Fast females Shannon Petre and Aislynn Weber are gearing up for an assault on the UCI BMX World Championships in Rock Hill UCI, off the back of a successful season in Australia. Both won national…
Fast females Shannon Petre and Aislynn Weber are gearing up for an assault on the UCI BMX World Championships in Rock Hill UCI, off the back of a successful season in Australia.
Both won national titles to cement their place on the Aussie team for the Rock Hill event, and in the process spearheaded a strong showing for Cairns at he 2017 BMX Australia National Championships in April.
In addition to their national crowns, both won their class in the Grands Assault National Series, and as a result have been provided a free trip and entries by BMXA to the USA Grand Nationals this November in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
For Weber, the chance to be travelling the world with BMX is a drastic turnaround from 2015, when a serious wrist injury saw her spend time on the sidelines.
“I never thought I would be back on the bike [after injury], when I crossed that line it was unbelievable, I couldn’t believe anything just happened,” Weber told WIN News Cairns.
See Weber’s national championship race and interview below!
The 17-24-years women’s rider continued that BMX is the sport that she has always loved, noting that BMX has asked her to put in the hard work, but now she is reaping rewards.
“As soon as I touched the track I fell in love. I have always loved doing an individual sport and doing something for me. It’s been good and it’s taken me on a very long journey, but it’s been a wild ride.”
Meanwhile 14-years competitor Petre is on the precipice of her BMX career. She spent much of the Australian season battling with an extremely talented group of riders, including Paige Harding from Castle Hill BMX Club, Rayna Anesbury from The Cove BMX Club SA and Mickayla Perkins from Jingili BMX Club.
Like her contemporaries, Petre has eyes on riding at the Olympics in the future, but for now has her immediate goals are the world championships and an assault on the best in the US at the Grand Nationals in November.
“I’m hoping for a podium definitely [at worlds], I’m just going to try and work hard and get that gold,” Petre said.
“It’s always been the goal I guess to get national champion, but the trip to America is sort of really special, that’s something I thought would never happen. I’m pretty excited about that.
“Travelling the world, racing my bike and of course the Olympics is my goal. But I still have a long way to go and that’s just the goal, keep working towards that.”
See Petre’s national championship race and interview below!
More than 300 Australian Challenge Class and Cruiser Class riders have confirmed their attendance at this year’s world championships, and expectations are that more than 3,300 riders from 40 countries will attend the event.
Riders representing Australia in the elite classes will be announced on Monday May 29.
Watch the news story by WIN News Cairns below!