Happy Valley BMX Club is no stranger to producing top level riders
Happy Valley is the BMX club that could. They could host Aussies. They could produce state, national, world and Olympic riders. They could host six South Australian state championships, and this week will host SA’s biggest event for a seventh time.
From October 26 to 29 October Happy Valley BMX Club will host the South Australian BMX State Championships. It will be the last time they do so in their current location, with their future holding a new shared facility – ‘The Sam Willoughby International BMX Track’ – with The Cove BMX Club.
Many know Happy Valley to be the home of dual Olympian, and London 2012 silver medallist Sam Willoughby. However, over the years other riders have made their mark on the sport with the club, notably Michael Fenwick, Mardi Katakasi and Pete Trenwith.
While the three latter riders may not have enjoyed the same profile of Willoughby’s exploits, they no doubt paved the way for riders’ younger than them to dream about where the BMX could take them.
All up there are 395 entries from 39 classes for this week’s event, a record for South Australia, with riders competing for the Simonds Homes winners’ jersey. Pleasingly, all states except Queensland will be represented at Happy Valley BMX this week.
Racing begins with the pre-titles and practice on October 26, before registration and practice sessions the following day for the main event.
Come Saturday, it will be all about mini-wheelers, sprockets and cruiser riders. Come the afternoon, racing will kick up a gear with the time trials, which precede the hell-for-leather ‘Top 8 Shootout’ for Superclass riders.
Sunday October 29 will be the final day of competition and will entertain 20-inch racing, the retro superstars of yesteryear, 30+ Masters and Superclass racing.
With a track primed for the action, and riders pumped up for the competition…the only thing left to decide is what music playlist will provide fresh tunes for some fast riders.
*Information provided by Helen Empson, South Australia BMX