A photo finish in the men’s elite final at the 2018 UCI Oceania Continental BMX Championships has everyone talking, with Queensland’s Corey Frieswyk outgunning Victorian Brandon Te Hiko to claim his maiden continental title in…
A photo finish in the men’s elite final at the 2018 UCI Oceania Continental BMX Championships has everyone talking, with Queensland’s Corey Frieswyk outgunning Victorian Brandon Te Hiko to claim his maiden continental title in Bunbury, Western Australia today.
In the elite women’s race a New Zealand 1-2 was the order of the day, as 2012 Olympic silver medallist Sarah Walker beat home compatriot Rebecca Petch. Aussie Sarah Jones rounded out the podium in her first attempt at the elite women’s showdown.
Race day saw temperatures reach a scorching 30 degrees, as the Bunbury BMX Club played host to more than 500 riders from all over the nation, and across the Tasman. Competitors as five and those well into their 50’s highlighted the action.
In a top-shelf men’s race, Frieswyk’s triumph was only confirmed following a close inspection of the finish line camera. The result comes in a year the Caboolture BMX rider has decided to balance his BMX and work commitments on a more even keel.
“At the moment I’m doing pretty solid hours at work and trying to balance the life of that commitment with BMX. It’s always tough but it’s coming good,” Frieswyk smiled.
“Today was such a tough race and I had to pull out some lines which I hadn’t done yet, but I’m just happy my legs held on.”
A feeling of disappointment for Te Hiko was only natural considering he had led the field for the lion’s share of the final. It was only in the closing stages that Frieswyk stole the show.
“It’s devastating after all the amount of work you put in,” Te Hiko said.
“I definitely knew that someone was there and after I bobbled the last jump on the third straight I had to put my foot down. But congrats to Corey who had a fantastic race.”
In the women’s race Walker produced a dominating performance to claim the title. It’s a nice return to form for the Olympian, who last year came to this event following a period of time off the bike.
“I felt really calm out of the gate and all I was thinking about was just one jump at a time and giving 100 per cent,” she said.
“My preparation this year has been so much better than last year. My mind is all about having fun and enjoying my riding and when I do that, my trainings are better and my racing is better which means everything is enjoyable.”
In the junior elite classes it was an all-Aussie show as Ashlee Miller from Castle Hill in NSW claimed honours in the women’s class. The result is a remarkable feat, considering it was her first ever attempt at the continental event.
Meanwhile Lake Macquarie BMX Club’s Nathaniel Rodway made it an all-NSW show in the junior elite ranks, fending off the tough competitors of Kyle Hill from Nerang BMX Club and Cailen Calkin from New Zealand.
Now that the Continental Championships have come to an end, the Aussie riders will now be looking towards Thursday, Friday and Saturday when the race for Australian titles gets underway. Racing resumes at 10:45am tomorrow AWST.
Full list of results can be found HERE.