Olivers Mount 2016 review

Road Racing (noun): a competitive event of racing motorcycles over public roads or a twisting course simulating a public road, as opposed to a closed, banked track or a drag strip.

Olivers Mount is the only true road racing circuit in England and as such attracts some of road racing's biggest names. Of course, it's not just about 'the names', anyone who races on closed roads deserves respect. Racing as fast as you can on a normal road, with unforgiving objects at every turn demands a high calibre of racer.

OM is 2.43 miles of tight, twisty roads and can prove a challenge to the most competent and experienced rider. Viewing for spectators is fantastic too, there are so many spots to choose from although a lot have their favourite spot and set up camp there for the full 2 days. OM have four road races a year, those being the Spring Cup Bob Smith National, the Cock O' the North Continental, the Barry Sheene Race & Rally festival and the last, but probably the most well known, the Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup. If you have never been, it's certainly well worth a visit.

As this is only a brief review of the year (I'm hoping a work in progress going forward into 2017), I'll only be covering those riders whose photos are in my 'ooh I really like that one' list. Sadly there are too many riders to cover everyone but I will try to expand as I go into 2017. Enjoy.

Some of the Regulars

Dean Harrison

Dean Harrison | Drurys Hairpin

Dean Harrison has certainly made an even bigger name for himself this year with his impressive results in the TT as well as 'that' cheeky wave to the helicopter camera. This year, Dean managed 3 impressive TT 2nds in the Senior, Supersport and Superstock races. His performance at OM though is second to none though winning an amazing 23 times including the Cock O' the North and Steve Henshaw Gold Cup. I am certain that Dean will go on to win many more at Olivers Mount and it won't be long before he's on top spot at the TT either.

Ivan Lintin

Ivan Lintin | Exiting Drurys

Ivan is best known for his Lightweight's and had an impressive 6 wins at OM this year having competed at all 4 events. Ivan had an accident earlier in the year at the Mount but healed enough to be back to winning ways at the Gold Cup. Ivan also secured a win in the Lightweight race at this years TT as well as a 10th in the Senior.

Daley Mathison

Daley Mathison | Jefferies Jump

Daley is a superb rider and definitely one to be looking out for. He's also a force to be reckoned with in the MotoE world too. Daley took a win in the Junior race at the Spring Cup as well as a string of seconds and thirds - to Dean Harrison. He also took a third in the TT zero on the Mountain course as well as securing a number of poles and wins in the MotoE Championship. Best place to watch DM at Olivers Mount is probably Jefferies. I've never actually seen a bike take off, stand vertical then land like nothing had happened until I saw him take the jump. Well worth watching.

Paul Owen

Paul Owen | The Esses

Paul had a number of wins at Olivers Mount this season in the Lightweights, Ultra Lightweights and Classic F1/FII's as well as a number of other podium finishes. Paul also had quite a big off at the Cock O'the North with his bike catching fire in the aftermath. Thankfully he was ok and returned for the Gold Cup managing a 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th which is a pretty good achievement after seeing pictures of his bike at the CotN.

David Bell

David Bell | Jefferies Jump

Without a doubt, Jefferies is a pretty awesome place to watch David. Control of the bike over the jump is pretty amazing to watch. He's also pretty handy round the rest of the circuit too taking two 1st's and a string of seconds this season. David is also a regular at Croft too in the NEMCRC which I also enjoy covering although you're not quite as close to the action as you are at OM (even with media access).

Ian Lougher

Ian Lougher | Bottom Straight

Ian took 3 Lightweight wins at this years OM meetings as well as a number of other podium finishes. He also grabbed a 2nd in the Lightweights Classic TT plus he's a further 8 times past TT winner in various classes. I think most have heard of him and if you haven't I'm sure you will have heard the Suter bike he rode this year. Awesome sounding machine.

Brad Vicars

Bradley Vicars

Brad is another rider tipped for great things in the future. With three 1st's, a couple of podiums and 11th in the Gold Cup, the season has been good. Another rider I've seen at Croft getting plenty of circuit time in too, always good to watch.

A few more images from a great season...

All images strictly copyright Mixed Bag Photography.

Those sadly not with us...

Road racing, whilst incredibly exciting and superb to watch, can be brutal. Once mistake can end in heartbreak for all those involved. We've sadly lost a few riders to the sport in 2016. As well as Malachi Mitchell, Dwight Beare, Paul Shoesmith & Andrew Soar, we lost OM regulars too...

Carl Bell / Ian Bell

Ian Bell/Carl Bell | Exiting The Esses

Ian & Carl Bell, in their highly recognisable sidecar outfit, were synonimous with Olivers Mount and being a North East team, Croft Circuit too. They were both regulars at the TT too which is where Ian sadly lost his life. The oufit pair started the Road Racing seasion well claiming two 1st's in the Spring Cup. Ian also had a number of sidecar podiums at the TT in previous years with Neil Carpenter. Carl was also at the Gold Cup running chair on his dad sidecar oufit in the parade lap. #RIPIan

Billy Redmayne

Billy Redmayne | Quarry Hill

As the 2015 Junior Manx GP winner, Billy was a rising star and tipped to become one of those names that would cross everyones lips when they talked about Road Racing. He was a serving member in the Parachute Regiment and had served in Afghanistan. Billy sadly passed away in hospital after an incident on the Back Straight at the Spring Cup. #RIPBilly

The Marshalls...

It goes without saying, without Marshals there would be no racing. Anywhere. Marshals are there to make everything run smoothly, look after riders/racers and spectators alike. They do a fantastic, often unthanked, and unpaid job. It's not all serious though, sometimes they even smile... #ThankyouMarshals.

#ThankyouMarshals

In short, road racing is pretty special to all those involved and follow. I enjoy taking photo's of these guys and I'm certainly happier behind the camera than doing what they do. More images, should you wish to visit, on my website www.mixedbagphotography.co.uk

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