The 2017 BMX Australia National Championships have arrived, and eager to ride the Sleeman Sports Complex track in the heat of competition are almost 1800 riders from 94 clubs nationwide. With plenty of stories to…
The 2017 BMX Australia National Championships have arrived, and eager to ride the Sleeman Sports Complex track in the heat of competition are almost 1800 riders from 94 clubs nationwide.
With plenty of stories to tell, here are a handful of some of the news snippets from around the country in the lead up to the event.
TASMANIA: Launceston BMX Club has six riders competing in Brisbane. Three of those are first time participants, the other three seasoned pros. The goal, a chance to qualify for the 2017 UCI BMX World Championships in Rock Hill!
NSW: Maitland BMX Club will have 22 riders in 29 events across the championships, some of which are parents and their children both taking the opportunity to race!
VICTORIA: Shepparton BMX Club is ready to roll at the nationals with a contingent of seven riders. Of the seven, age seven is the youngest in the group with Tori May contesting the sprocket girl’s events. At the other end of the scale Levi Collins is in the 30+ masters, and has lost track of how many national events he has raced in.
NORTHERN TERRITORY: Satellite City BMX Club will have two brothers representing in Brisbane. Tommy and Tait Gleeson will be familiarizing themselves with the track before they race. It’s been a strong year for the top end on the track with the NT-raised Matt Juster winning the elite men’s national series. Fingers crossed it’s a good omen for these guys too!
WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Bunbury BMX Club is backing their Olympic hero. Lauren Reynolds has gates one and two dedicated to her international success at her local club, and will be eyeing off the national title in Brisbane. She feels she has prepared well, and is eager to begin a three-week racing stint that begins with the Aussie titles!
ACT: Canberra BMX Club will be backing a resurgent Harriet Burbidge-Smith, who is making a long-awaited comeback following two knee reconstructions. The Canberra local is eying off hot competition with reigning Aussie champ Leanna Curtis and dual Olympians Caroline Buchanan and Lauren Reynolds. The elite women’s race is certainly going to pack a punch.
Queensland: Toowoomba BMX Club has 18 riders on the books for nationals, and one of them is Bart Steffen. The Easter holidays saw Steffen staying with his grandparents in Quilpie, which has a distinct lack of BMX training facilities. Despite this, the resourceful youngster he showed some tenacity and hit the road to work on his sprints. Watch this space…and anywhere that Steffen needs to sprint!
NATIONALLY: The Australian Olympic Committee followed the fortunes of our elite riders through a testing Rio 2016 campaign, and come nationals week they are set to follow the team as they ride on into the future. Let’s see what happens in the top end of town this coming Saturday!
The action begins with practice on Monday and Tuesday before the final round of the Grands Assault National Series takes centre stage on Wednesday.
Thursday and Friday will feature, Cruiser class events and age group and Challenge events. Championship events with the elite classes, including Buchanan and Reynolds are on Saturday April 29.
Entry to the track is free and spectators are welcome.