Fast Eddy Winter Championship starts this weekend at Bicton Farm

This coming Sunday, 2nd October, sees the first round of a four round winter series from Fast Eddy Racing.
Starting at Bicton Farm, SY3 8EU, the series will take in other Midlands venues and Castle Caereinion in Wales before finishing back in the Midlands on 18th December. Three out of four rounds are to count, giving riders some flexibility if they can’t make every round. The format is planned for a 90-minute youth race followed by a two-hour adults race, kicking off around 9.30am.
Bicton is a great starting point for the series with its open fields, woodland and MX track, nothing too difficult, promoting fast and flowing racing. The weekend’s action begins on Saturday 1st October with a FED day with racing scheduled for Sunday.
The second round will take place on 23rd October and is preceded by a FED practice day on Saturday the 22nd October. Round three is on 6th November, again with a FED day on Saturday 5th November and the series winds up on 18th December and has a FED day the day before on Saturday 17th.
As ever, Fast Eddy is promoting cracking value practice and racing with the Championship running up to Christmas at some terrific venues that will stand whatever the weather has to throw at them. Costs for the FED practice days are: Adults £30, under 16’s £20 per day. Costs for the Winter Championship are: Adults £40, under 16’s £30 per race.

To enter call 01543 370070 or 07889 924560.

Rock Oil XC Championship final round at Brake Hill Farm. Report: Tim Tighe. Pics: Tilde Tighe/www.foto-x.co.uk

The regular Fast Eddy Racing season ended with a bang at Brake Hill Farm, Northants, last weekend. Saturday’s Husqvarna Demo-day, combined with a FED practice day, saw the venue packed to near capacity as riders enjoyed the cracking course laid out by the Fast Eddy crew.

Sunday was a slightly more nervous affair as many of the class titles were up for grabs at the final round of the 2016 Rock Oil XC Championship. Virtually all the regulars were out in force and they were joined by plenty of new faces that could see just how good the venue was.

Overnight rain forced a slight delay to the start of racing on Sunday, Fast Eddy’s lap inspection saw him return with tyres caked in mud but with the sun shining and a slight breeze the course was improving as each minute passed so a 30-minute delay proved to be a very smart move. By the third lap the ground was absolutely perfect.

Brake Hill Farm has an excellent MX track, combined with flowing woodland sections and a large undulating field section that gave riders a course that was simply a pleasure to ride.

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Eddy's Xtreme Enduro. The ACU British Extreme Enduro Championship. Final round announced.

The 2016 ACU British Extreme Enduro Championship is three quarters done. Just when you thought it was safe to put your bike away approaching Christmas, Fast Eddy has confirmed the final Eddy’s Xtreme Enduro of the season, round four of the ACU British Extreme Enduro Championship.

Westwood near Sheffield is the venue. A light bulb clicked on in Eddy’s head at the recent ACU GBXC Sprint at Westwood when he realized just what a cracking extreme venue the place is and the variety of tough sections it has to offer.

The Grand Finale is on December 3-4th. Westwood is the perfect spot to end the series with a bang, and there certainly will be a big bang as the format makes a distinct change with a two-hour afternoon race followed by a one-hour evening race where the woodland will be floodlit.

Times from both races will be combined to give an overall winner. To celebrate this final round of a superb championship series there is a marquee and hog roast planned, in addition to all the usual facilities.
Watch this space because there is plenty more to come about this event.

Entries open on 1st November and you can secure your spot by calling
01543 370070 or 07889 924560 after that date.

Rock Oil Championship Round 6 Lee Dell Rochdale. Report: Imprint Media. Images: CH-Images

As the Indian summer weather continued to grace Lancashire with its presence, despite the heavy thunderstorms that the UK experienced during the week, the hill top venue of Lee Dell was in great shape after a nice six month rest since the last event there.

Wayne Braybrook crammed in extra hours to ensure his job as clerk of the course provided the very best track for this a vitally important Rock Oil Championship enduro. The super long lap around the reservoir headland meant that he could make the course really wide fast and flowing, viewing for spectators is awesome at Lee Dell, meters from the start the hillside gives a safe birds eye view of over half the course.

A small but talent packed Youth event ran over a slightly shortened course, Saul Hirst was once again the man in form as he begins to get to grips with his Appleyard Husqvarna 125, his training partner Richie Moorhouse, a self confessed lover of Lee Dell couldn’t match Hirst’s pace on the day, riding a big wheel 85 now shows a slight disadvantage for the lad from North Yorkshire. Jack Winn took his Race 2 off road KTM to a solid third in class. Jamie Williams overcame a damaged throttle to take the Youth B class win.

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ACU GBXC British Sprint Championship. Final Rounds September 3-4th.

The final ACU GBXC British Sprint Championship weekend of the season saw the Fast Eddy entourage head north to Westwood near Sheffield to a pure woodland course that was tight and technical, which certainly suited Brad Freeman as he took six out of the seven test wins on Saturday and ten out of ten on Sunday

Westwood provided yet another different challenge as the series reached completion, something Paul Edmondson has strived for all season long.

The opening rounds at Rogers Hill Raceway really suited the speed merchants, while round two at H2O was big and flowing and had a great mix of MX and woodland terrain. The third round at Ashby Moto Park was tight but flowed well through a small woodland and MX course.

Westwood was made for technical riders with just second and third gears necessary for most around the six-minute test.

Twisting through the trees the course encompassed a terrific stream section, quarry bowl and several snaking loops up and down tricky hillsides where the thinking riders took their time walking the test to spot hidden lines to save a few seconds here and there.

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Cotswold Enduro Club. Rock Oil H&H at Tyn Twll.

Tyn Twll, or Berwyn Leisure as it is also known, is a valley in North Wales that has some size to it, from meandering stream in the valley floor to the mountains on either side, it is big and steep, covered in ferns and grass, dotted with rocks and has tracks running in every direction.

Cotswold Enduro Club’s Rock Oil H&H course last weekend was nine miles in length with a lap of around 20 minutes, even for the fastest rider, which was, of course, Matt Porter who did manage a 19 minute lap first off with no traffic ahead of him.

The course went to the top of both mountains and back, climbing steadily across slopes but one downhill in particular caused many riders to ask themselves why they were there. It was a very steep descent with a rut in the centre and the best idea was to stay out of the rut. If you dismounted then it was a long walk to the bottom of the slope as re-mounting was nigh on impossible. Many riders lowered the pressure in their rear wheels to cope with the grass sections but many paid dearly as they suffered punctures on the rocky tracks. The valley floor provided an MX section and two stream crossings over bridges, which also caught out more than a few riders who hit the gas too early and spun out in spectacular fashion.

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Rock Oil Xc at Green Hall Farm . Jack Cad Nails It!

The pen-ultimate round of the Fast Eddy Rock Oil XC Championship saw a new name at the top of the results sheet. Jack Cadwallader nailed the overall win in what proved to be a tough, uncompromising, muddy and testing race on Sunday.
Green Hall Farm, Llanfillin, is on the large side with terrain to match its size. Everything is big, especially the climbs, so following several downpours on Saturday night the venue was on the slippy side as much of the course was across fields and through woodland that didn’t have a flat or level spot anywhere.

In an effort to try and get some lines appearing the adult racers went first for once to give the youth racers a slightly easier time later on in the day. It worked a treat!
Just after 11.00am the Experts left the start line into a short U turn before heading into the great outdoors and almost immediately disappearing into the woods. The first section was tough but it did little to prepare riders for the large climb in the second section where only a dozen riders made the summit at the first attempt. With some riders turning around a coming back down the hill as others powered up it the course became sketchy so Paul Edmondson sensibly cut the section, much to the relief of most riders.

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Walker Wins H2O Classic

Factory KTM Extreme rider Jonny Walker rocketed back onto the Hard Enduro scene with a terrific win at Fast Eddy’s new extreme venue, H2O near Oswestry. Coming back from injury Walker showed no signs that he had ever been away from the sport as he dominated the two and a half hour race ahead of Paul Bolton and Billy Bolt, lapping virtually the entire field of riders in the process.

H2O has been used in many guises but never before had riders seen it as an extreme venue and there was plenty of choice for sections. The huge motocross track was untouched as the course concentrated solely on the large woodland hillside and the steep-sided valley adjacent to it.

Dipping briefly into the valley off the start the course continued on to an open field section before the tough stuff really began as the woodland section approached. Once into the woods the twisty track plummeted straight downhill before U-turning back towards the top of the hillside and into the large rocks. Surviving the rocks, it continued on to a series of logs that increased in difficulty and finished with a flourish over a waist-high monster although there was a longer easy route for riders not in possession of exceptional skills.

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Cotswold Enduro Club at Llansillin. Rock Oil H&H Championship plus Slow Pete series.

Cotswold Enduro Club’s Rock Oil H&H Championship rolled into Llansillin last Sunday to what can only be described as Monster Mountain. The venue is dominated by one very large outcrop reaching into the far distance with tracks zig-zagging down the side of it which riders attacked with great care throughout Sunday’s three hour race.

Matt Porter made it look easy as he took the overall win but it was far from easy for most riders.

The gulley to get to the top of the mountain had two routes, steep grassy banks or wet stone lined river bed and if riders thought that was the hard bit then they had a shock coming, the downhills were harder than the uphills in most cases.

The sheer scale of the venue and where that track went was daunting just looking from the bottom of the course, it increased in hardness as the altitude increased!

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RAW Challenge Iron Man Series R3 Driffield. East Coast Survival…. RAW Style! Report: Imprint Media – Images: CH-Images

The Final round of the RAW Challenge Series was held at the superb Driffield MOD training area in east Yorkshire, a return to the long lap saw average lap times around 15 minutes which was perfect for the 6 hour gruelling event, this was the final test for competitors wanting to scratch their name on the first running of this popular combination of events.

The brainchild of Wayne Braybrook an ex Hard Enduro winner, who wanted to create something which, until now hasn’t been done, was to have a series of events which got gradually harder in race distance, 4,5 and 6 hours in the saddle to see who had the character to survive.

At precisely 10.30am the packed start line was unleashed onto one of Driffield’s Gravel roads once used for MOD truck testing, this filtered riders into the first large woodland. Ben Hamilton got his Husqvarna TX300 off the line first to lead the Expert pack away with series leader Brad Lilburn, Alex Owen and Husqvarna Factory Technician Damo Butler jostling for positions. Clubman holeshot bragging rights went to Ian Shannon partnering his son Doltan on their Colin Appleyard Husqvarna’s, Wayne Braybrook forgot to tell Shannon senior the bike he was using for the event had MX engine settings in, the words “I’ve never started so fast in all my life” were ringing around the pits at the first team handover! Report & pics

Ben Murphy Rocks H2O

H2O once again proved to be a formidable place to race on Sunday for the sixth round of the Fast Eddy Racing Rock Oil XC Championship.

The massive lap saw a new layout with several new sections that gave the adult racers around a 15 minute laptime (Pro and Expert were slightly quicker) and some really hard challenges up some of the steeper slopes.

Ben Murphy was on form in the Pro class and nailed the adult race with an outstanding ride that saw him finish nearly three and a half minutes clear of second placed Tim Forman.

Sam Davies absolutely slaughtered the opposition in the Youth race, winning by an impressive margin over Charlie Chater who had more than his share of bad luck with George Yardley having a great ride to third spot despite being on a small wheeler.

A fantasic event at a superb venue that held up really well, despite some light rain throughout the main race. It was long, technical and thoroughly enjoyable.

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Fast Eddy Freestyle Bikes Husqvarna Test Days

Fast Eddy Racing, in association with Freestyle Bikes, Mid-Wales Husqvarna dealer are pleased to announce the first chance for UK riders to test the all-new 2017 range of Enduro machines.

With a complete new look and design and recent success of Graham Jarvis winning The Erzberg Rodeo on the new model, these machines are set to raise the standard again in the off-road world and are already proved successful in the Enduro World Championship.

The Husqvarna Enduro range of machines will be getting plenty of exposure over the coming months as Fast Eddy Racing’s Paul Edmondson and Freestyle Husqvarna’s Wynn Hughes, both former Enduro champions, have teamed up to provide riders with the opportunity to try out the latest Husqvarna range at H2O, postcode SY10 7PA. Also, Freestyle and Wynn have committed to supporting all up and coming Fast Eddy events

The course will feature the whole of the massive H2O complex, including the large woodland section and also a Special Test type track that will give riders a proper chance to try these bikes in conditions they are designed for.

The bonus for riders that do attend will be the fact that both Paul and Wynn will be available all day to answer questions and talk with riders and public about the new range.

Fast Eddy however, will be getting a ‘heads-up’ as he will be attending the World launch which takes place this week in Sweden.

The test day will run from 10.00am until 5.00pm, and takes place alongside the ever-popular and value for money FED day. To book your place please contact Wynn at Freestyle Bikes on 01686 807888. Cost is £30 to test two bikes of your choice so call Freestyle to book in and take advantage of this great offer.

Raw Enduro Rock Oil Championship Round 4. Norwood Teversal. Report: Imprint Media. Images: Matt Rudd Photography

The Iconic Norwood Teversal played host to round 4 of the Raw Enduro Rock Oil backed championship on Sunday July 3rd.

Norwood has a reputation for creating a love hate relationship with riders, if the ground is saturated then conditions are always tough which some riders love, equally as the ground dries out its one of the best Hare & Hounds tracks in the north of England. Sunday was no exception as heavy rain for two hours on Saturday afternoon made conditions tough for the youth race and the first half of the first adult event. By the time the PM race kick started into life conditions were perfect which is always luck of the draw at Norwood.

RAW Enduro Rider Saul Hirst was on fire in the Youth A Class taking the win from Cole Cookland who really did keep the pressure on Hirst. Jack Winn made the long journey from the north east worthwhile taking his Race 2 Off Road supported KTM to a great 3rd in class.

Cory Cookland was the victor in the Youth B class, Cory just managed to grab the extra lap on his rivals. Jamie Williams took runner up place with local lass Jaysi Austin showing how much her MX skills are improving her riding in third place.

A newer faster signing on procedure for day entries now means race start delays are a thing of the past at RAW Enduro, at 10:30 prompt Clerk of the course Wayne Braybrook delivered the safety briefing and best advice for a competitive race to the packed start line. Report.

Team St.George ISDE annoucement.

TEAM ST GEORGE WILL BE COMPETING AT THE ISDE IN SPAIN LATER THIS YEAR, THE TEAM HAS BEEN SELECTED AND WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE FOLLOWING RIDERS WILL BE REPRESENTING THE CLUB IN THIS EVENT. FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE ISSUED SHORTLY. Click here for details

Rock Oil XC Championship Rd.5. Sunday 26th June at Castle Caerienion

Freestyle Husqvarna’s Joe Wootton returned to XC racing on Sunday with an emphatic victory at the fifth round of the Rock Oil XC Championship. Following his third place at the Welsh 2 Day Enduro earlier in the week Joe rode steadily to the front of the pack within a lap then turned up the gas to win by over four minutes as the two-hour race reached its conclusion.

Organised by Fast Eddy Racing the event was held at Castle Caerienion in mid Wales, an MX venue noted for its dust on occasions but not this time.

Heavy overnight rain saw the course in great shape although initially it was a little slippy for the opening Youth race, which began at 9.00am. Fast Eddy had made a few changes to the course to accommodate the younger riders, some of the MX track was cut or adjusted as even a four-times World Champion thought it was tricky in places following his early morning course check.

The course wasn’t solely MX based, far from it. A quarry section and massive field section plus several places where the MX infield came into play made for a really interesting and challenging course with the MX course running backwards for a change.

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