After a four-month absence, the Tales from the Berm is back for a special edition as we delve into a variety of club sessions and small race nights across the nation!
While our thoughts are with those around the country that can’t compete and are battling through another difficult period, we still want to recognise some of those clubs and riders that have been able to get around the track.
On Saturday night, the hotly anticipated Kings & Queens of Dirt took place at Big Rivers BMX Club with riders from every club in the Northern Territory heading to Katherine.
A total of 90 riders participated in a fantastic evening of racing that embodied the community values of BMX, with countless volunteers and club sponsors making the event a success.
Treasurer Chantelle Lange-Mathies said it was a perfect test for the club with the NT State titles set to take place at the venue at the start of October.
“This was our first major event since our return to BMX. It’s been a very difficult time around Australia with many clubs under duress, so we feel very fortunate to have been able to hold a large event at this time,” Lange-Mathies said.
“The event was very smooth, very well-planned event with the help of our volunteers and assistance from BMXNT.”
President Sue Sinclair was very thankful for the massive community involvement to make this event happen and the support the club received from the community during the difficult period.
“Many businesses supported us in these trying times. Very grateful for the community getting behind us even though many of them are stressed and needing help. Big boost for our whole community and great for confidence in our town.” Sinclair stated.
You can check out all the results from across the country HERE.
Across the Nation
South of Katherine in metropolitan Adelaide, The Cove BMX club welcomed 93 riders from all five metro clubs in Adelaide for the sixth instalment of the Cannon Champs. A wonderful day out for all riders with lots of new members giving it a crack and trying BMX for the first time.
It was a good run out for current national men’s junior elite champion and local Matthew Tidswell who clocked some fast times. Alongside him in the 13+ male was Jayden Fox of Happy Valley BMX Club and in third place, local Jed Keenihan.
Due to numbers, the women’s ledger merged with the men’s ledger as both Shae Archbold and Charlotte Tidswell used their home ground to their advantage with some quick times.
Pine Rivers BMX Club had close to 100 riders participate in their second round of Friday night club racing. Current seven-time world champion and local Thomas Tucker participated in the 14+ Open Invitational, taking out every moto and the final.
Over on the west coast, Southside BMX Club held another club day ahead of Round 3 of the Smarter than Smoking Super Series on August 16. The club also received more positive news, awarded some funding from Melville City Council for the event and track maintenance.
In New South Wales and ACT, club days are slowly coming back every weekend with most clubs able to host at least one clubby in the last few weeks. Castle Hill BMX Club hosted 118 riders race on Saturday.
Finally, check out Launceston BMX Club. Some crazy weather has covered the track in snow and ice! Hopefully see you racing soon, Launceston.
2020 you can’t ask for much more 🌨😍
Posted by Launceston BMX Club on Tuesday, 4 August 2020