Monday, 05 April 2010 23:34
Rd1 Done and Dusted!
A record entry of 143 riders raced their socks off at Uk Bike Park on Sunday. The weather had played havoc in the lead up to the race but with a whole load of new riders and three guys even making the trip all the way from Holland to race this was most definitely on. Talk on Bookface was of deep mud on the track and when the Dirt-Wars competition was cancelled rumours spread of the race being cancelled but this is mountain biking and a bit of mud isn’t going to stop the fun! It came as a bit of a shock to lot of 4x racers having to change their normal slick tyres to spiky mud tyres to race. This track had the longest start straight of any 4x track and it's nearly 300 meters long, changes over the winter had thrown in two new corners half way down to make racing closer, other changes included new corners lower down the track and new jumps and rollers, these were soft from all the rain so made racing slow. The racing started with 4 motos & with 10 categories racing that adds up to over 150 motos to get through before we got to the ¼ finals. Racing ran like clockwork and come finals time the track drying into a gloop that made racing really slow for the younger riders.
Will Longden took the pro win after Scott Beaumont took a slam at the bottom of the start hill, Will Evans and Duncan Ferries taking the other two spots.
Nicola Anderson took the ladies win in her first 4x race from Kerry Wrigglesworth and Terry Anne Busbridge
The Dutch guys who had come over here to race because its to wet in Holland, all three made the podiums & VAN STEENBERGEN took home a win in the Juveniles
The next round is at Harthill in Cheshire on Saturday 29th May with the Euro Fourcross Series Rd4 on Sunday 30th May. The track designed by Phil Saxena on the side of a big hill will make for super fast exciting racing.
Full results on www.nps4x.com