January 13, 2009
cyclists gear up for a busy season
at Burnham-On-Sea BMX Club are gearing up for a competitive year
as they seek to bring home more silverware this year.
the 7-year-old male category, Ben Saunders starts his first year
as an expert rider, riding well in the novice classes he has proven
he will be a force to be reckoned with in both the Regional and
National competitions this year.
In the 8-year-old male category, the club has quality abound with
the South West 1 and 3 plate in the form of Josh Coppin and James
Duckering, both of which had impressive National performances,
finishing an amazing 2nd and 6th in the UK respectively.
Ben Wainwright, who was in his first season last year, worked
hard and has shown massive improvement over the winter. All three
riders have had the bit between their teeth all winter, training
hard to improve on last season's results.
Riding in the 10-year-old males this year will be the experienced
rider but newcomer Eddie Moore, who finished third in an extremely
hard class nationally but regionally will be riding under the
coveted South West 1 plate this season.
complete the double act, Eddie's brother Josh Moore has also joined
the club riding in the 11-year-old males, and will no doubt prove
to be an asset finishing a very respectable 4th nationally and
a podium finish in 3rd regional.
In the 12 year-old-male category the club has the trio of Kurt
Pugsley, who finished 6th within the region in 2008, plus Howard
Manaton, and Roy Jones who after only starting to race after the
halfway point of the season proved his quality by posting consecutively
high finishes to finish 8th.
Within the teenage race categories competition is extremely tough,
both at a regional and national level. Burnham riders continued
mixing it with the best of Britain - Ryan Stack worked hard last
season, racing in an age category above his age in order to gain
valuable experience and it is estimated he will do the same this
year with a view to travelling to the World Championships in Australia
riders are on the verge of riding in the coveted Elite male category,
with Adam Brazil, Dan Tipton and Tom Palmer all showing great
potential. They may decide to make the leap into the top flight
as the season begins.
girls are ensuring that the boys won't be taking all the glory.
In the 10-12 year-old girls we have the trio of Sophie Gilroy,
Rebecca Duckering and Lauren Stack.
Rebecca and Lauren achieved high national finishes last season
and with all three training hard we are expecting great things
the 13-15 year-old female category, Amelia Silvestre came back
from a broken leg to just miss out on the South West number 1
plate. Amelia has now got the bit firmly between her teeth for
2009 and is determined to be in pole position.
the girls out this year is Kim Scoones, who timed her best result
to perfection by finishing in an impressive second place in the
South West Championships at Cheddar last season.
for the girls a big cheer for Isla Harvey, who has just joined
the club and is its youngest rider at 4-years-old! Hopefully Isla's
preparations for the season will enable her to slip on a Burnham
jersey and show the elite how it's done!
has seen a lot of new potential joining the ranks recently with
riders such as Curtis Pickard, Hamish Mcainsh, Isla Harvey and
James Cameron to name but a few. It is hoped that all the new
riders will make an appearance at the South West races this season
and build on Burnham's reputation as a home of BMX.
The first race of the season will see some of Burnham's riders
venturing to Belgium to take on the best that Europe has to offer
in a double race series that combines part of the winter indoor
race series and the Belgium indoor championships.
trip to Kortrijk will be the first race outside Britain for James
and Rebecca Duckering and Joshua Coppin, but they will be in good
hands with experience abound in the form of Ryan and Lauren Stack,
Amelia Silvestre and the Moore brothers. The riders from Burnham
will be accompanying a large dedicate British BMX community, and
it is hoped the Burnham riders will perform to their potential.
At the highest levels of British Cycling, Burnham are leading
the way. Liam Phillips, who represented Team GB in the Olympics
as the first British BMX rider ever, has fully recovered from
a shoulder operation and is now back in training with London 2012
firmly set in his sights. Liam will shortly move to British Cycling
Headquarters in order to fully prepare for a podium finish.
Following closely in Liam's footsteps is Curtis Manaton, who has
just been successful in the initial filter stages of British Cycling's
selection progress for the Olympic Development Program. If successful,
Curtis will join the country's elite cyclists striving to bring
home Britain's future Olympic medals.
Burnham BMX Club is renowned as one of the best facilities not
only within the South West but within the UK. The club is growing
in numbers with member numbers topping 70 at the end of 2008 and
it is hoped that further expansion will see membership exceed
100 during 2009. The club hopes to do this by continuing to improve
its facilities throughout the coming year.
The track is open on a Tuesday and Thursday evening for members
and non-members alike - and the Tuesday session includes an organised
training session for all.
"All you require is a serviceable BMX/mountain bike, a long
sleeve top, trousers, a pair of gloves and a helmet, although
these can be provided by the club. The final requirement is a
willing pair of legs and a good set of lungs!" said club
secretary Matt Duckering.