Know your jumps, get comfortable with your line and don’t try anything too extravagant…Suncoast Hinterland BMX Club rider Dirk Winter talks YOU through a lap of the track at Nerang BMX Club
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Dirk Winter is no stranger to the Nerang BMX Club, the Suncoast Hinterland Club rider has been lighting up the track for years. So, with the 2018 BMXA National Series headed back to the southeast Queensland stronghold tomorrow, we got Winter to give us the 411 (or should that be 541?) on the track.
Well-equipped to provide insight into this track, Winter has been undefeated in the national series for the past two seasons, while also claiming the national title in his age group in both 2017 and 2018. He knows what he’s talking about.
Without further ado, here’s what you need to know about the track at Nerang, according to rider #541, Dirk Winter:
“There’s quite a mellow gate start at Nerang and while you need a good reaction time like any other event, track position on the first straight is absolutely the most important thing,” Winter impressed.
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“It’s a short first straight, and you need to be quite aggressive and precise over the jumps, maintaining your momentum and position. The second and third straights are also all about momentum.
“The last turn is the tricky spot. It’s small and it doesn’t feel like there is much chance of passing, but lots of passes have happened there over the years. Riders need to keep their wits about them…especially if they’re leading.”
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As is the case at most events, those that can execute a clean lap will come away with a top result, but Winter warns that extravagance won’t necessarily pay off for those visiting the Gold Coast track.
“A rider needs to know the jumps and feel comfortable with a safe and fast line,” Winter said when discussing any key focal points of the Nerang track.
“You shouldn’t try to do anything extravagant like trying to make big jumps or the like. Just get through there fast and clean. Those sorts of laps will lead to consistency, and once you achieve that you can push the boundaries of your race line.”
Personal experience and tips about how to approach the track aside, Winter recalled on a few of his favourite memories from racing at Nerang. A particular standout was his first visit to the track and seeing the then stars of the day sail over jumps, racing in close quarters.
“I think 2002 was the first year I raced at Nerang and I remember it always being the race with the heavy hitters and the big pros,” Winter said.
“You were just in awe going to the track and the action was always red hot.”
Winter and almost 600 other Australian riders will be in action at the Nerang BMX Club for the fourth round of the 2018 BMX Australia National Series. You can view all the event details HERE.