National Points Series Rd 1 - Thetford 13 Apr 2003


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numplumz_home race team put themselves up against the best in the country at the First round of the UK's premier Mountainbike championship at the weekend.
A realistic aim for all was to try and achieve a top twenty position, being gridded for round 2 the valuable prize of such a result.
Not an easy task against a lot of sponsored riders from across the UK and Ireland.

Lloyd Bettles, Adrian Scott and Jack Peterson all achieved their goal, and more.

4 laps of 7.5 miles was tough going, 2 hours of racing and was it fast. The experts did 5 laps the Elite 6 Ouch.
Adi in the moonscape a great 13th place
Jack grabbed a superb 11th and a hatfull of points, in a 4 man sprint for the line. Shame the other two got time

Lloyd came through from a steady start to finally grab 20th on the line, whilst poor Smiffy had a track full of 150 riders to pass as he was demoted to last place whilst puncturing on lap1, then had to watch all the Vets fly by too. Thats one very full singletrack, and not a hope, he passed Shedloads though coming in 44th

Bob came in 29th , surviving the distance on very little training so far this year.

Ed had a Mair (cringe) as his crank came off repeatedly, but he soldiered on for 54th. at least you had two wheels Ed

Craig blew the cobwebs away to take 39th in the sport class
gremlins are here
Smiffy - race ruined by a puncture and he's still smiling at 44th place
jack chases
Jack in about 20th place at the start of lap 1. The Surge gets an outing in full on XC mode.
Jack passes Andrew Roberts/ Evans to take 17th on lap 2
john fights back
Smiffy gets going after his puncture, if you look closely that bike actually floats, boy is that one light machine
lloyd powers
Lloyd on his last lap charge to 20th place
Look at that huge gear, the new team kit is much needed we think.
Mark Pearson tries out "Black for a day" Great 16th place in Sport and gridded for round 2. So how about it matey
doublehard geezer
Neil Doubleard in the SS race, nice colour coordination there.
nicky - for Carl!
One for Carl grin Nikki Harris creams the Junior ladies with times that would embarrass us lot
Ryan blows the Eastern Velo boys away to grab a fantastic 5th in Experts
The mad Expert start, and no crashes
Elite winners
The Elite's sprint finish Jody Crawfoth just pips teammate Sam Gardner with Oli just hiding in the trees. Those boys are probably still smiling now.
A superb days racing. congratulations also to Vic Barnett/ WVW winner in the Grand Vets race. Steve Cook/ERV a fine 8th in the Expert race, Gav Rumbles/Luton CC 11th in Masters and Theresa Jordan Luton CC winner in Masters ladies
the course
The course terrain - Look a killer climb, all of 40 feet, no wonder we got tired lads.

© Updated by Jack 13/04/2003