Another year of BMX racing is ready to go in 2019 as the BMXA BAD BOY National Series makes its mark around the country.
COVER PIC: Riders competing at Cross Keys BMX Club, Adelaide for round five of the 2018 BMXA National Series. (Pic courtesy of Get Snapt)
Seven stages, 11 action packed days of racing, thousands of entrants and three different competitions all make up BMX Australia’s 2019 BAD BOY National Series.
Beginning in Sydney in February and concluding in October, the series will include stages in Perth, Ipswich, Darwin, Adelaide, Tasmania and hopefully, the nation’s capital.
The series includes three separate competitions – one for challenge classes, another for superclass and the final series for UCI elite and junior elite events.
The first stage of the series will take place at Sydney BMX Club on February 16-17 at Homebush in the Sydney Olympic Park precinct with the opening rounds of the challenge class series and superclass series.
At stage two of the series at Westside in Perth’s City of Stirling, the challenge classes will be complimented by superclass racing on the Saturday, March 2 and the first round of the UCI elite and junior elite series on the Sunday.
The WA program will be mirrored at the Ipswich West Moreton BMX Club for stage three on April 13-14.
Stage four takes riders to Darwin on June 29 and the state of the art Satellite City track for a single day race meet. Double points will be on offer for the challenge classes and UCI elite and junior elite series. The UCI races will be classified as a C1 event.
With UCI ranking points on the line in Perth, Ipswich and Darwin, it is expected that Australia’s BMX elite will make the journey to each of those stops. With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics selection window officially open, those rounds can be effectively used in a bid to strengthen their place in the world standings.
Stages five and six are single day meets for challenge classes and superclass, taking place at The Cove in Adelaide on August 24 and at a to be determined Tasmanian venue on September 21.
It is hoped that the season finale will take place in the nation’s capital over two days for both challenge classes and superclass divisions. The date and venue are expected to be confirmed later in the month.
BMX Australia CEO Martin Shaw said the BAD BOY National Series would continue to grow with the lessons learnt from the 2018 season.
“We have undertaken a thorough process in selecting venues for the 2019 BAD BOY National Series and we have listened to our members and officials to continue to modify the series to suit each stage,” Shaw said.
“Our feedback from riders, coaches and officials is that the venues we have included for 2019 works for a series of this stature.
“We are also proud to be able to work with BAD BOY as the naming rights partner for the series.”
2019 Bad Boy National Series