Curtis and Rodway top the podium in the penultimate round of the 2018 BMXA National Series.
COVER PIC: Leanna Curtis going through the motion in the women’s superclass division at Tuggeranong BMX Club. (Pic courtesy of Squires BMX Shots)
New South Wales duo Nathaniel Rodway and Leanna Curtis have found the top of the podium after winning the men’s and women’s superclass divisions in the sixth round of the 2018 BMX Australia National Series in Canberra.
The Tuggeranong BMX Club in the nation’s capital played host to over 400 riders from around the country providing a perfect weekend of racing.
Starring in the weekend’s headline event, the NSW pair proved too classy for their rivals and with victory earned valuable points in the year-long series.
For Rodway, a string of top results this season has kept the Lake Macquarie rider in high spirits, not to mention being named the 2018 junior elite national champion in Bunbury earlier in the year.
“This year has been really great, and the superclass this weekend was really competitive,” Rodway said.
“You’re racing younger and older riders who are all pretty quick. It’s a tough class.”
Rodway’s focus will now turn to the prestigious USA Grands which will take place in Tulsa, Oklahoma on November 22-25.
“I felt really good racing here and I can use this race to help me with getting prepared for Grands,” Rodway said.
Along similar lines is Southlake/Illawarra BMX Club rider Leanna Curtis, who led the women’s superclass all weekend.
“I’m really happy with the win, I just tried to stay calm and keep my consistency up all weekend,” Curtis said.
Returning to the top end of the BMX scene after a back injury, Curtis said she was really happy with her rehabilitation and she was especially pleased with her dominant gate starts this round.
“It’s been great to work on my gate start without worrying about my injury and I’m getting more and more back to my full fitness state,” Curtis said.
Superclass riders weren’t the only ones on show this weekend with over 40 competitive and participatory classes racing in ideal conditions.
A quintet of local riders also got in on the act, with the host club’s Luke Granatelli (15yrs boy’s), Amelia Stitchbury (8yrs girl’s), Mikalya Rose (17-24yrs women’s) and Maddie Hayes (12-12yrs girl’s cruiser) all tasting victory, a feat mirrored by Canberra BMX Club’s Craig Hewitt (40-44yrs men’s).
The seventh and final round of the national series will make its stand at the Launceston BMX Club on October 20.
The one day spectacle in Tasmania will give riders of all ages their last chance to earn valuable points in the hopes of being named the 2018 BMXA National Series champion for their respective age class.