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The first round of the 2018 BMX Australia National Series at the Penrith BMX Club has just stepped up a gear

The first round of the 2018 BMX Australia National Series at the Penrith BMX Club has just stepped up a gear, with the event to now be the qualification event for young riders hoping to earn their place on the Aussie Trans Tasman Test Team.

But this team isn’t for elite riders, nor is it one for the emerging stars of the sport. The Trans Tasman Test Team, also known as the ‘Junior Test Team’, is for the future elites. The competition is built around 11-year-old riders who want the chance to ride for their nation in a traditional Australia vs. New Zealand showdown.

As a part of the re-vamped National Series, host states are being encouraged to add their own unique touch to each round. For BMX NSW, that meant creating a focus on younger riders, and enticing 11-year-old riders around the country to get to Penrith for their chance to qualify for the Aussie team.

Organising the junior test team alongside Julia Botfield, Peter Jaehne said that a chance to ride in the test team was a step in the right direction for riders dreaming of the biggest BMX stages as they mature.

“This really is an awesome opportunity to align the desired test team qualification outcomes with the BMXA athlete pathway initiative,” he said.

“BMX NSW have typically assisted with the running of this event in NSW, but by incorporating the test team qualifier into the national series round there is now a level of ownership we have of the event to ensure its continued success.

“Without a doubt, now that we have the support of BMXA to do this, it would be great to begin working with other states and build up this competition.

All up there are four male and four female positions on the Aussie team available, with those selected to compete against New Zealand at the 2018 BMX NSW pre-titles event at Castle Hill BMX Club.

But to get a position on the team, it won’t be a game of race day tactics at the national series needed. Pure speed will get riders a ticket to the Aussie team.

Unlike regular BMX selections, the Junior Test Team isn’t decided by accumulated points or finishing positions at round one of the 2018 National Series. The team will be decided by the fastest individual lap a rider can produce during the moto stage of competition.

It makes the objective for rider’s simple. Even if you don’t win the day, if you’re one of the four fastest riders, you’re going to make the team. No questions asked.

For full details on eligibility requirements and the qualification process, please see the below information. You can also download the invitation to ride for a spot on the test team HERE.

Overview

By entering the BMXA National Series held at Penrith BMX Club on the 17th & 18th February 2018, riders automatically nominate to be considered for the Junior Test Team (cost $0).

Riders enter and compete in their normal 20″ race class.

Fastest lap times in the motos will be used for qualification, with the fastest 4 girls and 4 boys being offered a place in the Test Team.

Test Teams (boys and girls) will compete against New Zealand in the Trans Tasman Test Team racing event held during the 2018 NSW Pre- Titles event (Castle Hill BMX Track)

1.   Team Selection Process (Australian Qualifier – BMXA National Series – Penrith BMX Club)

To confirm which 4 males and 4 female riders will represent Australia on the June long weekend at the 2018 NSW BMX Pre-Titles event, (the fastest single 20” moto lap counts).

 

Qualification

The fastest individual lap times taken from your age motos will enable you to qualify. (Ties determined by countback on times).

The fastest 4 boys and fastest 4 girls will be offered a position on the Australian Test Team to compete against New Zealand at the June event.

2.   Event Entry and Conditions

You Must

(a)  Enter the BMXA National Series Event being held at Penrith BMX Club – 17 & 18 February 2018 in your age group

(b)  By entering your age group you will automatically be nominated as a “Test Team Qualifier” entrant

To be eligible to enter this event you need to

(a)  be an Australian Citizen,

(b)  hold a current BMXA licence and

(c)   be 11 years of age as at 1 June 2018.

3.   Questions and additional information

If you have any questions regarding qualification, please contact:

Julia Botfield – email bmxnswtestteam2@gmail.com

Peter Jaehne – email bmxnswtestteam@gmail.com