Sunday saw the culmination of months of planning and hard work as the fourth round of the East Region BMX Summer Series came to Milton Keynes.
A record 198 riders from all over the region turned out to race at Pineham, making the occasion a great success, even before MK BMX Club’s group of talented riders hit the track and began to dominate much of the action.
Future stars Luke Morris, Geoffrey Dingsdale, Ethan Hadley, Elliott Allison, Remi Godfrey, Reece Mahoney, and Mackenzie and Lewis Pakes, competed in their first ever regional standard races, and all received winner’s medals.
MK coach Marc Devereux said: “To see all these young riders compete at this level has just blown us away,
“We set up the beginners’ coaching session on a weekly basis seven months back in the winter months. Some of these riders were a part of that, and to be honest some had only just taken their stabilisers off.
“So to see them ripping up the Pineham track, with the enthusiasm that they showed, tells us that we must be doing something right.”
In the expert classes, Adam Barrass continued his rise up through the eight years ranks, battling it out all day with Josh Abbot from Royston and Josh Crisp of Nottingham before finishing in 2nd place overall.
Ciaran Warner, racing in the 10 years group, took full advantage of his home track knowledge by finishing in his highest place of the year, 3rd.
Luke Mendes continued to dominate in the male 11 years category and easily recorded the victory he needed to move into 1st place in the region.
After missing the last two rounds, Toby Lachlan showed up and reminded his 12 years rivals what he is all about.
Smashing his moto races by finishing top in each, Toby went into his final on top form and, after being edged back to third spot for a time, he fought back to clinch 1st place, taking advantage of a collision to win the day.
Jessica Mendes showed some brilliant riding ability to push Barking & Dagenham’s Lauren Stewart in every race, although eventually having to settle for 2nd – still enough to go top of the overall rankings.
The 16 years class saw the return of Fred Devereux after an absence of seven years away from the track to pursue street and ramp riding.
Fred returned to his first love of racing, and although a little rusty, it was plain to see that the skills are still there and he took 3rd place.
The championship women class was dominated by MK’s Izzy Ferrada. Despite usually finding her starts second best to Peterborough girl Bethany Campbell, she always found a way past on her home track.
On her final moto she hit the gate and went flying over her handlebars, resigning her to last place. But not even that stopped Izzy from going out and destroying the opposition in the final.
In the masters event, MK duo Matt Barnard and Nick Hill battled it out all day, with Matt eventually finishing 2nd and Nick 3rd.
The veterans category saw Tim Phelps continue his rise after his return from injury last year. Although crashing out in one of his motos, he still managed to earn a 2nd place finish in the final.
In the 24in cruiser class, the home club really stepped it up a gear and truly did own the track.
In the 30-39 class, Darren Lee, Richard Ayles and Lenny Warner secured a 1-2-3 finish, and not to be outdone in the 40-44 class, Spencer Cremin, Joe Mendes and Mark Prayle pushed former MK rider Tim Drew for a 2-3-4 point haul. In the 45 and over class, Shaun Barras settled for 3rd.
And in the female 30 and over cruiser category, Sarah Fuller was outstanding from start to finish in every race as she had a clean sweep of wins.
All that means MK closed the gap to Royston Rockets and Peterborough Phantoms in the fight for 2nd spot, while keeping pace with Braintree Bullets at the top of the table.
In addition to the exciting racing on display, MK BMX were also proud to roll out one of their impressive new plans for the future.
What started out as just a display of BMX trikes for children with special needs, soon became a fantastic show from youngsters Charlotte and Tyler-Leigh from SNUGS who were cheered on all the way around the track.