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The stakes have been raised for the 2017 ACT BMX Championships, with the event also marked down as the selection qualifier for the Australian Junior Test Team, when it gets underway from March 18-19. Each…

The stakes have been raised for the 2017 ACT BMX Championships, with the event also marked down as the selection qualifier for the Australian Junior Test Team, when it gets underway from March 18-19.

Each year four female riders and four male riders in the 11-years age group are selected onto the Junior Test Team to take in the New Zealand test team over five motos.

This year the annual battle between the Aussies and Kiwis will be held at the NSW pre-titles from June 10-11 at Macarthur BMX Club.

However before attention turns to a Trans Tasman showdown, riders hopeful of a position on the Aussie team first need to earn their place. To do so they will need to compete at this year’s ACT championships and be ranked in the top four after four motos.

Making the grade in the ACT won’t come easier either, with host club Tuggeranong Vikings BMX having recently upgraded their track. The changes will see riders with even the best cornering skills challenged, especially with a 90-degree turn, similar to the 2004 world championships track in Holland built into the new layout.

For spectators watching the close finishes on the final straight, the club has built a two-tiered viewing platform, with the lower platform just 10 metres from the track. 

Entries for the ACT championships close at 9pm AEDT on February 12. 

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS ABOUT THE JUNIOR TEST TEAM.