Elle Junker

Gosport BMX hosts National Series

The racing at rounds three and four of the HSBC UK National BMX Series at Gosport was as hot as the weather, with South Region riders leading the charge in a shortened 2021 national series.

The south coast put its best foot forward with very warm weather welcoming the country’s best racers to Gosport, with the host club putting on a first class event in what has been a challenging year for everyone. With three days of on-track action, including two days of racing, the pressure on host clubs is intense and it is important to recognise the efforts of all the volunteers who make it possible. Well done Gosport.

There were plenty of stand-out performances on the track including Gosport’s Elle Junker (featured image – Photo by Abi Taylor) and Bournemouth’s world #6 Brynley Savage (below – Photo by BMX Widow Photography) taking the win both days in their respective categories (Female 17+ challenge and Male 17-24), both repeating the same feat from rounds 1 and 2 at Cyclopark last month, also joined by the host club’s Lucy Simpson, world #3 in the Female 13 category and Michelle Stupple in the 30+ female cruiser category.

British Cycling South Region clubs were represented by almost 100 riders out of a field of 586 despite several forced to self-isolate and miss the event. It’s clear that the south’s club coaching programmes and development centres are supporting riders to continue to progress, with significant steps forward made by multiple south club racers. Just a few examples: Ben Larkins just missing out (and we mean just… a dead heat on time to 1/1000th of a second!) on another national win on day two, Andover’s NSR rider Annabel Townsend hitting the front in qualifiers with strong showings in both A finals in the Female 15s, and Bournemouth’s Zac Twitchen (Male 13s) and Samson Townsend (Male 12s) making their first national A finals.

We’re really pleased that Bath’s Betsy Bax, (below – Photo by Abi Taylor) World number 1 emerged largely unscathed from a practice crash on day two having won all three previous rounds of the national series. Betsy will not be able to defend her title again this year, along with other world finalists from 2019 and world championship qualifiers with the challenge categories having been cancelled at this year’s event. However we are hopeful that our region’s best racers will get the opportunity to show the world their talents again in 2022…

Overall a great event, fast and furious racing and a demonstration of how strong the south region clubs are from the grass roots of the sport to national level and beyond.

Congratulations and huge thanks again to the host club Gosport and to the travelling National Series officials. Next round: Cumbernauld, 6-8 August.