upcoming national there.

We would like to thank all our sponsors, partners and supporters this season,Doublecross Turn3racing, Ridea,, Crankbrothers, Onyx Racing Products, , Racer Concepts ,Wright Engineering, Epik Carbon Products,Carbon creative,Custom racing and Wharfside electrical wholesalers.

Remember to come say hi at any race where you see the gazebo, check out our awesome bikes and see what we can do for you. Twisted Concepts are the importersML. of many of the major components on our bikes and can custom build your dreams.

Words by Miles Kirby

Thanks for photos by TT BMX Pics and ML.MX Pix


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