The 2017 UCI BMX World Championships start off today with all cruiser categories taking place. Team Australia will field an extremely strong team of 64 riders that will see many of our competitors in contention for finals and podium finishes.
In recent years our biggest world championship success in the cruiser categories came from Brett Scruse from Manly Warringah BMX club who had a great win in the 45 and over cruiser Men class last year in Columbia.
Recently in 2015, Sarsha Huntington won the 30 and over cruiser women. Last year saw Australia once again have a heavy feature in the 30 and over women class- Julia Botfield, Melanie Gibson, Sandy Cameron and Danielle Lawrence finished 5th-8th respectively. This year we will see Cameron and Lawrence compete once again, aiming to go that little bit further and nab a podium spot!
Youngster Thomas Tucker from Pine Rivers BMX club, who took out top spot at this year’s national championships, will be a strong contender in the 11-12 cruiser boys, already having world championship experience and a 6th place finish in Columbia last year.
Woorree BMX club rider, Corey Taylor also managed to take out title honours at the national championships this year in the 15-16 cruiser boys and will be looking to back his performance up with a solid effort in Rock Hill.
The 16 and under cruiser girls field will see stiff competition from Clarence Valley BMX club rider, Tahlia Marsh, and Southside BMX club rider, Kate Taylor, who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively at the aussie champs this year.
In other categories, some key riders to watch include Clare McNamara in the 17-29 cruiser women, Benjamin Bullen-Aslin and Daniel Morris in the 17-24 cruiser men and Dirk Winter in the 25-29 cruiser men.
A special mention goes out to our 50 and over cruiser men competitors, proving age is just a number when it comes to riding BMX! Vernon Dries, Wayne Jolly, Brett Masterfield and Brad Lane will all battle it out against one another for a chance at the title.
You can catch the LIVE coverage of Day 1: All Cruiser categories HERE
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