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RampFest Indoor Skate Park, located in Melbourne’s inner west, is proud to be hosting the inaugural Oceania Freestyle BMX Championships on the 7th-8th of December. 

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The weekend will include two Pro/Elite Competitions – the Oceania Championships and the RampFest International C1.  Plus, amateur and junior competition classes for young riders to compete alongside the Pro’s.

Top Australian riders will be attending the contest – such as Brandon Loupos, who was crowned as World Champion two weeks ago in China, in one of the closest contests in history.  The runner up was fellow Australian and Olympic hopeful, Logan Martin.  Logan will also be competing in Melbourne.

“Winning the World Championships was a dream come true – it’s taken a bit to sink in, but I’m so grateful to everyone who helped me achieve this.  And now, I can’t wait to come down to Melbourne and ride in front of a home crowd again”  said Brandon.

Brandon Loupos is also the current Australian National Champion – having won that title at RampFest 12 months ago.

However, it won’t be easy for the World Champ.  Logan was only 0.3 points behind him at the worlds – and is going to be looking to get one back.  Add to this, local riders Jake Wallwork, Alec Danelutti and Liam Quinlivan all looking for a big performance.

Jake Wallwork is a RampFest local, who won a World Cup stop last year and came 3rd in the 2018 BMX Nationals at RampFest, and he is keen to get back on the podium in Melbourne.

“Last year I got 3rd to Brandon at the Nationals – and it was a hell of a contest!  I feel like I’m riding better than ever and RampFest is a really unique course for these contests – it has such a mix of styles that is lets so many different riders go head to head on a level playing field.  I can’t wait for the contest!”

In the Women’s category, Australia’s top rider is Natayla Diehm is fresh off her best international finish of 6th at the World Championships.  Currently, this placing has her sitting in Olympic contention also – and she’ll be looking to put together a strong local performance also.

The event is also being supported by the Victorian State Government and Member for Footscray, Katie Hall.

“RampFest is a world-class local resource, and I’m thrilled that the Andrews Government has committed to supporting the Oceania Championships” said Katie.

With Freestyle BMX included in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics for the first time, this event will be a key opportunity for top Australian athletes to earn critical qualification points for the games.

Australia is currently sitting in 2nd place in the Olympic Points Rankings to the USA – but this event offers a big opportunity to gain ground and give ourselves a chance at the top spot.  The top qualifying spot is highly sought after by both countries as it allows the nation to send two athletes to the Games.

All these elements set the stage for an incredible two days of competition at RampFest.  Spectators are FREE and the venue will be open from 9am each day for anyone to come down and watch the action.

Riders can enter the contest via the event website here:  https://rampfest.com.au/pages/oceania-freestyle-bmx-championships-rampfest-international-7-8-dec-2019

 

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