2018 women’s elite national champion is setting her sights on her next big race.
The 2018 BMX Australia National Series is heading to Frankston BMX Club, Victoria, this weekend (April 21-22) for the second round of the seven-event series.
Alongside the attendance of none other than USA’s Rio Olympic gold medallist, Connor Fields, the women’s elite 2018 national champion, Erin Lockwood from Nerang BMX Club will also be making an appearance.
“I’ve taken a little bit of time off since nationals,” Lockwood explains.
“I caught the flu since arriving back from Perth and I’ve just been trying to rest and get better from that.”
Lockwood hasn’t been sitting around though. Only last week she made a trip down to Grafton, NSW to spend a couple of days helping coach. Lockwood revealed she has been slowly getting back into her routine and can’t wait for the upcoming weekend.
“My preparation for Frankston has been pretty good,” Lockwood continued.
“I’ve rested up and I’m really looking forward to riding on the track. From what I’ve seen from photos, the track looks a bit technical but also really fun at the same time.”
Winning her first ever title at the 2018 national championships on March 25 in Bunbury, Lockwood is eager to show the rest of her competition that she means business.
More competitive racing is what Lockwood is eagerly anticipating after she finished sixth overall at Penrith in round one of the national series on February 18.
Lockwood has been racing at national level for a number of years, building up a healthy rivalry with the likes of former national champion Leanna Curtis (Southlake/Illawarra BMX Club), Sara Jones (Caboolture BMX Club) and Gemma Lee-Thomas from Castle Hill BMX Club.
“I haven’t seen a few of the girls in a while so it will be great to catch up with them on and off the track.”
With a national championship title under her belt and on her race plate, Lockwood may use it as a confidence booster when she takes to the track. But in reality, she will be applying the same mentality that worked so well in Bunbury.
“I’ll just be focussing on putting together my best laps one at a time and not worrying about the girls around me and what they’re doing,” Lockwood reasons.
Well known in the BMX community for her love of the sport and friendly nature everywhere she goes is Lockwood’s mother, ‘Debbie from Nerang’.
Her mother’s support and commitment is a standout key to success which Lockwood explains.
“It means the world to me when my mum travels to see me race. My dad was also very proud of my results in Bunbury when I got home. The support my whole family gives me to achieve the best I can is great, I really love them being by my side.”
With the support of her family alongside her, Lockwood will be one to watch as this exciting weekend of racing gets underway.
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