ith a flurry of state championships coming up, the Tasmanian Masters Games just around the corner as well as the 2018 National Series and National Championships just announced, we take a look into the busy schedule of a BMX Masters rider, with a little help from one of their own, BMX NSW member Mick Carruthers
With a flurry of state championships coming up, the Tasmanian Masters Games just around the corner as well as the 2018 National Series and National Championships just announced, we take a look into the busy schedule of a BMX Masters rider, with a little help from one of their own, BMX NSW member Mick Carruthers.
Now don’t let their age fool you, our Masters riders mean business and they are providing some of our BMX communities most watched and anticipated racing across the board. The category comprises of riders both male and female, over the age of thirty, who are still looking to participate in the sport of BMX at a competitive level.
Don’t get be fooled. This isn’t a group of older people dithering in the business of BMX. The races are real, the competition is strong and sheep stations are on the line. Just ask Carruthers.
‘Masterclass is a good combination of riders who have typically ridden most of their life and are still regularly riding today,’ said Carruthers.
“Although we are a bit older than most of the pro riders, the competition is still very real. We are a bit slower, however the racing is much tighter with plenty of insane moves are always being attempted by all of the riders.”
“Before Masterclass you probably have the same two or three riders competing at the top end of each age class. Combining these top riders from the 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49 and 50+ (20” and cruiser) and suddenly the Masterclass class becomes very interesting.”
Masterclass racing is available at most events, but just a short month from now, many Masters riders will travel down south to Tasmania for their very own event, ‘Australian Masters Games’. This biennial competition is highly regarded as one of the premier and largest participation sporting events in the country.
The games will place this year from October 21-28, with over 6,000 competitors expected to compete across a range of sports, including BMX racing.
Wynyard BMX club will host this year’s BMX competition at their track, just a short two-hour drive from Launceston. From the feedback on the event so far, we are expecting to see a large number of BMXA members attend this year’s event and gunning for gold. Plus, there are still eight days left to submit nominations for those not already entered!
Arguably one of the biggest events on the calendar for Masters riders, Carruthers outlined his training plan for major events…of course taking into consideration family and work commitments.
“Personally, I train on my bike once a week and go to the gym twice a week. For me BMX has also always been a great sport to do with the family, so I get in some practice with them,” says Carruthers.
“I also ride clubbies on weekends and if there is an open I will enter two classes just to keep my general fitness levels up.”
“I would love to ride more but with the juggle of work and the kids (homework) there is not enough time in the week to do any more.”
Masterclass gives our older riders the extra challenge that they quite obviously deserve, it brings some fuel back to the fire for riders who haven’t necessarily ‘lost it’, they just have bigger priorities these days like family and working.
So, whether it be at your state championships or next year’s national series, let’s get behind our Masters riders.
Also, check out our video from back at the 2013 World Championships, you can’t say they don’t race hard!