British BMX Series - 23rd & 24th May 2015
Almost 2,000 fans packed around Broadwood Stadium’s BMX track this weekend as rounds five and six of the British BMX Series came to NL Leisure’s Cumbernauld home for the first time.
In glorious sunshine the crowds were treated to the spectacle of more than 600 riders, from six year old juniors to elite level stars, whizzing round (and frequently over) Scotland’s only international standard BMX track.
Staged over both Saturday and Sunday, the serious action took place during the afternoons of both days – jaws were frequently on the floor and hearts in mouths as Britain’s best exponents of the sport went wheel to wheel and spectacularly ‘pulled air’ time and again – reaching heights of at least 20 feet on the course’s stunning jump sections.
Elite winners over the weekend included the Ultimate BMX team’s Curtis Manaton for the men and Charlotte Green of the British Cycling Academy for the women – both were thoroughly impressed by Broadwood’s world class facilities.
There was also something for the local crowd to cheer as Josh Hanlon of Cumbernauld Centurions stormed to victory in the Championship Men’s Class.
Hanlon, whose day job is with NL Leisure, was understandably delighted and said:
“It’s been an amazing weekend; this is my first win at national level, it’s taken me nine years to get it, so I couldn’t be happier – there was such a big cheer when I crossed the line.
“The feedback from other riders has also been great, especially from the young kids who’ve had a great time.”
NL Leisure Chief Executive Blane Dodds said:
“This is the first time Broadwood’s hosted a BMX event on this scale, so understandably we were a little nervous beforehand but I couldn’t be happier with the results.
“The team here, in partnership with British Cycling, have done a fantastic job and I’d like to thank everyone involved for their support.
“The track we have here is of an incredible standard and I’ve heard many of the riders saying it’s the best they’ve experienced; I’m hopeful it won’t be too long before the British BMX series is back here again!”
Full report on the weekend's racing can be found on the British BMX website