Queenslander Izaac Kennedy and Victorian Max Cairns have spent the past couple of months strutting their stuff on the USA BMX scene. But this weekend they’re heading to Europe in an attempt to give UCI BMX Supercross World Cup a good shake.
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On Sunday February 18 this year, Queensland’s Izaac Kennedy showed the Australian BMX scene that 2018 is a year he is ready to announce himself in earnest as a top competitor.
That day he took on round one of the 2018 BMX Australia National Series at the Penrith BMX Club, and grabbed the win in the junior elite men’s class from Lake Macquarie’s Nathaniel Rodway. Just a week later, he was standing atop the podium for the ‘A-Pro’ men’s race at the USA BMX Gator Nationals in Oldsmar, Florida.
He also claimed a second the next day, before finishing equal eighth in the Pro Open race on the Sunday.
One of the riders Kennedy was equal eighth with was Victorian Max Cairns. Like Kennedy, just a week prior Cairns had been at the Aussie national series in the heart of Sydney’s west. On that hot Sunday he was second by a sliver to Kai Sakakibara in what was one of the most dramatic elite men’s finals in recent memory.
Fast forward to mid-March and the duo of Kennedy and Cairns were back at it on the US scene, this time at the Sprint Nationals in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Kennedy claimed another first in A-Pro, Cairns a second on day one in elite men…and he wasn’t racing any slouches either. Names including Olympians Trent Jones (NZL), Corben Sharrah (USA) and Tory Nyhaug (CAN) all found themselves behind the humble Cairns.
Another week, more racing, but this time it was Carolina Nationals at Rock Hill, South Carolina. But this time, Kennedy made the leap into elite men with Cairns and finished sixth. Cairns was right behind in seventh.
Two Aussies in the main at a USA nationals round, that’s nothing to be sneezed at.
At Dixieland Nationals in Atlanta, Georgia on April 20 Cairns was back on the podium with third in the elite men’s race on day one. Day two he was fourth, making another strong weekend.
That brings us to this weekend, where Kennedy and Cairns head to Papendal, the Netherlands for rounds three and four of the 2018 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup. They join a strong contingent of Aussies including 2016 Olympic finalist Anthony Dean and three-time world cup podium place-getter Saya Sakakibara.
Undoubtedly following their string of strong results, both riders will be eager to make the finals in Papendal…or perhaps better.
Rounds three and four of the 2018 UCI BMX World Championships can be viewed LIVE this weekend. For a full rundown of when and where to watch, including a few highlights – CLICK HERE.