Braintree Bullets BMX Club racked up their biggest points haul of the season at rounds 3&4 of the British Cycling National Series in Manchester. The Club had 38 entries amongst the 995 riders from across the country, and saw 18 Bullets into the finals, achieving 9 class podiums and 4 class winners.
In the Championship women’s category, Freia Challis continued to dominate in her first season of premier class racing. The 15-year-old put on a great show as she went unbeaten both days to extend her lead in the national points standings. In the Jr. Mens class, Adam Gilbert picked his way through a first turn pile up to chase down the leaders in 3rd. Gilbert was back in the finals on day two with a fine 5th place finish.
The youngest Bullet to take a class win was Phoebe Millar in the 7-year-old girls’ class as she also went unbeaten across the weekend, winning the finals by nearly a whole straight. In the equivalent boy’s class, Ethan White wrapped up the weekend with a pair of 5th’s over the two days racing.
At the other end of the age groups, the eldest Bullet to take a class win was James Yeo in the 55+ cruiser class. Yeo had consistent laps across the weekend and went unbeaten to extend his lead in the points standings. In the veterans BMX and 45-49 cruiser classes, lead coach Julian Allen made three out of four possible finals across two classes with a 3rd place finish to top off the weekend.
Heath Thomas took his first class win of the season in the 13’s on day two. A mistake at the start of day one saw him down in 3rd, but his final on the second days racing was the fastest lap in the class over the whole weekend. In the girl’s class, Lily Heighes crashed out in the final on day one, but showed great form on day 2 taking 4th place.
Just off the top step of the podium was Katie Millar in the 12-year-old girls. Millar was super consistent all weekend as she powered her way to 2nd both days. Sidonie Cleave also made her way into the mains and was equally consistent in two fantastic 3rd place finishes. In the boy’s class, Freddie Richardson made his first national final and his first podium. A crash in his first moto looked to upset his weekend, but he rallied himself to battle his way to 3rd in the final on the first day. Olly Tyers also made the final on the second day, taking 6th place.
Back down to the 11-year-old girls’ class and Emma Kiss made her first national podium as she rode a great lap into 3rd place on day one, backed up with a 5th on day two with Allegra Trew rounding out the field.
Also making the finals were Rex Ford in the 8s, Mia Kiss and Aston Kightly in the 9s, Henry Row in the 17-18s and Molly Nice in the 17-29s.
The Bullets summer race series continues at their Deanery Hill track on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer. For more information on the club, coaching and racing please check out www.braintreebmx.com