IT has been a busy couple of months for the Hayes Hawks BMX  riders.

Some have travelled the globe, to Rock Hill in South Carolina, Verona in Italy and Cumbernauld in Bonny Scotland.

However, others have stayed closer to home, attending regional races in Peckham and Merton.

Thirty riders attended the third round of the regional series at Peckham, where Tate Kitson bagged double wins on both 20in and cruiser and Penny Blackburn came first in her B final.

It was also the maiden flight for one of the newest Hawks regional racers, Poppy Oliver, 13, who raced her hardest in the 13-14 female class.

Attention then turned to the Worlds trio of Nate Barata (male 15), Cody Coker (male 15) and Iris Hajda (female 11), who were at Rock Hill, South Carolina, for the BMX World Championships.

Iris was up first, hoping to defend her world 8 title but fell off in her semi-final, which ended her race day.

Cody and Nate started with high hopes, but Nate had a fall in his first moto and, despite better results in his next two races, just missed out on the knockout stages.

Cody Coker was on track to make the 1/8 finals. However, due to incoming storms, UCI elected to cancel the races and award world titles based on times from the third heat.

A social media uproar unfolded, but UCI were not to be budged and many riders felt robbed of their chance at a world ranking.

After three rounds, Cody finished in overall 35th out of 107 riders, though his supporters are certain this would have been higher had his race day not been cut short

On  June 2, racing took place in both Verona and Merton, where the regional series was attended by 31 riders.

Tate Kitson again took the double on both bikes and Zoltan Buday won in the 40-plus category. Aidan Dowling (male 10), Malachi Smith (male 9) and Johnny Jackson (cruiser 17-29) all took confident wins in their B finals.

Doing it for the girls, Maisee Surtees (female 10), Georgia Surtees (female 12) and Iris Hajda (female 11) travelled to Italy, not only for the pizza and pasta but to compete in the BMX European Championships.

On the Friday, Maisee finished 41st. Georgia raced on Sunday and finished 42nd. Iris, who also raced on Sunday, survived an early fall in the heats to progress to the knockout rounds and then to the final.

As the heavens opened and in the torrential rain, she came over the line to bag the European No.3 spot.

Finally, nine riders headed up to bonny Scotland for rounds 5 and 6 of the BMX National series.

There were wins for Zoltan Buday, Tate Kitson, Cody Coker and Iris Hajda across both days. Iris’s sixth consecutive win bags her the national title for the second year running.

It was Anita Wong’s first race back after a nasty wrist fracture. Doubling up on bikes, she came fourth in Cruiser and made a third place podium on 20in.

Chay Young is getting used to making the A final, with his third this season on day two.

After rounds five and six, Hayes Hawks are currently sitting in eighth place in the series standings. With less than half of the riders of the top seven clubs, this is impressive.

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