Glasgow BMX Centre played host to the Scottish National BMX Championships on Wednesday evening with 17 national titles up for grabs.
Thankfully, we managed to avoid a repeat of the monsoon conditions from the previous night in Glasgow with only a brief light shower interrupting the dryness, which we’ve become accustomed to in recent weeks.
With racing in every age category from Male and Female 9–10-year-olds, all the way up to Veteran’s, as well as Cruiser races, the qualifying races came thick and fast, with three rounds of Motos for each event followed by a final.
Harrison Bell (Western Titans Glasgow) claimed an excellent win in the Male 15-16 category to claim his national title from Lewis Cook (Cumbernauld Centurions) in second with Cameron McGrail in third. While in the Female 15-16 category, Tillie McCrum (Cumbernauld Centurions) came home with the gold medal.
Ben Fitzsimmons just pipped Jamie O’Hara to the gold in the Male 17-29 category, as the two Cumbernauld Centurions fought to take stop step on the podium.
Riding with the number 1.6 plate on the front of his bike, Fraser Watson (Cumbernauld Centurions) claimed his first medal of the evening after besting Western Titan Fred Crowson to gold in the Veteran’s category.
Some riders opted to race two bikes, with eight races in two hours zapping the energy from the riders’ legs. For some it was an inspired decision however, Alexis McCartney (Cumbernauld Centurions) took home a brace of gold medals on the evening in the Female 13-14 and Cruiser Girls 15-16 categories, with Alice Crowson (Western Titans) and Freyja Shackley (Cumbernauld Centurions) taking the silver and bronze in the 13-14 category.
There was double delight too for Isla Young (Knightswood), who claimed gold medals in both the Female 11-12 and cruiser categories; with the Western Titans duo of Ruby Warren and Holly Diver claiming the silver and bronze medal in the former.
Lewis Collins-Nimmo (Western Titans) claimed a full sweep of race wins in the Male 13-14 as he became national champions, while Cooper McCrum and Jack De Jong (Cumbernauld Centurions) rode to the minor medal positions, respectively. McCrum added to his silver, with a gold in the cruisers, later in the evening.
Some of the evening’s best racing came in the Male 11-12 where Brodie Geddes (Cumbernauld Centurions) had an excellent battle throughout the evening with Logan Young (Knightswood BMX Club) to settle the gold, with the Centurion just pipping Young to gold, with Western Titans’ Rhys Dougan claiming the bronze medal. Young did come back to take the gold medal in the Male 10-12 cruisers with Daniel Borokinni (Cumbernauld Centurions) taking the silver.
Marcus Mullen (Preston Pirates BMX) claimed the victory in the Male 9-10s after winning all four races on the evening, Moray Watson and Jamie Robertson took home silver and bronze for Cumbernauld Centurions. While Aria-Rose Lee claimed the gold in the Female 9-10s with Holly Hume and Elizabeth Graham claiming second and third on the podium, for an all-Centurions podium.
In the senior cruisers, Jay Taylor (Cumbernauld Centurions) took the 17-29 gold medal, with Fraser Watson claimed his second gold of the evening beating fellow Centurion Scott Main to the 40-44 Cruiser title. While in the 50+ age category, Ian Archibald pipping fellow Centurion Stewart Campbell to gold, as Fred Crowson (Western Titans) claimed a bronze.
Thanks to the teams at Cumbernauld Centurions and Western Titans for organising a great night of racing at Knightswood, as well as to all the volunteers, commissaries, and officials for ensuring the racing run so smoothly.