It’s that time of the year again when state titles become the focus and riders bang bars against their local rivals in an attempt to be crowned as a state champion.
Chief among the titles is the 2019 Bendigo Bank BMX Queensland State Championships, as over 900 entrants competed from Thursday, September 26 to Saturday last weekend.
Riders from as north as Cairns, to as west as Mount Isa, as south as the Gold Coast and beyond, dropped in at Sarina for three days of non-stop action and the results speak for themselves.
Thursday had 342 cruiser entries take the plunge and kicked off the championships with some clean sweeping performances.
Leading the sweep was world champion Portia Eden from Cairns in the 11-12 girl’s cruiser, as well as Pine Rivers’ national champ Fraser Vaughan in the 8-10 boy’s cruiser.
Joining the champion pair in clean sweeping their respective cruiser classes were:
Cruiser winners – Thursday, September 26: 342 entries
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For a full list of results from Thursday – CLICK HERE
Friday played host to the 14 – 50 & over aged 20inch riders (excluding the superclass), with over 200 entries recording some truly tremendous performances and, in the process, showcasing the exciting talent that is flowing from the Queensland contingent.
Looking at the results, it was not surprising to see that 9x time world champion Thomas Tucker clean swept his 14-boy’s class to continue his dominant young career in the sport.
Other successful sweeping Pine Rivers riders included Shannon Petre in the 16-girl’s, Tenniele Botfield in the 17-24 women’s and Nigel Coombes in the 45-49 men’s.
They were joined by Ashmore’s Isabella Schramm in the 14-girl’s, Nerang’s Kira Hill in the 15-girl’s, Bundaberg’s Tyler Johnston in the 17-24 men’s, Nathan Vandenhooven from Cairns in the 25-29 men’s, Toowoomba’s Nicholas Vonhoff in the 30-34 men’s and Steve Ewart from the Sunshine Coast in the 50+ men’s.
Going back-to-back to clean sweep the cruiser class and the 20inch was Harbour City’s Angela Potter who impressed spectators in the 40-44 women’s category.
20inch Friday winners (14-50+) – Friday, September 27: 204 entries
For a full list of results – CLICK HERE
The final act of the state titles was labelled as Championship Saturday as the superclass contingent were joined by the 8-13-year-old challenge shredders.
Headlining the day, the men’s and women’s superclass was star studded with some of the best Aussie riders going around as well as some of the up and coming stars. Among the best in the women’s class was 2018’s elite national champion Erin Lockwood, the 2019 junior elite national champion Des’Ree Barnes and the 2019 junior elite national series champion Kiana Botfield.
But it was Shannon Petre from Pine Rivers who bested them all as her return from injury continues to spark excitement for the 2020 season. Coming in second was Beenleigh’s Barnes, while third belonged to fellow Pine Rivers rider Botfield.
The men’s superclass list included the likes of two-time elite national champion Corey Frieswyk, the 2018 national champion Brandon Te Hiko, the 2019 national champion Izaac Kennedy and the 2019 elite national series champion Joshua Boyton.
Coming hot off his third-place success at the world cup in Rock Hill, USA, Kennedy was a favourite for the podium, but it was Boyton who claimed the top spot with Kennedy second and Te Hiko in third.
While the superclass headlined the day, they weren’t the only classes to find glory on the Sarina strip.
Clean sweeping and going back to back for the second time last week was Pine Rivers’ riders Vaughan in the 10-boy’s and Willis in the 12-boy’s.
Other riders to go back to back winning a cruiser and a 20inch was Island’s Woodward in the 13-14 boy’s cruiser.
Making the undefeated list during the championship day was:
Championship day winners Saturday, September 28: 362 entries
For a full list of results – CLICK HERE
Congratulations to all riders who competed, we hope you took to the time to stop and say thank you to the event organisers, the officials and of course – parents!
While Queensland’s state titles are over, the rest of Australia’s states and territories are getting into the thick of it.
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