The gates are about to drop, let’s go racing!
COVER PIC: Courtesy of Sydney BMX Club’s Facebook page.
The first stage of the 2019 BMXA BAD BOY National Series is on our doorstep and riders from around the country are making their way to the Sydney Olympic Park precinct for an epic encounter of racing and an electrifying atmosphere at the Sydney BMX Club.
This year’s national series has had some adjustments from its predecessor with the biggest one being that the two-day events will include two rounds of pro racing. Whether it be two superclass rounds or one UCI and one superclass, a final of pro racing will be on show on both days over the weekend.
Joining the superclass/UCI riders will be the challenge classes which will compete in three motos on Saturday and a moto, followed by finals on the Sunday. Each venue of the national series is now known as a stage and the first stage this weekend will kick off in dramatic style.
With that being said, there will be over 500 riders making their way to the home of the 2000 Olympic Games to cast off their national series and for some riders, it will be all about being a part of the biggest BMX series on Australian soil in 2019.
From the 5-year old sprockets to the 50+ masters, the national series is a place to race, celebrate and enjoy BMX alongside like-minded enthusiasts and the president of Sydney BMX Club, Adrian Topping, can’t wait for the first gate to drop this weekend.
“We have been working on the track since early October last year,” Topping explained.
“We have been working every weekend since Christmas widening the first and second straight as well a resurface of the entire track.
“We are really proud to showcase the Sydney BMX Club and our track this weekend, we are a medium size club with our members ranging from mini wheelers to 50+. We had heaps of riders competing at the worlds in Baku last year with plate riders in the 7’s and Mel Gibson in the 30+.”
The national series event has had Topping and his team work tirelessly to make sure that the track is race ready for the weekend, but that’s not all it has done.
“The majority of our riders do club racing, we have a core of 25-35 riders who regularly race here and the entire club are really excited to be able to compete against the rest of Australia. It is a great opportunity for them to be pushed to the next level and experience what the national series is about,” Topping continued.
“We have also had a lot of our volunteers put their hands up. Especially our mini wheeler parents. We are really excited!”
Sharing the spotlight is a long list of Australia’s top tier BMX riders including world no.2 Saya Sakakibara and her older brother Kai (world no.8), Australia’s national champions Brandon Te Hiko and Erin Lockwood, as well as the 2018 national series superclass winners Leanna Curtis and Oliver Moran.
Can Curtis and Moran defend their title?
Read about their thoughts –HERE!
The Sydney Morning Herald and 7News Sydney got to learn more about the Sakakibara siblings as they continue to aim for their first Olympic Games in the 2020 Tokyo games.
To read the Sydney Morning Herald article – CLICK HERE
Kai and Saya Sakakibara are rising superstars of BMX racing who turned down the host nation to represent Australia. Their road to @Tokyo2020 starts in Sydney this weekend. @MattCarmichael @7Olympics #7Olympics #7News pic.twitter.com/9qnOdB6fwE
— 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) February 12, 2019
Do you have any thoughts or suggestions about how BMXA can help you and your family get the most out of the sport?
Well if you have a spare moment at the track, why don’t you visit our team in the Pro shop area to talk all things BMX. You can chat to them from 10:30am – 12:30pm and 2-3pm on Saturday and 11am to 12:30pm on Sunday. If you pop by, you get to go in the running for a box of BMXA goodies.
Helping to capture the action over the weekend is BMXA’s official photographer, Get Snapt. If you would like to request photos of yourself or your family out on the track, don’t hesitate to get in contact with Get Snapt by heading HERE.
Before action commences on the weekend take a look at some of the important timings you need to know before arriving at the track.
Get in quick and try to avoid the long line as registration for the weekend is open from 10am – 12pm. (Make sure you get this done because there is no registration on Sunday!)
Practice for our shredders begins at 10:30am with the 8-12 years of age riders warming up the track until 11. The next half hour slot is for the 13-16-year-olds finishing at 11:30am.
Then the superclass riders take to the track from midday to 12:30 before the all-important sprockets get a quick fire 15 minutes to taste the action.
While the future BMX stars of the sport get their fix, BMXA will be presenting the 2018 National Series winners with their jersey’s, presentation plates and the recognition they deserve.
Then it’s down to business with moto racing running from 1pm to 4pm for all classes. All eyes will be on the superclass riders as they compete in the finals of round one of the superclass from 4pm.
Come Sunday, warm up for classes will run at 8am in a similar timeline as Saturday before racing resumes at 9:45am AEDT.
For a full run of proceedings – CLICK HERE
To cast your eyes over the Track Map – CLICK HERE
NOTE: The above moto times may change pending rider numbers and incidents outside of the event management’s control.
As we continue to draw closer to the event, be sure to check on the events page HERE for all important announcements, updates and results.
You can also visit out event page HERE for other key information.
See you there!
The time is now!
Entries for Stage 2 of the #BMXANS at Westside BMX Club are closing soon.
Winning isn’t EVERYTHING… getting out on your bike and having fun is!
— BMX Australia (@BMXAustralia) February 13, 2019