Weekend racing around the country has sent goosebumps through the BMXA family and for good reason. Here’s this week’s Tales from the Berm by BAD BOY.
Across the weekend countless BMX events played host to riders looking for their weekend dose of racing and the numbers speak for themselves.
Special mention goes to the Lilydale BMX Club, who welcomed over 330 riders competing in the 2019 Conquer the Valley. Another is the Rockingham BMX Club, who had over 400 riders battling it out in round 3 of the WA Super Series, while more than 240 riders were competing in round 2 of the BMXSA State Series at Tea Tree Gully BMX Club.
Unfortunately, the chance to celebrate all these events and their results would leave readers here for a while… so the racing at the Sleeman supercross track over the weekend is this week’s spotlight. (Scroll to the bottom to see the results from the other events from around the country.)
The supercross track in Brisbane played host to over 450 with the inaugural Queensland International Cup joining the sixth round of the 2019 Oxley Cycles Shootout Series.
The UCI C1 event brought together riders from around the country and beyond, including New Zealand’s talented Rebecca Petch, Maynard Peel, Tasman Wakelin and Jessie Smith. This competition also attracted Olympic gold medallist Connor Fields, who is right on track to defend his Olympic title at the Tokyo 2020 Games.
The first result from this week’s Tales from the Berm by BAD BOY is Manning Valley’s Oliver Moran who bested Kiwis Wakelin and Rico D’Anvers in the junior elite men’s to stand tallest on the podium.
Next on the podium was the elite women’s, which was combined with the junior elite to produce a fierce contest of young stars and current shredders for the cheering spectators.
Continuing her competitive 2019 was Southlake/Illawarra’s Leanna Curtis, who made a good gate start in the final of the women’s elite final and never looked back as she put together a clinical performance.
Her biggest threat leading into the event was Petch, who recently bested Curtis at the Westside BMX Club for stage 2 of the 2019 BMXA BAD BOY National Series.
The New Zealander finished in third behind Beenleigh’s Des’Ree Barnes who took out the junior elite.
The final race of the day contained a star-studded gate of elite male riders with the likes of reigning Australian title holder Brandon Te Hiko, dual-national champion Corey Frieswyk and Matt Krasevskis. Rio Olympian Bodi Turner was eliminated in the motos.
It was a race that had it all with the eight riders shooting down the 8-metre hill. Coming into the second berm, Joshua Boyton, in third place at the time, came down slowing the pack except for Fields and Krasevskis who battled it out to the finish line, with Ashmore’s Kyle Hill in third.
The rest of the pack finished Frieswyk in fourth, Andrew Hughes fifth, Boyton sixth, Te Hiko seventh and Joshua Mclean in eighth.
To see a full list of results from the weekend – CLICK HERE
Watch the Queensland International Cup below.
Also getting their taste of the supercross track was the 450+ competitors racing in the sixth round of the 2019 Oxley Cycles Shootout Series.
Making the most of their weekend were the below riders who won every single race they competed in.
A special mention should go to Pine Rivers’ multiple world champion Thomas Tucker who raced not one, but two ages older than his age class (14), and got the top spot on the podium ahead of Buddha Baum in the 16-boy’s.
Wrapping up the event were the superclass competitors with some taking the opportunity to stamp their authority on the gate due to some of the top riders competing in the Queensland International Cup.
Winning the men’s was Pine Rivers rider and world no.7 in the junior elite, Kye Affoo. Putting the pressure on Affoo was Dirk Winter in second and fellow Pine Rivers rider, Liam Hilliam in third.
The women’s superclass ledger saw world no.6 Tahlia Marsh from Clarence Valley and world no.1 Kira Hill from Nerang (in their respective age class) going hammer and tongs for the finish line. Having to leave it to the transponder, EzEventing read Marsh first (44.775) followed by Hill (44.780) second and Pine Rivers rider Tenniele Botfield in third.
For a full list of results from the weekend – CLICK HERE
We wish all fallen riders over the weekend a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing you back on the bike soon.
Take a look at some of the social media trending over the weekend.
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