A bit of banter between dads always occurs, but at the end of the day, they just love being out on track with their mates.
This week’s Tales from the Berm by BAD BOY had a tough task trying to pick its featured race meet as 31 events around the country were recorded from Friday to Sunday (August 9-12).
The front runners included the seventh round of the Reliance Insurance Brokers WA Super Series at the Hills, the Club Championships at Casey and round 1 of the 2019 Mini World at Happy Valley.
But the spotlight finally rested on the 2019 Bayside BMX Open Day, after BMXA received a message from Sean O’Connor, who provided great detail about a fierce battle that occurred between himself and another Bayside dad that just had to shared.
The event, held on Saturday, had over 270 riders participating across 47 classes and the Bayside strip played host to many notable performances.
Among the success stories were a duo of Bayside riders who made the most of their home track advantage to take the win.
They were Zaak Tiikkainen in the 8-boy’s and Jed Lillicrap in the 9-boy’s, but it was another class that captured this Tales from the Berm’s attention.
O’Connor and a fellow Bayside dad, Cameron Hall, had a one-on-one battle in the 35-39 men’s as the pair banged bars while competing in a multiple merged class.
The fierce competition had O’Connor win the day overall (for his class), and he was proud to tell BMXA that Hall had bested him in the second moto getting the holeshot and holding out to finish second in that particular race.
The image below captured by LUXBMX/Race shows the delight on Hall’s face – and also on O’Connor’s.
The pair met last year when Hall brought his son to the club and both dads instantly became friends, helping around the club in various duties until O’Connor finally convinced him to get on a bike himself.
“Cameron recently started racing after his son got into BMX,” O’Connor said.
“I helped him find a bike even getting a new frame and building it for him.
“He’s been training pretty hard and it was the first time he had got the holeshot on me. You can see from that image (above) that he was stoked, and you can see the grin on my face as I was happy to see him progressing so well.
“I even yelled out nice work and that he’d better get moving. I’m not even sure who won out of the two of us. I was just stoked to see him having a go.
“Racing with mates is much more rewarding than racing for plates. Healthy rivalries help everyone grow. If you’re all about being top dog and destroying your competition, I’d imagine it could get pretty lonely.
“Our open day went really well. We had 320 entries and even though it was a little windy, it was great racing and we were all finished before the sun went down.”
Adding to the list of successful performances were riders who dominated by clean sweeping their respective categories.
Wrapping up the day were the superclass categories as riders aged 15 and older lined up on the gate.
The men’s contingent had a stacked gate of talent with the likes of BMXA’s 2019 elite men’s national series champion Joshua Boyton, Pine Rivers rider Kye Affoo, Ipswich’s Matt Krasevskis and Knox’s Joshua McLean to list a few.
Finding the top of the podium was Krasevskis, who was joined by McLean in second and Boyton in third.
On the women’s ledger it was the 2019 junior elite women’s national champion Des’Ree Barnes, who clean swept the day to take home the win. Coming in second, and continuing her return to the track, was Pine Rivers’ Shannon Petre while in third was New Zealand’s Monique Smith.
For a full list of results – CLICK HERE
Take a look at some of the social media from the weekend, before plunging into the results from the rest of the events around Australia.
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