Peckham national had a great atmosphere again, rivalling Scotland for that laid back, but exciting, fun vibe we all love. The Jamaican caterers with their Jerk chicken, curry goat and fresh coconuts, the steel band and party atmosphere really helped bring a taste of the Caribbean to the UK BMX scene once again, something that the South London club have become famous for. The weather even played ball for the most part, other than a couple of showers that helped keep the dust on the track down, the sun shone and helped make conditions almost perfect for a great weekends racing in the capital. As usual the team had a great time, there were smiles all round, all weekend, with the usual parent (slightly embarrassing) dances taking place, there was banter in the gazebos, pictures of people asleep and pro riders helping the kids learn effective warm ups and downs on the rollers, but how did everyone get on?
Elizabeth ‘Maggie’ Bown 7-8 Girls.
Competing in her first season of nationals Maggie set the bar extremely high, consistently making A finals over and over again. This weekend she kept the momentum up, being reliable if nothing else, reliably awesome! Saturday Maggie pulled out some solid moto performances, finishing where she needed to be in the front half of the pack every time, which was essential as there weren’t quite enough riders to make semi finals, but enough to pretty much fill 2 gates. In the final Maggie came from lane 6, but couldn’t get across the big wide first straight to get into a podium position and had to slot in behind the imposing figure of Decade’s Lucy Simpson. She chased Lucy round, but with the first 3 flying and no one making a mistake Maggie had to settle of fourth place. Sunday was a similar story, great moto results with a third, a brilliant second and another third in the final moto, setting her up for her second final of the weekend. The final had a similar story down the first straight with the main riders being pretty evenly matched Maggie was stuck on the outside, she wound it up round the first berm and went for it, pulling level with Bunny’s Bikes rider Esme Brook down the second straight, the battle would continue in that vein for the rest of the race, right to the line, but Elizabeth couldn’t quite pull past and had to settle for fifth on day two.