What better way to kick off 2019 than with a day of BMX racing, and the Tales from the Berm helps cover all the action.
COVER PIC: The Nerang BMX Club hosting a spectacular weekend of racing. (Pic courtesy of MadB Photography)
The best thing about the BMXA Family is that they never shy away from the chance to get on their bikes. Five days in to the new year and fanatics from across Australia made their way to the Nerang BMX Club on the Gold Coast for some red-hot racing.
Celebrating their 40th birthday, the club opened its gates on Saturday and Sunday for riders to compete at their Nerang Nationals and the atmosphere on and off the track was electric.
There were nearly 300 riders participating on the day with young and old searching for the best start to their new year – a top spot on the podium or just a chance to get out on track.
There were some remarkable performances, with many riders reuniting with their white line fever to clean sweep their respective classes. They were:
Also winning the chocolates in the 20-inch was Penni Allen (Redlands BMX Club) in the 8-girl’s, Holyee-Ann Jackson (Ipswich West Moreton BMX Club) in the 10-girl’s, Cheralee White (Nerang BMX Club) in the 12-girl’s, Samuel Asmus (Nerang BMX Club) in the 17-24 men and Dean Johnston (Maitland Tenambit BMX Club) in the 35-39 men.
Joining the 20-inch were the exciting cruiser classes with many riders looking for a double dose of glory on a cracking day of racing.
Off the back of their successful 20-inch results was Pine Rivers riders Fraser Vaughan in the 8-10 boy’s cruiser and Thomas Tucker in the 13-14 boy’s cruiser.
Joining the boys on their respective podiums were the home dirt riders, Kane Gibbons in the 15-16 boy’s cruiser and Joelle Waites in the 25-29 women’s cruiser both coming away with clean sweeps.
Other cruiser winners included Kyarnee Young (Suncoast Hinterland BMX Club) in the 8-10 girl’s cruiser, Aj Donald (Hawkesbury Hornets BMX Club) in the 11-12 boy’s cruiser, Glen Swain (Clarence Valley BMX Club) in the 17-24 men’s cruiser, Tom McClellan (Centenary Plains BMX Club) and Charlotte Guy (Ashmore BMX Club) in the 17-24 women’s cruiser.
A special mention should go to Charlotte Guy who, at the age of 11, took on the 17-24 women’s class and came through with a comprehensive win. It was a similar story for Glen Swain (32) who took on his younger competitors to take the 17-24 victory.
It wouldn’t be a BMX event without the addition of the sprocket rockets and mini-wheelers with 45 of them never missing the mark on enjoying themselves out on the track. We look forward to seeing them compete in the future!
Wrapping up the event were the ever-exciting superclass competitors as some of Australia’s top tier riders turned up for their healthy dose of competitive racing. The riders had two rounds of superclass across the weekend with round one on Saturday and round two on Sunday.
Starting with the women on Saturday, a string of tough competitors provided thrilling action for all spectators and it was young-gun Des’ree Barnes from Beenleigh BMX Club who came out on top. Following close behind Barnes was Southlake/Illawarra’s Leanna Curtis and Aussie champion, Erin Lockwood.
Following them were their male counterparts as a huge contingent of Aussie riders included the likes of male elite national champion Brandon Te Hiko, world no.9 Kai Sakakibara, Corey Frieswyk and many more in search to the perfect start to their year.
Getting his 2019 off to a flyer was Sakakibara on the top spot with New Zealand’s Michael Bias and Andrew Hughes rounding it out.
Check out Saturday’s superclass results – HERE
Come Sunday, Southlake/Illawarra’s Leanna Curtis got the job done in style. Unfortunately, Lockwood finished 8th in the final after coming down on the second straight and rounding out the podium with Curtis on top was Tyler-Lea Thorley and Chloe Jackson.
The final race of the day went once again to Sakakibara with Matt Krasevskis from Ipswich in the two-spot and LMX rider Andrew Hughes finishing third for the second time over the weekend. For Te Hiko, his day came to an end in the third moto after coming down and unfortunately not continuing.
Check out all the finals below!
For a full list of results – CLICK HERE + Enjoy some of the social captured from the event below.
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