A phone call that changed Diehm’s life

COVER PIC: Courtesy of the Australian Cycling Team

Late last year, Diehm was recovering from her fourth knee reconstruction and on the verge of quitting freestyle BMX after more than a decade in the sport.

But Buchanan, who knows more than most about overcoming injury adversity, could see what might happen if Diehm persisted.

Fast-forward a year and Diehm is well on the way to riding at the Tokyo Games when freestyle makes its Olympics debut.

“This time last year, the Olympics and riding again weren’t an option – I thought the risk isn’t worth it,” Diehm said.

“Then I had a call from Caroline Buchanan and she said ‘I hope you know the opportunity you have. Please just give it one more shot’.

“Honestly, it’s been the best thing ever.”

Australia is not yet qualified for women’s freestyle BMX at the Olympics but Diehm’s sixth place at the November world championships went a long way to securing it.

She has continued to rack up qualifying points at the Oceania championships and Diehm is now thinking well beyond just going to Tokyo.

“I dream – I feel confident that I can make the podium. That’s my goal,” she said.

“It’s not far, it’s right here.

“If the Olympics are tomorrow, I’m going.

“Now it just makes me want to push harder and keep learning new things and progressing, to keep my spot.”

Meanwhile, Buchanan also aims to make her third Olympics in BMX racing, which is a separate discipline to freestyle.

She suffered life-threatening injuries in an off-road car crash two years ago.

“She (Buchanan) gave me the things I needed to hear and helped me overcome my fear of injury again, also what I can do to help prevent it, get mentally stronger,” Diehm said.

“I can do this. She’s right. And look where I am.

“Racing and freestyle are separate disciplines in the tight-knit sport of BMX. While the racing is point-to-point over a course full of turns and jumps, freestyle is the bicycle version of motocross stunt riding.

Courtesy of Channel 7 News

Freestyling success in WA

COVER PIC: Courtesy of Freestyle Now’s Facebook page

Freestyle Now’s WA BMX Freestyle State Championships was a resounding success as nearly 40 competitors turned up to show their skills at the Belmont Skate Park in Perth over the weekend.

The event correspondent from Freestyle Now, Shaun Jarvis, was blown away by the success and is looking forward to spreading the event to further states in the country.

“The competition was awesome,” Jarvis said.

“Everyone had a blast and we are set to roll this out in other states.

“We had 36 competitors turn up and there were many more that might have entered but didn’t know what to expect.”

There were five categories for riders to compete in including under 10’s, beginner’s, intermediate’s, over 35’s and the most competitive, which was the open category.

The open category had some of the most exciting talent in WA and it was Shane Ellis who picked up the top spot with 102 points from Josh Garwood on 95 points and Luke Tooze on 94 points.

Check out some the action captured below.

Photos from the recent western Australian bmx freestyle state championships

Posted by Freestyle Now on Monday, November 11, 2019

 

Below are the full results including the qualifiers.

 

Under 10’s

Finals
1st – Cody Steel – 54 points
2nd – Albie Livesley – 48 points
3rd – Angus Lewis – 43 points

Qualifying
1st – Albie Livesley – 54 points
1st – Cody Steel – 54 points
3rd – Angus Lewis – 47 point
4th – Kayden Taylor – 40 points

 

Beginners

Finals
1st – Mason Egan – 63 points
2nd – Campbell Wilson – 60 points
3rd – Cooper Hiscox – 55 points

Qualifying
1st – Mason Egan – 62 points
2nd – Cooper Hiscox – 55 points
3rd – Campbell Wilson – 48 points
4th – Brenten Waddingham – 47 points
5th – Adam Tedesco – 41 points

 

Intermediate

Finals
1st – Christopher Koglkia – 94 points
2nd – Tyler Gayski – 86 points
3rd – Ronan McCamish – 85 points
4th – Dylan Gayski – 83 points
5th – Zenith Riley – 81 points
6th – Taj Hamilton – 76 points

Qualifying
1st – Zenith Riley – 82 points
2nd – Christopher Koglkia – 77 points
3rd – Tyler Gayski – 75 points
4th – Dylan Gayski – 74 points
5th – Ronan McCamish – 71 points
6th – Taj Hamilton – 68 points
7th – Bohden Hildred – 63 points
8th – Jeremy Wilson – 62 points
8th – Shae Macdonald – 62 points
10th – Aaron McKie – 60 points
11th – Oliver Brightman – 58 points
12th – Liam Schneider – 53 points
12th – Nathan Wilson – 53 points

 

Over 35’s

Finals
1st – Adam Lewis – 64 points
2nd -Shaun Jarvis – 62 points
3rd – Barry Livesley – 53 points

 

Qualifying
1st – Shaun Jarvis – 63 points
2nd – Adam Lewis – 59 points
3rd – Barry Livesley – 46 points
4th – Mark Baker – 44 points

 

Open

Finals
1st – Shane Ellis – 102 points
2nd – Josh Garwood – 95 points
3rd – Luke Tooze – 94 points
4th – Ryan Aquilina – 92 points
5th – Dylan Schmidt – 92 points
6th – Jay Roadley – 89 points
7th – Daniel Davis – 81 points

Qualifying
1st – Luke Tooze – 99 points
2nd – Shane Ellis – 95 point
3rd – Jay Roadley – 93 points
4th – Ryan Aquilina – 92 points
5th – Josh Garwood – 88 points
6th – Daniel Davis – 85 points
7th – Dylan Schmidt – 82 points
8th – Steve Heuer – 81 points
9th – Fabio Canetti – 75 points
10th – Nathan Joson – 69 points
11th – Jack Carwardine – 68 points

Australian Team for 2019 BMX Freestyle World Championships

The Australian Team is headlined by 2017 world champion Logan Martin and 2018 World Championship bronze medallist Brandon Loupos.

Martin, who celebrated dual gold at the 2019 Summer X Games in Minneapolis in August, currently leads the 2019 FISE World Cup rankings after claiming bronze at the first two rounds.

Sydney’s Loupos opened the 2019 season in stunning style by recording the highest score ever recorded at a World Cup in his winning run.

Jake Wallwork, a World Cup winner in 2018, finished just off the podium at the 2018 World Championships and has two top twelve placings in the 2019 World Cup season.

Jason Watts and Natalya Diehm will make their Australian Team debuts off the back of winning the 2019 Vans BMX Pro-Skate Park Series.

“Australia has three athletes who have demonstrated podium potential at the World Cup and World Championship level in the last twelve months, with two new emerging athletes who have experienced strong results at an international level,” said Wade Bootes, Australian Cycling Team BMX Technical Director.

Significantly, the World Championships will be a key qualification opportunity for Australia for quota positions for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

“Australia currently ranked second behind the USA in the men’s rankings which qualifies one male position for Tokyo.  While Australia isn’t currently in a qualifying position in the women, with a strong performance at the World Championships, we could secure a spot.”

Freestyle BMX, which will make its Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, sees cyclists perform a series of tricks during a ‘1 minute run’ across a ramp-filled course, with tricks judged on difficulty, originality, style and execution.

The third round of the 2019 BMX Freestyle World Cup will be held in China in November, just ahead of the World Championships also in China.

The 2019 UCI Urban Cycling World Championships will take place in Chengdu, China, from 6-10 November 2019.

More → www.urbanworlds.cn


TEAM AUSTRALIA 

 ELITE MEN

 Logan Martin – Gold Coast: 2017 World Champion; Current leader – 2019 FISE World Cup Standings; Dual gold – 2019 Summer X Games; 2nd – 2019 Urban World Games

Brandon Loupos – Sydney: Gold – 2019 Urban Games winner; Bronze – 2018 World Championships; Gold – 2019 World Cup Round 1,  2018 National Champion

Jake Wallwork – Melbourne: Gold -2018 World Cup Round 3; 4th – 2018 World Championships: 3rd – 2018 National Championships

Jason Watts – Melbourne:  2019 Vans BMX Pro-Skate Park Series: 2nd – 2018 National Championships.


ELITE WOMEN

Natalya Diehm – Gladstone: Winner – 2019 Vans BMX Pro-Skate Park Series; 9th/13th 2019 World Cups

Logan City to host UCI C1 Freestyle BMX Event!

COVER PIC: Courtesy of Cycling Australia

“This is a great win for BMX freestyle in Queensland, we’ve seen some fantastic talent comes from the local area such as Logan Martin, it’s great to see Logan City Council get behind this sport,” said Wade Bootes, Technical Director for BMX of the Australian Cycling Team.

“It’s fantastic to have the support of the Centenary Plains BMX Club at Waller Park along with the Logan City Council, without their assistance, events like this wouldn’t be possible. We’re really looking forward to watching some of the best battle it out”

This event is a great opportunity for locals to get out and see some of the best BMX riders in the world in their own backyard, but it’s also a great warm-up for the 2019 Cycling Australia Freestyle BMX National Championships which are being held at the remodelled Beenleigh Doug Larson Skate park in December.


A message from Logan City Council

The City of Logan is a strong and ongoing supporter of BMX.

That’s why Logan City Council is spending $3.1 million to upgrade Doug Larsen Park into Australia’s premier BMX freestyle and skate park facility.

The design of the new freestyle course was finalised after Council hosted a workshop that included Logan-raised BMX freestyle 2017 world champion Logan Martin along with representatives from Cycling Australia and the local BMX community.

Our city is home to several BMX clubs and a number of the sport’s champions.

Council is proudly supporting the Centenary Plains Pro at Logan’s Waller Park in Browns Plains on September 28 and 29 and welcomes all competitors, families, friends and fans.

We hope you enjoy your stay in the City of Logan and we look forward to hosting you again for future top-class BMX competitions.

The event in Waller park will be a curtain-raiser for the Freestyle BMX National Championship in December, which is for both amateur and professional riders. 


EVENT SNAPSHOT

  • Centenary Plains Pro 1 & 2 – UCI C1 Freestyle Park (15+ Elite Men/Women ONLY)
  • Dates: Saturday 28 September & Sunday 29 September
  • Location: Waller Park – Centenary Plains BMX Club/Skate Park 1-48 Waller Road, Browns Plains, QLD, 4118, Australia 

 

Online registration only here

Registration closes – Sunday 22 September – event limit 30 riders per class. 

Event listing.

Rider list

Sakakibara and Martin claim top BMX gongs

PIC: Andrey Pronin/Red Bull Content Pool


Following a breakout year on the international BMX scene, Aussie teenager Saya Sakakibara has been named as the female BMX cyclist of the year at the Cycling Australia Awards in Melbourne today.

Standing alongside Sakakibara as the male BMX rider of the year was freestyle competitor Logan Martin. Martin received the men’s gong courtesy of gold medal performances at the 2018 World Cup and X-Games.

For Sakakibara, the rise to the top of world BMX has been short and sharp. Within a year of finishing her high school studies, she found herself rubbing shoulders with the likes of Olympic gold medallists and world champion BMX riders…and she comfortably held her own.

A gold medal at European Cup level in the early 2018 international season proved to be a precursor for the flair Sakakibara would show throughout the 2018 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup.

In rounds one and two of the world cup series in Saint-Quentin-En-Yvelines in France, Sakakibara won bronze and silver medals respectively. Round four at Papendal in the Netherlands again saw the Illawarra-based rider on the podium, another third place.

Come the 2018 UCI BMX World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, she was again in the thick of the action. But an untimely incident with then reigning world champion Alise Willoughby of the USA, the wife of Australian 2012 Olympic BMX silver medallist Sam Willoughby, in the final ended Sakakibara’s medal hopes prematurely.

After celebrating her 19thbirthday, Sakakibara then travelled to Santiago del Estero in Argentina for the final two rounds of the world cup. Round seven saw her again in a tangle with an American rider, this time a spectacular incident with Brooke Crain.

However, the young Aussie returned the next day for the final round and claimed her first ever world cup gold. It’s a result that will undoubtedly be looked back on as a watershed moment in Sakakibara’s career.

As icing on the cake, Sakakibara ended 2018 in second place on the UCI rankings.

After being named the top Australian BMX athlete in Melbourne, Australia’s freshly minted BMX star said she was humbled to receive the award, following a year that had commenced with few expectations.

“It feels really amazing I’m so humbled to be here, it’s my first ever year racing as an elite. I was fresh on the elite scene and had no idea what to expect,” she told Cycling Australia media.

In the junior ranks, Kye Affoo was named as the junior male BMX rider of the year. Affoo carried the hopes for Australia in the junior men’s final at the 2018 UCI BMX World Cup when he stormed into the final and then claimed a fine sixth place.

Meanwhile, Sydney’s Ashlee Miller was the junior female BMX rider of the year, her standout moments coming as she won both the junior elite women’s 2018 UCI Oceania Continental BMX Championship and Australian National Championship within a handful of days of each other.

Also awarded at the event was The Sir Hubert ‘Oppy’ Opperman Medal and Trophy, the most prestigious perpetual award, which was presented to South Australia’s Rohan Dennis. It was his second time receiving the ‘Oppy Medal’. His victory in the 2018 men’s individual time trial world championship was his top moment of the year.

To see a full story from the event, click here.

Last chance, BMX holiday coaching

COVER PIC: Courtesy Graham Douglas Facebook/Castle Hill BMX Club

Kids mad about riding their bikes can put their skills to the test these school holidays at full-day events being held by Sports Camps Australia in Ballarat and Sydney in the coming week…in the process they’ll make new friends and have some serious fun.

The first event to take place will be the BMX camp at Ballarat Sebastopol BMX Club on Thursday July 12. Leading the way for eager campers will be six-time Australian champion and club coach Tony Harvey, who has been responsible for coaching some of our best riders in recent times.

This junior camp is aimed at assisting young riders achieve the highest level they can by fine tuning their skills and trach the safest way to ride in a fun environment. Riders of all skill levels will also get the chance to learn the fine art of BMX racing.

Kids don’t need to be a BMX Australia member to be eligible.Sign up for the BMX camp in Ballarat HERE.

Great first day at BMX Camp in Castle Hill!

Posted by Sports Camps Australia on Monday, July 9, 2018

 

Meanwhile Monday and Tuesday next week (July 16-17) will see Sydney Olympic Park come alive for a junior BMX camp.

The Sydney BMX Club will be the driving force behind this camp and hope to help riders improve their skill level dramatically in a short period of time.  The goal for the club will be to see young riders feel more comfortable performing their favourite skills and tricks at camps end.

BMX racers and freestyle riders will be equally at home for this camp, with the track catering for both – whether they are beginners or advanced riders.

For camp details and to sign up, CLICK HERE

Highlights for campers include:  

  • Learning to ride faster and improve your tricks using daily camp tips
  • Unparalleled instruction from professional racers and coaches
  • Low camper to coach ratio to make you feel safe and ensure you are getting value for your money
  • Daily emphasis on fundamental development, track riding strategy and more
  • Daily lectures and fun competitions where you can win prizes
  • Every camper will receive a SCA Nike t-shirt, SCA drawstring bag and SCA wristband
  • Awards ceremony at the end of the day 

Immediate member sign up is GO!

Signing up as a member with BMX Australia has now become even easier, with the removal of the need for new riders to provide a proof of age document prior to their licence being issued.

Instead of needing a proof of age document at the time of signing up, as has previously been the case, new members will be given 14 days to upload their proof of age document to their BMXA member account. This will allow clubs to sign members up on the spot and have them riding as soon as possible.

Assisting this change, is the gradual migration of all members from a membership hard card to a virtual licence. With new membership and licencing all available online, when a new member signs up their virtual licence will be immediately generated in the BMXA app.

Once the licence is available, new members will be able to ride the track. In the meantime, the online system will begin a 14-day countdown to remind new riders to upload their proof of age documents.

This update to member services follows the launch of the app in late 2017. The app holds a number of advantages to the old hard card system. They include the ability to check if coaches hold a valid accreditation, or that officials’ accreditation is valid. The app also contains general information about BMXA rules, insurance and entering upcoming events.

Development work on the app remains ongoing, with the BMXA membership team working with IT suppliers to make membership management – especially for families – even easier. Among the updates in development phase is the ability to manage multiple membership licences with just one login.

If you have not yet downloaded the BMXA App, do so HERE!

For new members eager to try out BMX for the first time, find the clubs holding a Ride In2BMX day HERE.

UCI BMX Supercross – here’s how it happened

(Featured image courtesy @andyhughes917 Instagram)

Last weekend the 2018 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup got underway in Saint-Quentin-En-Yvelines, France and for Aussie fans there was plenty to cheer about with Saya Sakakibara claiming a bronze in round one, and silver in round two.

You can read about round one HERE, info on round two is HERE.

While we’re taking a look back at last week’s BMX racing event in this article, make sure you keep updated with the UCI BMX Freestyle Park and Flatland World Cup too. That event is taking place this weekend in Hiroshima, Japan!

To read about the rise of Freestyle, CLICK HERE. Among the Aussie contingent competing in Japan this weekend is Brandon Loupos, Tristan Aarts and Jake Wallwork. One name missing from that list is Logan Martin, the 2017 UCI World Champion, who is still recovering from a broken collarbone.

Back on the racing side of things, the men and women’s first round produced a few interesting talking points. In the women’s events, Dutch rider Laura Smulders was unstoppable, winning rounds one and two. Sakakibara shadowing her in both main events.

While the Aussie men pushed hard, the main events were beyond their grasp. In round one Niek Kimmann made it a double Dutch delight, as he joined compatriot Smulders on the top step of the podium. It was a case of close, but not close enough for French athletes Romain Mahieu and Joris Daudet on home soil, as they rounded out the men’s podium for round one.

WATCH THE FINALS FOR ROUND ONE BELOW

Round two for the men served up exactly what the fans wanted – French victory. Daudet got the job done, Mahieu followed him in for second, while Kimmann was third.

WATCH THE FINALS FOR ROUND TWO BELOW

Here’s a few other grabs from the opening round that are worth a look too.

IMAGES! UCI BMX Supercross posted a gallery on their Facebook page. Check it out to find an image of your favourite rider.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1896740947016681.1073742000.116106058413521&type=1&l=123188fed3

 

Go on-board with Kimmann. Life in the fast lane with an elite male rider is, well, fast. Go for a hot lap of the track in France below.


The talking point – Il fait froid! It was cold in France, check out how our warm-weather-loving Aussies thought of the conditions.

You can read the full UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Chronicle HERE.

Is your coach accredited?

Seeing your children jumping on their bikes and hitting the track full of enthusiasm is an equally exhilarating and exciting experience for a parent as it is their child.

Even better, is when there is a qualified coach to mentor and look after the riders on track to make sure that they stay safe, secure and are being taught the right skills for their riding level.

BMX Australia has a comprehensive coaching education structure that is aimed at training and accrediting coaches at all levels so they can support, nurture and develop BMX riders. It’s a way to improve the skills of our riders across the board.

Those that put their hand up to coach are supported by the BMXA coaching pathway, which not only helps them develop their skills as a coach. It also provides training in regards to duty of care and requires individuals to have a valid Working With Children Check and First Aid certificate.

So why is it important to check if your coach is accredited?

If you’re spending time and money on the sport of BMX, we want all our riders to be receiving the most up-to-date coaching information, from a coach who has valid checks and certifications, and importantly a valid First Aid certificate.

To find out if your coach is accredited, us the BMX Australia App, which has a full list of accredited coaches! You can also renew your membership, access online entries and check out results on the App.

For information on coaching, CLICK HERE.

Ride In 2 BMX participation program launches

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of receiving your first bike, learning to ride it without training wheels, and of course hitting the BMX track for the first time, and from 2018 onwards BMX Australia will be enticing new participants to the track under the Ride In 2 BMX program.

Ride In 2 BMX will replace what was previously ‘National Sign on Day’, as well as ‘Come and Try’ day’s, branding the two programs into one streamlined name. The branding has been designed to make clearer that it’s an opportunity to try the sport of BMX.

As in previous years, BMX Australia will support local clubs during designated periods throughout the year, as was done with National Sign On Day.

However the 2018 annual membership drive will instead be split across eight different periods throughout the year, rather than one month. Each state will receive promotional support from BMX Australia for ‘Ride In 2 BMX’ in the three weeks following their round of the 2018 National Series.

Western Australia will receive that support in the three weeks following the 2018 National Championships.

While direct support from BMX Australia will be provided at those time periods, local clubs are still encouraged to open their doors to riders throughout the year, like they have previously done with Come and Try day’s.

These specific days will also be known as ‘Ride In 2 BMX’, and can be branded as ‘days’; ‘weekends’, ‘sessions’ or any other name that a club feels is suitable for their event.

Also available to clubs for their ‘Ride In 2 BMX’ program will be flyers and posters (which will be sent electronically) to use in their local areas.

BMX Australia Participation Manager, Toni Hulme said that significant time has been put into making the sport easier to identify for new riders, and more marketable for clubs who rely on volunteers to keep thriving.

“Over the past few months we have been working on a detailed participation strategy for submission to the Australian Sports Commission (ASC), and that branches into multiple facets of the sport, from membership to events and coaching/officials,” Hulme said.

“Ride In 2 BMX is just one step in the right direction to make the branding of our sport cleaner and easier for prospective riders to identify. Instead of seeing messages for differing programs that had the same purpose – as we had with National Sign On Day and Come and Try Day’s – we now have one, streamlined brand.

“Our focus is now to work with clubs Australia-wide to roll out the Ride In 2 BMX program. The goal is that as we build this program up Aussie kids, teenagers and adults will begin to recognise that Ride In 2 BMX is the best way to get on the gate.

“We’ve seen similar programs be successful over the years with sports such as netball, tennis and water polo. We expect this brand to help excite and entice Australian’s to get on their bike and ride.”

The first round of Ride In 2 BMX days have already been earmarked in NSW in the weeks following the first round of the 2018 BMX Australia National Series.

YOU CAN SEE AN INFORMATION PAGE AND DATES OF RIDE IN 2 BMX EVENTS HERE.

Australian BMX Club’s in Western Australia and Victoria are now strongly encouraged to register their Ride In 2 BMX days with BMX Australia in order to receive promotional support following their major national events.

Clubs can register by emailing Toni Hulme here: development@bmxaustralia.com.au