More than 290 riders enjoyed an evening of hard fought competition in Queensland’s Maryborough on Saturday, with riders arriving from all over the state in the city 255 kilometres north of Brisbane.
With the popularity of BMX continuing to grow in the area, the event is fast becoming a favourite among riders. Event organiser Karen Baker told the Fraser Coast Chronical it was one of the biggest events the club has held this year.
“It’s been a good year for us, we have about four more race meets before we break at the end of the year,” Baker said.
“But this event was the first time where we had more than 17 mini wheelers competing.
“It’s also the first time in the state the Women’s Superclass were able to jump the pro straight, so we hope to keep that going.”
Unsurprisingly the women’s Superclass event had talent to boot, with Sara Jones claiming first place after winning all five of her motos. Coming in second was Molly McGill, who made the trip to Maryborough from Ashmore BMX Club on the Gold Coast.
Fellow Gold Coaster Erin Lockwood from Nerang BMX Club was third.
Meanwhile in the men’s event Jayce Cunning and Joshua Boyton locked horns. Boyton won the semi-final, but it was Cunning who had the edge in the final to win by .075 of a second.
There was nothing in it.
While riders from outside the region managed to grab the majority of first place finishes, Maryborough BMX riders didn’t go down without a fight. Undoubtedly their proudest moments were reserved for win one of their own finished top dog.
Winners from Maryborough included Teya Rufus in the 11-12 Cruisers girls, who won all but her fifth moto, which went to second placed Emily Nicholson from Nerang BMX Club. In the 12 boys event Campbell Allan was simply untouchable as he won every lap of the night, while Alyssa Cherrie won the 13-girls in equally dominant style.
Also enjoying a dominant night for the host club was 9-years-boy’s rider Colton Blyth who was undefeated in both the 20-inch race and the 8-10 Cruiser boys event.
Another highlight of the event was the ability for attendees to camp at the club, giving BMX at Maryborough another unique element to crow about!
The next major event for the club will be Maryborough Classic in June next year, with 400 riders expected to attend.