BMX Australia National Team member Lauren Reynolds has put herself in the frame to be considered for Aussie selection
Two-time Olympic BMX rider Lauren Reynolds has her sights set on representing Australia at this year’s UCI BMX World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan and a double podium at last weekends USA BMX Gator Nationals in Florida will help her case.
In 2018 elite and junior elite Aussie BMX riders will be subject to a strict selection policy imposed by Cycling Australia. The selection criterion demands that riders attain a minimum of two performance standards in select events in order to be ‘automatically eligible consideration to the team’.
For elite women, a top three place in the USABMX Supercross events at Oldsmar, Florida or Rock Hill, South Carolina are two events listed on the Cycling Australia selection criteria.
With a pair of top three performances to her name in Oldsmar over the weekend, Reynolds is now automatically eligible for consideration to the team. It’s a big step forward for the proud Western Australia native, especially after she was let go as a Cycling Australia supported BMX athlete in late 2017.
Following the Florida event Reynolds said she was thankful for the people she’s surrounded herself with.
“It’s coming together and I am feeling myself and have some great people supporting and helping me,” Reynolds said.
“I’ve been working really closely with Sam (coach, Sam Willoughby) and it’s been a big build up and kick off to the season.
“In Florida we were on the Supercross hill, which is my stronger style of racing and it’s what I look forward to the most. It was awesome, a great track and facility.”
With strict performance standards laid out for all Aussie riders who wish to be considered for selection, Reynolds knows the importance of her results from the weekend…and how important upcoming events are.
“Ending up with a second and third made it a great weekend of racing in Oldsmar,” she said.
“I have been finding myself up the front of the pack, leading races, winning laps and getting the holeshot. I’ve also been getting down the hill a lot quicker than I have been.
“Everything I’ve been working on and what I have to show and prove a little more for team selection stuff…and proving my position is what we have been working on in training.
“It was awesome to feel the improvement and it’s promising. We’re going to keep working hard on improving weaknesses and capitalising on strengths.
My next race is Rock Hill, another Supercross track and then it’s off to France for the first World Cup event and they are also major qualifying events.”
Having attained a minimum of two performance standards in select events, Reynolds is now automatically eligible for consideration to be selected for this year’s world’s team.
Now, the rest will be left to the absolute discretion of the Cycling Australia National Selection Panel.