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BMX Australia Development Academy rider, Kai Angel, chats with us ahead of this week’s much anticipated Queensland State Championships

BMX Australia Development Academy rider, Kai Angel, chats with us ahead of this week’s much anticipated Queensland State Championships that will be hosted by Townsville BMX Club from September 21-23.

The reigning state champion in the 14-boy’s class, Angel will make his way up the east coast of Australia today to chase another title and take things up a notch by also competing in Saturday’s superclass event.

‘I’m feeling fresh and prepared,” said Angel.

The now fifteen-year-old from Nerang BMX club has had a break from racing over the past couple of months since the world championships, explaining how excessive training and racing was taking a toll on his body.

“I needed a bit of a break to let my legs recover,” he said.

“I’ve been putting a really heavy focus on leg training this year, working out eight-nine times a week and it was too much. I just blew it in the end.”

Angel explained how he believed his overzealous training was the reason for his disappointing early exit from the 2017 BMX World Championships in Rock Hill.

“My goal was to reach the semi-final so I was pretty disappointed. I was definitely expecting to go further but my legs just got too tired.”

With the 2018 season looming, Angel is hoping for a bigger and better year, aiming to finish in the top three of the national series and to continue improving his racing skill set with coach Simon Anderson.

“I need to focus on getting more mongrel in my race, it’s something the American riders possess and it definitely benefits their racing. I think it will really help me.”

Best of luck to Kai and all other riders competing at the 2017 QLD State Championships this week!