A new year of racing is the beginning of a lot of things but for some youngsters, racing this year is different as they graduated from sprockets and are now competing!
Starting off as a mini wheeler when you’re two, learning the art of balancing on a bike and the mechanism of pedalling seems like an age ago for many. The next step being a sprocket is a major step as you begin to learn the skills necessary to become a BMX rider in a non-competitive environment.
The biggest step though is that transition from Sprocket to open, competing against one another for a place atop the podium. This year, in the first national series event at Shepparton, ten former sprockets competed in their first competitive race before the world’s best raced on the same track the next day.
Ivy Rowlands of Castle Hill and Brody Willmott from Macarthur grabbed the opening round in the 8-years girl’s and 8 boy’s, both competing in two motos and one final and improving on their time each time they raced. It was fantastic to see the confidence growing already in these future stars.
It was a common theme throughout the evening, as nearly all the novice riders were cautious and tentative in their first ride but quickly improved as they felt more comfortable on the bike and on the track. Most riders improved their lap time by over two seconds with Cross Keys’ Charlie Lamb showing the best improvement, going from a 53.430 in moto one to 51.328 in the final, finishing 5th.
See below for all the riders who made their nationals competitive debut:
Toni Crotty, Frankston BMX Club
Ramsey Edwards, Sydney BMX Club
Lucas Sturzaker, Park Orchards BMX Club
Koby Brunton, Geelong BMX Club
Noah Hogan, Knox BMX Club
Liam Steinlauf, Eastfield BMX Club
Charlie Lamb, Cross Keys BMX Club
Koby Butterfield, Southlake/Illawarra BMX Club
Ryan Hall, Sunbury BMX Club
Kye Attard, Macarthur BMX Club
Brody Willmott, Macarthur BMX Club
Ivy Rowlands, Castle Hill BMX Club
Paige Cole, Canberra BMX Club
Indiana Mitchell, Nerang BMX Club
Check out the results from the national series – HERE
If you want to register your child to join the BMXA community – CLICK HERE