There were three top class events over the weekend in South East Queensland, Cairns and the Illawarra in NSW. Take a look at what went down…
Beenleigh BMX Club was the host over two days for the Oxley Cycles South Queensland Championships
There were 536 riders on show and 637 entries, including an incredible 78 riders in the sprocket classes and a further 15 mini wheelers, a great sign for the sport in the region.
The superclass events were both won by Caboolture BMX Club riders with two-time men’s national elite champion Corey Frieswyk taking the men’s event and Sara Jones the women’s.
Frieswyk beat home Josh Boyton (Centenary Plains) and Jye Hombsch (Redlands), whilst Tyler-Lea Thorley (Nerang) and Haidee-Lee Whittle (Beenleigh) finished behind Jones.
Plenty of riders went through the weekend undefeated, led by Ashmore’s national 20′ champion Isabella Schramm who took out the double of the 13yrs girl’s and 13-14yrs girl’s cruiser. Schramm won a whopping 13 motos out of as many gates.
Others to have a perfect couple of days included:
Check out some of the action below or click through to Ray Watterson’s Facebook page for some awesome galleries.
At the same time that riders from SE Queensland were plying their trade near Brisbane, the GATORADE QLD Country Challenge was taking place with 170 competitors at a wet Cairns BMX Club.
No less than 15 riders completed a weekend clean sweep of their respective classes, including world champion and Cairns local Portia Eden (11yrs girl’s) and her Dad, Glenn, who as a 45-49yrs competitor nailed the 40-44yrs event. Both Edens also won their respective cruiser events.
Their Cairns clubmates Shannon Petrie and Ronan Weber were unbeaten winning the superclass events. Petrie was too good for another Cairns rider, Ammie De Lai, and Bundaberg’s Sienna Davies, while Weber beat Atherton’s Harry Phillips and Andrea Ferrai.
For Weber is was a fantastic win in his final event on home soil before he heads to the USA to take up a college scholarship.
Others from Cairns to ride through the weekend undefeated included Damien Prince (40-44 men’s cruiser), Jeffrey Walter (30-34yrs men’s) and Mica Moloney (9yrs boy’s).
Sienna Davies didn’t lose a gate in the 17+ women’s, while Townsville’s Harrison Buswell matched that feat in the 15yrs boy’s event, as did Atherton’s Kaleb Nielsen (14yrs boy’s) and Indi Ferraro (9yrs girl’s), Sarina & District Bmx Club’s Wilson Wray (13yrs boy’s), Walkerston’s Ellie Skinner (8yrs girl’s), Island Bmx Club’s Bill Woodward (12yrs boy’s) and Ipswich West Moreton Bmx Club’s Nate Maroske (10yrs boy’s).
Special mention must also go to Bundaberg’s Jack Davies and Harbour City’s Jack Ryan who as 15-16yrs riders were able to finish 1-2 in the men’s 30-34 cruiser event. Davies also won the 16yrs 20″ event where Ryan was third.
Credit too goes to the 28 sprockets and 12 mini wheelers who took to the muddy track.
Take a look at the pics from the weekend below…
South of Sydney the action was at the Southlake BMX Open for round four of the NSW State Series.
It was a big day with 423 riders in action, including 60 sprockets, and a great success for the Southlake Illawarra club.
Southlake’s pros Kai and Saya Sakakibara who took out the men’s and women’s superclass finals.
In the men’s final Kai defeated Nat Rodway (Lake Macquarie) and Andy Hughes (Lmx Bicycle Supercross), but the race was marred by a nasty crash for dual national men’s elite champion Alex Cameron. Alex is recovering in hospital and will have surgery on his broken legs in the next few days. We speak for the entire BMXA family when we wish Alex the best in his recovery.
WATCH Saya beat home clubmate Leanna Curtis and Castle Hill’s Ashlee Miller in the women’s final via Mick Carruthers’ video below…
Maitland Tenambit Bmx Club’s Lachlan Moore had a top day, claiming a winning double in the 14yrs boy’s and 13-14yrs cruiser events without losing a lap.
That feat was mirrored by Macarthur Bmx Club’s Isla Basa (9yrs girl’s and 8-10yrs cruiser) and Penrith’s Sandy Cameron, who is classed as 50+, but clean swept the 35-39yrs women’s event and the 45-49yrs cruiser.
In other events, the following riders went through the day without losing a gate:
As per usual, a great number of volunteers put in a lot of time to make the day a success, just as they did at every event around the country this past weekend. Thanks to all!