There was no shortage of highlights from age group riders as Nerang BMX Club hosted round four of the 2018 BMXA National Series.

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Not much else compares to the camaraderie shown at Nerang BMX Club, and today’s fourth round of the national series was no exception. More than 500 riders with their parents, supporters and mates were on hand for a memorable Sunday in July.

With participation high, there were plenty of riders hoping to make their mark and earn a spot in their final. However, come the final countdown there would only be 41 of them who could cross the line first and claim a slice of national series glory.

Among those to top the charts were siblings Kai and Saya Sakakibara, who won the elite men and women’s classes respectively. CLICK TO READ MORE.

In the junior elite classes, it was Logan City BMX Academy’s Izaac Kennedy who cranked the wattage on the junior elite men’s race, a brave dive down the inside of Lake Macquarie’s Nathaniel Rodway at the second turn setting up his victory.

Contrasting the dual of the junior men’s race was the lights to flag victory for New Zealand’s Jesse Smith in the corresponding women’s event. Aussie champ Ashlee Miller was in hot pursuit, but in the end, Smith showed a clean set of heels to outrun her Castle Hill BMX Club challenger.

As it happened, two other Kiwi riders stole a little limelight during today’s action. In the 35+ Masters Open wheel, it was Queensland-based New Zealander Corey Stafford from Pine Rivers BMX Club who claimed first, while in 16 boy’s Tasman Wakelin came out on top.

In the 30+ Masters women’s race Letitia Weatherhead put runs on the board for Bayside BMX Club, winning that race against Sydneysider Melanie Gibson. It was a stellar day for Weatherhead, who also won the 45-49 Cruiser women’s class.

Speaking of riders who double dipped on victories at Nerang this weekend, in total there were six of them including Weatherhead. On that list was Joe Tate (40-44 20-inch and Cruiser), Teya Rufus (12 girl’s, 13-14 Cruiser girl’s), Cameron Gatt (8 boy’s, 8-10 Cruiser boy’s), James Lautier (17-24 20-inch and Cruiser) and Thomas Tucker (13 boy’s, 13-14 Cruiser boy’s).

Of those named above, a pair of wins capped off a memorable weekend for Tucker. The youngster from Brisbane was also the recipient of the inaugural Sam Willoughby medal on Friday evening, at the first ever Australian BMX Hall of Fame Gala Dinner. READ ABOUT IT HERE.

Other Cruiser class winners included Stephanie Alexander from Knox BMX Club in the 8-10 girl’s race, Tom McClellan from Centenary Plains BMX checked out for a convincing win in the 45-49 men’s class, while Melanie Gibson collected victory in the 30-34 women’s event.

Penrith’s Chris Powell won the 35-39 Cruiser men, Sam Thompson from Sydney BMX Club the 15-16 Cruiser event and world number seven Callum Woodbury the 11-12 Cruiser boy’s.

Also taking centre stage were eight gates of eager Sprocket Rocket riders. While they may be a participation class, there could be a good chance that the riders today may well be vying for a spot on the 2036 Australian Olympic team. No doubt, spectators saw the beginnings of our future stars.

Back in the land of 20-inch racing, 17-24 women’s rider Tenniele Botfield raced up in the 25-29 women’s class and came away with a win, while Des’ree Barnes won the 16 girl’s race. Over the years, victory at Nerang and the name Barnes have gone hand in hand.

The 15 girl’s race saw a breakout win for Castle Hill’s Paige Harding, who ended the stranglehold that Cairns’ Shannon Petre had held on the national series until this round. The 14 girl’s race looked to be in the hands of Western Australia’s Lilyanne Croft, but she surrendered the lead to 14 girl’s world champion Kira Hill  and Hill darted away for a home club victory.

A flash of electric blue from the bike of Isabella Schramm signified the Ashmore BMX rider charging towards victory in the 13 girl’s race, while Nerang’s Abi Asmus pulled a smooth move at turn one and then raced away to win the 11 girl’s event.

It was a strong day for the Asmus family, with Abi’s older brother Jesse winning the 15 boy’s race.

Jasmine Standish from Suncoast Hinterland BMX Club won the 10 girl’s, Isla Basa held her nerve to win the 9 girl’s race and Amelia Stichbury made sure that at least one victory for the weekend would belong to the ACT.

Victoria’s Brett Creswell won the 35-39 men’s class and Dean Johnston claimed one for Maitland Tenambit BMX in the 30-34 men’s race. In 25-29 men’s racing it is Dirk Winter who has had a mortgage on his age group in the national series for the past two years, and today he extended his terms with yet another win.

Fast and furious Nerang rider Tyson Kenny won the 14 boy’s race, not long after world number six Noah Elton from the Terrigal club won the 12 boy’s race. Oliver Rivers from Moranbah was the fastest to the line in 11 boy’s, world champion Fraser Vaughan from Pine Rivers stamping his mark on the 9 boy’s. Eli Schroeder from the NSW Blue Mountains was victorious in the 8 boy’s race.

The next stop for the BMX Australia National Series is Cross Keys BMX Club in South Australia from August 18-19. Entries close on July 29 and late entries on August 5, you can enter HERE.