BMX - Riders brave difficult conditions

PUBLISHED: 10:31 23 February 2006 | UPDATED: 14:35 12 May 2010

Wayne Gutteridge

Wayne Gutteridge

ROYSTON Rockets BMX Racing Club only had a short trip last Sunday to compete in the fifth round of the East Anglian Winter Series in Braintree. Although the weather was cold and the wind made it difficult for the riders, the track was not frozen or flood

ROYSTON Rockets BMX Racing Club only had a short trip last Sunday to compete in the fifth round of the East Anglian Winter Series in Braintree. Although the weather was cold and the wind made it difficult for the riders, the track was not frozen or flooded which made a pleasant change from previous rounds. Over 60 riders from around the region took part and the format of the day's event made for some very competitive racing with all riders having at least five chances of showing off their racing skills. The youngest class are nominally seven years and under and are known as Formula 5 and Royston's three riders in the class all made the main A Final with cousins Bradan and Daniel Blanche taking fifth and sixth respectively just behind Aaron Dalleywater who finished in fourth. In Formula 4 for eight-10 year olds, the Rockets riders had more A final success with Kyle Gutteridge in third and the youngest rider in the class, Ethan Lewis in eighth after a valiant effort mid race to take two places in one corner ended in the trackside mud. Another two Rockets made the A final of Formula 3 (11-13 years) with James Handleigh taking third and Ben Gutteridge finishing in fifth, while Louis Burton finished second in the B final after a few bike problems in the qualifying rounds. Both Royston riders in the Formula 2 class had a good day with Wayne Gutteridge taking third overall with Anthony Taylor, who had qualified to ride up a class took 4th. The last class on the track was Formula 1 which includes a number of the countries top Elite riders and Royston's newest member, James Dalleywater who took seventh in the B final.

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