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The 2017 BMXA National Championships in Brisbane will feature an exciting revamped program that is aimed to ensure all events are run in the safest manner possible and all riders given the opportunity to compete…

The 2017 BMXA National Championships in Brisbane will feature an exciting revamped program that is aimed to ensure all events are run in the safest manner possible and all riders given the opportunity to compete at their best.

Following the 2016 National Championships, BMXA conducted a review of the event and as part of a commitment to continually evolve its events’ schedule BMXA has made some changes.

Some of the changes instituted include scheduling of a reserve day* at the end of the championships, on Sunday April 30, replacing the pre-titles on the Wednesday with the more meaningful Grands Challenge and moving cruiser events from the final day to the Thursday.

Other changes will see Cracker Jack and Dynamite events incorporated into the National Championship Racing rather than having specific events, the Sprocket orientation session being replaced by an extended official gate practice session and the mini wheelers races have been removed.

BMXA National Officiating Director Paul Connors said careful planning had gone into the programming of the championships to make it more competitor-friendly, placing more prestige on the main Australian title races.

“We have replaced some events that were seen as dated and also built some buffers into the program so we can do our very best to run every event in its entirety,” Connors said.

“By moving the cruisers events forward in the overall program we can end the event the titles on Saturday with a bang in terms of hype and atmosphere which will lead into awards night on the Saturday evening.

“The awards night will then become more of an event as we will be able to incorporate the presentation of winning, club, state and corporate teams along with the other normal awards we present.

“If we have events that have run over due to weather or other circumstances out of our control, we now have the Sunday as a reserve day. We believe this new schedule will work but we will also continue to run our events with competitor safety the number one priority.”

The full program of events and timings will be announced following the finalisation of nomination early next week.

*Sunday 30th is a reserve day. Any block, class, heat, qualifier, final or rerun can be moved to that day at the discretion of the Chief Commissaries if required. All attempts will be made to fit racing within the published times, but all riders should note that the program is subject to change at short notice and their race could be moved to Sunday with minimal notice.

DRAFT SCHEDULE

Monday 24th April

Registration 12 noon – 4pm

BMXQ Managed General Practice.  Afternoon time TBC $5 per rider

Tuesday 25th April (Anzac Day)

Registration 10:00am-4.00pm

Recognition on ANZAC’s 1pm (1 minute silence)

Practice 1.00pm-6.00pm (20 + 24” no sprockets – both gates)  Age group times TBA

Wednesday 26th April

Practice 8.00am-1.00pm (20 + 24” no sprockets – both gates) Age group times TBA)

Grands Challenge 2.00pm (both A/AA Men & Pro Open Women will be off the 8mtr)

Thursday 27th April

Practice Sprockets 8.00-10.00am,

Practice Cruiser only 10.00am-11.00am

Racing 12 noon one block only  (Aust Title for Cruiser, Sprockets & Retro)

Sprocket Party 20min after completion of Racing.

Friday 28th April

Warm Up Block 1 7:00am – 7:30am

Racing Block 1 8:00am

Warm Up Block 2 ~12:00pm – 12:30pm

Racing Block 2  1pm

All 20” Classes that are not included on Championship Day

Saturday 29th April Championship day

Warm Up 8.00am –  9:00am Challenge Classes

Warm Up 9:00am – 9:45am Championship Classes

Racing 10am to ~2pm
Awards Dinner 7:30pm Venue TBC

Sunday 30th April

Reserve day