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A fitting farewell to 'iconic' Cheddar BMX venue

By Cheddar Valley Gazette  |  Posted: September 22, 2012

  • The British Cycling BMX Championships attracted cyclists and spectators in their hundreds to Cheddar. Photos by Daniel Albone

  • The British Cycling BMX Championships attracted cyclists and spectators in their hundreds to Cheddar. Photos by Daniel Albone.

  • The British Cycling BMX Championships attracted cyclists and spectators in their hundreds to Cheddar. Photos by Daniel Albone

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London 2012 Olympian Liam Phillips ensured an ‘iconic’ biking venue in Cheddar had the perfect send-off when it staged the British Cycling BMX Championships for the final time last weekend.

Hundreds of people turned out at Broadway House, on Axbridge Road, for the event and saw Burnham-on-Sea’s Phillips win the elite men’s race.

The 23-year-old tweeted: “Special day at Cheddar – last ever race at an iconic British BMX venue.

“Had a lot of fun and pleased to take the win. Good end to the season.”

There were 927 riders in total over the two days, with Callum Chard-Maple, Rupert Twitchett, William Goode, Keon Smith-McDermott, Matthew Hutt, Ross Cullen, Ethan Vernon, Kye Whyte, Paddy Sharrock, Jordan Hatcher and Bailey Davis winning the various male youth events.

Ashley Davey took the honours in the 17-24 age group and Antony Tuffs won the 25-29 category, while Gabor Deli triumphed in the masters’ race and Ian Sharp was top veteran. Burnham’s Ryan Stack won the junior race.

Isabella Hurry, Emily Hutt, Darcie Taylor, Kim Baptista, Alesi Tye and Jennifer Noble were the female youth winners, while Charlotte Green took first place in the main championship.

The various cruiser titles were won by Lewis Locker, Scott Dominguez, Jimmy Orena, Oliver Cutmore, Simon Homans, Jason Nicholls, Alan Hill, Shaun Calvert, Ria Goodman and Abi Hill.

Broadway House has hosted the championships for the past decade but they will move on to a yet-to-be-decided venue in 2013.

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