12th June 2021, we finally went back to National BMX racing here in the UK. Rounds 1 and 2 of the HSBC British BMX Series took place at Cyclopark in Kent. An incredible facility for BMX, road cycling, cyclocross, XC and a great skatepark.
We arrived on Friday afternoon, set the team tent up and then it was a couple of official practice sessions. Scott looked great on track and quickly got to grips with the technical jumps.
Saturday: Round 1
Saturday morning rolled around and it was time to get the show on the road. In BMX riders have 3 qualifying races – called motos which qualify riders through to the knockout stages of quarter finals, semi finals and then the final.
Scott’s day got off to the perfect start, taking the win in his first moto. In the second race he finished 2nd and in his final moto he took the win again.
Qualifying through to the final, Scott took the favoured gate 1 on the inside. Making an ok start Scott powered down the start, just a bit behind the leader. He tucked into 2nd pace in turn 1 and set off looking to make the pass. Hounding the leader all the way, Scott couldn’t find a way through and crossing the line it was 2nd for him,
“I am really happy with that race. I gave it my all and today it wasn’t quite enough to take the win. I have had a great day though and it’s amazing to be back at BMX Nationals after such a long time away” said Scott in the finish area.
Sunday: Round 2
After some great food on Saturday night, a decent sleep, it was time for round 2. The gate positions for the motos are randomly generated and they were not kind to Scott. Outside gates made it tough for him but he came through unscathed with a 3rd, 2nd and 2nd.
After the motos Scott decided that he would change gearing, dropping from a 44-16 to a 43-16. Just to try and get a better jump out of the start and get across to the inside.
In the final Scott had fourth pick on the start. He loaded up in gate 4. The gearing certainly worked as he set his fastest time down the start hill of the entire weekend. He went into turn 1 level but was ran up the berm a little on the exit. He slotted in to 3rd. Chasing again, Scott came close to making the pass, but he crossed the line in 3rd.
“That was a tough day, but again, I’m really happy with the podium. 2nd yesterday and 3rd today means I leave here in 2nd overall in points and plenty to be happy about” said Scott after the final.
The team now has a couple of weekends off before the next round of Schwalbe British 4X which will take place at Falmouth in Cornwall on 3rd & 4th July.
Many thanks to all our team partners for your support.
All images by Charles Robertson: @charlesthetog on all social platforms.