Three riders from three states all looking for the top spot on the podium at Sat City BMX Club.
South Australia’s Matthew Tidswell, Western Australia’s Corey Taylor and New South Welshman, Oliver Moran are ready for another chapter of national BMX racing when they compete in the junior elite men’s class during the fourth stage of the National Series at the Satellite City BMX Club in Darwin this weekend (June 29).
The third and last round of the UCI national series will be the final race preparation for the trio before they launch their attack on the 2019 UCI BMX World Championships in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium next month.
Leading the pack will be The Cove’s Tidswell, who recently claimed the junior elite national title at the Shepparton BMX Club a few weeks ago. This result has only just sunk in for the 17-year old and to be announced as part of the Australian Cycling Team for the BMX world championships was just as surprising.
“I was so stoked to win the junior elite men’s title and it has only just sunk in. I feel like it didn’t even happen,” Tidswell said.
“I’ve been putting in a lot of hard work and it’s a really good feeling to get some results to show for it. Satellite City will be a great opportunity to get some racing in before Belgium.
“When I got the call from Cycling Australia about making the Aussie team for worlds, I was really surprised. I called my mum and dad straight away and they were just as excited as I was.”
The BMX track in the Northern Territory is regarded as one of the best Aussie strips in the country, with its unique roof providing BMX racing all year round.
Satellite City’s 8-metre start hill, the same size ramp that the trio will race from at the world championships, is another reason the Darwin track is an ideal place to hone skills before the biggest BMX event on the world’s calendar.
Manning Valley’s Moran experienced the track during last year’s national series round and is looking forward to tackling it once again while racing against his competitors, his friends.
“I’m really looking forward to Sat City,” Moran said.
“I really like the track and everything about the atmosphere up there. It’s really fun to ride, especially the jump into the first turn.
“The junior elite class this year has been great. We are all pretty good mates after doing an Aussie camp before the last (national series) stage in Queensland.
“Around the track it’s just like hanging out with mates. But when the racing starts, we are kind of mean to each other, which is really good. But we definitely aren’t enemies off the track.”
Flying the WA flag in the junior elite class is Woorree Park’s Taylor, who is looking to improve on his national championships performance before setting off to Europe.
“I was a little disappointed after nationals,” Taylor explained.
“I’ve been working really hard to fix some things before Darwin this weekend with a couple of change ups to my start which was a bit of a letdown at Shepparton.”
This will be the 17-year old’s first time at the Satellite City track but he has heard only good things about it while also reflecting on the bunch of riders he has been lining up on the gate against all year.
“The track at Sat City looks super good. It’s got a cool technical straight which I really like and I’ve only heard good things about it while I have been watching some of the YouTube videos,” Taylor said.
“This year has been really tough and that has come down to who I’ve been racing against. It all comes down to who is the best on the day, and they tend to get the win. It’s been really close this year and it’s been a really good competition; I wouldn’t ask for it any different.”
Tidswell is currently leading the junior elite national series standings on 395 points, while Moran sits second on 384 and Taylor third on 357.
Here is one of their races from the Westside BMX Club in WA for the first UCI round of the series.
To see the full standings click HERE.