The morning session on day two of the 2017 BMX Australia National Championships delivered some thrilling racing at the Sleeman Sports Centre, none more so than the battle between Isabella Schramm and Bella May (pictured,…
The morning session on day two of the 2017 BMX Australia National Championships delivered some thrilling racing at the Sleeman Sports Centre, none more so than the battle between Isabella Schramm and Bella May (pictured, Schramm on left, May on right) in the 12yrs girl’s final.
For the second year in a row the pair battled it out for the 1A plate and this time May reversed the score, winning the national title over defending champion Schramm by just 9/1000’s of a second.
World number 1 and perennial national champion Thomas Tucker again proved too strong for his rivals in the 12yrs boy’s event, adding another gold to the 1A plate he won yesterday in the cruiser event.
Tucker was joined as a two-time winner this week by Greg Clift (30-34 men’s), Jaclyn Wilson (40-44 women) and Luke Barnes (40-44 men), who all claimed cruiser titles on Thursday.
Wilson (pictured below) was glowing after her double win, beating a serious ankle injury to claim a pair of 1A plates.
“Absolutely over the moon because I didn’t get to ride a lot last year,” Wilson said.
“I had a few things going on so this is just my third race since nationals last year so I am so happy to win.
“I didn’t do a lot (of training) last year but I’ve been really training the last six weeks.
“I injured myself really badly in January, had a bad crash and did ligaments and tendons in my ankle and that took ten weeks to get over so I’ve really only had a little while to prepare for this.”
For Clift (below), it was the first time in his career he has achieved the cruiser / challenge class double.
“I’m extremely happy, it’s something I’ve never been able to achieve so far,” Clift said.
“I won a national title when I was really young and a cruiser title a couple of years ago but never the double.”
The battle between the two Bellas was the highlight of the morning though.
Their race was so close, even minutes after they had finished, neither rider had any idea who had won.
One thing was clear however – they loved racing each other.
“It’s good to race each other each year because it’s really competitive and fast,” Schramm said.
“And we’ve got the same name. That’s even better.”
May, a youngster of few words, said the pair’s burgeoning rivalry was ‘challenging’. When the final result did come through, May had just one thing to say. Just one word. “Awesome!”
Another highlight of the morning was Shae Archibold’s win in the 11yrs girl’s event where she snuck away and proved too hard to catch for W2 Sacha Mills. The result reversed that of 2016 when Archibold finished second to Mills.
For full results of all events held this morning, click here.
Block two this afternoon will conclude the challenge classes. Racing at the 2017 BMXA Nationals continues tomorrow with the championship classes, including Olympians Anthony Dean, Bodi Turner, Lauren Reynolds and Caroline Buchanan in the elite classes.