2019 wasn’t her year, but 2020 could be a completely different story.
On September 16, 2018, Shannon Petre crashed in the second moto of the women’s superclass, during the sixth round of the 2018 BMXA BAD BOY National Series.
Petre flew home to Cairns suffering from a broken collarbone. Her arm was completely paralysed and for three months, she couldn’t move her hand let alone her fingers.
Feeling finally returned to Petre and as soon as she had gotten out of the sling, her family had packed up and moved to Brisbane where the 16-year old has signed up with Pine Rivers.
“It was nine months before I could ride and my first race back was the Hinterlands Open in July where I finished second behind Sara (Jones),” Petre said.
Two months later and Petre was lining up on the gate in her biggest race of the year, the 2019 BMX Queensland Bendigo Bank State Championships at Sarina BMX Club.
It was a booming bounce back for the rising star who claimed the top spot in the superclass category ahead of a star-studded Queensland gate.
Even though Petre was relegated in her first moto, she blitzed the rest of her qualifiers to find herself in the final against the 2018 elite national champion Erin Lockwood, 2019 junior elite national champion Des’Ree Barnes, former world no.1 Kira Hill, and the 2019 UCI junior elite and superclass national series champion, Kiana Botfield.
A couple months on and Petre is continuing to aim for the sky as the looming 2020 BMX season kicks off in dramatic style.
“I’ve just started a new block of training and don’t have any more races planned for 2019,” Petre said.
“But next year is huge with the Nerang International in January and then the four world cups, which I’m really excited about doing as my first year as a junior elite.
“I’m so excited to compete in those rounds. Just to have a go and have no pressure and make it all about the experience. Racing against the girls I’ve idolised and getting to go on the gate with them is going to be so awesome.”
Having missed out on half this year due to injury, Petre is ready to seize 2020 and there are some big goals in mind to make up for lost time.
“I’ve been looking forward to this moment for so long. Everything I’ve been working for is finally here and I can’t wait,” Petre said.
“My goals for the world cup are to hopefully make it to the qualifying rounds, but as I said it’s all about experience.
“My favourite type of racing is supercross, riding off big hills and hitting those jumps. My main goal for 2020 is to get selected for worlds, which means I’m even missing my school formal to go to the nationals in Tassie!
“I’m feeling really good, I haven’t been back to the physio for a while and I’m just trying to build up my strength in both arms now before the world championships in Houston,” Petre said.
Preparations are already in motion with Petre taking part in BMXA’s training camps at the Bathurst track a couple weeks ago, surrounded by her team of superstars.
“Bathurst was really great working, with my coach Shaun Dwight and the boys. It’s really good getting to train with guys like Connor (Fields), Izaac (Kennedy), Max (Cairns) and Andy (Hughes),” Petre said.
“I’m really looking forward to 2020.”