The Grands: Known as the greatest BMX race on earth, here’s what happened last year and which Aussies are in action in 2019.
The biggest race on the USABMX calendar has commenced and Aussies are ready to rumble in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
For years, the Australian contingent competing at the Grand Nationals have presented serious trouble for the host nation and the locals are forever wary of the handful of riders from down under.
Last year was no different for the green and gold army who returned home with 20 top three finishes across various categories and events.
The Grands plays host to riders of all ages and abilities, and also holds an invitational event known as the Race of Champions (ROC).
Australia had six riders find the top three on the ROC podium as well as another ten riders within the top eight.
The Grands results were just as successful for the Aussie riders who bagged another 16 top three podiums, while a further 16 results were recorded in the top eight.
Special mentions should go to Pine Rivers’ 7x 20” world champion Thomas Tucker, who last year was the first Australian to win an American NAG 1 (National Age Group 1) title after sealing the overall victory with a dominant display in the 13-expert boy’s final at Grands.
Another rider who deserves recognition is Tamworth’s junior elite rider Jack Davis, who claimed first place in not only the 15-16 open, but also the 16-expert boy’s.
Joining Tucker and Davis in the top eight for their respective categories were another 21 riders including:
To read more about last year’s success including the race replays – CLICK HERE
For the full list of results from the 2018 Grand Nationals – CLICK HERE
The 2020 Grands will once again take place in the River Spirit Expo in Tulsa, Oklahoma with action well and truly kicking off on Friday (November 29) with the ROC, before Saturday holds the first round of motos for the age classes as well as the championship classes that night.
Sunday will wrap up the event, with the age classes competing in the remainder of their motos before the mains commence. (For a full run through of Grands, scroll to the bottom of the article).
Below is the current list of Aussie riders competing. (BMXA may have missed some names due to riders not registering with our insurance. Please let us know who they are by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, so we can add them to the list.)
Stay tuned to BMXA’s social media platforms as we share more information closer to the event including times, live streaming and results after the racing!
Thursday, November 28
All day practice by age group
Friday, November 29
7AM (12am AEST Saturday Nov 30) – Race of Champions
Saturday, November 30
9AM (2am AEST Sunday Dec 1) – Grands – First round of motos
SATURDAY NIGHT PM
6PM (11am Sunday Dec 1) – GoPro Pro Championship Finals
Sunday, December 1
7:30AM (12:30am Monday Dec 2) – Grands, second round of motos PLUS mains.