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Close on 600 riders took to the tough and technical Penrith track for the first round of the seven event domestic series and the early season skills were there for all to see.

Behind the speed and sizzle of the elite classes there were a host of brilliant performances to cap the finals session at the BMX Australia National Series round at Penrith BMX club.

Close on 600 riders took to the tough and technical Penrith track for the first round of the seven event domestic series and the early season skills were there for all to see.

This year the national series is catering to riders from sprockets through to our most experienced and ageless riders and everything in between, with all of the wonderful performances too numerous to mention here.

There were some standouts however, on what was a hot Western Sydney day:

  • World champion Thomas Tucker stormed to victory in the 13yrs boy’s event, beginning his new season in typical fashion.
  • One of the stars from last season’s domestic calendar, Dirk Winter, grabbed victory in the men’s 25-29 years event. Winter won all eight national series rounds in that class in 2017, as well as the national title and the silver medal at the world championships.
  • Western Australian rising talent Lilyanne Croft was one of the most impressive riders of the day, undefeated in the 14yrs girls, where she won the final by almost a second and a half.
  • Reigning 1A plate holders Fraser Vaughan (9yrs boy’s) Jasmine Standish (10yrs girl’s), Imogen Healy (11yrs girl’s), Shae Archbold (12yrs girl’s) and the evergreen Bruce Morris (50+ men).
  • Three riders from across the ditch won their events – Bennett Greenough (15yrs boy’s), Tasman Wakelin (16yrs boy’s) and Holly Woodcock-Takurua (17-24 women) all doing New Zealand proud.
  • James Lautier and Mick Carruthers won the double of the 20 inch and cruiser events in the 17-24 and 40-44 men’s events respectively.
  • Letitia Weatherhead won both the 30+ masters and 40-44 women’s finals.
  • Finishing third behind Weatherhead was Penrith’s own Sandy Cameron, who ended up with three podium finishes after also taking out the women’s 35-39 cruiser event.
  • Proving the Penrith BMX club’s men could get the job done too, Chris Powell won the 35-39 cruiser event and was second in the 35+ masters open wheel for his home club.

For all the results from Sunday’s action at the first round of the 2018 national series, CLICK HERE.

The second round of the national series will take place at Victoria’s Frankston BMX Club from April 21-22.

Before that, the nation’s best will come together in Bunbury, Western Australia, for the national championships from March 19-25.

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