The Queensland International Cup will attract top riders from Australia and beyond. Broken wrists can’t keep this BMX rider out of the fight – Josh McLean is eager to show what he’s made of.
The inaugural Queensland International Cup at the Sleeman Supercross Track is a chance for Australia’s top elite and junior elite riders to take on international talent – and there is some serious talent on the list.
Classified as a C1 event by the UCI, the event has brought together a long list of riders all vying for Olympic qualification points.
Alongside some of New Zealand’s top tier riders such as Maynard Peel, Rebecca Petch and Tasman Wakelin, the elite Aussie men will also be lining up against the USA’s Olympic gold medallist, Connor Fields.
The Australian contingent includes the reigning national title holder Brandon Te Hiko, dual-national champion Corey Frieswyk, 2016 Olympian Bodi Turner, Bradley Game, Hayden Fletcher, Matt Krasevskis, Joshua McLean and many more.
McLean ventured to the USA to compete after breaking his collarbone at the Nerang International earlier in 2019 and has notched together a string of solid results.
While he is disappointed with his year up to now, the Knox BMX rider is using the results as a stepping stone to greater things after suffering from his injury.
“2019 hasn’t been too great with a broken collarbone at the start of the year, but after I had surgery, I quickly jumped on a plane to America and competed at two USABMX events,” McLean said.
“I competed at the Gator Nationals and made it to the semi’s, and then I competed at the Spring Nationals in Albuquerque and I finished fourth and sixth against some really fast riders.”
The start of 2019 for the 21-year-old is very similar to that of his 2018.
Competing in the first round of the 2018 BMXA BAD BOY National Series in Penrith, McLean was leading the elite men’s final before the final jump on the pro straight saw his race cut short.
Watch THAT final below.
The brutal injuries he sustained included two broken wrists (one dislocated), which meant a lot of time in rehab and off the bike. Here’s his Instagram post below.
After making sure his wrists were back in place, McLean jumped on a plane and headed to the USA to race before competing in the final two rounds of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Santiago Del Estero, Argentina.
“In Argentina, I made it to the 1/8’s final in round seven and the semi’s in round eight. I was pretty happy to keep up with the guys that weekend and alongside that, my results at the USABMX Grands was a big boost in confidence finishing sixth overall at the ROC (Race of Champions),” McLean explained.
Back to the present, McLean’s results in the USA has helped him build up steam for this weekend at Sleeman and he is looking forward to roughing it with the rest of the Aussies as they take on the American superstar.
“It’s going to be a really cool event with a lot of the guys being there. The men’s elite will be really tough with 12 other guys going up on the gate with me. Each rider is good enough to get through to the finals so it’s going to be really fast and really tough,” McLean said.
“Obviously Connor (Fields) will be there and Bodi (Turner) is back which means that racing is going to be really competitive.
“I’m not really too worried.
“The event is a nice little pre-world cup race with some of the top riders in Australia and Connor as well. I guess it’s all about seeing where I’m at, especially against Connor, so I’m just going to go out and race and try to win… that’s about it really, I just focus on me.”
Following the event this weekend McLean will back up in BMXA’s third stage of the national series at the Ipswich West Moreton BMX Club (April 13-14) before heading overseas for a crack at the European circuit and the first four rounds of the world cup.
The Queensland International Cup isn’t just showcasing the best male elite riders in the country. with some of Australia’s top female riders also getting their share of the action.
The 2018 national champion Erin Lockwood will be on the gate alongside NSW rider Leanna Curtis and WA’s Rachel Gaskin as the trio bang bars with New Zealand’s Rebecca Petch.
Petch has been in hot form of late, doubling down with elite and superclass victories in Perth at the second stage of the 2019 BMXA BAD BOY National Series.
Watch her races below.
Another rising star in action this weekend is Beenleigh’s Des’Ree Barnes (seen above finishing second in the second video). The multiple world champion is competing in her first year as a junior elite rider and will be one to watch as she takes on another Kiwi star, Jessie Smith.
Results from the Queensland International Cup can be found through the link – HERE
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