A man on a mission with only the finish line in his sights.
COVER PIC: Local man Shane Rosa taking out the men’s superclass at Cross Keys BMX Club. (Pic courtesy of Get Snapt)
The fifth round of BMX Australia’s 2018 National Series wrapped up at Cross Keys BMX Club on Sunday and it was hometown hero Shane Rosa from The Cove who triumphed in the blue ribband men’s superclass event.
While more than 300 riders took to competition, it was Rosa who didn’t miss a beat all weekend, undefeated in all six of his laps around the packed-out track.
In the final he defeated Western Australian Brad Game and Adelaide based Victorian Tom Siinmaa.
To Rosa, the win meant a whole lot more than just a spot on the top of the podium as he proudly represented his home state on the national circuit.
“It feels good to do it in front of the home crowd. Even more so to have my friends and family come out to see me race, it’s really good to get the win here,” Rosa said.
Rosa said the event was a chance to show how popular the sport is in South Australia.
“It’s awesome, a massive eye opener. Some kids he excel racing nationally all the time but to bring it to Adelaide and put it on display for everyone to see is a great thing for BMX in South Australia,” Rosa said.
The pre-race plan was simple for the 2015 world junior time trial champion – make sure you’re in the right place from when the gate drops and it’s all about speed from there.
“Lane one was a big advantage, especially getting on the inside leading into the first turn. That was what I was aiming for and I managed to execute it pretty well from there,” Rosa said.
Adelaide has produced three of Australia’s recent Olympic BMX representatives, with the likes of Anthony Dean, Sam Willoughby and Brian Kirkham all from South Australia. Kirkham was trackside to enjoy the talent that is flowing through the Australian BMX ranks.
“There is definitely some talent coming through, especially in the 14, 15 and 16-year-old riders,” Kirkham said.
“Some of those kids are super skilful, strong and fast and I’m looking forward to seeing what they can do in the future.”
Junior elite national champion Ashlee Miller was one of those young riders to stand out across the weekend, the Castle Hill (NSW) rider taking out the women’s superclass final.
Miller has been delivering fast paced results throughout 2018 and this weekend she went proved too good for 2016 elite women’s Aussie champion Leanna Curtis and another NSW rider, Leah Hearne.
“It’s pretty surreal to get the win here,” Miller said.
“I race (current world number five) Saya (Sakakibara) and Leanna in NSW and they’re always the ones to beat so being able to get Leanna there today is a pretty amazing feeling and it’s something that I’ve been working towards.
“We are all so level pegged and it’s such a competitive field.
“I’m looking forward to the next national series round in Canberra but I’ve got exams to think about before then.”
This win put’s Rosa and Miller on the top end of the superclass standings and they will be ones to watch at the remaining rounds in Canberra and Launceston.
“Taking out the superclass series would be pretty amazing and all the pros are working towards it. It would seriously boost my confidence and I’m excited especially as a junior elite,” Miller said.
For a full list of results CLICK HERE.
The next round of the national series will be heading to the nation’s capital at Tuggeranong BMX Club on September 15-16.