Ahead of the world’s best gracing Shepparton BMX Club, the first round of BMX Australia’s national series begins with riders across the country looking to make a name for themselves in 2020.
The 2020 BMXA National Series begins at Shepparton BMX club on Friday with Australian riders set to compete on the same track as the world’s best the day prior to the opening two rounds of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup.
Any rider of any age can enter the national series opener and test out the same track that will feature Aussie Olympians Caroline Buchanan, Anthony Dean and Lauren Reynolds on Saturday and Sunday.
Joining Buchanan, Dean and Reynolds will be rising Australian stars Kai and Saya Sakakibara, reigning world cup champions Laura Smulders and Niek Kimman and a host of Olympic and world championship medallists.
One rider who has been looking forward to the national series round for months is local 13 year old rider Fletcher Klepiak. The current Victorian state champion’s home track is Shepparton and the youngster said he can’t wait to hit his favourite strip on Friday.
“I’m really looking forward to it, the track is very fast this year and the upgrades on the track have made it one of the best in the country,” Klepiak said.
After nabbing fifth at the nationals last year, Klepiak wants to start positively this year and push hard to make it into contention for world championships selection.
“I’ve been training super hard ahead of this season, this year I want it to be my best season yet,” Klepiak stated.
Ahead of the world cup, Klepiak emphasised how unbelievable it is that Olympians and world champions are heading Down Under.
“I’m looking forward to seeing Niek Kimman, but also the women’s elite including (American) Alise Post. It’s going to be an exciting weekend.”
The first round of the national series begins on Friday January 31 at Shepparton BMX Club. Practice begins at 3:30 and racing starts at 5:30, with finals starting at 8:00PM.
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