Elite BMX competition in Australia will visit more states and territories than ever before in 2018
Elite BMX competition in Australia will visit more states and territories than ever before in 2018, with the board of BMX Australia announcing a re-vamped national series for 2018 that will stop in seven different locations.
The move comes in a bid for top tier BMX to be available to more riders, in what will be an exciting nine-month calendar that brings the thrilling spectacle of the Australian BMX show to more communities than ever before.
Catering for riders as young as five, all the way through to Masters level riders in both the Olympic standard 20-inch wheel class and the 24-inch cruiser class, the 2018 series has something for everyone, every ability and every type of BMX bike.
BMX Australia president Neil Cameron emphasised that the importance of the series was about taking the marvel of BMX racing around the whole country, and giving riders ample opportunity to participate on the national stage.
“This is racing for the sake of racing. What has always been most prevalent about BMX is that our riders like doing nothing more than racing their bikes, whether it’s on track or down to the corner store.” Cameron expressed.
“We are simply giving our members, hardworking Australian families, the opportunity to harness that enthusiasm and put it into well-organised, elite level racing that is within reach of our youngest competitive classes to our oldest.
“It’s also really important for our grassroots as well that we have a national level event in every state and territory. If a family doesn’t have the means to travel interstate for a weekend of BMX, we will take BMX to them. It’s about putting an exciting and action-packed sport back into the backyards of people around the country.
“We make no secret that this is also a way for us to inspire kids – and adults – to be more active, healthier and inevitably a member of our sensational sport.”
Beginning in February the opening round will take place in the heart of Sydney’s west at the Penrith BMX Club, and doubles as the first of three events sanctioned by cycling’s world governing body the Union Cycliste International (UCI)*.
This classification means that Australia’s junior elite and elite riders will have an opportunity to boost their UCI ranking on the domestic BMX scene, rather than be forced to travel internationally to secure crucial ranking points.
A short hiatus of the series will take place during the month of March, allowing Aussie BMXers the chance to travel to Bunbury, Western Australia for the 2018 BMX Australia National Championships from March 19-25. You can read more about that HERE.
Following the big show in the wild west, the national series will resume in April with a trip to Frankston, Victoria for the second round of the series, and one that again doubles as a chance for riders to score UCI points.
June will be a busy month for BMX families with the 2018 world championships and a trip to the top end of Australia all happening within the one month.
From the cool hues of Victoria to the heat of the Northern Territory, the national series will land at the impressive Spanlift Stadium for round three of the series. Hosted by Satellite City BMX Club this will be the first event where the junior and elite UCI categories will be replaced by the ever popular and traditional ‘Superclass’ category for riders aged 14+ who want to race an open competition.
Queensland’s Nerang BMX Club will host a highly anticipated round of the series in July, which will be the last of the UCI sanctioned events. Classed as an ‘HC’ event, it will provide riders the opportunity to receive double the UCI points that were on offer in Penrith and Frankston.
August brings a trip to South Australia and the Cross Keys BMX Club, home of 2016 Olympian Anthony Dean. This event begins a run of three consecutive Superclass events, as the chequered flag for the season looms on the horizon.
The final two events will be held at Tuggeranong BMX Club in the ACT in mid-September, and Launceston BMX Club, Tasmania in mid to late October. Tuggeranong is well known as the proving ground of two-time Olympian and multi-cycling discipline world champion Caroline Buchanan. Meanwhile a trip across Bass Strait might be just the tonic needed for riders to have one last push at securing their respective national series victory.
Western Australia will be the only state or territory not to have their own national series round due to their status as hosts of the 2018 Australian titles. In accordance with this, the state or territory that hosts the national titles will not be awarded a national series round in the same year.
The 2018 BMX Australia National Series will commence on the weekend of February 17-18 at Penrith BMX Club. Information about the structure of the series can be found HERE.
Dates and Locations of the 2018 BMX Australia National Series
ROUND 1: February 17-18 – Penrith BMX Club, NSW (UCI)
ROUND 2: April 21-22 – Frankston BMX Club, VIC* (UCI)
ROUND 3: June 23-24 – Satellite City BMX Club, NT
ROUND 4: July 21-22 – Nerang BMX Club, QLD* (UCI)
ROUND 5: August 18-19 – Cross Keys BMX Club, SA
ROUND 6: September 15-16 – Tuggeranong BMX Club, ACT
ROUND 7: October 20-21 – Launceston BMX Club, TAS
*Note: UCI events still subject to final UCI sanctioning approval