Birmingham Rounds 5 & 6

Updated: Jun 21, 2019

The HSBC National BMX Series roadshow rolled into Birmingham this weekend. The mercury has been rising lately and that's meant more track time for the team in the longer spring evenings. The combination of extra training and the closest thing we have to a home race has created a palpable sense of excitement. After a final focussed coaching session with Sporting Director Kelvin Batey everything was looking on point.

This being an extreme sport though, anything can happen and often does. The misfortune befell Joanna who touched a wheel in practice crashed out. Initially determined to continue, the paramedics had a different opinion and an x-ray revealed multiple fractures to her foot. This left a reduced team to contest the event as Jo was joined on the bench by Chloe who's still waiting on the all clear to return to training after her knee injury.

Day 1

A chilly start quickly gave way to a warm spring morning as racing got under way at 11am. First up in cruiser the class was George Hunt who was not only racing this class for the first time, but on a new Mongoose Title that had only been built for him that morning. You wouldn't have known it though, as he navigated the motos never out of the top three and won the semi-final before clinching his maiden national podium in the final. He doubled up on his Factory URP and followed his Cyclopark result with a successive National final finishing sixth. Also on double duty were Miguel, Adie and Izzy. Miguel and Adie missed out in the semi-finals but took damage limiting consolation final wins. Izzy was in with a shot of the overall win but mistakes in the final dropped her to fifth just ahead of Katie.

On the 20" Haydon Green had the bit between his teeth dominating the qualifying rounds on the way to another main event. George had similar success taking sixth in the final. Chris Wimbledon and Miguel mixed it with double world champion Scott 'Boom Boom' Beaumont eventually taking 1-2 in the final. Adie, Zara and Izzy had frustrating days failing to put the laps together when they needed to, despite having good pace.

Day 2

The team moved their set-up into the main paddock for the second day and closer to the action. This changed the atmosphere and with the riders now together they started bouncing off each other and working through tactics and race lines between rounds. The effects were noticeable in the results. Chris reversed the 1-2 in his favour ahead of Miguel. George added another podium and two more finals to his current run of form. Haydon narrowly missed the podium with a season's best fourth behind W4 Adam Brazil. Izzy went one better on the cruiser with forth in the final she contested with Katie.

It wasn't all good news though as Adie and Zara were left frustrated with their races as they couldn't find their way past their opponents and into the finals. The testing first jump at Birmingham takes some mastering and neither rider managed to make their efforts pay off. Izzy had a plan and battled hard on her 20" determined she could find a way into her first final of the season. She put herself into a qualifying position in every race but failed to capitalise on her fast starts and close the door on the competition into turn one. The comeback from the former National Champion is going to have to wait until the next round in Peckham.

Chris, George and Miguel taking podiums on day 2

Haydon Green

Rider Rating: 8/10

Consistent weekend for me making two A finals with a 6th and 4th, lot's to build on and happy to finally do well on both days.

Chris Wimbledon

Rider Rating: 9/10

Loved the weekend, felt good on the bike and my favourite track helped. Slipped the gate in the semi but pushed that aside and won the B final by 3 to 4 bike length taking second in class. Sunday came round and unclipped in my first moto but pulled that back by taking a 1st and 2nd in the next rounds. Final came and was really chuffed to take the win!

Miguel Gaboleiro

Rider Rating: 6.5/10

It was a good weekend for me. I loved the way I rode. More consistent and more technical on both bikes. First and second on the 20" wheel was good. I will go back to work for the next rounds. My note for this test is an extra 6.5. (0.5 for triple manual in the last jump of the first straight!)

George Hunt

Rider Rating: 9/10

I had a brilliant weekend. Made A finals both days on cruiser and 20" although I found it physically demanding I got on and put the work in which paid off because I had the best National weekend I’ve ever had I’d rate it 9/10 purely because I crashed in my second day 20” A final.

Adrian Scott

Rider Rating: 6/10

Loved every minute of the weekend in Birmingham, great to be back on track with all the team. My races were tough on a very technical track! I raced as well as I could on the cruiser with 2nd places on both days in the B final. The 20" I failed to qualify for the semi on Saturday but made it on the Sunday with better results, bring on Peckham!

Izzy Ferrada

Rider Rating: 8/10

Saturday, I felt I struggled getting things right but was happier with my riding on the Sunday. Wasn't pleased with my results but enjoyed getting in the mix and do feel my riding is improving.

Zara Harris

Rider Rating: 7/10

I think that this weekend went well. I got an okay result but showed confidence and aggression. I knew that I did not have the advantage at Birmingham, since almost everybody else was jumping the first. But I managed to keep on going and had a good weekend.

Katie Dyson

Rider Rating: 7/10

Lots learnt! Confidence needs work but overall good racing.