Head-to-head BMX action raged in Kinglake Victoria on Monday, all in the name of raising money for the Royal Children’s Hospital…and boosting a few egos…
Since 2006 BSX (Bicycle Supercross) has been an event that excited riders, creates thrilling racing and is done so in order to raise funds for the Royal Children’s Hospital, to help them secure much-needed equipment to look after sick and injured children…to date more than $50,000 has been raised.
This year the event took place on Monday January 15 in Kinglake, Victoria and had 10 classes of racing on offer for eager participants. BSX is unlike regular BMX events. In a unique format riders compete in a time trial elimination, with up to the top 32 then progressing to the elimination shootout.
That’s when things get interesting. In the round of 32, the first placed rider versus the 17th, second the 18th, third the 19th and so on. First across the line progresses, second place is eliminated until just four riders remain. The two riders who were undefeated go to the A Final; the two most recently eliminated the B Final.
It’s no wonder their slogan is “how will you be eliminated?”
Oh, and the whole event is raced on flat pedals. No clips kids, this is hard, fast and old school.
Money raised on the day came through donations, BBQ stands, raffle tickets and lucky door prizes where some excellent prizes were given out. The prizes included custom jerseys, helmets, dry socks and even stubby holders!
However, after all the build up, and fundraising efforts were put in place, the day came down to racing and who could pluck out a top result in this sudden death format.
Young gun Emerald Blyth from Lilydale BMX Club grabbed a pair of wins on the weekend at Track Attack rounds one and two, and grabbed another at BSX, winning the 11 – 13 girls (she also finished second at Track Attack three on Tuesday).
In the 11-13 boys it was Gian Renato from Shepparton BMX Club who bested Bayside’s Bailey Meares. The win is a feather in the cap for Renato, who a part of BMX Australia’s Talented Athlete Program in 2018.
Also taking part in the thrills were 8-10-year-old riders, who arrived at the track after being briefed from their parents that they might not ride all day, they knew that they could get eliminated. But that didn’t stop these tough little nuts having a go. Sienna Richmond from Wyndham Warriors BMX Club came out on top in the girls event, Preston Murray from Happy Valley BMX Club the boys.
Special mentions to Joshua Callan from Lilydale BMX Club and Iesha Anderson from Geelong BMX Club, winning the respective Opens Men’s and Women’s events. Callan beat home Shepparton’s Cooper Bromley, while Anderson got the better of Terrigal BMX Club’s Clare McNamara.
This annual event in Victoria has been growing and growing since it commenced in 2006. It’s a fantastic initiative, and all riders are encouraged to get along to it in future years – for the riding, and the fundraising efforts!
Well done to all those involved who put together a very successful event!
Class Winners are below. Full results HERE.
8-10 Boys – Preston Murray – Happy Valley BMX Club
8-10 Girls – Sienna Richmond – Wyndham Warriors BMX Club
11-13 Boys – Gian Renato – Shepparton BMX Club
11-13 Girls – Emerald Blyth – Lilydale BMX Club
30+ Men – Simon Anderson – Geelong BMX Club
30+ Women – Rebecca Smith – Tea Tree Gully BMX Club
45+ Open Wheel – Craig Walczuk – Geelong BMX Club
Open Retro – Joshua Soderman – Sunbury BMX Club
Open Men’s – Joshua Callan – Lilydale BMX Club
Open Women’s – Iesha Anderson – Geelong BMX Club
Pictures sourced: BSX (Bicycle Supercross) facebook page