We’re just over a week away from the Southern Enduro Champs in Minehead, so we’re taking a look at the BEMBA National Enduro Standings After Round 2.
May 25th and 26th sees the Southern Enduro Champs head to Minehead in Somerset. There’s double bragging rights on tap at this round as Southern Enduro hosts round three of the BEMBA National Enduro Series.
A third of the way into the year, we take a closer look at the BEMBA National Enduro standings. With 150 points up for grabs for a win, and 1 point for fortieth, consistency is key. Only Katie Wakely and James Hughes have won both rounds.
The most recent win takes precedence in the standings and only 5 of the 6 rounds count.
Matty Stuttard leads the series rankings in the 19-29 class. With no Pro categories, this thins out the rapid U21s, masters and vets, but don’t think for a second that these guys are hanging about. There’s tight racing at the top, and a win from the current top eight and disasters elsewhere, could see the order change significantly.
A first at Graythwaite and a second in Afan seems Stuttard lead the standings. Team Wideopenmag’s Christo Gallagher sits in second after bagging a third and a fourth at the opening two rounds.
Archie Box rounds out the top three having taken seventh and fourth in the Wales and the Lakes.
Despite the lack of big names you might expect to have rock up at a National enduro, those ladies that have turned up are cracking on and as you’d expect, the times are tight.
Kirsty Adam leads the Senior Women’s 21-34 tables with a second and a fifth at Afan and Graythwaite respectively and has a comfy 215 points, putting her 65 points clear of first round winner Becky Cook, who didn’t race Graythwaite.
Sarah Gamsjaeger took the win in the Lakes so is tied on points with second place Becky Cook. The rest of the top 10 are a gnat’s whisker away from trading places. A win from anyone in the top 9 and disasters for the remainder, or no shows, would flip the standings on their head.
Calum Johnson and Jayden Randell sit on 260 points each having both taken a win and a third place at the opening two rounds of the 2019 series.
Jack Akroyd sits in third with 175 points, so it’s all to play for in Somerset.
With a first and a second to his name, Brady Stone leads the U21 men with 275 points ahead of Tom Wilson on 225 and Josh Noble with 200.
It’s tight at the top of Masters, with Reece Langhorn a mere 10 points head of second place Ian Austermuhle. Pasty-eater Ash Mullane sits in third with 180 points.
Our own Chris Hutchens sits in sixth but could put things right back where they should be if he takes a podium spot in Somerset.
A flying James Hughes is one of only two riders to win both opening rounds and sits pretty with the full 300 point compliment for his efforts. Can anyone unseat him down south? Dan Bishop, riding for Starling Cycles is 50 points adrift of Hughes but is 50 clear of third place Steve Liggins.
Richard King sits 50 points clear of the Grand Vets standings with a second and a sixth in the first two rounds, ahead of Paul Barrett who is only fifteen points ahead of third and fourth place.
Ellen Flewitt sports 275 points from the opening two rounds but faces stiff competition from Polly Henderson, who is only 125 points adrift having taken the win in Graythwaite. Caja Parkes sits in third having taken a second to Ellen at the opening round.
Katie Wakely sits pretty, like James Hughes, with the full 300 point compliment and has a sixty-five point buffer on second place Cat Hart. Waiting in the wings in third, only fifteen points back is Lucy Bell.
And the full results
For the full standings, you can check out the BEMBA National Enduro Series results page on Roots and Rain here.
2019 BEMBA National Enduro Series (BNES) dates and venues:
Round 1: April 13-14th Afan, South Wales
Welsh Gravity Enduro BNES £65.50 (Sunday)
Tickets on sale 24th November at 09:00
Round 2: May 4-5th Graythwaite, England
PMBA Epic £75
Tickets on sale 17th November at 09:00
Round 3: May 25th-26th Minehead, England
Tickets on sale 1st December at 09:00
Round 4: Venue TBC and date TBC (to be June or July)
No Fuss Events £TBC
Tickets on sale, TBC
Round 5: August 17-18th Tweed Valley, Scotland
Tickets on sale, TBC
Round 6: August 31st-1st Sept, Machynlleth, North Wales
Welsh Gravity Enduro BNES Champs £65.50 (Sunday)