Weekend Wrap: Forget about the World Cup, over a thousand riders on Aussie soil battle it out for their taste of silverware.
COVER PIC: Winners are grinners at Proserpine BMX Club‘s Rumble for Ronald McDonald House. (Image: Courtesy of Proserpine BMX Club)
There were some big sporting events around the globe over the weekend including Wimbledon, the Tour De France and (of course) the FIFA World Cup final. But there were some even bigger scenes occurring on home soil… BMX soil to be precise.
Throughout the weekend there were over a thousand riders battling it out across Australia all looking for their own taste of sporting glory. Read on!
First out of the gate is the BMXNSW State Series and the fifth round at Sawtell on Saturday July 15. More than 500 riders were racing on the Coffs Coast, all looking to score valuable points before the series final in Terrigal on August 12.
Action packed finals were prevalent in every class including the men’s and women’s superclass races resulting in NBN stopping by trackside.
Making the first tracks across the finish line in the men’s superclass was LMX club rider, Andrew Hughes, followed closely by Joshua Boyton of Centenary Plains and Jye Hombsch from Redlands.
In the women’s race, it was the young gun from Castle Hill, Paige Harding, who went head-to-head with national champion Erin Lockwood and Batemans Bay’s Leah Hearne to stand tallest on the podium.
Building up steam before the fourth round of the National Series hits Nerang this weekend was Pine Rivers’ rider Vada Botfield, who had a clean sweep in her 10-girl’s class, a feat matched by her sister Kiana in the 16-girl’s.
To see the full list of results CLICK HERE – AND check out their races and more in the video’s below thanks to Mick Carruthers.
Heading up the coast to Bundaberg, the Queensland BMX Club held their Canetoad Classic, which brought over 200 riders across over 40 classes.
The day brought together Queenslanders from all around the state and visitors from afar, including the Ascoli’s from Jingili BMX Club in the Northern Territory. Gavan and Ellie were ready to take on their state neighbours and produced some great racing to come away with spots on the podium.
For Gavan, a clean sweep of the 45-49 men’s cruiser had him claim the top spot in a five-man field. Remarkably, the men battled it out in seven moto’s and every race had them place in the same order all day. This also happened in the 10-girl’s, the 13-girl’s, the 14-girl’s and the 15-16 boy’s cruiser.
Like her father, Ellie Ascoli also had a great day racing the women’s superclass event, which is known as the Pro Women Wayne O Sullivan Memorial class. Racing against Caboolture’s Sara Jones and Beenleigh’s Haidee-Lee Whittle, Ellie finished third, just ahead of Ipswich’s Chloe Jackson.
For a full list of results from the day CLICK HERE.
Another Queensland club that had a great day of racing on Saturday was Proserpine BMX Club. Their Rumble for Ronald McDonald House event brought together 101 riders all supporting the organisation that works towards the improvement and well-being of children’s health.
The day had 17 competitive and participatory classes out on track including a special race for the non-profit organisation. Ethan Stevens from Moranbah BMX Club was the star of the special race winning all his moto’s followed closely by Hunter Boschen (Townsville BMX Club) and fellow club rider, Darcie Moore.
Ethan continued his successful day taking out the 11-boy’s class while his brother Jett took second place in the 9-boy’s.
To see the full list of result’s CLICK HERE.
Wrapping up our Saturday racing, we head across to the other side of Australia where Southside BMX Club had another round of club racing. The Western Australian club had 92 riders from Mini Wheelers to 30+ all racing on a wet track in Bull Creek.
Riders from neighbouring clubs like Westside, Wanneroo, The Hills, Eastern Goldfields and Byford turned up to take on the riders on home soil and one visitor in particular came away with the bragging rights.
The successful bragging rights holder was Westside’s Kaleb Bray in the 8-year’s class. Bray finished ahead of Wanneroo’s Lucas Cox and hometown hero Taj Srhoj.
Special mentions should go to Southside riders Oliver Hogan in the 9 year’s, Paul Srhoj in the 30+ men, Allan Perryman in the open cruiser and Natalia Ierace in the open female race, who dominated their respective classes.
To see the full list of result’s CLICK HERE.
The sole event on Sunday July 15 was BMXNSW’s Manning Valley Open, which brought together over 200 riders to the club in Taree.
Many riders doubled up their dosage of racing over the weekend after racing in the fifth round of the State Series on Saturday. Among them was Lake Macquarie’s Nathaniel Rodway who stole the show in the men’s superclass ahead of hometown rider Oliver Moran and Manly’s Zach Webb.
Castle Hill’s Paige Harding narrowly missed out on another first place for the weekend as she fell a second behind fellow club rider Gemma-Lee Thomas in the women’s Superclass.
Continuing the day for Castle Hill BMX Club were the Seaton brothers – Joshua (9-boy’s) and Jayden (13-boy’s), who both produced flawless performances to win their respective classes.
Other flawless performances include:
For a full list of results from Sunday’s racing CLICK HERE.
That’s a wrap of our weekend of racing and all eyes now look towards this coming weekend where the fourth round of the 2018 National Series descends on the Nerang BMX Club.
Be sure to like our event page HERE to stay up to date with all the important announcements, results and more. See you there!