Steady Eddy X-treme. Rd.2. At H2O

Pics Tilde Tighe. Words Tim Tighe

 

Harry Edmondson posted yet another victory in the Steady Eddy Xtreme series as round two of this seasons series took place at a cold but sunny H2O just outside Oswestry on Sunday. He took the lead from the start and never looked back but it wasn’t all going to be plain sailing.

Billed as an ‘introduction to extreme enduro’ the course was perfect, until the cold weather took hold, then it became much harder than anticipated even though the sunshine thawed most of the frozen areas. The large amount of woodland was unaffected by the cold weather and as with most Fast Eddy layouts there were plenty of lines to choose from at each of the trickier sections but along the valley floor and the steep slopes surrounding the valley it was slick to say the least. The hard-packed moto-x track also needed to be approached with care at the start of the two-and-a-half hour race but as the laps passed and lines appeared the whole thing became slightly easier. The course held nothing that could really be considered extreme by Pro rider standards but the cold and icy patches wore riders down and it became very hard going for many riders inexperienced with these types of conditions.

So, Harry Edmondson headed the Clubman class and had a healthy lead until he lost his rear brake a quarter of the way into the race. With so many slippery descents and just a front brake young Edmondson’s race suddenly became very interesting as a hard-charging Henry Yardley kept the pressure on for the next handful of laps. Edmondson really deserved his win, many riders would have quit with the loss of the rear brake in these conditions but he kept it going and eventually finished nearly five minutes clear of Henry Yardley in second spot. These two were the only riders to clock 11 laps, and each one was hard earned. In third spot came Jack Spencer at the head of a gaggle of Clubman riders who had been close together throughout the race.

With the top nine places going to Clubman riders, Geraint Rogers, riding in the Clubman Vets, sneaked into the top 10 with nine laps under his belt. He was followed by Steve Norbury, second in class, who had a belter of a race and just edged Darryl Mead to third in class.

The Youth result seemed to be a foregone conclusion as George Yardley rode exceptionally well and was cruising at the head of the class but disaster struck just laps from the end when he crashed heavily just past lap-scoring on an open field. It was enough to see him DNF which was a great shame considering his terrific ride. Mathias Salin had always been in contention and took the Youth class win by some distance over Jamie Williams with Zac Ward filling the final podium place.

Nils Ogden was a lap up on fellow Sportsman riders as he swept to class victory, the only Sportsman inside the top 20. Ricky Downes and Robert Crayston battled it out for second and third spots with Down finishing just ahead of Crayston.Geraint Rogers Harry Edmondson3 Jason Clarke Lewis Moore Mathias Salin Nils Ogden

Jason Clark headed the Sportsman Vets as Nick Barrow and Neil Myers closed him down over the final few laps but Clark had a considerable margin by that stage and he finished at the head of his class.

The Novice ranks were full of expectant and energetic riders, many eager to try a taste of extreme terrain for the first time so Lewis Moore did very well to take the win at the head of such a large class. Luke Ames nailed second spot with Gage Whyte taking third in class.

The event turned out to be tougher than planned but that is often the nature of extreme events when the weather takes a hand in proceedings but the majority of riders stuck at it and gained invaluable experience of what to do when the going gets tough. The course included a few new sections which all rode well but it was a hard-riding day and the course didn’t make things easy.

The third and final round of the series is in a couple of weeks time at Westwood near Sheffield on Sunday December 10th. It proved to be a cracking event last December.

The 2018 British Extreme Series

The dates have just been released for the 2018 British Extreme Series.

Beginning in January at Tong, as is traditional for the series, it then moves to Cowm Quarry in February and H2O in March.

The Extreme ravines event in April is the fourth round followed by the Hawkshead Extreme in May.

The sixth and final round will be at Green Hall Farm in Mid wales in August.

More information will be released soon but the great news is that the series has a new title sponsor.

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Fast Eddy Winter Series. Rd.2

Jack SandlandTorrential rain on Saturday killed the planned practice day at Bicton Farm and nearly put paid to the second round of the Fast Eddy Winter on Sunday but the brave and the foolhardy turned out to battle the weather and each other for two races at this popular venue near Shrewsbury in Shropshire.

Earlier in the week the course had been prepared to perfection with a new layout and new challenges. Unfortunately, all the hard work was undone by the unpredictable British weather. A very trimmed down course was used for the first race of the day that saw the youth riders in action but this was expanded to include the woodland section for the main adult’s race, even though it was still small compared to the usual layout.Harry Edmondson

The rainfall had been epic overnight and continued early on until it cleared as the youth riders started their race at 9.15am. Course conditions were very slippery initially but improved slightly as the race progressed and lines started to form around the maze of sweeping bends on the stubble field.

The 85-150 riders were first off the line but within a lap they had been passed by 65cc rider Jack Sandland, who was in his element. Spending most of the race on his pegs Sandland had lapped the field by the halfway point and managed to clock and extra two laps over Riegan Reece, also on a 65. Sandland took an impressive win with Reece second and fellow 65ccer William Barnett third. Top of the 85-150 class was Daniel Withington followed by Ben Houghton and Jake Willis.

Another downpour just ahead of the main race of the day made conditions very difficult but the rain passed as the riders left the start line and the sun shone, until just over an hour later the most torrential prolonged downpour of the weekend hit! The rain wasn’t the killer though, it became very cold and the last few laps of the race were pure torture for the riders still going.

The initial battle in the Experts class was between Harry Edmondson and Derek Bawn but Young Eddy turned on the gas and gained a significant lead by the halfway point, then went into cruise mode. It was a mistake, Bawn kept the pressure on and took Edmondson by surprise, taking the lead for a handful of laps before being overtaken by the eventual winner Edmondson. Bawn secured second spot but the tussle of the day was between Expert Henry Yardley and younger brother George in the Youth A class. Henry had quite a lead but inch by inch George came within passing distance. A slight tumble from Henry, right by the pit entrance, gave George the chance he needed and he made the pass. Henry soon put things back into order and ended the race in third place while George took third in the YouthA class behind an in-form James Palmer and Charlie Chater in second spot on his new Yamaha 125 machine.Sunshine to start with

Chris Wagstaff topped the vets A class ahead of Dave Cooper while Nick Barrow took the Vets B honours ahead of Andy Davies and Roger Withington. Jacob James had the Clubman class all to himself as condition took their toll and his competitors DNF’d.

Carwyn Rosser headed up the Youth B’s some four laps ahead of Adam James in second spot while Ben Martindale took eighth overall and top Sportsman position for the umpteenth time this season. James Flannigan grabbed second place ahead of Chester Norton in third.

Josh Lucy secured the Novice class win by three laps over nearest rival Kristian Ankritt with Andrew Williams filling the final podium place.

It was a hard slog for all involved, especially with the hailstorm and heavy rain near the end of the race but it was billed as a Winter Enduro and it is November, the good weather wasn’t going to last forever.Ben Martindale Carwyn Rosser Chris Wagstaff Jacob James James Palmer Josh Lucy

Well done to everyone who attended. Winter enduros are not easy but provide great practice ready for when riders try a BEC or suchlike.

Steady Eddy X-treme series Rd.1 at Cowm Quarry.

Report Tim Tighe/ pics Tilde Tighe www.foto-x.co.uk

The clue to this event is in the name: Steady Eddy. It was the first of a series of three events aimed at riders wishing to experience extreme enduro, but not too extreme! Harry Edmondson

Paul Edmondson and his crew laid out possibly the longest course ever seen at Cowm Quarry near Whitworth, to accommodate the scores of riders eager to give extreme enduro a try alongside many other seasoned veterans of riding the tough stuff. By the end of the race there were few riders who would have agreed with the term ‘Steady’.

The response to the series was terrific with over 160 entrants taking to the start line. With no Pro or Expert classes it was the Clubman riders who started first around the challenging Cowm course.Andrew Mills

Plenty of thought had been given to the layout with a choice of lines all around course plus hard and easy options in many places so riders could get their confidence on the easy routes before testing out the tougher lines. Cowm is tough and very rocky with some serious hills and descents and although now as extreme as the ACU BEEC course there were plenty of spots where riders had to think twice before attempting them.

The layout was tough right from the start as the course weaved its way around an endurocross style section with rocks, logs, tyres and a water filled tunnel to let everyone know there was to be no let up. For a handful of the quicker riders the lap was under 20-minutes but the majority took around 20-25 minutes to complete one circuit.

With so many riders in the race the length of the course came into play and by the time the first riders completed the opening lap the field was well strung out. A few steep sections required the marshals to step in with assistance but thirty minutes into the two-and-a-half-hour race everything was running smoothly and the tricky sections became more manageable.

Harry Edmondson lead the field throughout the race, finishing the opening lap nearly 10-minutes clear of his closest rival but even such a talented rider as Harry had a few moments he will want to forget where a momentary lapse of concentration saw him on the deck. James Ford carved a second-place spot clear of the Clubman pack, 12-minutes behind Harry but six ahead of third placed Lee Hattersley as these three were the first home and the only riders to complete eight laps.Geraint Rogers

Mathias Salin had a cr acking ride in the Youth class. He finished in 13th overall with only Clubman riders ahead of him and seven laps to his credit. Jacob Wilson took second in class with Richard Moorhouse third. All three were pretty strung out around the course so it was sheer determination to pass riders ahead of them that got them the top three places in the Youth class.

The Clubman Vets was a much tighter affair with Geraint Rogers leading the class just ahead of Simon Nutter and Michael Rayson, followed by a sizeable number of fellow Vets who all put on a good show.

James Palmer took the Sportsman class win and had a large advantage over second placed Chris Brown and Robert Crayston in third. This pair were very close throughout the race and finished within a minute of each other, both on seven laps.

The Sportsman Vets attracted a terrific entry. Many of these riders have the skills and experience to tackle extreme stuff and this race gave them the opportunity. Andrew Mills took the class win with Dave Askham second just a handful of places behind. Neil Myers completed the line up in third spot just two places behind Askham overall.

Fortieth overall was Aden Overend. He was the top Novice class rider and put in a great deal of effort to get out in front of a large pack of Novice riders and stay there until the end. Lewis Moore took second in class and Sam Porter third in what was a tough event for novice riders.Aden Overend Darren Adshead Mathias Salin

Once again Paul Edmondson and his crew delivered as promised. Cowm’s John Whittle had put in hours of graft to get the course into shape and it was very enjoyable to ride and to spectate. The race wasn’t the fastest ever held at Cowm, it was more of a grind-it-out type of challenge for many entrants but for those who could ride the never-ending sections it was a cracking outing. The level of the challenges was spot on and for the riders who liked Cowm Quarry, they are in for a treat at the second round which is at H2O.

Rock Oil XC Championship Final Round at Bicton

Report: Tim Tighe. Images: Tilde Tighe/foto-x.co.uk

The 2017 Fast Eddy Rock Oil Championship drew to a close on Sunday with the final round taking place at Bicton Farm near Shrewsbury, the Fast Eddy crew’s favourite venue.Alfie Rickwood

Although used many times throughout the season, Bicton never ceases to come up with something new and provide great racing, which is exactly what happened on Sunday. The small woodland area was utilised to the maximum with a handful of new routes thrown into the mix along with the stubble field sections and part of the old MX track.

The weather was perfect for racing, as was the ground, with berms in all the right places around the seven-minute lap for the adult racers.

Jack SandlandThe Youth riders started the day’s events and it was good to see this race so well supported. Alfie Rickwood and Josh Williams were two new names on the entry sheet, their first ever XC race, a break from their usual MX outings. Keelan Hope was also back in the ranks putting his MX skills to the test.

In the 85-150cc class Rickwood nailed the holeshot and was untouchable from that point onwards, he was gaining 20 seconds a lap in the first part of the race but Hope got his head down and dug deep to get within two minutes of the leader and take second place with Fast Eddy regular Cory Cookland just eight seconds adrift in third.

It was a tough course for the 65/auto riders but the battle between Jack Sandland and Alfie Davies was impressive as they clocked up 11 laps apiece. Sandland took the class win by 17 seconds over Davies with Will Barnett in third spot.

For the adults race the course was in prime condition, the Youth race riders having taken the slippery top layer off. With everyone from Expert to Novice in the same race it was helpful that the course was one of the longest ever at Bicton.

In the Expert ranks it was time for the re-match between Ben Murphy and Sam Greenslade. The previous meeting at Bicton saw them wheel to wheel for much of the race with New Zealander Greenslade taking the win at his first race in the UK. It was clear from the start that Murphy was out for revenge.Cole Cookland

Henry Yardley showed he was back in form and fully recovered by taking the holeshot ahead of a pack of quality experts as Max Ditchfield stuck to his rear wheel while Murphy and Greenslade trailed in his wake. Harry Edmondson bought up the rear of the pack on a Sherco 300, trying the machine for the first time in race conditions.

Murphy, Ditchfield and Greenslade slowly eased a gap on the rest and by the mid-point Ditchy had caught some traffic allowing Greenslade to overtake and pull a 20 second gap with Murphy around 15 seconds ahead. Harry Edmondson eased his way through the pack to join the leader but it was all eyes on the front two as the gap yo-yoed between them.

Greenslade put in the fastest lap of the race to close within 7 seconds of Murphy then ditched it near the finish line, losing 20 seconds in the process. As the final laps approached neither rider had refulled until with 10 seconds remaining on the clock Murphy took a quick splash and left for his final lap. Greenslade had disappeared, out of fuel in the stubble field section he walked disconsolately back to the pits, his gamble had failed.

Max Ditchfield had stuck at it and was rewarded with second overall while a great ride from Harry Edmondson, fending of Henry Yardley for most of the race, saw him take third.

A testament to the quality of the Youth A riders was evident in the results as they took four of the top nine places amongst the Expert riders.

Cole Cookland clocked eight laps to win the Youth A class ahead of many Experts and all Clubman riders, another cracking ride from this youngster whose days in the Youth ranks must be numbered. Sam Davies and George Yardley both rode extremely well to take second and third in class and post 18 laps into the bargain. Will Farrow headed the Youth B ranks ahead of Carwyn Rosser and Adam James.

Jacob James was the only Clubman rider to clock 18 laps. He battled Lee hattersley for the holeshot and continued to work his way through the field, eventually taking ninth overall along with his class win. Hattersley eventually nailed the runner-up spot just less than 10 seconds ahead of Ben Key in third place.

Kev Sandland emulated his sons win in the Youth race by taking the Vets A top spot ahead of Chris Wagstaff and David Williams. In Vets B it was Mark Plain and Joe Webster vying for supremacy with Plain eventually taking the win ahead of Webster as Tony Gunn took third.

Ben Martindale once again ruled the roost in the Sportsman class but was followed closely to the flag by Nick Whitehead with Nick Dawson a little way behind in third. The Novice class went to Josh Lucy who had been bar-to-bar on several occasions around the course, determined to take his class win in what turned out to be a great ride. Dave Withington secured second spot with Kristian Ankritt in third.

The race was a terrific finale to the series with a cracking course and red-hot competition between riders across all classes. Bicton has played its part well this season in several guises but last Sunday saw it at its best.Ben MartindaleJacob James Josh Lucy Kev Sandland Mark Plain Will Farrow Winner Ben Murphy

 

Rock Oil Xc rd.5 at Greenhall Farm

Green Hall Farm is a big place, full of steeply rolling hills and plenty of small woodland. It was perfect for the fifth round of the Fast Eddy Rock Oil XC Championship last Sunday.

With rain predicted for early afternoon the racing got underway early and the Youth riders gave it full gas as they left the start line.

Sion Evans dominated as usual but young Cory Cookland gave him a good battle and matched Evans on laps to take second place in the 85-150 class with Endas Hughes finishing third. Alfie Davies riding in the Auto/65 class took third overall with a great ride to top his class as Jack Sandland followed him in second spot and Rees Jones in third.

The single main race of the day saw 60 riders set out for two hours over a very large course that included plenty of steep off cambers. These caught out a few riders who limped back to the pits with rear tyres adrift from the wheel.

Ben Murphy got off to a flying start, leading the Expert class by quite a margin for the first two laps until Freestyles Joe Wootton recovered from a bad start and a mistake on the first lap to take the lead all the way to the finish. Murphy powered onwards for second in the Experts with Jack Ditchfield in a solid third, a lap adrift of the two leaders.

Cole Cookland was in amongst the Experts even though he was riding in the Youth A class. Seventh overall and his class win was a good days work. Charlie Chater had a terrific start in Youth A and lead the field for a while but eventually slipped to second with Sam Davies in third. In the Youth B ranks it was Dan Leadbetter who was in control,a lap up on Adfam Jmaes who in turn was two laps up on third placed Carwyn Rosser.

Lewis Ellis nailed the Clubman class win ahead of Ryan Phillips and Jacob James, who had a terrific ride. Nick Whitehead once again topped the Sportsman class and a move to Clubman looks on the cards for next season. He was followed to the flag by Ben Martindale and Anthony Martin.

Chris Wagstaff was on form as he took the Vets A win ahead of Kev Sandland and Mike Windsor while in Vets B it was Mick Belcher who took first spot with Jamie Price and Nick Barrow just behind him.

Josh Lucy put in an amazing 14 laps to take the Novice class win from Shaun Cornwall and Lewis Glaves around a tough course that got even tougher for the final 30 minutes as rain fell and made the grass areas very tricky indeed.

It was a quality event at a quality venue and the riders really went for it across a fast-flowing course that benefited the quicker riders with not too much technical stuff, apart from the exit out of the woods that rutted up badly and caught out plenty of unwary riders.

Chris Wagstaff Dan Leadbetter Joe Wootton Lewis Ellis Mick Belcher Nick Whitehead Sam Davies Sion Evans

ENDURO GP AT HAWKSTONE

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The 2017 ACU British Extreme Enduro Championship. Final round at H2O

The ACU has a new champion! Billy Bolt’s second place at the H2O Xtreme Classic over the weekend was enough to secure the title for this talented and entertaining young rider.New Champion

The title was hard-earned, not just at H2O, which proved to be possibly the toughest course of the season, but at the four previous events which began in January at Tong in Yorkshire, then moved to Cowm Quarry near Rochdale. Third in the series was Ed’s of the Valley which ran in horrendous conditions near Abbey-Cwm-Hir in Wales while Extreme Ravines in Helmsley, North Yorkshire, occupied slot number four.

The H2O event had a lot to live up to but succeeded on all counts with a cracking entry list and a course that truly was extreme with a new woodland ‘off-camber’ section that simply isn’t justified by the term off-camber. It was horrendous to negotiate across possibly the steepest hill at H2O, there are bigger but not as loose or full of trees and roots and it soon became a focal point which saw the marshals working extremely hard from the first lap onwards.

A new stream section, more climbs and descents and a general fine tuning of the course from last year’s event saw a much harder challenge for the 120 riders who chose to test themselves at such an exceptional venue.

The single race, lasting two and a half hours, began at 11.30am with the Pro Championship class riders blasting off the line and heading across the fields, through a ravine and into the woods. Eurotek KTM’s Paul Bolton took the lead but was never more than a few feet ahead of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Extreme Team Factory power duo of Graham Jarvis and Billy Bolt. The three pulled away on the first lap leaving D3 Racing’s Sam Winterburn, Husqvarna’s Danny McCanney and St Blazey MX Husky mounted Keelan Hancock in the chasing group.Billy Bolt

With a new course layout it took a while for the riders to reach the rock garden, approached from the opposite direction to the previous year, but Paul Bolton still maintained his lead on the first lap with Bolt close on his heels and Grand Master Jarvis slightly adrift in third spot.

Even by the second lap backmarkers became part of the game for the leaders to negotiate, the off-camber claimed scores of victims and was strewn with bodies and bikes. Both Jarvis and Bolt opted for the near impossible direct route to the top of the off-camber hill and both pulled it off with ease. Bolt eventually took the lead, followed by Jarvis as Bolton slipped to third spot but it was far from over, even by the halfway point.

Jarvis’ arm-pump wore off and his pace increased significantly, Bolt rode a couple of laps without gloves which slowed him down considerably while Bolton survived a couple of hard crashes unscathed as the running order finally sorted itself over the last 30-minutes of the race.Graham Jarvis

Jarvis had stretched a significant lead of over three minutes by the time the chequered flag was waived. Bolt had slowed without gloves but a quick stop to replace them saw him up his pace by which time it was too late to catch the leader and he settled for second spot which was enough to give him the Champions title. Paul Bolton was a further two minutes adrift in third place, all three riders were breathing hard by the end of a race that had really tested them.

Danny McCanney took fourth spot, a lap down on the leading threesome, with Sam Winterburn finishing fifth and Keelan Hancock in sixth to wrap up the Pro Championship class.

William Hoare nailed the Expert class win and matched the Pro’s on laps with nine to his credit as Chris Madigan and Charlie Frost took second and third a lap behind him but the overall title went to Matthew Jones who finished in fourth place. He had breather pipe problems and lost a lot of time but still did enough to take the Expert Champions title.Extreme off camber

Juan Knight put in a terrific performance on a Gas Gas UK machine and was a long way clear of Andrew Reeves in second place and Grant Churchward in third. John Shirt took a creditable fourth having recently revived his riding passion and loved every minute of the race. Mick Boam took sixth in class but had done enough to take the Vets Champion title.

Fred Adams dominated the Clubman class, his good form seems to know no end. He really has impressed all who have seen him this season. Not so impressed was Ash Bell who took second behind Adams but in a class field of Clubman riders it was a decent result. Brad Lilburn was once again in the mix and took a solid third place just ahead of Lewis Ellis, both riders having had tough but determined rides.

Chloe Richardson showed how it should be done in the Sportsman class by taking the win ahead of Richard Hawes and Luke Evans. Although all three completed only half the number of laps that the Pro riders did, they possibly had the hardest race of all but they upped their game and battled onwards. It was a very tough course for Sportsman riders.Dawson Marriot

Dawson Marriott lead the Youth riders home with yet another impressive victory to his credit. The ever-improving Tom Knight charged to second place with Paul Bolton’s protégé Suff Sella from Israel in third. This was Sell’s second attempt at the H2O Classic and the improvement in his riding capabilities over 12 months was impressive.

As Billy Bolt crossed the finish line the celebrations began. Jarvis had won the race but Bolt had his first Champion title to his name and it has been a long time coming but obvious to everyone that he has the ability to gain many more titles in the years to come. With Lee Edmondson on the spanners the pair make an unbeatable if somewhat crazy combination but they certainly add plenty of fun to the sport, which can be overly serious at times.

Congratulations to Graham on his win and massive congrats to Billy on his first Championship but, looking back over the season, the whole series has been of the highest standard and thoroughly

deserving of the ACU British Extreme Enduro Championship title.  Fred AdamsJuan KnightPaul Bolton

This is in no small part due to the influence of Paul Edmondson who has persevered in his quest to raise the bar and make the series inclusive for all standards of rider. He succeeded with flying colours.