The 6x 20inch world no.1 is ready to go at the 2019 UCI BMX World Championships!
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The biggest BMX event on the calendar is less than a week away and Pine Rivers’ Tommy Tucker is ready for another bout against the rest of the world, when the cruisers kick off action at 4:45pm AEST on Tuesday July 23.
There will be 120 riders representing the Aussie flag, and every single one of them will be throwing all they can into the Belgium strip.
While every Aussie is cheered on, extra attention will be on Tucker as the 14-year old attempts to brings home a seventh piece of silverware for his 20inch trophy cabinet shelf and the Queenslander is looking forward to it.
“I’m feeling pretty good,” Tucker said.
“I have just returned to full strength after I broke my ankle in Ipswich, during the national series, and I’m really looking forward to Zolder.”
Six years competing in the world championships has left life-long memories for the young rider, and when asked what his most memorable moment was, he had to stop and think.
“That’s a good question,” Tucker said.
“I think Rock Hill (worlds 2017) was my biggest win because I won both the cruiser and the 20inch. I also think my first worlds in Auckland (2013) was pretty special too as I was only 8.”
Understandably, emotions are running high when competing on the world stage, but for Tucker, it’s all about ensuring you have a clear mind and your focus is on the little things.
“I’m always trying to be out in front when the gate drops. Making sure that nothing stops me or gets in my way, like getting held up or missing the gate,” Tucker explained.
“It’s all about having a clear mind and keeping calm.”
While his mind is on his own race, Tucker knows his rival from Denmark, Hjalte Bech Feldt, will be working hard, as he has done for the last few years, to knock the Australian off the top spot.
“He’s a really fast rider, he has won the world no.2 plate twice in a row and he is currently winning the European Cup,” Tucker said.
Tucker’s goal for this year’s worlds is to bring home not only the 14-boy’s 20in title, but also the 13-14 boy’s cruiser, which he missed out on last year after coming fifth in Baku, Azerbaijan.
“The goal is to get both classes this year. Last year I was the younger rider, but this year I’ll be in the older part of the cruiser class and I would really like to win it,” Tucker said.
All the best Tommy, the BMXA family are cheering you and our other family members on.