Encompassing seven events to be raced from February to October 2018, the series will have a mixture of UCI sanctioned events and will run with all classes in accordance with the ARA rule book.
The 2018 BMX Australia National Series will be launched tomorrow morning and next year’s series is set to provide more racing for more riders than ever before, and will visit more Australian locations than previous years.
Encompassing seven events to be raced from February to October 2018, the series will have a mixture of UCI sanctioned events and will run with all classes in accordance with the ARA rule book. The calendar has also been set up to work seamlessly with riders aiming to race at the BMXA National Championships, UCI BMX World Championships and select UCI BMX Supercross World Cup events.
Of the seven events to be announced, three will be UCI sanctioned and therefore will see junior elite and elite categories offered. The remaining four will offer a Superclass category and will run as a separate series. Challenge classes will have the opportunity to contest seven points-paying events.
Due to an increase in the number of locations, and with a mind to make the series affordable for families, BMXA President Neil Cameron confirmed that riders will only need to contest select events in order to be eligible for series awards.
“The objective for the BMXA board this year was to create a calendar that actually allowed our members multiple options to race, and a consistent series that is run in the exact same format in every state and territory that we visit,” Cameron said.
“As a board of volunteers who have been around BMX for some time, we recognise that if we were to ask families to contest seven rounds of a series that it would be a significant financial undertaking.
“Therefore, the series structure will only ask riders to compete in three events in order to be eligible for their respective national series title. Only their best three results will count, but of course they are able to compete in more rounds if they wish to – but only their best three points scores will be counted.
“By doing this we strongly believe that there will be more riders around the country who have the chance to compete in the national series. Even if they have the opportunity to ride proudly at their home event. If we can have more riders having a go at this, the sport will benefit.”
Riders in the challenge classes will need only to contest three of seven rounds, superclass competitors three of four rounds, while junior elite and elite hopefuls must line up for three of three UCI sanctioned events if they wish to become the overall victor.
Added Cameron, “Perhaps to win your series, you will need to keep an eye on who is entering which events, and work out which ones to attend to secure maximum points. This format allows riders the chance to redeem poor results by contesting additional rounds and also be tactical in their selection of when to race and who they might race against.”
The format of each event will see three motos, qualifiers and finals offered. Racing will commence on the Sunday morning of each round, unless the volume of riders dictate that the Saturday is also needed for racing.
A full announcement, including dates and locations of each round of the 2018 BMX Australia National Series will be made tomorrow morning at 9.00am AEST.
Next year’s national series will provide competition for the following classes:
AGE: 5-7 sprockets
AGE: 8-16-years (inclusive), 17-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50+
AGE: 8-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16, 17-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50+
AGE: Masters 30 & over
BIKE: Open wheel
AGE: Superclass (14+ according to year of birth)*
AGE: Elite and Junior Elite*
*Note: Superclass and Elite/Junior Elite will be run as independent championships