BMXA 2020 National Series Update

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BMXA thanks its members and the community for their ongoing patience and support during this difficult time.

After intensive discussions and deliberation with stakeholders, the BMXA board and management have decided to cancel the remaining three rounds of the 2020 BMXA National Series.

This decision was not taken lightly with the board wanting to make sure the main focus for the rest of the calendar year was on club and local BMX recovery, followed by the 2020 National Championships in Launceston.

As the BMX calendar has been dramatically affected due to COVID-19, we do not want to oversaturate the market with events that may not be of the highest priority for many members, rather all clubs to foster the return of the sport in communities across the country.

The board is considering the possibility of a new national series round added to the national championships schedule in Launceston. However, this decision will not be made until greater clarification regarding state borders and nationwide restrictions are acquired, as well as a confirmation of the date.

In regard to national series standings and points, we will award 2020 national series prizes, with a decision to be made in the coming weeks on how this will happen.

Further information regarding the 2020 National Championships and 2020 Oceania Continental Championships will be passed on as soon as available, as well as any information regarding the 2020 UCI BMX World Championships in Houston.

BMX Australia Competition Update


As you are aware, BMXA have postponed a number of events as a result of COVID-19 and, as we have done from the outset, we continue to monitor the situation including the advice and regulations from Federal and State governments.

BMXA National Championships – BMXA now have set a proposed save the date for the rescheduled 2020 BMXA National Championships being Monday November 30 – Saturday December 5.

We have been working closely with our partners, including the Tasmanian Government, to set a date and with the existing circumstances this is the date we have arrived on.

While we are planning for the event to take place on these dates, unfortunately we are currently not in a position to say the event will go ahead with 100% certainty, so we advise members to take this into consideration when considering relevant bookings.

At this point in time, we also have no new information regarding the world championships so there is the potential for a clash in dates. If the world championships are rescheduled during the dates above, riders will have to choose between nationals or worlds.

Canberra, National Series round 3 – This event has been postponed. BMXA are investigating the options of rescheduling this event for later in the year. Further information will be disseminated once available.

Alongside the above postponed events, the following BMXA competitions remain in 2020:

Lake Macquarie, National Series round 4 – August 8th

The Cove National Series round 5 – October 24th

BMXA will continue to monitor the circumstances, in close reference to the Sport Australia Return to Sport Toolkit, before making firm decisions on the status of all of the above 2020 BMXA competitions.

Nerang riders shine on the Gold Coast  

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Across the 38 races throughout the afternoon, 20 riders from Nerang finished in the top three, six of these riders coming away victorious. The home club truly made most of their home ground advantage!

Former world champion Kira Hill came back from a tough fall during the second moto to win the final of the 16 years girl’s in an intense contest against Lilyanne Croft from Westside and Julie Urben Di Giaimo from Lilydale.

Hill has been working extremely hard and proved she’s back to winning ways ahead of nationals next month. Check out her final below.

To check out Kira Hill’s preparation for the 2020 year – CLICK HERE

Hill was joined in the winner’s circle by fellow Nerang riders Callum Howarth after a dominant display from the current national champion in the 15 boys, Cheralee White in the 13yrs girls, Ashley Willard in 17-24yrs women’s cruiser, Harrison Regan, who blitzed the 9yrs boy’s and Dylan Dauth, who like Regan, proved too strong by dominating his the 10 boys’.

White’s final was one of the most thrilling finals of day, with the top three battling from start to finish. White managed to oust former world champion Portia Eden by .4 of a second and Charlotte Guy from Ashmore by .6 of a second in a final that the locals loved.

There were a few riders who managed to maintain their winning form from the first national series round in Shepparton, with world number four Isabelle Schramm, Townsville speedster Ashleigh Gunn and Brody Wilmott from Macarthur all making it two from two in the national series.

One thing that hasn’t changed since last year is the fierce rivalry between Noah Elton of Terrigal and Josh Jolly of Ballarat-Sebastopol. This rivalry has been bubbling for years and this year in the 14yrs boy’s it looks like it won’t fade away as Elton grabbed the win ahead of Jolly.

Jolly will still maintain the number one spot ahead of Elton on the national series leader board, but this tense encounter means next month’s national championships will be a race like no other.

You can check out all the results – HERE

If you want to check out the other finals from the weekend click – HERE

‘New’ Olympic hopeful Kennedy wins on Gold Coast

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The 19-year-old won all five laps he contested on the day, including a blistering defeat of training partners Max Cairns and Andy Hughes in the final, further igniting what a year ago was a most unlikely Olympic dream.

Minutes earlier another prodigious teen, Beenleigh’s Des’Ree Barnes, made it back to back national series superclass wins when she took out the corresponding women’s event from Sara Jones and Tahlia Marsh.

On a stellar day for BMX, Kennedy (Logan City Bmx Academy) and Barnes were joined by more than 400 riders from all over the country, ranging in age from 5 to well over 50.

But the day belonged to Kennedy, the diminutive pound for pound champ with the huge heart who is fast becoming the hottest property in Australian BMX.

Such is his meteoric rise, Kennedy now has a genuine shot at making it to the Tokyo Olympics after whirlwind ten months that has seen him claim the national elite title and two podium finishes on the world cup circuit.

Today on the tight Nerang track Kennedy set a goal to win every race he contested and he did it in style.

“It was a pretty good day,” he said in a gross understatement.

“I was a little tired as I’ve been training a little hard this week in preparation for the world cups but I showed up feeling really good.

“The plan was to win every lap, so with every single lap I went out there with the same mindset, did the same thing and with the final I treated it as another lap and they all went pretty well.”

In the final Kennedy used his blistering start to grab an early lead and was never headed.

“It was definitely important to start well. I knew that if I could get to the first jump or the first turn in first place I’d think I was going to win the race as it’s hard to pass on this track so I was really focusing on getting out of the gate clean, getting to the front and doing a lap.”

Next on the radar for Kennedy and the rest of the BMX community are the Oceania Championships and Australia’s premier annual event, the national championships, which will both be held in Launceston from March 25-28.

Then it’s off to take on the planet’s best again on the world cup circuit as he chases vital qualification points for Tokyo.

Barnes might not be in line for an Olympic berth in 2020 but she has begun the domestic season in fine form, making it two wins from as many starts in the superclass division while she takes aim at a second consecutive national junior elite title and a ninth straight national crown overall.

The third round of the national series will take place at Canberra BMX Club on April 25.

Kira Hill ready to exploit home ground advantage

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Two years on from the last national series event at the track, Nerang BMX Club will close to 400 riders from nearly every state across the country in the heart of the Gold Coast.

One rider who knows the Nerang track better than most is Kira Hill, who is happier than most that the national series is back in her backyard.

“It’s great that the national series is back, it’s a fantastic track as it allows you to test and work on a variety of skills,” Hill said.

Hill is the current national champion for the 15 years girls and a big goal of hers for the 2020 year is to back this up at nationals in Launceston.

“Nationals is my main goal as I feel I can win again. Since the first national series round at Shepparton I’ve been training really hard to make sure I’m as ready as possible,” she said. 

“I wasn’t at my peak at Shepparton as it was the start of the year but last week at the Queensland shootout series I felt really good and comfortable on the bike.”  

Last year was another big one for the former world champion as she started competing in superclass events with the likes of Saya Sakakibara, Leanna Curtis and fellow Nerang rider Erin Lockwood.

BMX is not only big for Kira in the Hill family, with her older brother, Kyle competing on the men’s ledger. However, Kyle represents Ashmore BMX Club now, which has led to some sibling rivalry between the two.

“Yeah there is a little rivalry between us but it’s a minor issue, we try to help each other a lot, he’s much better at corners than me so I always ask him for tips,“ Kira said.  

“I think I’m better at my gate starts than him though!”

If you want to keep up to date with all the important news, videos and announcements for round 2 of the national series, tune into BMX Australia’s social media platforms.

Get all the information for round 2 of the national series HERE.

 

 

 

Top Aussie BMX talent to hit the Gold Coast on Saturday

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One month on from the first national series round in Shepparton, Nerang plays host to what is shaping as a thrilling day of racing littered with world and Australian champions.

Check out the wrap below and read about Round 1 of the National Series – HERE

The men’s superclass event is loaded with talent as Izaac Kennedy, the current men’s elite national champion, leads the field in his home state against the likes of former national champions Alex Cameron and Brandon Te Hiko.

Kennedy, fresh of a podium at last month’s world cup in Shepparton, will be looking to replicate his sizzling form at Nerang, a track which previously has been a happy hunting ground for him, taking the win last time the national series was at Nerang, grabbing first place in the men’s junior elite in 2018.

On the women’s ledger, Des’ree Barnes will be looking to maintain her 2020 form, after taking the win in the first round of the national series. It’ll be tough ask with Nerang local and former national champion Erin Lockwood competing, alongside former world age group champion Kira Hill.

Lockwood will be looking to go one better than the last time the national series was at Nerang, when she placed second behind Tokyo Olympic hopeful Saya Sakakibara in 2018, whilst Hill has took out the 14 years girls round home two years ago.

A host of other Aussie and world champions from a variety of age groups will be racing with current junior men’s elite world silver medallist Oliver Moran, current 13yrs boy’s world bronze medallist Noah Elton and loads of local talent on show. There are  over 50 riders from Nerang, 35 from Ashmore and 10 from Beenleigh all competing in the heart off the Gold Coast.

The second round of the national series begins on Saturday February 28 at Nerang BMX Club. Practice begins at 10:30 and racing starts at 1:30, with finals starting at 4:00PM.

For more information – CLICK HERE

New Year – New Racers

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Starting off as a mini wheeler when you’re two, learning the art of balancing on a bike and the mechanism of pedalling seems like an age ago for many. The next step being a sprocket is a major step as you begin to learn the skills necessary to become a BMX rider in a non-competitive environment.

The biggest step though is that transition from Sprocket to open, competing against one another for a place atop the podium. This year, in the first national series event at Shepparton, ten former sprockets competed in their first competitive race before the world’s best raced on the same track the next day.

Ivy Rowlands of Castle Hill and Brody Willmott from Macarthur grabbed the opening round in the 8-years girl’s and 8 boy’s, both competing in two motos and one final and improving on their time each time they raced. It was fantastic to see the confidence growing already in these future stars.

It was a common theme throughout the evening, as nearly all the novice riders were cautious and tentative in their first ride but quickly improved as they felt more comfortable on the bike and on the track. Most riders improved their lap time by over two seconds with Cross Keys’ Charlie Lamb showing the best improvement, going from a 53.430 in moto one to 51.328 in the final, finishing 5th.

See below for all the riders who made their nationals competitive debut:

8 boys’

Toni Crotty, Frankston BMX Club

Ramsey Edwards, Sydney BMX Club

Lucas Sturzaker, Park Orchards BMX Club

Koby Brunton, Geelong BMX Club

Noah Hogan, Knox BMX Club

Liam Steinlauf, Eastfield BMX Club

Charlie Lamb, Cross Keys BMX Club

Koby Butterfield, Southlake/Illawarra BMX Club

Ryan Hall, Sunbury BMX Club

Kye Attard, Macarthur BMX Club

Brody Willmott, Macarthur BMX Club

8 girls’

Ivy Rowlands, Castle Hill BMX Club

Paige Cole, Canberra BMX Club

Indiana Mitchell, Nerang BMX Club

Check out the results from the national series – HERE

If you want to register your child to join the BMXA community – CLICK HERE

 

 

The Wind Up: Round 1 – Shepparton BMX Club

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Hot is an understatement to describe the temperature at Shepparton BMX Club for the first round of the 2020 national series. The weather forced a delayed starting time but that didn’t deteriorate the riders’ spirits as just over 300 joined us in the heart of Victoria for the start of the new series.

With the next round in under a month at Nerang BMX Club, we delve into an overview of what went down on Friday night.

The evening was cut down to two motos for all classes, one semi-final for select classes and finals with the night’s racing closing up around 9:30. The shorter practice time and shorter day of racing didn’t faze many as racing was rapid and intense on a beautiful, lit up Shepparton track.

As the UCI BMX SX World Cup was taking place the next day, the Greater Shepparton City Council had plenty of food vendors, stores and facilities available for all spectators, enhancing the overall atmosphere.

To get a complete wrap up of the day’s racing and results – CLICK HERE

With this being BMXA’s first night race in a long time, we wanted to capture the lights, colours and sights of the racers under lights! Check it out below;

Back for 2020 was the BMXA official photographer – Get Snapt. Mel’s camera snapped hundreds of images over the weekend and they are now available on her website!

Before heading to it – HERE

Enjoy some of her snaps below + if you’re interested in getting Get Snapt to take some special shots of yourself or your loved ones, don’t hesitate to contact her at getsnapt@gmail.com.

Before we completed the first round of this year, we recognised the superb riders from last year, as Darren Alomes, BMXA Chairman, presented all our national series winners from 2019 with their white, blue and gold jersey and their #1 race plates!

Congratulations to all our riders on their fantastic achievements, you can check out the full 2019 honour roll – HERE.

Bearing the 44-degree heat in the early afternoon was Luke Madill, as he led the first coaching clinic of the year.

For all aspiring and current coaches, this is the perfect opportunity to learn some new skills. Madill will be at every single stage of the national series, so head to BMXA’s website – HERE and sign up now!

As it was the first event of the year, riders came from around the country to race and it was fantastic to see all the happy snaps on the social feeds!

Check them out below!

All our finals action was caught on camera by our fantastic media team, head to our YouTube playlist to see them all – CLICK HERE

Finally, we would like to give a massive thank you to the dedicated volunteers who make these events what they are. The officials, the commentators, the track maintenance and many more.

Our next stop on the national series calendar is at Nerang BMX Club for round 2 of the series on February 29.

You can register HERE and make sure to keep up to date on all the key information ahead of the event on the event page on Facebook.

 

Sizzling weather cooks up quite a day at Shepparton BMX Club!

The action took place in the early evening on Friday and due to the farcical weather, the start time was pushed back twice and the motos cut from three to two.

It was one of the crazier starts in recent history for the national series, however that did not halt a fantastic day of racing.

Over 300 racers ventured to Shepparton to compete on the slick, quick track that looks world class ahead of the world cup rounds.

In the superclass Des’ree Barnes of Beenleigh looked red hot, smashing through her two motos before taking out the final in style. On the men’s ledger, Corey Frieswyk of Caboolture created a fresh memory of Shepparton by taking out first place ahead of Hayden Fletcher and Alex Cameron.

Men’s Superclass FINAL: Round 1 2020 National Series

Here’s a taste of the sizzling action from Shepparton. The weather and subsequent delays has put us under the pump too and we might be a bit slower than usual getting the rest of our videos out

Stay tuned tomorrow for more of today’s action

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Turning over to the challenge classes, the shortened event meant motos were more intense than usual, which led to some fantastic racing.

Riders such as Cameron Gatt (Geelong), Imogen Healy (Tea Tree Gully), Isla Basa Macarthur), Joel Marsh (Happy Valley) and Timothy Moylan (Penrith) all continued their scintillating 2019 form with wins in their respective class.

Gatt, who claimed the 11 years boy’s national series and national championships last year started well in not only the 12yrs boys but the 11-12yrs cruisers as well.

One of the finals of the day came at the very end with Dean Patch narrowly triumphing in the 40-49yrs men, just edging out Jade McPherson and Craig Graham in a nail biter finish. It was the closest race of the day as less than a second split the top three riders.

Macarthur’s Brody Willmott produced a stunning display in his first national series outside of sprockets. Wilmott clean swept the 8yrs boy’s class and improved on his time each lap in one of the highlights of the evening.

It was a successful but dramatic round one event with all riders now looking forward to round two in Nerang at the end of February.

For a full lust of results, CLICK HERE.