Manchester Rounds 1 & 2

Updated: Mar 28, 2019

The fastest riders in the country assembled at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester for the opening rounds of the HSBC National BMX Series. The recently remodelled track has received widespread praise for its flowing nature and the Gate 8 riders were looking forward to the new challenges of racing there. With terrible weather outside we were very grateful to be indoors, even though it got so bad that there was flooding inside the building!

Miguel and Chris taking a 1-2 finish in the 25-29 Men

Day 1

The racing started with the block of Cruisers and 12 and under riders and we had 5 team riders in action. Zara and Adie were in drop 8 classes and tough moto draws meant they didn't progress. The fast charging Miguel recovered from two unclipping incidents to make the semi finals but with the disadvantage of last pick, coming from the outside he put himself in to the mix by turn 2 but was pushed wide and out of contention. Jo had a relatively clear run through to the finals but was pushed out to 8th in the main. The ever consistent Katie took fifth overall in her Grand Prix format race.

The afternoon was the turn of the older riders. With Chloe out injured, Haydon and George held the mantle for Gate 8 URP, Chris and Izzy for Gate 8 Mongoose with Miguel, Adrian, Jo and Katie doubling up on the 20" class. Adie crashed whilst Jo and Katie struggled to transition to their first race on the smaller wheels and dropped out before the knock out rounds. Huge fields for the 17-24 and 15x classes meant quarters for Haydon and George, where a mistake for the latter meant an early bath.

Fast starting Izzy got her self into a qualifying position in the semi final but a collision in the first turn took her out of the race. Haydon failed to show on the promise of the earlier rounds and an uncharacteristic lack of track speed meant he wouldn't contest the final. Miguel and Chris faired better and bagged an awesome 1-2 in the 25-29 final.

Day 2

The second day of racing was bitter sweet. Adrian was feeling positive and set about making good on his social media promise to make his first National A final - he didn't disappoint! In a nod to the team he picked Gate 8 in the final. Recovering from a poor start he was gunning for a position when he wiped out on the back straight. A trip to the medics ruled out a broken leg but the crash took the shine off a hard fought achievement.

Miguel over came his cleat issues of the previous day putting down a marker with a moto wins that gave him a better gate pick for the semi final. Despite the inside lane he got pushed high on the exit of turn 2 and did well to avoid a crash as he tangled with two riders mid air. The loss of momentum put him out of contention for the win, leaving him to taking 2nd in the consolation final and 9th overall. Jo recovered from a moto crash to make the final, but was disappointed to only improve one position. The ever reliable Katie took another 5th place in 17-29.

The afternoon session was missing Adie ruled out from his earlier crash. Izzy was hungry to make the A final and strong rides in the qualifying rounds meant she had a better lane choice in the semi-final which also featured her team mate Jo who was improving rapidly on the smaller wheels. Izzy was forced off the track on the start straight and out of contention. Meanwhile Jo was having her own battle with yesterday's winner Tabitha Rendall and set about levelling the score as she cruised to her first ever National win. Miguel and Chris battled it out for 1-2 again with Chris holding the advantage into turn 2 when Miguel jumped clean over him to take the win.

Haydon Green

Rider Rating: 6/10

This weekend I wasn't riding like myself and making too many mistakes on track which you can't do in a tough age group. My results don't show the hard work I have put in with Nate Parsons over the off season. I have a lot more to give going into Cyclopark next month.

Adrian Scott

Rider Rating: 8/10

The weekend it’s self was ace!! I’m glad we all gelled as a team and every one seems great. My track speed was great and my fitness was good hence the aggression but it came with a price. My gate starts were late because I had hit the gate about 4 times before so a bit hit and miss on the day. Achieved my best result ever on cruiser. Didn’t really get into the 20”even though I had the best first moto followed by a crash and that killed it for me.

Chris Wimbledon

Rider Rating: 8/10

Really enjoyed myself being back on the National scene after taking a break from it felt good all weekend despite some draw backs. Happy to make both A finals and taking note of what I need to work on for the next rounds. See you a Cyclopark.

Miguel Gaboleiro

Rider Rating: 6/10

I loved being in the nationals for the first time. Being with the whole team was wonderful and I loved the competitive spirit in this championship. I know that winning my category is very good for the team and it makes me happy, but my goals are more than just winning my category.

George Hunt

Rider Rating: 7/10

I was riding well on Saturday but I had a tangle with a rider in the quarter so I didn’t get through. On Sunday I got to semis but I got stuck on the outside so didn’t get through but I got a B final and came fifth.

Joanna Roberts

Rider Rating: 6/10

My first weekend Racing for Gate 8 was amazing! Great support from the team and my very first National win in 30+ Female Masters couldn't be happier.

Izzy Ferrada

Rider Rating: 6/10

I would have liked to have done better but baring in mind I was very nervous before the day and was confident by the end of the weekend I feel it was good progression.

Zara Harris

Rider Rating: 5/10

On Saturday I had lots of fun and was very aggressive even though I didn't get the perfect score. On Sunday I don't know what happened, I wasn't very aggressive and didn't attack the track like I did the day before. I know what I can improve on before the next round.

Katie Dyson

Rider Rating: 4/10

Honestly I think my best wasn't good enough, gates need improvement, commitment to lines needs work. However for the first national weekend on a track I already found challenging, I'm reasonably happy with my results. Great atmosphere with the team. Gate 8 Rules!

Chole Foster

Rider Rating: N/A

I thought Manchester went really well for the team, great environment in the gazebo. Gutted to not race but it’s a very positive start for the Gate 8 teams first season.