The Essex Summer Evening Series has finished for another year. It has been a great year with close racing all through the field.
The Essex Summer Evening Series drew to an end last night. Photos from the race are below, award photos will follow as will overall standing and race results.
ESES Final Round! I know, where has the summer gone...no really, where has it gone!
Now for the fun bit, Raffle Prize: What do you need to do to win something? Either, Enter the race, marshal or help setup the course up. A raffle ticket corresponding to your race number (marshals/helpers add your name to the signing on sheet after the race) will be drawn after the overall prizes have been awarded. The prize photo list is below.
Thanks to Lauf Forks, Fibrax Limited, Creative Cycling, traversbikes.com, NEXTIE and Southern Ecological Solutions - SES
If you are not at the race to collect your prize it will be chucked back in the pot!
Anyone can marshal, still lots of free t-shirt available for those who help out and support the series.
Only the Senior Male and Under 16's Female Category winners are confirmed. The other categories and placing are up for grabs with 5 men still in with a chance for 2nd overall and any of the top 3 in the under 16's male class can still take the win. Sue and Jo Hitchen can both win the women's overall.
Big opportunity for a under 16's female rider! so far there have only been 2 riders in the series, 3rd place on the podium is still up for grabs (there is a trophy!)
With 5 minutes to go before the start of the race, most of the riders were still huddled under the signing-on gazebo trying to shelter from the worst of the rain and strong winds. It was then that we noticed a heard of cows heading down the B line of Oak Tree Drop. The cows roam free on the Hadleigh Park track and normally are not an issue because of this we had to put the start back by 5 minutes while I herded them off the course. They did return later in the race but with riders more spread out it was easier to navigate a path around them.
The race finally got underway and Robert Staines (Hadleigh MTB) Kieran Jarvis (St Ives CC) quickly built up a lead of a few seconds over the chasing pack, both riders had chosen not to pre-ride the track because of the conditions and went off course at a tight off camber corner, they quickly realised their mistake and rejoined just after the following bunch went past. Kieran gradually made his way back through the field to regain the lead which he held on to take take his 3rd win in a row in the series. It was much closer behind with 2nd to 5th swapping places through out the race. Russ Welch (Travers Bikes) put in some consistent lap times towards the end to drag himself back up the leader board into 2nd place on the day and gaining enough points overall to secure the championship with 1 round to go. Rob Staines (Hadleigh MTB) came in 3rd regaining some of the form we saw last year and crucially moving himself into the top 10 overall.
George Crocombe (Hadleigh MTB) lead the under 16’s field away and had another dominant race, holding onto the lead all the way to the checkered flag to take the win. Harry Bates (Hadleigh MTB) kept the pressure on George to take a well deserved 2nd place and put a bit more daylight between himself and Harrison Darley ((Hadleigh MTB) who finished 3rd on the night, leaving it all to play for heading into the final round.
Susan Wood (Hadleigh MTB) and Jo Hitchen (Wings for Life) both set off at a blistering pace, sticking together around the start loop but just as the pair were heading out of sight Jo had a mechanical with her gears allowing Sue to pull clear. This was all that Sue needed as she quickly started to open up a gap and never looked back to take the win over 2nd placed Jo. Kess Claxton (Travers Bikes) was the only rider in the under 16’s female class on the day and considering the conditions she could easily have just recorded 1 lap to take the win but pushed on to complete the win securing the overall title.
The 8th and final round of the Essex Summer Evening Series takes place on Tuesday 5th July at Potash Woods. Overall trophies will be awarded after the races plus a free raffle will be held with over £2500 worth of prizes. All you need to do to enter is to either race in the final round, marshall or help set-up the course. Everyone has the chance to win something.
The Potash Summer Classic will be held also at the Potash Woods on the 10th July http://www.traversbikes.com/races.html
Tonight's ESES Rnd 7 was delayed by 5 minutes while I cleared a few obstacles from the course!
Wet and windy round 7 of the Essex Summer Evening Series. Thanks to everyone who helped set-up the course and to those who marshaled and stood out in the pouring rain!
ESES Round 7 (out of 8) is almost here! We are back at Hadleigh Park for the last time this year. The race is on Tuesday 28/06/16 and starts at 19:00 (practice from 18:00).
I put a poll up the other day and people said the thing that would encourage them to ride would be having a MTB! Thanks to Luke Farey I have arranged to borrow 3 of his bikes and they will be available to hire for the practice and race for £15. Sizes...there is 1x16" and 2x18". If you want to hire one, message me.
Action from last night Essex Summer Evening Series Round 6, 2 round left. Next week is at Hadleigh Park
The ESES returns after a short break with Round 6 at Potash. Online entries close midnight Sunday (19/06). On the Day Entries will be available.
The weather is looking dry and warm for Tuesday.
HAND BUILT TITANIUM FRAMES.