British Cross Country Championship Round 3 Helmsley North Yorks.
THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF ENTRIES.
Having spoken with John Collins from the ACU Trials and Enduro
committee, the decision has been taken to cancel the event.
The ACU British Cross Country Championship kicked off in fine style at Low North Park Harwood Dale, hosted by rideoffroadUK the series had riders from all over the UK flocking to north Yorkshire for what can only be described as a stunning Cross Country event.
The course design carried out by Wayne Braybrook had something to test riders of all abilities. The morning support event was as ever very well supported, sportsman riders were split into two and four strokes classes to simply deal with the large numbers, the Over50 vets and ladies made up an already strong field.
With the average lap time being around 17 minutes, John Steeples (below left) was the man on a mission form the start flag. John's pace saw him post the fastest lap of the event at 14 minutes 38 seconds, he was followed home by Lee Parry, and Stockton heating engineer Tom Leonard was over the moon to grab the final podium place after being the last two stoke to leave the start after an uncharacteristic poor start. Nick Sims (below right) finally got to grips with his new 350 KTM and got his championship off to a great start winning the four stroke class. Sam Severn had a great event taking second place, with Rideoffroad regular Paul Jefferson taking home third.
Colin Cowley made the long journey worthwhile by grabbing the Over50 vets premier, Lewie Davis was very consistent and narrowly missed out in the extra lap by a mere 18 seconds. Yorkshireman Stuart Goodall had a strong finish and went home with the final podium trophy.
After a short break for lunch and morning event presentation, the main British Cross Country contenders were on the line waiting for the rider briefing. A short delay meant the event ran a few minutes behind schedule, with a truly top line up of Pro Expert riders this event was tough to call.
Grabbing the holeshot into the first woodland sector was George Bayliss, a small mistake cost him dearly as he slipped off allowing Ashley Woods to lead the chasing pack around lap one. Looking super smooth and in control just behind Woods was KORR latest product Jonny Walker. Jonny who comes from a trials background used his trials finesse and raw mx skills to demolish the opposition. Having followed Walker for the first hour or so, Ashley Woods had mo more answers for the calculated riding style walker showed around the Harwood Dale course. 2010 British Over40 Cross Country Champion Ady Smith upgraded himself for the 2011 season to Pro Expert, this was to be yet another Smith master class in how to ride multi lap events. A poor start meant Ady had work to do, a smooth, unflustered ride showed the man from Burton on Trent still has ample fitness, by hauling himself onto the Pro podium in a very impressive manner on his 250F KTM. Harry Hillas was making good progress towards the top 3 until a damaged pipe forced the event director to remove him from the course because of excess noise. MPS rider Jack Rowland was the only other to post a 13 lap tally with Tom Healey narrowly missing the extra lap having to settle for 12 laps.
In the clubman class rideoffroadUK team runner Rob Dawson kept his unbeaten 2011 run going by winning the clubman class in fine style. Despite having blisters, rob just managed to fend off James Reeve who at 18 years old is a sure fire rider to watch for the future. Steve Watson grabbed the final podium place at one of his favourite venues, early challenger Andrew Hornshaw faded towards the end but still held on to forth place.
Separated by a mere 17 seconds at the finish flag, the over40 men were as competitive as ever. Hat's off to Jack Twentyman for winning ahead of Darlington's Dave Salkeld. Roger Williams grabbed third place in only his second ever enduro. Williams the 2007 British twin Shock trials veteran and self confessed petrol head, is enjoying his new found challenge in enduro events.
The ACU British Cross Country Championship has had the best start possible, perfect weather, great competitors, and one common interest, an official national ACU Cross Country series. Well Done the rideoffroadUK team.
Next Event for the rideoffroaduk events team is round one of the
ACU Events Ltd Sponsored XC Series aimed at Sportsman and Hobby riders -
April 10th Lee Dell Rochdale.
The ACU’s Trials and Enduro Department are excited to be expanding the ACU British Cross Country Championship for 2011. After last year’s successful introduction of this new Championship the ACU have decided to continue working with the same organisers to build on the series successes. For 2011 an additional round has been allocated to RideOffRoad UK which will see the Northern based riders are well catered for. The dates and venues for the 2011 ACU British Cross Country Championship have now been confirmed and are as follows:
Round 1: March 27th Rideoffroaduk
Round 2: May 15th Midwest Racing
Round 3: June 12th Sidcup & District MCC Ltd
Round 4: October 16th Rideoffroaduk