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800km’s from her closest competition hasn’t stopped the NT rider from reaching for the top.

COVER PIC: Lauren Winter racing at Stage 4 of the 2019 BMXA BAD BOY National Series at Satellite City (courtesy of Get Snapt).

The 2019 national series has been a platform for the country’s riders to showcase their abilities and one of the shining stars of the series has been the Northern Territory’s Lauren Winter from Nhulunbuy.

Competing against the rest of the 12-girl’s riders from around Australia, Winter has journeyed to Westside in Perth (stage 2), Ipswich in Queensland (stage 3), Sat City in Darwin (stage 4) and Southern City in Tasmania (stage 6), to find herself at the top of the standings before the final takes place this weekend in Canberra.

Facing the challenge of living in Arnhem Land, 800km’s from her closest competition, Winter has thrown herself into the national series competition and this weekend, she will line up on the gate against the national champion Imogen Healy and the NT rider is really looking forward to it.

“I’m really excited for the competition this weekend because I’m going to be racing against some of the top riders,” Winter said.

“I’ve raced against Imogen a couple of times and I feel like she gives me a lot of inspiration because she is such a great rider.

“I really enjoy being challenged and this weekend will be lots of fun.”

The NT rider has been racing for four years, and to find herself at the top of the national series standings is something she can’t get her head around.

“I’d be really surprised if I took out the national series title this weekend because there’s so many amazing riders in my group. I guess I’ll just have to try my best and see where I end up,” Winter said.

“I feel really proud of myself to get to the top of the leader board and I’m really grateful to my mum and dad who have taken me around the national series.

While her thoughts and excitement are focused on the upcoming weekend, the 12-girl’s competitor still has a BMX dream and it’s an experience she can’t wait for.

“I eventually want to go to the world championships,” Winter said.

“I can’t wait to watch all the great riders from around the world racing together and having that experience of racing would be very exciting for me… but all in good time.”

The current 12-girl’s standings:

  • Lauren Winter: 671 points – 4 rounds (Nhulunbuy BMX Club)
  • Imogen Healy: 600 points – 3 rounds (Tea Tree Gully BMX Club)
  • Valencia Stevis: 570 points – 3 rounds (Sydney BMX Club)

To see the current challenge standings for the national series – CLICK HERE