The weekend of June 24-25 saw BMX Australia host their annual Mid-Year Conference (MYC) in Sydney, NSW, with the board and state representatives in attendance.
While a number of items came before the room for discussion, one significant topic was the draft plan for the 2018 National Series and National Championships. Although final details are yet to be announced, there were two key points which were confirmed unanimously at the MYC
1. The discontinuation of the Crackerjack/Dynamite competition
2. A new National Series format that will render Chambikx/Probikx no longer relevant.
The first change will be the discontinuation of the Crackerjack/Dynamite competition in 2018. It is understood that this decision will be met with indifference, some will support it and others will not.
This item was discussed at great length with considerable input from the States, Coaches and the BMXA Board, and its discontinuation was unanimously agreed upon. Of particular note was the expert guidance provided by coaches that the added level of competition and pressure put on riders at such an early development stage, is not in their best interests.
The second change is that the Chambikx/Probikx component of the National Series will not be relevant to the updated structure of the series in 2018. Please note, that UCI points will still be available to elite riders at select rounds next year. However, the name of this will come under a different guise of a more inclusive series.
Full details of the 2018 National Series and National Championships will be updated in due course, when all details have been finalised.
BMXA is aware that many families are anxiously awaiting these details. Please understand that of upmost importance is providing our members with correct and accurate information, and therefore these announcements will be made when the time is right.