Round 1 of the National Series is on this weekend at the Penrith BMX Club, and there’s plenty going on.
More than 600 riders will make their way to the heart of Sydney’s West, Penrith BMX Club this weekend for the opening round of the 2018 BMX Australia National Series. In total there will be seven rounds Australia wide.
Of the seven rounds, the round in Penrith will be the first of three UCI sanctioned rounds, which means there will be riders in championship classes (elite and junior elite male and female) vying for UCI ranking points, as well as a top standing in the series ranking.
However even more importantly are the riders who make up our challenge classes, which begins with 8-year-olds and provides a category for everyone of every age above that. For those younger than our Sprocket rider participation class will hit the track.
Some of the riders to watch out for this weekend are the likes of Sakakibara siblings Kai and Saya, who will be using this event to launch a busy year that will include World Cup, and all things going well, the World Championships too.
There’s a whole host of elite men hitting the track, including Brandon Te Hiko, Andrew Hughes, Corey Frieswyk, Alex Cameron, Hayden Fletcher and Max Cairns, who has been laying down some slick times in the USA over the past 12 months.
On the women’s side of the ledger, Sakakibara will face tough competition from her usual sparring partner Sara Jones and fellow Queenslanders Erin Lockwood, Jenna Williams and Sarah Harvey. But watch out for Gemma-Lee Thomas, who is based just up the road at Castle Hill BMX, and will be eager for a top result at her home national series event.
But of course before we get there, we need some bare, basic details to get you through the weekend. To make sure your weekend is stress free and focused on what’s happening on the track rather than around it, read on.
Where is it?
Penrith BMX Club is located on Creek Road in St Mary’s in between St Mary’s and Werrington train stations. The club is only two turns off the Great Western Highway so it’s an easy find for those of you driving.
Parking is available at the club and only requires a gold coin donation for both Saturday and Sunday to help support Penrith in their efforts to host round one.
We have a site map to, which indicates where to find key locations on the day including where your club’s spectating area is, toilets, pro shops, food stands and where to sign on.
Registration opens at 10am on Saturday February 17 and is available until 3pm. NOTE: You cannot register on Sunday February 18, and you MUST have registered in order to hit the track for practice.
Make sure registration is on your agenda early on.
Now the exciting stuff, practice is open from 12pm to 3:30pm AEDT, you can see when your track time is HERE
Motos one and two will also be raced on Saturday for all, except championship classes (elite and junior elite).
Sunday commences with warm-ups open to all classes designated with specific times. Check out the schedule for again for times. READ
Keep your eyes peeled on the BMX Australia website and social media channels throughout the weekend for videos, highlights and full updates from all the racing!
For more information about round one, click HERE!
Round 1 of the BMXA National Series, we CANNOT wait.