Team Australia has secured their first world championship title of the week at the Novant Health BMX Supercross track!
Reigning national champion, Pine Rivers BMX club rider Thomas Tucker, managed to continue his 2017 form and take out top spot in the 12 & under boy’s cruiser event.
One of the country’s most promising young talents, Tucker is a consistently exceptional performer in both the 20” and cruiser class. At last year’s world championships in Columbia, Tucker finished sixth in the cruiser event in what can now be only seen as a building block towards his world title in Rock Hill yesterday.
Speaking with BMXA National Officiating Director Paul Connors, Tucker credited his win to putting it all down on the track and executing his pre-race preparation.
“I just tried to keep hydrated and work through the day to build up to the final,” Tucker said.
Tucker will now look towards competing in the 12 boy’s event later this week, the 4x 20” world champion will have his eyes on a fifth consecutive title in what would be an amazing achievement for the youngster.
Callum Howarth from Nerang BMX club also made it to the 12 & under boy’s cruiser final, coming away with an impressive seventh place finish, one of the best results of the day for Team Australia.
“I was shut down on the first straight due my eighth gate start’, Howarth said.
Suncoast Hinterland BMX club rider, Dirk Winter, nabbed the silver medal in the 25-29 men’s cruiser category.
The podium finish adds to an already stellar season for Winter as he sailed through the Australian national series undefeated as well as taking out top honours at the national championships in Brisbane.
Equally as talented as a BMX coach as he is a rider, Winter made a special mention to thank “all of the young riders who motivate me every week at the track in the coaching sessions.”
Team Australia had three riders compete in the 40 and over women’s cruiser final. Letitia Weatherhead (Bayside BMX club), Fiona Langfeldt (Caboolture BMX club) and Sandy Cameron (Penrith BMX club) finished 6th-8th respectively.
Reaching her goal of making the finals at this year’s world championships, Wyndham Warrior BMX club rider, Amanda Morgan, finished W6 in the 30-39 women’s cruiser category.
Congratulations to all 64 of our Team Australia cruiser riders who competed on Day 1 of the 2017 UCI BMX World Championships!
Don’t forget to tune in tonight at 10.00pm AEST to the LIVE STREAM for Day 2 action including all the 5-11 boy’s and 5-12 girl’s classes.