The UCI BMX World Championships might have stolen the limelight, but back home there was another Aussie team racing to victory, Far North Queensland celebrated their best and the Country Championships headed to SA!
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Leg one of the Trans-Tasman Series has seen Australia get the edge on their New Zealand rivals at Castle Hill BMX Club over the weekend, with both the boy’s and girl’s defeating their Kiwi rivals in a big weekend of racing.
While the 2018 UCI BMX World Championships were taking place in Baku, Azerbaijan, there was plenty of racing taking place around Australia at the same time. Highlighting racing on the domestic front was the BMX NSW BMXtreme Carnival that doubled as the first of two events in the Trans-Tasman series.
Representing Australia in the girl’s event was Shae Archibald (The Cove BMX Club), Imogen Healy (Tea Tree Gulley BMX Club), Valencia Stevis (Sydney BMX Club) and Charalee White (Nerang BMX Club), who won four of their five rounds to lead a 103-92 victory against their Kiwi rivals.
Meanwhile the boys’ team of Steele Cherubino (Bunbury BMX Club), Trey Tuffin (Happy Valley BMX Club), Sonny Lucas (Penrith BMX Club) and Nate Cox (Lake Macquarie BMX Club) were more convincing in their defeat of the New Zealand team, as they won all five rounds and accumulated 142 points to the 52 of their rivals.
With the return leg of the series to take place in New Zealand this October, re-selection for the Aussie team also took place at Castle Hill BMX Club after the event. Congratulations to the following riders who will don Aussie colours later this year:
In other racing at the BMX NSW BMXtreme carnival Leanna Curtis (Southlake/Illawarra BMX Club) did the double in the women’s superclass event to win on both Saturday and Sunday.
Meanwhile Manning Valley BMX Club’s Oliver Moran made the step out of the 16 Boy’s class to take on men’s Superclass racing. The teenager grabbed the win on Saturday, before taking a fine third place behind Alex Cameron (Sydney BMX Club) and Jayce Cunning (Suncoast Hinterland BMX Club) on the Sunday.
Atherton BMX Club delivered a sensational Far North Queensland BMX Championships over the weekend, with 195 riders taking part. The event was also an opportunity to award FNQ’s perpetual awards to riders who have been exemplary over the previous twelve months.
In the race results, it was 10-years-girl’s competitor Asha Smith who highlighted things for the host club, with victory in both the 8-10 girl’s cruiser race and the 10 girl’s 20-inch event.
In total there were ten victories for Atherton at the event with Tyler Misener winning the 8-boy’s, Bailey Page defending his FNQ title in the 9-boy’s, Kirra Twidale turning her #4FNQ into a #1FNQ in the 9-girl’s, Sienna Ferraro winning the 11-girl’s and of course Smith with her fine pair of victories.
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Making it a double dose of joy for the Smith household was Aiden Smith who like Asha, pieced together a pair of victories in the 13-boy’s 20-inch race, as well as the 13-14 boy’s cruiser event. The other two victors from Atherton were Ryle Moses in the 16 boys who also defending his #1FNQ plate and Greg Misener who won the 35-39 men’s cruiser.
When it came to the perpetual awards it was newly crowned 11-year’s girl’s world champion Portia Eden from Cairns BMX Club who was named junior female athlete of the year, while Bill Woodward from Island BMX Club was the junior male athlete of the year.
Cairns BMX Club riders Shannon Petre and Ronan Weber were named the senior female and male athletes of the year respectively.
Special mention also goes to Ammie De Lai from Cairns BMX Club and Harrison Buswell from Townsville BMX Club who were named the FNQ Best and Fairest, a treasured award now in its seventh year.
The 2018 Australian Country Championships and annual South Australia versus Victoria titles were held at Blue Lake BMX Club, and this year it was one win apiece for the neighbouring states as Victoria won the challenge race and SA claiming the Superclass event.
Overall there were 20 country champions crowned across a weekend that saw 175 eager participants take to the gate.
Racing honors were equal this weekend with Victoria taking out the Challenge race and SA winning the Superclass event.
Pleasingly for many was the chance to bring along their retro bike as three retro classes took the gate during the event. In the retro junior class it was Zac Bradley from The Copper Coast BMX Club who took the win, clean sweeping all four of his motos.
Similarly, a clean sweep in the 30-49 year’s retro class saw Luke Cristiano from Frankston BMX Club win all three of his motos, while Corey Sztama from Sunbury BMX Club placed first in all but one moto to win the 14-29 retro class.
Racing also took place at Southside BMX Club and Maryborough BMX Club across the weekend.