A big weekend of BMX racing is heading to Tassie!
There’s a lot to be cheering about if you’re in Hobart this weekend, as two days of BMX racing will grace the Southern City BMX Club and play host to some of the top BMX riders from around the country.
Among the riders are four topliners who will compete in the men’s superclass and all will be gunning for some of the highest paying cheques on the weekend.
Rio Olympian Bodi Turner will be joined by 2015 junior time trial world champion Shane Rosa, 2018 elite men’s national champion Brandon Te Hiko and 2019 junior elite national champion Matthew Tidswell.
The two events showcasing this talent are the sixth stage of the 2019 BMXA BAD BOY National Series on Saturday, September 21, as well as Southern City’s Clash 4 Cash on Sunday that carries a $10,000 prize pool.
Of the four, it is Rosa who is most eager to find the top of the national series podium on Saturday, as he currently sits second on the standings and a successful weekend in the Apple Isle will see him in good stead for the final stage at the Canberra BMX Club on October 19-20.
“I’ve been feeling pretty good at the moment,” Rosa said.
“It’s been a bit of a cruisy second half of the year with not a long going on. But I’m feeling good to get down to Tassie as it’s my first time racing down there.
“I’m really excited to see some of the names on the list to be honest. I didn’t know if anyone else was going to show and I’m glad that riders like Bodi and Brandon are turning up. It’s going to be a decent hit out.”
The 22-year old is no stranger to the elite stage having competed on it for three years. That stage has included racing in the world cup series and the world championships, and while he has raced alongside the best riders in the world, there is a special relationship with Geelong’s national champion Te Hiko.
“I’ve been racing against Brandon since I was nine,” Rosa continued.
“The relationship now is a lot better but when we were younger, it was a love/hate kind of thing. We were just rivals, and he has been my biggest competitor for a long time.
Rosa’s 2019 national series campaign reached boiling point at the last stage on his home track of The Cove in Adelaide when he pushed Rio Olympic finalist Anthony Dean all the way to the finish line.
Using his home track advantage, Rosa kept pace with Dean throughout the day and in the final was slick enough to beat home Turner in the process.
“It was really good to have that kettle of fish of riders down at The Cove for a good hit out. It felt really good racing at home, and I was really happy with my racing,” Rosa said.
“I think I ride my best when I’m feeling really comfortable on the track. Everything just sort of comes together and I don’t have to react to anything else, the day just ticks along smoothly.”
While Rosa sits second in the standings on 617 points, 103 points behind Shepparton’s Hayden Fletcher (720), the standings and points are far from his mind and, just like most top tier riders, he continues to focus on the most important aspect.
“I knew Hayden was on top, but it’s news to me that I’m sitting second,” Rosa admitted.
“I’ve only done three of them and to be honest, I don’t personally take too much notice of the standings. I just focus on the racing at hand.”
Also taking part in the weekend is the 2019 junior elite women’s national series champion, Kiana Botfield. Read about her – HERE
Another major feature of the weekend is Southern City’s $10,000 Clash 4 Cash which will occur on Sunday and is open to riders of all ages to compete.
The hefty prize pool will entice many of the riders from the national series to remain in Hobart for another day of BMX action and Rosa is excited for the event.
“It’s always great when the club is offering a big prize pool for the riders,” Rosa said.
“When they put the money up, it brings a lot more riders and it makes everyone want to come to the event even if it’s in Tassie.
“It’s not the easiest place to get to and getting some of the riders we have on the line is so great for the event.”