Adam Baker reports on the Vic BMX Titles at Shepparton last weekend.
Finn and I raced at the state title this weekend. finn racing 8 Boys and myself racing 40-44 Cruiser and 20-inch.
Saturday - 40-44 Mens Cruiser. I rode well all day placing 5, 3, 3 in the motos and qualifying 7th for the final. After a a great start and hectic first straight i settled in to 6th on track to make a few small mistakes and get pipped on the line by .01 sec to finish 7th. I now get to wear 7v for the next 12 months as my race number!
Sunday - 8 boys. Finn stepped up from Novice to race Expert, missing the semis by 4 points and riding with some gun riders in the field from across Australia (it was more like a national field than a state one!)
40-44 mens 20” - rode well in a big field (1 world champ and a few national age champs in the mix) riding 4, 2, 3, in the motos to qualify for semis in eighth. A poor gate saw me battle for fourth and just miss out on a finals berth, finishing ninth overall.
Meanwhile, Hayden Fletcher is currently driving across the states, to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to race The Grands next weekend, driving through some challenging conditions (1-2 feet of snow on the interstate!)
The Grands will be streamed live next weekend - use this link.
(Many thanks to Shred Crash Repeat BMX Shots for the images.)
Junior Dirt Crits – Monday 21 Nov
Monday saw the second week of the new format for juniors. Although a hot night the sprocket rockets set off at 4pm ready to crack their times from their previous week, riding two laps of Bogons Beginnings and the newly named “squiggle” into “home run”. All riders smashed their times from the previous week. Archie Hall was commended for staying on track this week. Josh Taylor was firsttaking a minute off his time, with Chloe Campbell and Thomas Day battling it out for 2nd and 3rd.
The Chain Gang then hit the track next also racing the same as previous week but with more laps. Times were varied possibly due to the wild weather that started mid race. Half of the riders improved on their previous times, with Nick Taylor and Sam Davies both improving by over two minutes. Finn baker blitzed the field again this week, followed by Ethan Nealon and Charlie Hutchinson.
Finally, the Trail Blazers were set to also battle the wind and rain. They repeated last week’s format racing up “High rise” and finishing down “the ramp”. Charlie Hall showed no hesitation this week on the ramp therefore taking 2 minutes off his previous time. Taycia Roche also showing a huge improvement with over 2 minutes off last weeks’ time for the four laps. The race winner was once again Kevin Gannon being chased down by Ned Hall and Zac Empey.
All riders were rewarded with icy poles this week due to the heat.
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