Sunday, 26 April 2015

BMX for Life

Lately my life has consisted of surfing some amazing waves at Sennen on a whole range of amazing boards shaped by Jools at Gulfstream and this has been such good fun and would not change it for the world. However, deep down every day I've been looking forward to round 2 of the South West Regional BMX Series at Exeter. Well, we've just got back and our weekend ended with massive smiles.
After travelling up on the Saturday we had a great open practice with friends at a great track in Marsh Barton Exeter and welcomed the hotel Saturday night that was given to us by a friend who had to sadly cancel. I owe you one Jon Clifton...thank you but gutted you missed a great weekend.

I wish I could explain this in more detail because the whole atmosphere of being at the races is such a great experience, the racing is so intense and the crashes heavy, it amazing fun. When the racing started Jago rode his heart out amongst an amazing group of 7 year olds who are the future of BMX Racing, these youngsters know how to ride and ride fast. Many have a few years experience on Jago but he made me so proud finishing 3rd in his B Final pushing him up the rankings a little and possibly into the top 10 in the South West, we'll have to wait for the points to be added to British Cycling. So proud as he never once gave, up. Even after slipping a peddle at the gate he didn't drop his head he fought back and took two places fighting all the way to the line. His B Final was the same he rode the last straight with so much determination that he go the third place and his smile said it all. Super Stoked.

 As for his Ol' man, well I did OK too! After putting all us cruiser riders (24" Wheels) into one open group meant as a 45 year old I was racing against 17+ year olds (17-29, 30-40,40-44) and upwards!! I did OK, actually if I was to 'own it' ,I did really well and could not be happer. I got 3 x thirds in my motos (qualifiers) fighting all the way and went to the semi-final, which was stacked as they say, feeling really god. I did all I could and battled to the line trying desperately to make the A Final but could not pass one lad, so got 5th and went to the B Final. So stoked anyway I went into the B Final as highest points scorer and had pick of my gate, I chose gate three and led form the gate to the line and realised then that I won by beating the younger riders and also still retained and extended my points lead for the regional 45+ Cruiser Class.

Our Club as a whole did  amazing well with so many riders taking top places and making A Finals, Micah, Colby, Sienna, Logan, DCL, Scotty, Yasmin, Abi, Andy, Kalin, Jacob, Caden and so many others getting great placings its a testament to a great club with committed coaches and volunteer staff that make racing so much fun and when you see the organisation and support that goes into a regional race like Exeter its staggering and its all voluntary.

With seven more rounds to go I'm so hooked on racing again and Jago can't wait for next weekend as Round 3 is at our Home track at Cornwall BMX Racing Club so if anyone local is reading this and wants to watch some great racing then come on on down.

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