It all comes down to this.
The finale of the 2019 BMXA BAD BOY National Series will hit the Canberra BMX Club this weekend and close to 300 riders will help wrap up what has been a stellar year of national BMX racing.
The seven-stage series has travelled to nearly every state and territory, and the nation’s capital will host the perfect conclusion on Saturday and Sunday in what has been a spectacular showcase of Australia’s BMX talent.
Leading the charge will be Queensland’s 2019 elite men’s national champion Izaac Kennedy, who recently picked up a bronze medal in his first ever final during the 2019 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Rock Hill, USA, his career highlight to date.
While the national title and the bronze medal are among his top performances this year, he is hungry to find the podium this weekend, something he hasn’t done in the national series this year.
“My year started off pretty badly when I broke my hand in Sydney during the first stage of the national series,” Kennedy explained.
“Ever since things have been great. The bronze medal at the world cup has finally sunk in and now I’m dealing with people expecting me to do well, something I’m not really used to.
“But to be honest, there’s no added pressure. I just enjoy what I’m doing, and I’ll keep doing it.”
While Kennedy is not in the running to take the overall men’s superclass title, Geelong’s 2018 national champion Brandon Te Hiko is gunning for top the spot and his recent performances in the national series will hold him in good stead ahead of this weekend’s clash, something Kennedy will be keeping an eye out for.
“There’s some great riders on the gate this weekend that I’m really looking forward to racing against,” Kennedy continued.
“Riders like Brandon, Max (Cairns), Nathaniel (Rodway), Andy (Hughes) ,and Alex Cameron are really strong riders and I will just need do what I do in training, follow my plans, and do everything right on the day for it to work out well.”
While the men’s and women’s superclass will include some of Australia’s top riders, they won’t be the only exciting talent on track.
Riders as young as 5-years old to 50+ will be participating and Tuggeranong’s 2019 national champion Amelia Stichbury will be eager to remind her fellow 9-girl’s riders who’s the best in the country when they visit her home town.
While she has only competed at one stage this year, Stichbury is no stranger to the national series having won her age last year.
Another ACT rider who’s a favourite this weekend is 16-boy’s rider Luke Granatelli, who will use his victory at Tuggeranong last year to hopefully do the same this time round on the Canberra strip.
The two-day spectacular will commence on Saturday with racing expected to begin at 2pm AEST with Sunday starting earlier at 9:45am.
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