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Bolehills Forever

Bolehills Forever

All photos shamelessly pinched from Bolehills facebook and Duncan Philpott

Sheffield’s Bolehills BMX track is a 30 year old institution. Ridden by many and loved by more, the track has seen a transformation over the past few months. Richard Baybutt and Dave Camus have been leading the army of volunteers who have been putting in hours of graft and have made the magic happen.

Kicking off back in November 2014 they began claiming back the full width of the track from the grass and weeds which had grown over time.

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A bird’s eye view of Bolehills

A bird’s eye view of Bolehills

Its strange to get a new perspective on something so familiar. Bolehills is my local BMX track and I’ve spent many happy hours casing the jumps and giving myself a bad back on the pump track. A few weeks ago during that unfamiliar sunny spell, a crack team of big and little riders on big and little wheels rolled out to help document the track in its 30th year. VUAir are a local company supplying aerial camera services and they brought up their quadcopter to buzz around the track capturing it from every angle. The final edit is brilliant, giving that new view of an old place and capturing some quality, Dicking About.

Bolehills may not be a thing of beauty, but it really is a thing of beauty.

 

The Crew. The Monks, Baybutt, MattSteezeBikes, VUAir Crew. Photo: Baybutt

Bolehills Pump Track Round 3

Bolehills Pump Track Round 3

The sun was out, the track was freshly dug and primed, and the excitement of racing was in the air. It could only mean 1 thing- the Bolehills Pumptrack world champs round 3 was on!

Owen, Freddie and Spencer’s efforts has seen a new inside line be created- with a straight line of moto whoops designed for maximum speed and creativity. With the Taylor family away on Fort William duty, the field was wide open in all categories, especially with a 2 way tie for 2nd in the overall standings in the 12-16 category.


11 and under

With the Monk twins away, here was a chance for the other guys to earn some points. Joe Williams put storming runs in to walk away with 3rd place, and his brother Oliver Williams just pipping him to the post to get 2nd. Charlie was pinned and fast as always and came home with his first win of the series, after 2 consecutive 3rds.

12-16

With a 2 way tie for 2nd between rivals Josh Malone and Seabass in the overall standings, this could be one of the races to watch- unfortunately Josh couldn’t hold it together and some cheeky pedal strokes earned him nothing but an early bath. Surprise 3rd place went to Joe Camus aboard his hefty Dartmoor Hornet freeride hardtail- some slick tyres on that bike and that boy could go steps higher on the podium! Seabass came in 2nd after narrowly being beaten by Marco Wood-Bonelli, who gains a 3rd win on the trot, and retains the series leader Jersey.

17+

The racing is always tight in the top category, and today’s was no exception! Chris Moonbay smashed a 11.48 top qualifying time, with Freddie close behind with a 12.20. This good form continued until semis- Moonbay being knocked out by Dave Camus and getting a respectable 3rd place. The final was a classic Dave-Freddie final, and was close and fast as always, with Freddie taking his first win of the series.

Thanks to Owen Robertson and Malco for putting this all together, a big shout out to Neil Cousins from Charge Bikes for the prizes and for everyone competing. See you at Round 4 on the 16th July!

Bolehill’s Summer Pump Track race – Round one video

Pump Track Podium - Photo: Swinny

Bolehill’s Summer Pump Track race – Round one video

Yesterdays Pump track race at Bolehill’s was a great success with a big turn out and very close racing. After quali’s, head to head moto’s were laid down to gain points to decide who went through to the finals. TIS’s own Joe Bowman, Swinny and Ruari Hallam were all racing in the Senior category. Finals were head to head racing with the fastest qualifier deciding starting lane. Each rider had to complete an inner and an outer lap crossing over half way which proved for some great coming togethers. Dave Camus, whose put many hard hours graft in to the pump tracks renovations, was narrowly victorious over SPS rider Freddie Oxley in the finals with another SPS rider Billy Matthews in third. Marco Wood-Bonelli took the 12-16s and Sam Taylor the under 11s. We’ll make no mention of Oliver ‘Danger’ Green managing to go the wrong way.

Thanks to all the Sheffield Dirt Society Crew who put all the hard work in to putting on the race, make sure you come along to the rest of the series details are all in out events diary

Pump Track Podium - Photo: Swinny

Phil Taylor slammed together this great edit of the days racing, check out JoBo’s shut down maneuver on RuariPOD right at the start.

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