Billy Brown 001

National BMX Championships

More than one hundred of British Cycling South Region’s best BMX racers descended on Derby last weekend for the HSBC UK British BMX Championships.

The British Championships is the pinnacle of the season, with the pressure on for that all-important one-day performance chasing the #01 plate.

We have four newly crowned British Champions… well, actually five! Bournemouth BMX Club’s Billy Brown became British Champion in the 9-12 Cruiser class, after just three months racing on the larger-wheeled bikes… and then did it all again the next day in the standard 20” class in the Male 12 final, winning every lap on both days in the process. Well done Billy – double-01!

Meanwhile, newly crowned World Champion and National Series Champion Betsy Bax from Bath added the coveted British Champion title to her CV racing in the Female 13s. You could say it’s been quite a year – such a talented bike riding family (brother Alfie also made the main final in cruiser and 20”, too).

Our youngest British Champion is Amelie Eaton, again from Bath. The 7 year old led every lap to take the title, with Dad and club coach Matt also making the main final in his class.

Gosport’s Elle Junker headed into the 2019 season after a winter off with injury ahead of the all important GCSEs year, but still stomped out some stunning performances to take the series title and #01 plate. Some excellent exam results in the mix, too – well done Elle.

Other riders from the region making the podium in their classes were Bournemouth’s Josh Sylvester (2nd), Bristol’s Matt Bourne and Jai Kemp (both 2nd), Gosport’s Michelle Eaton and Ben Larkins (both 2nd) and Emi Shakles (3rd), and Knightwood’s Mario Berno (3rd).

Plenty of other riders made the main finals and there were stand-out performances all the way through to first timers riding at a national level event. The British Championships at Derby was a great event blessed with fantastic weather, and we now look forward to the South Champs, winter season and riders’ preparations for their 2020 campaigns.


BC South Region Board Member and South BMX Development Centre coach John Twitchen said: “It was a privilege to witness some of the best ever laps of Derby BMX track last weekend, from the 6 & under category through to 50+. The stand-out performance from the weekend has got to be local rider Billy Brown. It takes a lot to double up racing at that level on two days, but he made it look pretty easy. Great attitude from a world class rider and just 12 years old.”