Day 3 of the 2017 UCI BMX World Championships is going to be big. Team Australia will take to the track today with an extremely promising and talented group of teenage riders, many of whom who will soon be fighting for a spot on the Australian junior elite team.
Reigning 12yrs boy’s world champion Thomas Tucker will return to the Novant Health BMX supercross track after already securing #W1 in the cruiser event on Tuesday. The Pine Rivers BMX club rider will be looking to win his sixth world title, an astonishing feat for the youngster. Nerang BMX club rider and current #W4 Callum Howarth, will no doubt be right on Tucker’s tail, just as he was in the cruiser class.
Tyson Kenny from Nerang BMX club will too head into today’s competition as the reigning world champion. Kenny, who will compete in the 13yrs boy’s race, also came home in top spot at this year’s national championships in Brisbane.
After a disappointing crash in the finals of this year’s national championships, Brad Shaylor will be looking to redeem himself with a solid performance in the 16yrs boy’s. Shaylor is a BMXA Development Academy rider and member of LMX Bicycle BMX club, coached by none other than Australian Olympian Luke Madill.
Leading the charge for the girls, reigning world and national champion Des’ree Barnes will be aiming to showcase a dominating performance over her competition in the 15yrs girl’s. The Beenleigh BMX club rider is joined in Rock Hill this year by fellow Next Gen Buchnanan scholarship recipient, Shannon Petre.
Competing in the 14yrs girl’s, Petre managed to take out title honours at this year’s national championships, finishing ahead of current #W8 and world championship teammate Mickayla Perkins from Jingili BMX club.
Molly McGill narrowly missed out on a gold medal at last year’s championships in Colombia. The Ashmore BMX club rider will be hoping to go one better this year. Joining her in the 16yrs girl’s is Lorsyn Affoo from Pine Rivers BMX club who also competed in last year’s final, taking home #W3.
You can watch the LIVE coverage of Day 3: All 12-16 boy’s and 13-16 girl’s HERE