Round 2 of the Fast Eddy Xtreme Enduro by Ben Wibberley - 26/01/2015
"The day started a little cloudy but some sunny spells throughout the day meant a nice temperature for riding, with a cool breeze but without the bitter cold that had plagued most of the country these last few weeks. The course looked wet and muddy in tough in places but I was keen on it and I was confident as I prepped my bike for the day ahead.
The Experts race started at 12.30pm after the morning Sportsman, Vets and Youth race. I was lined up behind the Pros who were in 2 rows, the flag dropped and they set off, 10 seconds later so did we in one line of 40 riders!
In only 10 meters or so was the first slippy little rock garden and getting mass bikes through this turned into carnage! I had a horrendous start and got completely taken out into the first corner, unfortunately this meant entering this rock garden behind the whole field of riders.
This lost me a lot of time and then it was a constant battle through traffic.
It was a tough 2 and a half hours race with no let up for a rest. I struggled to get myself into a stride for the first lap or two but then I found my rhythm and knuckled down to bring in some good lap times. The conditions got worse and worse as the day went on with the mud getting deeper but I owe a lot to a number of spectators who helped me up some of the steeper hills.
It was a tough day with constant pounding on the body but I pushed on best I could and managed 10th in the Experts and 23rd overall. I feel the start was where I lost most ground but this is something I can learn from. We were all quick off the mark but next time I wont allow them to cut me up so easily!"
The Freestyle Sidcup 60 Trial Race report - 19/01/2015
It was a cold overcast start to the day as 120 riders set out the Canada Heights for the Sidcup 60 Trial sponsored by Freestyle. We had 4 riders entered for the trial, Simon Bird, David Gilbert, Alex Davies and Ashley Newbery who unfortunately was unable to attend due to injury. Simon and David, both in the Expert Elite class, had a reasonably successful day bared by a few unfortunate errors along the way. They headed off to section 1 and was greeted by one of the hardest sections of the day, but having conquered it they were warmed up and scored consistantly throughout the rest of the sections.
Alex, our youth competator of only 10 years old, has recently moved up a class so had a great challenge in front of him. Having taken the first few sections to get into his stride, overcoming an unfortunate mishap resulting in a broken mudguard, he went on to finish an enjoyable day where others failed to do so.
In all, the trial proved to be a challenge to all classes, with some tricky sections and difficult conditions. Although the day was long and tiring the majority of the field thoroughly enjoyed their days sport.
We would like to thank all our sponsors as ever as well as all the helpers and observers without whom the day could not take place.
Round up of 2014 Trials Season - 23/12/2014
So 2014 was a good year for the Freestyle Trials riders.
Ashley Newbery was 2014 South East Centre trials champion - Once again Ashley proves he's still number 1 in the South East despite being the oldest rider competing in the Elite class. Good luck for 2015 Ashley.
Simon Bird 2014 North Kent Trials Combine Champion - Simon still leading the way at local events on his 280 Jotagas. Simon is our bike sales manager and is also an instructor for the Trials courses with Freestyle Training
We also had great success with Simon Bird & David Gilbert at the Scottish Six Day Trial in May, collecting 1st and 2nd class awards.
Well done boys!!
Lets see what you get up to in 2015!!
The Heads of the Valleys, Extreme Enduro - 16/12/2014
It was a successful weekend at The Heads of the Valleys for Freestyle.
Freezing conditions greeted the riders and made the qualifying heats on day one trecherous with ice. Ben Wibberley put in a cautious first lap, which left him on the second row of the grid, his second lap however was more aggressive and took him into 9th overall and on the front row to start the second day. Behind him was Wyn Hughes on the second row and Rhian George on the third row at the end of the first day.
Rain and high winds was the conditions that met them on the Sunday morning, which was only going to make what looked like an impossible course with massive hill climbs even more challenging.
Ben started the day steady and held 11th place, then as the race developed his trials skill came into play and he moved into 6th position until being bullied back to finish in 7th place overall and 2nd in the Experts.
Wyn came in at the end of the day with a big grin on his face having won the Vets class with some great all round riding.
Unfortunately the day didnt go so well for Rhian who drowned her engine in a water crossing and was only able to complete one lap on the Sunday. She still had a smile on her face however as she had enjoyed the experience and was pleased with her riding and fitness.
We would like to thank all our sponsors as ever and wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Freestyle branch in Newtown, Wales OPEN LATE - 15/12/2014
Freestyle branch in Newtown, Powys will be open late on Wednesday 17th December until 8pm for your last minute Christmas shopping!
Dont miss out, we'll see you then!
For address and other opening times see our branch info
Klim Showroom Coming Soon! - 05/12/2014
"Klim techinical riding gear is the global leader in designing, developing and manufactuing the most advanced motor sports apparel for the snowmobile and motorcycle rider. Utilizing the world's highest technologies in waterproof, breathable, durable and comfortable materials, Klim builds gear for the most demanding riders"
This premier brand of all weather gear is coming to a Freestyle near you!
With stock already in our branch in Powys, Wales and is showing to be very popular, we have made the decision to create a Klim Adventure experience in our Sussex branch. With a large range of clothing coupled with the quality Freestyle customer service, we will be the number 1 place to get your Klim gear!
Our Freestyle riders will also be wearing Klim race gear this coming season in Enduro and Motocross.
The new Klim showroom in Sussex will be open 10th December!
Ladies Night at Freestyle - 25/11/2014
Calling all wives, girlfriends, mother, daughters and better halves, come down to either Freestyle branches between 5-8pm on Thursday 4th December for Ladies Night!
Get your unique gifts for your machine loving loved ones from the experts who can advise you on the best Christmas present for the gardening or bike lover.
From chainsaw clothing to bike parts, motocross helmets to log splitters! Its a boys toys fantasy here! And even if you cant make the decision, we can do gift vouchers from £10 to £100 so they can do the shopping themselves!
We'll even treat you in style with mince pies and a cheeky mulled wine to warm the cockles for the evening :)
We'll see you there!
Final round of the British Enduro Championship - 17/11/2014
So Sunday was the final round of the British Enduro Championship. Our lady rider Rhian George made her come back after being off her bike for the latter part of the season, so lovely to have her return with a huge grin on her face. She posted some good times and finished the day 2nd in the ladies class.
Joe who has had some time off his bike for the last month to concentrate on his training, was entering this event already BEC Expert champion and now confirmed under 19 British Sprint Champion. Joe had only spent one weekend on the bike prior to this event but still managed to post the fastest expert times all day and would of been right up there in the elite class. Throughout the BEC Joe has won every day of competition in the expert class.
Everybody at Freestyle, riders and support crew would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors again for all their help and support in this truly remarkable season, without you all this would of not been possible.
Looking forward to working with you all again next season.
NEW WEBSTORE NOW LIVE - 08/11/2014
The new Freestyle online webstore is now live!
Get all your parts, spares, accessories and clothing all delivered to your door! With the new user friendly site it is easier than ever to get everything you could need for your off-roading lifestyle while still receiving the quality service of Freestyle.
With well renowned and high quality brands such as Sidi, Shot, Shoei, Klim, Talon, Apico, Putoline, Mots, Husqvarna and so much more all in stock or available to order we can kit you out for your sport or hobby in just a few clicks. Theres even a clearance page to pick yourself up a bargain!
For any questions or queries on an item or just for some advise on what you require simply give us a call in our opening hours on 01892 782288
Freestyle Race Season Final Review - 28/10/2014
2014 has been another great season for Freestyle. It started with Pela Renet gracing our awning in the first 2 rounds of the British Sprint Enduro Championship at Canada Heights where he dominated the competition. Pela went on to win the 2014 World title for Husqvarna.
It was at Canada Heights that Freestyles Joe Wootton realised there would be a season long battle with Brad Freeman for the U19 title. Both riders did not disappoint, however our Joe came out on top in the final results and became U19 British Sprint Enduro Champion 2014.
Joe also took the Expert British Enduro Championship title where he dominated at all rounds.
It was a disappointing season for Freestyles Ben Wibberley as he had to sit out for most of the year due to an injury sustained in pre-season practice in Spain. Work is already underway for his 2015 race campaign.
2014 also saw the Freestyle trials team make the annual pilgrimage to Fort William for the Scottish Six Day, where Freestyles Simon Bird picked up a 1st class award and Freestyles David Gilbert a 2nd class award.
In the Southeastern Centre Trials Championship, Freestyles Ashley Newberry is joint leader with 2 rounds to go. The penultimate round is on the 8th November, and with the final round being a couple of weeks later lets hope he can pull through and clinch the title!
As always a massive thanks to all our sponsors and all who helped set up, organise and run these great events. May 2015 bring plenty of excitement and competitive racing for all to enjoy and we wish you all good luck!