AusCycling Update to BMX Australia Members

The following is an update to members on the current status of the AusCycling proposal.

As at today, MTBA remains the only discipline to have completed formal voting and endorse the establishment of AusCycling.

BMX NSW will be conducting a formal SGM to vote on AusCycling on the 13th February 2020. BMX Australia and Cycling Australia have scheduled formal Special General Meetings (SGMs) to vote for the adoption of the AusCycling proposal on 17th February 2020 and 27th March 2020, respectively.

At this time, 11 (10 state and 1 national) of 14 organisations have voted on the proposal, and formally approved the AusCycling model, with three State Sporting Organisations (SSO’s) choosing not yet to hold formal Special General Meetings to vote on AusCycling.

In the interim, whilst BMX NSW, BMXA and CA are conducting formal voting, Sport Australia has extended NSO recognition for all three NSO’s (BMXA, CA and MTBA) until 31st March 2020. Noting that AusCycling can be formed by two of the three disciplines endorsing the proposal and Sport Australia continues to advise they will only recognise one NSO for cycling in the future.

The Board of BMX Australia is a strong supporter of the AusCycling proposal and recommends members vote YES to AusCycling. To learn more about AusCycling, please visit www.auscycling.com.au.

As more information develops, further updates will follow.

On behalf of BMX Australia

Darren Alomes
Chair – BMX Australia

Sam Willoughby’s Top 5 Women to Watch and Why!

Last week Australia’s greatest ever BMX racer Sam Willoughby gave us his thoughts on the men to watch in the first two rounds of the 2020 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup at the Shepparton BMX Club and now it’s time to look at the top women.

As coach of several world ranked female riders, including Aussie Lauren Reynolds and his own wife, Alise Willoughby, the reigning elite world champion, Sam is uniquely placed to give us a great insight.

Here are Sam’s top 5 women to watch!

Top 5 Women to Watch

Alise Willoughby – I obviously have to say Alise – we have set our sights on these two races and it’s the start of a huge 2020. She’s the world champion and I see what she does every day. Every race she goes in with a chance to win.

Laura Smulders – Laura is the world cup champ and is very good everywhere we go. Her consistency is incredible, and you only have to look at the stats to see that she means business.

Saya Sakakibara – One of the best female Aussie riders, who’s experienced a lot on these tracks and wants to make a statement. She’ll be hungry for sure.

Lauran Reynolds – My other favourite – I work with Lauren and she will be aiming high for these races. Similar to Anthony Dean in the men’s field, these two world cup rounds are the opportunity for her to put her name up there and create a breakout performance.

Mariana Pajon – Mariana is always a threat and it’s an Olympic year, she has two gold medals and obviously knows what to do. She’s been putting in the work coming back from a knee injury and looking to make a big statement.

Northern Nitro weathers a storm

Cover Pic courtesy Gawler BMX Club Facebook page


A postponed round one, precipitation and waterlogged surrounds were the headline act on the scheduled first day of the 2019 Northern Nitro BMX series, on December 1 in South Australia.

It wasn’t the headline expected for the 96-strong race entries and in true BMX style, it wasn’t the lasting headline either. A solid resolve shown by volunteers from the three host clubs – Gawler BMX, Cross Keys BMX and Tea Tree Gully BMX – ensured that the show went on, albeit a week later.

Gawler had been set to host round one on December 1, but due to the weather their hosting duties were moved back a week to Friday December 6. That shifted Gawler into holding the second round of the three-pronged series, while Cross Keys assumed centre stage for the opening night of action on Wednesday December 4.

Concluding the series would be the final round at Tea Tree Gully the day after the Friday night action at Gawler, making the 2019 Northern Nitro a spectacular event with three rounds run in four days. In what the rain had taken away a week earlier, it returned in the challenge of a re-scheduled event that would demand riders have less than 24 hours between the penultimate and final rounds of the series.

The name of the game in the Northern Nitro is consistency, and the riders who were able to cut fast, clean laps time and time again found themselves atop the podium come the end of round three.

There was no better way to display consistency by some, than by claiming a trio of first place finishes. Among them was Amy Main from Cross Keys BMX Club, who crossed the line first at each event for a perfect weekend in the girl’s 8-10 challenge class. It was a similar story in the girl’s 13-16 challenge class as Tea Tree Gully’s Jaimee Banning proved why she rides with the 6A plate, and why she was second the 15 girl’s standings in the BMXA BAD BOY National Series, as she finished with a collection of first places.


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It was another rider with an Aussie plate who won her head-to-head battle in straight sets in the 17+ ladies open. Aussie 45-49 years number three Rebecca Smith from Tea Tree Gully and Gawler’s Emily Anderson were locked in battle, the former prevailing at each round.

In the superclass men’s showpiece event, 17-24 year’s men’s 4A plate holder Jayden Fox from Happy Valley was the top dog as he claimed three wins from three starts. Jack Dowse from Gawler was second overall and was the only other superclass rider to stand on the podium at all three rounds, with two third’s and a second.

Cruiser racing dished up three victories for Gawler’s Zac Bradley in 8-12 year’s class. The 3SA plated rider adding those three wins to an impressive haul of two firsts and a second in his 10-12 years challenge class to also win that.

In 30+ cruiser the name on the top of the sheets each time was John Gilbert from Cross Keys BMX, as he put the pedal to the metal in his pursuit of some golden hardware.

Other series winners over the three events were Judd Hillebrand from Cross Keys in the 8-9 years challenge, as Zac Bradley from Gawler held off an impressive run from Aussie 12 years girl’s champ Imogen Healy from Tea Tree Gully in the 10-12 year’s challenge.

Happy Valley’s Kyle Fox dropped just one round in the 13-16 year’s challenge event to top the standings with two firsts and a second, while Thomas Blackwell from Gawler sat atop the 17-29 challenge class. Gawler’s Mark Copeland beat out clubmates Tristan Throup and Sam Rae to win the 30+ challenge class.

Also occupying track time were the all-important novice classes, mini wheelers and sprocket participants who had three opportunities on three different tracks to refine their skills.

Although the 2019 Northern Nitro is now done, exciting BMX action isn’t quite over in South Australia. Next weekend the Red Bull Pump Track World Championships take place in Mount Gambier, and it will be something out of the norm from regular racing for all to enjoy.

In other news, a group of Australians, including Tokyo Olympic hopeful Kai Sakakibara, and two-time Olympian Caroline Buchanan were in action across the ditch in Rotorua New Zealand over the weekend. To catch up with their results, CLICK HERE.

For full Northern Nitro standings – CLICK HERE

2019 Northern Nitro top three by class:

8-9 CHALLENGE

  1. Judd Hillebrand (Cross Keys BMX Club): 1st, 2nd, 1st
  2. Rylie Matthews (Gawler BMX Club): 2nd, 1st, 4th
  3. Aiden Ashcroft (Tea Tree Gully BMX Club): 3rd, 3rd, 2nd

 

GIRLS 8-10 CHALLENGE

  1. Amy Main (Cross Keys BMX Club): 1st, 1st, 1st
  2. Saphira Crabbe (Gawler BMX Club): 2nd, 2nd, 3rd

 

10-12 CHALLENGE

  1. Zac Bradley (Gawler BMX Club): 1st, 1st, 2nd
  2. Imogen Healey (Tea Tree Gully BMX Club): 2nd, 2nd, 1st
  3. Cannyn Hayes (Cross Keys BMX Club): 3rd, 3rd, 3rd

 

13-16 CHALLENGE

  1. Kyle Fox (Happy Valley BMX Club): 2nd, 1st, 1st
  2. Owen Jones (Tea Tree Gully BMX Club) 3rd, 2nd, 3rd
  3. Thomas Butson (Tea Tree Gully BMX Club): 7th, 4th, 2nd

 

GIRLS 13-16 CHALLENGE

  1. Jaimee Banning (Tea Tree Gully BMX Club): 1st, 1st, 1st
  2. Stephanie Tomkins (Gawler BMX Club): 3rd, 2nd, 4th
  3. Ebonee Styles (Tea Tree Gully BMX Club): 4th, 3rd, 3rd

 

17-29 CHALLENGE

  1. Thomas Blackwell (Gawler BMX Club): 1st, 1st, 1st

 

17+ LADIES OPEN

  1. Rebecca Smith (Tea Tree Gully BMX Club): 1st, 1st, 1st
  2. Emily Anderson (Gawler BMX Club): 2nd, 2nd, 2nd

 

30+ CHALLENGE

  1. Mark Copeland (Gawler BMX Club): 1st, 1st, 3rd
  2. Tristan Throup (Gawler BMX Club): 3rd, 2nd, 1st
  3. Sam Rae (Gawler BMX Club): 2nd, 3rd, 2nd

 

SUPERCLASS MEN

  1. Jayden Fox (Happy Valley BMX Club): 1st, 1st, 1st
  2. Jack Dowse (Gawler BMX Club): 2nd, 3rd, 3rd
  3. Craig Dowse (Gawler BMX Club): 6th, 2nd, 4th

 

8-12 CRUISER

  1. Zac Bradley (Gawler BMX Club): 1st, 1st, 1st
  2. Billy van Hout (Cross Keys BMX Club): 2nd, 2nd, 3rd
  3. Billy Drewett (Cross Keys BMX Club: 4th, 3rd, 2nd

 

30+ CRUISER

  1. John Gilbert (Cross Keys BMX Club): 1st, 1st, 1st
  2. Brett Tomkins (Gawler BMX Club): 3rd, 2nd, 2nd
  3. John Dickinson (Gawler BMX Club): 4th, 3rd, 3rd

Results from around AUS over the weekend:

 Wednesday December 4

  1. 2019 Northern Nitro, Cross Keys BMX Club – CLICK HERE

Friday December 6

  1. 2019 Northern Nitro, Gawler BMX Club – CLICK HERE
  2. Wanneroo BMX Rd 4, Wanneroo BMX Club – CLICK HERE
  3. Friday night racing, Bayside BMX Club – CLICK HERE
  4. CowMeet06, Cowaramup BMX Club – CLICK HERE
  5. CabooltureBMX 2019 S02 Rd09, Caboolture BMX – CLICK HERE
  6. Club Night, Southern Districts BMX Raceway – CLICK HERE

Saturday December 7

  1. 2019 Northern Nitro, Tea Tree Gully BMX Club – CLICK HERE

Sunday December 8

  1. Club Racing Xmas Party, Southern City BMX – CLICK HERE

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BMXA Pres talks cycling collaboration


Last month it was announced that BMX Australia (BMXA), Cycling Australia (CA) and Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) had sat down with the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) to look at ways in which the three cycling sports organisations could work together collaboratively in the future.

RECAP THAT NEWS HERE

The hope is to be able to benefit the combined membership bases of the three organisations and the broader community base of cycling participants in Australia.

BMXA President Neil Cameron is a supporter of the collaboration and the process taking place to explore opportunities for improved cooperation and governance outcomes.

Personally, Cameron is a passionate cyclist. His love for anything on two wheels stretches further than just BMX and is shared by his whole family.

Listen, below, to what he says about his love of cycling and what’s possible in the pipeline for the three sports, as he talks to Tim Webster on Macquarie Sports Radio.


 

Nerang National Series schedule released

Queensland’s Gold Coast will come alive with BMX action on July 21-22 when hundreds of the best riders in the country ply their trade on one of Australia’s most loved BMX tracks at the Nerang BMX Club.

This year the event on the Gold Coast will have extra significance for championship classes (elite and junior elite) with the event being sanctioned as a UCI HC event. That means that more UCI points will be awarded to riders placed one through eight in the final, and that the prize pool for both elite men and women will be a significant €4,050 (approx. AUD$6,160.05).

Late entries for the event close on Sunday July 8, ENTRY DETAILS HERE.

With a large number of entries received so far, the event will be run over two days with all challenge classes racing their first two motos on the afternoon of Saturday July 21. Sunday July 22 will see moto three for challenge class and motos one to three for championship classes take place.

Note, Cruiser Class is classified as a challenge event, and therefore will run as per the challenge schedule outlined.

Qualifiers and finals for all will follow the completion of motos.

Riders are reminded that registration will take place on SATURDAY JULY 21 ONLY. Registration will be open from 11am-2pm on that day.

As is always the case, the times outlined in the schedule could be subject to change at short notice. Changes will be communicated via BMX Australia social media platforms.

YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE SCHEDULE HERE.

The schedule is also below:

Saturday 21stJuly

11:00 – 14:00              Registration(No Registration on Sunday)

11:00                           BMXA Takes Control of Venue

11:00 – 11:45              Officials Briefing

Practice

12:00 – 12:45              8yr – 12yr

12:45 – 13:30              13yr – 16yr

13:30 – 14:15              17+ & Masters

14:15 – 14:45              Championship

14:45 – 15:15              Sprockets

Racing

15:30 – 16:30              Moto 1 (Excl Championship Classes)

16:30– 17:30               Moto 2 (Excl Championship Classes)

Sunday 22ndJuly

Warmup (No Gates)

07:30 – 07:45              8yr – 12yr

07:45 – 08:00              13yr – 16yr

08:00 –  08:15              17+ & Masters

08:15 – 08:45              Championship 1 (Gates practice)

08:45 – 09:00              Sprockets

Racing

09:15 –  10:15              Moto 3  (Moto 1-3 Championship Classes)

10:30 – 11:30               Qualifiers

11:45 – 13:00              Finals

Age practice is for both 20” & Cruiser i.e. there will NOT be a specific cruiser practice time slot.

Championship Classes Moto 1 at the beginning of the challenge Moto 3

Championship Classes Moto 2 in the middle of challenge Moto 3.

Championship Classes Moto 3 at the end of challenge Moto 3.

The above Moto times may change pending rider numbers and incidents outside of the event management’s control.

Presentation will be done as riders complete their respective finals across the finish line.

ALL the above times are subject to change at short notice.  Any changes will be published on BMXA social media platforms

Scholarship and mentoring opportunity


Are you under 21, competing at an international level and looking for some mentoring and funding to help you take the next step in your BMX career?

The Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program might have just the opportunity for you.

The program is a unique and valuable offering for young Australian athletes and since 2006 has provided over $350,000 in $5,000 annual sporting grants to 68 young Australian athletes across 33 sports.

Applications are now open for the 2019 Program – closing Monday 9th July 2018. 

Application Form – including eligibility criteria HERE.

The Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program consists of:
* One-on-one personal mentoring by an Inducted SAHOF Member
* A $5,000 sporting expenses grant
* On stage presentation of the Scholarship at the SAHOF Induction & Awards Gala Dinner
* SAHOF Scholarship merchandise pack

The highlight of the program sees each Scholarship Holder personally mentored by a Member of The Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Mentors have included over 50 Australian sporting greats including, Dawn Fraser AC MBE, Louise Sauvage OAM, Adam Gilchrist AM, Karla Gilbert OAM, Catherine Freeman OAM and Nick Farr-Jones AM.

The mentoring aspect is a ‘money can’t buy’ opportunity, designed to bring in a worldly view of what it takes to compete at the highest level, and has delivered in many cases, a profound impact on our past and present Scholarship Holders.

Scholarships will be presented at the Sport Australia Hall of Fame’s 2018 Induction and Awards Gala Dinner on Thursday 11th October at Palladium at Crown in Melbourne. 

The Scholarship & Mentoring Program, proudly supported by Victoria University and the Australian Sports Foundation will provide encouragement, support and funding for 14 months.

Applications are now open for the 2019 Program – closing Monday 9th July 2018. 

Application Form – including eligibility criteria HERE.

Cover Pic: Sport Australia Hall of Fame Facebook page

2019 Nationals are going to Shepparton

For the third time in the last ten years the BMX National Championships are headed to the northern Victorian town of Shepparton.

The 2019 Australian titles will take place from May 22-26 at the Shepparton BMX club with the support of the State Government and the Greater Shepparton City Council.

Australia’s premier race week was held on the Shepparton track in 2010 and again in 2014 and will be even bigger in 2019 with the completion of the under-construction 8 metre start hill.

In 2019 early-stage planning is estimated at more than 2,000 entries for the event, alongside thousands of family and supporters preparing to make the trip to Shepparton.

BMX Australia CEO Martin Shaw said taking the event to Shepparton was a win for all stakeholders.

“We have undertaken a robust process in selecting a venue for the 2019 BMX National Championships and Shepparton made sense on so many levels,” Shaw said.

“The venue is tried and tested and has successfully held two nationals in the last decade. The track has been improved and the new 8 metre start hill will be operational for this event.

“Our feedback from riders, coaches and officials is that this venue works for an event of this stature.

“We also have a wonderful relationship with the State Government and the Greater Shepparton City Council and we are looking forward to working alongside both of them again to produce a world-class event for the BMX Australia family.”

Minister for Sport, John Eren said Shepparton had done a mighty job of positioning itself as a stand-out BMX location and the Andrews Government is proud to support major sporting events in regional Victoria.

“We’ve already invested $100,000 to make significant improvements to the track, “said Minister Eren, “and we’re happy to pitch in funding now to help run next year’s national championships.”

Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor Kim O’Keeffe said hosting the BMX National Championships in 2019 is fantastic for Greater Shepparton as this event further enhances our reputation as a leading major sporting event destination in regional Australia.

“Hosting the BMX Australia National Championships complements our exciting major events calendar over the next 12 months which already has other significant national week long sporting events including the Basketball Australia under 14 National Club Championships, School Sport Australia National Junior Soccer Championships and the Tennis Seniors Australia Australian Teams Carnival and Individual Championships,” Cr O’Keeffe said.

“We are truly excited to be welcoming over 4,000 visitors from across the country generating in excess of $3.8 million in economic stimulation for our region helping fill our city’s accommodation, our restaurants and eating establishments, our retail and tourism sectors to help keep local businesses busy and the economy strong.

“We would like to thank the Victorian Government and Shepparton Show Me for helping partner with Council to secure this event to Shepparton and Victoria.”

While planning for the event is in its infancy, the draft schedule is below:

· Monday 20th – BMXA Coaching sessions

· Tuesday 21st – Official Practice Day

· Wednesday 22nd – BMXA event – watch this space!

· Thursday 23rd – National Championships: Cruiser Classes & Sprockets

· Friday 24th – National Championships: Challenge Classes

· Saturday 25th – National Championships: Championships Day

· Sunday 26th – Reserve racing day in case of weather delays

This is subject to change and a more defined schedule, plus details of the event for Wednesday May 22 will be released closer to the event.

Shaw said that while the dates have now been ratified by BMXA and their partners – the State Government and the Greater Shepparton City Council – final sign off on the dates could not be confirmed until the release of the UCI BMX calendar in September.

“We are committed to holding this event in May next year and were mindful of the need to let our riders and their families know the venue and dates now,” Shaw said.

“BMXA is confident that UCI will not request a change in these dates however this is an important point to note.

“We ask our members to keep this in mind when making travel bookings.”

A formal launch of the championships will be held at a later date, with information about the event relayed to members as it comes to hand.

Vic and WA Call out!

A quality that all sports have is the ability to bring one another together. If you were at round one of the BMXA National series you could see that our sport does a lot more than that.

The encouragement, the passion and the sense of a family is a rare and very special quality to have in a sport. We this being said, we encourage more people to join our BMXA family and one way that this can happen is through #RideIN2BMX.

While NSW clubs are doing their #RideIN2BMX this weekend, it’s now time for clubs in Western Australia and Victoria to hand in your applications because your BMXA supported weekend is drawing closer!

For WA, your participation day will be on the weekend after our Nationals at the Bunbury BMX Club on March 19. To start your application CLICK HERE!

For Victoria, your participation day will be the weekend after our round 2 of the National Series at the Frankston BMX Club on April 21. To start your application CLICK HERE!