After a very slow start to this year due to the bad weather many matches were cancelled but by April, we were on the way to a great new season for both our team and individual riders who all rode excellently through out this year. After all the bad weather the season finally began with the spring cup, an individual riders’ event which was held at Leicester by Ross Mee, with Under 12’s through to the women’s and vets’ aces riders did not let themselves down (all full results can be found on Facebook). After having some more bad weather the BYJL series began at Wednesfield for the first round and finishing the regional rounds at East Park later in the year. Some of our overall regional results included:
Peter (U10s)- 5th Corey (U10s)- 3rd Ellis (U14s)- 2nd Megan (Girls)- 4th Georgia (Girls)- 1st Tyler(U18s)-1st
May Bank Holiday saw all different clubs from both Britain and Poland come together at the Wolverhampton track of East Park to compete in the European Club Championships on the final day Wednesfield’s A team finished 3rd in Europe after some tough racing well done all! During these championships we also fielded a B team to which they also rode very well in the slotted qualifiers they rode in.
The second of June held the Welsh open to which both Josh and Brandon rode well in with Josh finishing 3rd in the B and Brandon 2nd in the A final. Well done lads!
Later in the month of June saw the British Club Championships up in the north although we did not enter as a team in any of the events that weekend the Burt sisters took to the A&Ts track in the Girls Pairs event. After lots of competitive racing even after pulling 4 7-3s they just missed out on the A final by one point.
The 1st July brought the first round of the National BYJL series to which another four rounds all over the country took place finishing on the 1st September at Horspath with Aces final standing positions in the country were: Corey (U10’s)- 8th, Ellis (U14’s)- 4th , Tyler (U18’s)- 6th, Megan (Girls)- 9th and finally Georgia (Girls)- 4th.
Later in the moth of July brought the Midlands Individual Championships to Birmingham with aces riders from the U15’s to the vets competed. Aces results included Tyler who finished 1st in the U15’s and then went onto taking the second place in the U18’s, Megan who finished 4th followed by Georgia finishing second after a run off for 1st in the Women’s event, The Open saw Aces Chris J who finish second alongside Lee and Tom but also Aces veteran riders Burtie and Graham racing too.
The European Individual Championships took place out in Poland with Aces riders Paul, Lee, CJ, Tom and Graham all took part in.
18th August brought a very busy day for the Aces club with the Senior riders at Leicester for the British Open club championships where they finished second to champions Great Blakenham by only 2 points. Also, at home track we held a very successful open day welcoming member of the community to try out our sport but also raising nearly £200 for our club a huge well done and thank you goes out to everyone once again.
August Bank holiday only meant one thing the British Individual Championships and what a weekend it was! Astley and Tyldesley opened the weekend with the youngsters racing with Aces Corey finishing in a well deserved joint 8th spot on 13 points in the Under 10’s little league championship. Next up was older sister Megan who rode in the tough Under 14 Girls line up respectively finishing 7th with her 10 points. Ending the first day Aces rider Ellis finished 5th in his first ever championship within the under 14 boys’ line up. Next day held seniors’ qualifiers with Paul, CJ, Lee and Tom all riding with Lee and Tom just missing out on their spots in the final. Alongside this over at Sheffield’s Cookson Park Georgia competed in the Under 16 girls’ event after leading a run off she took the third spot. Following this Aces Tyler took to the track in his first British final finishing in 10th place. The final day of the championships which were held at Hull, first up was the Under 16 Boys’ final where once more Tyler rode picking up 12 points after a fall. Next up was Georgia now riding in the Women’s event getting herself 11 points also after a bit of a fall. Ending the weekend was the Senior open final and after just missing out on a run off Chris finished in fourth place just behind team mate Paul who rode within the run off for second against Poole’s Ben Mould to take the third position.
To finish youngsters national racing Ross Mee held an Open Invitational for the BYJL riders where the Burt riders represented the aces with Corey in the U10s finishing on a maximum of 16 points then went on to take the 1st in his A final. Later, was sisters Megan and Georgia with Megan winning her B final after scoring 8 points and Georgia placing second behind A&T’s Emily after scoring 13 points.
Between all the other racing the Midlands League racing was held between clubs bringing some great team riding for all. As a result, our Division one side came out on top with division 2&3 still to be confirmed. Throughout the season there was some brilliant racing by all. Leading on to the end of the years knock out cup to which Wednesfield team once again made it through the regional play offs to ride nationally against new winners Poole and other clubs including Great Blakenham and A&T to which the aces team of Paul, CJ, Matt, Brandon, Lee, Tom, Harrie, Scott and Tyler finished second.
New to this year’s fixtures gold cup matches were set up to which allowed 12-16 riders in with the action of the senior riders. After some more great racing our senior and junior riders can come away with smiles on their faces. Again, true results have yet to be confirmed. Another fixture which was added this year was the Midweek league with the Junior side only taking part in the home host one as they struggled to get all tea members to each fixture the senior side took part in some of them pulling up some good points.
Other racing this year also included the Battle of Britain series where many of our riders took their places in the Midlands team. The Vets racing saw Wayne, Burtie, Graham, Phil and Andy to get a piece of some racing action over their Eurovets rounds where they all rode very well. Also running this year was the Women’s league where Aces Megan and Georgia were back on the scene representing the Midlands in their women’s team racing but also through the three individual rounds but also in the last round with Georgia alongside chosen team partner Alice finishing second to Gemma and Miah by one point to end the women’s league season.
The 2018 season was very long, and jam packed with racing as you can see so enjoy your rest for now and we look forward to seeing you in the new year for our presentation evening to give out all this seasons awards including those from annual club championships. See you all soon!