The 2018 national series has been thrilling, competitive and downright jaw-dropping. All at once. Every round.
COVER PIC: Line up! Riders shredding at Tuggeranong BMX Club. (pic courtesy of Squires BMX Shots)
Hosting the sixth round of the seven-part story, Tuggeranong BMX Club provided an exemplary weekend of racing and teamed up with over 400 riders from around the country to deliver a delectable dish of action.
The national series this year has been bigger and longer than ever before and nothing short of a success. Never before has there been more rounds, more riders and more action available on a national level and this weekend was a strong clear indicator of that.
Featured in the weekend was the men’s and women’s superclass division and it was the NSW duo of Leanna Curtis and Nathaniel Rodway who came away with the chocolates. To read about it CLICK HERE!
Just as exciting as the superclass action were the 40 challenge and participation classes who have continued their journey through the year-long series.
Seizing the weekend was another duo of riders, the much-loved pair of Mel “Lethal Weapon” Gibson and Sandy ‘High Vis’ Cameron who competed in the most number of classes throughout the weekend.
On the menu for the pair this weekend was the final of the 30+ masters (Gibson 1st , Cameron 2nd), a mixed class of 20 inch (Gibson 5th, Cameron 7th where both won their age category) and a mixed class of cruiser women (Gibson 1st, Cameron 2nd where both again won their age).
In total, that was three wins for Gibson and two for Cameron.
The riders have had an incredible 2018 with the cherry on top being a silver (Gibson) and bronze (Cameron) in the 40+ women’s cruiser class at the 2018 UCI BMX World Championships in Baku.
Gibson and Cameron were just two of six riders that ended the day as multiple winners, with Nerang’s Callum Howarth (13yrs boy’s and 13-14 cruiser), Lilydale’s David Comport (50+ men’s and 50+ cruiser) and the Knox pair of Stephanie Alexander (9yrs girl’s and 8-10 cruiser) and Joshua Jolly (12yrs boy’s and 11-12 cruiser) all tasting success twice.
Taking full advantage of their home dirt knowledge were a quintet of local riders who got in on the act. Tuggeranong’s Luke Granatelli (15yrs boy’s), Amelia Stitchbury (8yrs girl’s), Mikalya Rose (17-24yrs women’s) and Maddie Hayes (11-12yrs girl’s cruiser) all won their respective classes, a feat mirrored by Canberra BMX Club’s Craig Hewitt (40-44yrs men’s).
To see a full list of results from the weekend – CLICK HERE.
If you missed out on day one of this weekend’s round, check out our wrap up below.
With the penultimate round of the 2018 national series having concluded, all eyes will be on the seventh and final instalment which will take place at Launceston BMX Club in Tasmania on October 20.
For superclass and challenge riders, this one-day event will be their last chance to earn valuable points and see themselves named as the national series champion for their respective class.
Stay tuned to our social media platforms as highlights, images and every single final is uploaded for your delight.
Wrapping up the report are a couple of words from the BMXA president, Neil Cameron, who explains what this series has been all about.
“This national series is about bringing the circus to the people rather than the people to the circus.”
There is no such thing as not being good enough for a national series. Everyone is good enough to have a good time and that has been the key message this year.”