jumpclub@Hersden 19/07/15

Hersden Race report 19th July 2015

Jumpclub and Bexhill Burners hit round 4 of the Hersden summer series on the 19th.

Previously, 17 riders (including local superstars Harley and Marley) competed at the 2nd round. We kept momentum with 13 riders at this round. Here’s the squad low down starting with the 6/7s, our two youngest riders Connor Lowe and Zachary ‘speedball’ Tier looked stronger and faster than ever. Connor taking a 7th (?) and Zachary a 5th in the A final whilst racing kids 2 years older. Ted took on the tougher of the motos, qualified in 4th and then took a crash on the first jump in the A final. Ted still finished the race like a boss. What a day for Joseph White and Sid Battam. They didn’t look like rookies, both looking comfortable in the pack, solid gates all day. Both these boys had no problem with the transition, huge potential if they stick at it. Ike won his motos, took the hole shot in the main, but got pipped for 2nd, proud dad. Going up an age, Max and Joe took the 8&9s by the scruff of the neck. Max took a crash in between what was otherwise a really excellent performance from a rider growing in confidence every time I see him race. Joe was king of the berms all day long. Always looking for a line going into the corners. Just missed out on a podium but deserved a medal for the number of over takes he made, great to watch.
Dylan ‘clayton’ Lowe is our sole rider in the 10&11s. He rode well all day with a strong last straight in his final. Keep going Dylan, great attitude and well loved by the jumpclub entourage.

As if I couldn’t get any prouder, along come the 14-16s. It’s always a tough day when there’s only 1 moto of riders. James Potts doesn’t get the opportunity to come along to jumpclub that frequently, but he’s always welcome. Let’s claim him as one of ours anyway. JP blew the field away, check the video below of one of the motos, sharp technique. Billy Smith is beginning to put it all together including his inhuman stamina, second on the box for Billy. Douglas Lockyer ‘daughters up’ rode like an Amtrak, this boy is super strong and took a deserved third overall. Where the heck did Flyin’ Richard Penny get that fast style from? Didn’t podium this time, but only a matter of time, watch this one.
Mark Lowe pulled out his secret snap in moto 3. He only uses that once a week in training. Mark got caught in traffic once or twice, but rode like a pro all day. Sniffing for a podium, missed out this time, but with his work ethic it’ll come.

Going into round 5, the favourites for some end of series silverware has to be our 14-16s. With 4 riders in the top 5 surely we’ll get some trophy action. Keep an eye on Mark Lowe sneaking up the ladder also.

Every team needs a pit crew. I’m not sure if it’s the grassroots racin’ excitement or just the merlot talking, but our supporters give the riders a massive lift. Sounds cheesey but the riders are as proud of their parents, as we are of our riders. Keep up the good work parents.
The Hersden guys are a rad bunch, and on behalf of us lot a big thanks to Justin, Tony and all of the others. Great commentating by the way. Another congrats from us lot to Elsa Rendall who raced our boys (& beat them) at Hersden round 2. Elsa won the World Championships in Zolder last weekend.
Anyhow, back to Kent. Two questions to finish on:
Who won the raffle and when’s Steve gonna race again or is it RIchard’s turn next?

session 25/07/15

Kicked off with a pilot session for the 5 years and unders this morning. Well done to Jack, Leo, Sonny, Isaac and Harrison. Not bad for a trial run. Sonny couldn’t cope with queuing so left half way through. The White bros and Leo were idyllic, great start from them. Jack is great to watch, such a great rider already. Good fun session.

2nd session was the busiest today. #ROTD was Sid. No one lost a limb during the minefield game. Result. Eva Persaud took part in her first jumpclub session. Not just a pretty face, Eva P looked solid and kept up with the boys. Same for Daisy, great to see her back! Well done to the rest of the boys. Great progress from Nicholas and Daniel over the last few sessions. Well done lads.

Last session was quiet this week. Gave everyone a chance to check their manual technique. Good effort from everyone today, thanks for coming.

Check out Jack in the 5yrs and unders, doing a standard drill. Such a good rider.
5yrs and unders getting ready to rock.
Eva P rolling through straight 3.
Speedball leading the pack.
Harvey and Sid through turn 1.
Sid #rotw
Speedball surviving the minefield (no limbs lost).
Eva P setting off with a smile.
Joseph looking for the pump.
Session 3 debrief.
Leo looking like a Minion, whilst the Dulys put out cones.
Eva P sporting a United Supreme.
Eva P Chasing the pack.

session 18/07/15

Hot session today. Group 1 was all about the relays and some pumping in the blazing sun. #ROTW went to Daniel again for his grafting throughout the session. Syd rocked up on his new SE race whip and is starting to look like a lil pro. These kids aren’t cute anymore, they’re badass little bikers. Mums watch out..
Great to see Sam back after breaking his elbow a few weeks back. L to R Sam, Lowe, JoeDaPro, Lockyer and Richard P.

Group 2, bust out gates and some first jump business. Lovely couple of manuals from Billy. Solid jumping from everyone including our newest rider Sarah. Girls rule, Amy took home the #ROTW. Hopefully we’ll see Daisy again soon too…
Below, Max Winchester chasing Connor Lowe and Daniel in the slalom relay.
Amy and Sarah have pretty much nailed the basics of gating already. Meanwhile our seasoned pro Max has mastered the ninja snap.image[2]

Ted on his fresh Haro leading Sid on his fresh SE.
These riders rule…


Medal time for Mark Lowe and the modern Tommy Brackens, Douglas Lockyer for reppin’ jumpclub at recent races. Also pictured Ratty, Dan and Karl, some of my good buddies from a different BMX time zone.
‘Big thanks to Billy for helping with the younger session and everyone else who helped with track maintenance and setting up the gate etc. ‘

14 July Tuesday night jumpclub crew

Douglas Lockyer, Brighton boy Mark Lowe and Darren Uttley all pictured, were amongst it tonight. Few races with some gates thrown in. #rotw goes to Mark who nailed the snap tonight. Special welcome to two new Tuesday recruits Sid Bathem on his fresh SE ride and Joseph Baldwin who are aiming to hit Hersden race this weekend for the first time. Good gates from those two boys tonight. I haven’t mentioned Joe ‘ProJoe’ Smith and Ike Duly for a while, great seeing those friends pushing each other on the track and good to see Kai Hoad popping down to join in with some post session football with the boys. Some interest from some new faces also. All good, smiles all-round. Thanks to Josh and Jenny for helping.

7th July Tuesday night jumpclub crew.

JumpClub kicked butt tonight. Bunch of sprints with our older guys chasing UBR. Followed by a quick jumping session. Everyone looking solid with their jumping.

Photo of Ted, looking the business on his new Haro ride.


More photos from tonight. Photo credit to Stephanie Nowak photographer supremo.


Photo below:
Connor Nowak leading Ted Latham Martin and Connar Lowe. Three to watch.

session 04/07/15

Couple of great sessions this week. Eric from BC also dropped by on Monday to discuss track improvements with the Burners club committee people. Well done to all those involved in the committee, especially for the recent fund raising for the club, well done to the bungee jumpers also. Thanks again to the parents who help out dragging the jumpclub ramps around. Appreciated!

Both the Tuesday night and Saturday sessions focused on jumping with a few grass sprints thrown in. Richard Penny was super impressive today, it’s great to walk away from a session having just watched a rider show some real progress. Solid first sessions from Sarah and Kieran. Lots of potential from those two, keep at it. Such a cool bunch of kids, genuinely.

Todays R.O.T.W went to Oliver (one if the jumpclub OGs) just ahead of his cousin Amy who is already busting some solid jumps on only her 2nd session.

Same time next week..

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No photos from this week’s sessions, too busy melting and getting rad. So it’s a good excuse to run this photo of local rider 4year old Jack on his 12″ United. We’ve promised a 5year and under session. But we’ve been too busy with day jobs and breaking wrists.. We’re aiming on doing a couple of sessions in the summer holidays. Shout to Isaac, Sonny and Jack for being patient!


July 2015 Sessions

Saturday Sessions:
July Sat 4th
July Tues 7th
July Sat 11th – no coaching, coach on holiday
July Tues 14th – now on
July Sat 18th
July Sun 19th – Hersden race road trip
July Tues 21st
July Sat 25th – new date added

More info on the saturday sessions post.