The Northern Nitro Series may have been delayed on Zeus’ command, but in the end it was re-scheduled and delivered some cracking racing from some of SA’s lightning fast riders! Save this one to the cloud, it’s Tales from the Berm by BAD BOY. 

Cover Pic courtesy Gawler BMX Club Facebook page

A postponed round one, precipitation and waterlogged surrounds were the headline act on the scheduled first day of the 2019 Northern Nitro BMX series, on December 1 in South Australia.

It wasn’t the headline expected for the 96-strong race entries and in true BMX style, it wasn’t the lasting headline either. A solid resolve shown by volunteers from the three host clubs – Gawler BMX, Cross Keys BMX and Tea Tree Gully BMX – ensured that the show went on, albeit a week later.

Gawler had been set to host round one on December 1, but due to the weather their hosting duties were moved back a week to Friday December 6. That shifted Gawler into holding the second round of the three-pronged series, while Cross Keys assumed centre stage for the opening night of action on Wednesday December 4.

Concluding the series would be the final round at Tea Tree Gully the day after the Friday night action at Gawler, making the 2019 Northern Nitro a spectacular event with three rounds run in four days. In what the rain had taken away a week earlier, it returned in the challenge of a re-scheduled event that would demand riders have less than 24 hours between the penultimate and final rounds of the series.

The name of the game in the Northern Nitro is consistency, and the riders who were able to cut fast, clean laps time and time again found themselves atop the podium come the end of round three.

There was no better way to display consistency by some, than by claiming a trio of first place finishes. Among them was Amy Main from Cross Keys BMX Club, who crossed the line first at each event for a perfect weekend in the girl’s 8-10 challenge class. It was a similar story in the girl’s 13-16 challenge class as Tea Tree Gully’s Jaimee Banning proved why she rides with the 6A plate, and why she was second the 15 girl’s standings in the BMXA BAD BOY National Series, as she finished with a collection of first places.


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It was another rider with an Aussie plate who won her head-to-head battle in straight sets in the 17+ ladies open. Aussie 45-49 years number three Rebecca Smith from Tea Tree Gully and Gawler’s Emily Anderson were locked in battle, the former prevailing at each round.

In the superclass men’s showpiece event, 17-24 year’s men’s 4A plate holder Jayden Fox from Happy Valley was the top dog as he claimed three wins from three starts. Jack Dowse from Gawler was second overall and was the only other superclass rider to stand on the podium at all three rounds, with two third’s and a second.

Cruiser racing dished up three victories for Gawler’s Zac Bradley in 8-12 year’s class. The 3SA plated rider adding those three wins to an impressive haul of two firsts and a second in his 10-12 years challenge class to also win that.

In 30+ cruiser the name on the top of the sheets each time was John Gilbert from Cross Keys BMX, as he put the pedal to the metal in his pursuit of some golden hardware.

Other series winners over the three events were Judd Hillebrand from Cross Keys in the 8-9 years challenge, as Zac Bradley from Gawler held off an impressive run from Aussie 12 years girl’s champ Imogen Healy from Tea Tree Gully in the 10-12 year’s challenge.

Happy Valley’s Kyle Fox dropped just one round in the 13-16 year’s challenge event to top the standings with two firsts and a second, while Thomas Blackwell from Gawler sat atop the 17-29 challenge class. Gawler’s Mark Copeland beat out clubmates Tristan Throup and Sam Rae to win the 30+ challenge class.

Also occupying track time were the all-important novice classes, mini wheelers and sprocket participants who had three opportunities on three different tracks to refine their skills.

Although the 2019 Northern Nitro is now done, exciting BMX action isn’t quite over in South Australia. Next weekend the Red Bull Pump Track World Championships take place in Mount Gambier, and it will be something out of the norm from regular racing for all to enjoy.

In other news, a group of Australians, including Tokyo Olympic hopeful Kai Sakakibara, and two-time Olympian Caroline Buchanan were in action across the ditch in Rotorua New Zealand over the weekend. To catch up with their results, CLICK HERE.

For full Northern Nitro standings – CLICK HERE

2019 Northern Nitro top three by class:


  1. Judd Hillebrand (Cross Keys BMX Club): 1st, 2nd, 1st
  2. Rylie Matthews (Gawler BMX Club): 2nd, 1st, 4th
  3. Aiden Ashcroft (Tea Tree Gully BMX Club): 3rd, 3rd, 2nd



  1. Amy Main (Cross Keys BMX Club): 1st, 1st, 1st
  2. Saphira Crabbe (Gawler BMX Club): 2nd, 2nd, 3rd



  1. Zac Bradley (Gawler BMX Club): 1st, 1st, 2nd
  2. Imogen Healey (Tea Tree Gully BMX Club): 2nd, 2nd, 1st
  3. Cannyn Hayes (Cross Keys BMX Club): 3rd, 3rd, 3rd



  1. Kyle Fox (Happy Valley BMX Club): 2nd, 1st, 1st
  2. Owen Jones (Tea Tree Gully BMX Club) 3rd, 2nd, 3rd
  3. Thomas Butson (Tea Tree Gully BMX Club): 7th, 4th, 2nd



  1. Jaimee Banning (Tea Tree Gully BMX Club): 1st, 1st, 1st
  2. Stephanie Tomkins (Gawler BMX Club): 3rd, 2nd, 4th
  3. Ebonee Styles (Tea Tree Gully BMX Club): 4th, 3rd, 3rd



  1. Thomas Blackwell (Gawler BMX Club): 1st, 1st, 1st



  1. Rebecca Smith (Tea Tree Gully BMX Club): 1st, 1st, 1st
  2. Emily Anderson (Gawler BMX Club): 2nd, 2nd, 2nd



  1. Mark Copeland (Gawler BMX Club): 1st, 1st, 3rd
  2. Tristan Throup (Gawler BMX Club): 3rd, 2nd, 1st
  3. Sam Rae (Gawler BMX Club): 2nd, 3rd, 2nd



  1. Jayden Fox (Happy Valley BMX Club): 1st, 1st, 1st
  2. Jack Dowse (Gawler BMX Club): 2nd, 3rd, 3rd
  3. Craig Dowse (Gawler BMX Club): 6th, 2nd, 4th



  1. Zac Bradley (Gawler BMX Club): 1st, 1st, 1st
  2. Billy van Hout (Cross Keys BMX Club): 2nd, 2nd, 3rd
  3. Billy Drewett (Cross Keys BMX Club: 4th, 3rd, 2nd



  1. John Gilbert (Cross Keys BMX Club): 1st, 1st, 1st
  2. Brett Tomkins (Gawler BMX Club): 3rd, 2nd, 2nd
  3. John Dickinson (Gawler BMX Club): 4th, 3rd, 3rd

Results from around AUS over the weekend:

 Wednesday December 4

  1. 2019 Northern Nitro, Cross Keys BMX Club – CLICK HERE

Friday December 6

  1. 2019 Northern Nitro, Gawler BMX Club – CLICK HERE
  2. Wanneroo BMX Rd 4, Wanneroo BMX Club – CLICK HERE
  3. Friday night racing, Bayside BMX Club – CLICK HERE
  4. CowMeet06, Cowaramup BMX Club – CLICK HERE
  5. CabooltureBMX 2019 S02 Rd09, Caboolture BMX – CLICK HERE
  6. Club Night, Southern Districts BMX Raceway – CLICK HERE

Saturday December 7

  1. 2019 Northern Nitro, Tea Tree Gully BMX Club – CLICK HERE

Sunday December 8

  1. Club Racing Xmas Party, Southern City BMX – CLICK HERE

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