Wow… what a week! Here’s what happened.
The 2019 BMXA BAD BOY National Championships was a week-long affair that had over 1500 riders from 99 clubs descend on Shepparton, Victoria for the biggest event on the Australian calendar.
Riders from around the country and as far as field as Cairns, Nhulunbuy and Pilbara competed in the #BMXANats19 and the overall feedback was… “when’s the next one?!”
While next year is still being decided, we can sit back, relax and enjoy the highlights of an incredible week in Victoria. Enjoy!
Tuesday, May 21, held the first open practice session for the national’s participants with many finally getting a taste of the newly built Shepparton strip and the recently constructed 8m hill.
While practice was going down, the Greater Shepparton City Council and Shepparton Show me teamed up with BMXA to hold an official launch of the event in the Maude St Mall.
Aussie riders Brandon Te Hiko, Leanna Curtis and Hayden Fletcher signed autographs and took photos as well as answered questions from radio stars, Josiah and Elly from Hit 96.9.
Read about it – HERE!
Practice was once again open for competitors on Wednesday as well as the addition of a new competition by BMXA. The Pro Spectacular, open for superclass riders, 30+ men’s masters (20-inch) and the 35+ women’s masters open wheel.
Queensland’s Izaac Kennedy went on to win the men’s superclass kicking off his impressive week and showing his competitors he means business (more to come later), while Leanna Curtis took the women’s superclass event to start hers.
Kennedy’s coach, Sean Dwight, won the line honours in the 30+ masters 20inch while WA’s Catherine Hopkins won the 30+ women’s masters open wheel.
To read the full report – CLICK HERE
Packing out trackside during the Pro Spectacular was a cheering crowd with many of the sprocket rockets cheering the loudest for the superclass riders.
The reason being?
The special sprocket/pro buddy system devised by BMXA gave the youngest members the chance to meet their heroes and if their pro made it to the final – could ride a lap with them!
WATCH WHAT HAPPENED BELOW!
The official start of racing for the national championships. Sprocket Rockets and cruisers took to the track on a fine Thursday with the participation class getting their experience of the nationals while the cruisers launched their offence for a national title.
To read the report for the cruiser classes – CLICK HERE
Wrapping up the day was the ever-popular sprocket party!
Take a look at the action below…. Ain’t no party like a sprocket party!
Following on from the hotly contested cruiser title races, the 20-inch classes touched the track on Friday with the action-packed contested racing broken up into two blocks.
Block 1 had many title defenders looking to go back-to-back with aspiring challengers hot on their tail never giving up, in particular was the 11-boy’s class. Watch what happened below!
Read the wrap from block 1 – HERE
Block 2 had just as much action as block 1. Knocking down the age barrier, the older 20-inch competitors brought out their inner youth as holeshots were tested and finish lines were left to transponders.
Read the report from block 2 – HERE
The biggest day of the 2019 national championships. Saturday at Shepparton played host to not only the rest of the 20-inch challenge riders, but also the championships classes with the hopes of being crowned a national champion.
Continuing his successful week was Izaac Kennedy, who not only won the Pro Spectacular but also the elite men’s. Returning from a serious injury, the Logan City BMX Academy rider produced a master performance to take the top spot on the podium.
Not to be forgotten was the elite women’s final. Joining Kennedy with back-to-back wins at Shepparton was Leanna Curtis from Southlake/Illawarra. Standing either side of Curtis on the podium was Caboolture’s Sara Jones and WA’s Rachel Gaskin.
They weren’t the only ones to take the top gong, read the full report from Saturday’s action – HERE
For a full list of the 2019 National Honour Roll – CLICK HERE
The national championships is a huge project which requires dedication, professionalism and commitment to the highest degree.
While riders and spectators only observed a week of action. The event has been a year-long process with countless hours and many hands all chipping to make it what it was.
Chief among the hands was the BMXA events team led by Emily McIver. Organising, managing, bunking in and out. McIver and her team should be given a huge congratulations and on behalf of the #BMXAFamily we thank you.
Helping the events team is the dedication of volunteers. Putting their hands up to look after staging, registration, commentating and scoring. This special group of people don’t do it for any economic gain, but more so for the pleasure of making an event what it is.
BMXA’s CEO Martin Shaw and Mayor of Greater Shepparton City Council Cr Kim O’Keefe talk about the success of #BMXANats19.
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Posted by BMX Australia on Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Helping to capture the action all week was BMXA’s official photographer, Get Snapt. The team is currently editing and uploading thousands of images will be made available by Thursday.
To see what has been uploaded so far – CLICK HERE
Below are some of our favourites!
BMXA may have been working hard on social media to help cover the event, but they weren’t the only ones!
Many family members jumped on Instagram and Facebook tagging #BMXANats19 to join in the atmosphere and below are some of our favourites!