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Racing in Australia is just as competitive when you’re 35 years and older, as it is when you’re 8-years of age… especially when dads are involved!

COVER PIC: Courtesy of Glenda Cooper – Bundaberg BMX Club

The Canetoad Classic at Bundaberg had nearly 300 entries recorded on a sunny Saturday in Queensland, and riders from as young as two to 50+ took to the track to get their share of racing.

Many riders had a faultless day on track, clean sweeping their respective classes and standing tallest on the podium.

That list included:

  • Toby Hatfield in the 8-boy’s (Bundaberg BMX Club)
  • Zane Cosford in the 9-boy’s (Harbour City BMX Club)
  • Eloise Brady in the 9-girl’s (Caboolture BMX Club)
  • Riley Cooper in the 10-boy’s (Bundaberg BMX Club)
  • Shae Rufus in the 11-girl’s (Maryborough BMX Club)
  • Conor Lanigan in the 16-boy’s (Sarina & District BMX Club)
  • Angela Potter in the 35-39 women’s (Harbour City BMX Club)
  • Taleah Jerome in the 30-34 women’s cruiser (Caboolture BMX Club)
  • Wayne Blake in the 35-39 men’s cruiser (Maryborough BMX Club)
  • Chris Pratt in the 50+ men’s cruiser (Bundaberg BMX Club)

Spearheading the event were four categories that had spectators cheering and screaming encouragement to the riders

First of the four was the men’s superclass, with Ipswich’s Tristan Scott and Bundaberg’s Pratt brothers, Connor and Beau, going bar-for-bar in the final. The podium result saw Connor win from Beau and Tristan.

The Pro Women Wayne O’Sullivan Memorial saw Beenleigh’s Jennalyn Butler, Sunshine Coast’s Annalece Mengel and Harbour City’s Paige Guymer compete for the top spot. Producing a perfect day on track, Guymer won every moto and the final to take the day with Butler in second and Mengel in third.

Doubling down with two clean sweep wins to his name was Bundaberg’s Toby Hatfield, who not only won his 8-boy’s class, but also the 8-years Wild Ones. The Wild Ones’ podium was identical to the 8-boy’s with Hatfield first, Rockhampton’s Jesse Sadler in second and Harbour City’s Jaydyn Hawkins in third.

The eye-catching race of the day was the ‘35+ My dad’s faster than your dad’ event, which grabbed great attention from onlookers as 17 riders lined up on the gate to claim one of the most sought-after titles.

The event was established in 2010 and has been occurring ever since, giving 35+ riders the chance to come together and compete in a single class. With a large prize pool, the older competitive members of the BMXA family battled it out, but only one could cross the finish line first.

That rider was Nathan Graves from Toowoomba who wanted the win from the first gate drop, claiming every moto, his semi and the final. Completing the podium was Bundaberg’s Jamie Conway and Pine Rivers’ Nigel Coombes.

For a full list of results from Bundaberg – CLICK HERE!


Below are the other events recorded from this week’s Tales from the Berm by BAD BOY.

FRIDAY JULY 12

  • Sawtell Clubbie:  Sawtell BMX Club, NSW – CLICK HERE
  • Pine Rivers Fun Night: Pine Rivers BMX Club, QLD – CLICK HERE
  • Ipswich Race Night 13: Ipswich West Moreton BMX Club – CLICK HERE

SATURDAY JULY 13

  • Proserpine Rumble, Proserpine BMX Club, QLD – CLICK HERE
  • Casey Club Championship, Casey BMX Club, VIC – CLICK HERE

SUNDAY JULY 14

  • BMXNSW SS Round 7, Sawtell BMX Club, NSW – CLICK HERE

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