BMX is one of the fastest growing sports in Australia and is one of the only sports where total family participation can take place.
In the month of February, BMX Clubs right across Australia will hold a National Sign on Day giving the chance for any one in the community to come and try the thrill and excitement of BMX racing.
BMX is a fast and fun action sport with jumps and turns on a track that can be 300 to 400 metres in length. When riders become experienced in BMX they can launch down a fast start ramp, over jumps and fly around berms. The sport is fast and exciting and is great exercise for kids and adults.
National Sign on Day is all about experiencing the sport through riding and coaching clinics with many clubs being able to loan a BMX bike for the activities if you do not already have one.
BMX Australia President, Mr Barry Knight said the sport is going from strength to strength and is a great way to keep active and to make new friends.
“BMX is such a great sport for the family, you see mums and dads riding at events where their kids are too,” Mr Knight said.
“Clubs right across Australia do such a wonderful job in fostering the sport, and it’s from our clubs that we have been able to produce our World Champions and Olympic stars.
“There is such a great family atmosphere within BMX clubs and the sport as a whole. We have people who started BMX when they were young and are now introducing their children into the sport.”
BMX has played a significant role in the careers of many cyclists however with its own pathway to the highest sporting platform, the Olympics, riders no longer need to look elsewhere to achieve glory. Sam Willoughby and Caroline Buchanan both made the Olympic final in 2012 after years of riding and dreaming of success. Willoughby rode his way to a silver medal in the final, giving BMX Australia its first Olympic medal since its inclusion at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Both riders have won World Championships and are full time BMX athletes having participated in the sport from a young age.
No matter where BMX takes you, it is a fun action sport that you can enjoy while making friends and increasing your skills at the same time.
Events will take place over the following weekends:
8th-9th February 2014
15th-16th February 2014
22nd-23rd February 2014
April-May 2014 (NT only)
World Champion Caroline Buchanan has gone one better today in the second Round of the National Series taking the win on the Gold Coast.
Caroline narrowly missed out on winning in Round 1 when racing was determined over 3 races where she finished just 1 point behind Kirsten Dellar. Today, Buchanan exerted her dominance in the sport with 2 wins and a second in the motos before leaving no doubt in anyone’s mind that she was here to win the final.
Given the option to ride the pro straight with its bigger jumps, Buchanan used the opportunity to challenge herself and was the only rider to do so.
“This weekend is about blowing out the cobwebs and wanting to challenge myself at the same time,” Buchanan said after the race.
“I came here with a different attitude to today’s racing; I played it safe for the final and got the win.
“Motos today meant that I was able to have those extra challenges and try to give the pro straight a go. Today it was the final that counted.”
Asked about whether the weekend gave her the confidence of where she wanted to be right now, Caroline said that it was a great introduction for the season.
“Yeah, definitely I've got a lot of confidence coming out of the off season. I put on my flat pedals and have really taken it back to basics at a beginner level which has helped me get back in touch with my bike.”
In the Elite Men’s, Matthew Juster held out yesterdays winner Anthony Dean and Corey Frieswyk to take a win he’d been chasing for 3 years.
“I’ve been living over here so I’m getting used to the heat so it was to my advantage out there today. I’ve been itching to get a win now for nearly 3 years so to finally get it I’m stoked right now,” Juster said.
It was a classy field with the likes of Luke Madill, Corey Frieswyk and last years series winner Anthony Dean. Add to that World #8 Barry Nobles from the USA and achievement becomes more special.
“Anthony Dean is always tough; he won last years series having won 6 of the seven rounds in 2013 so to beat Anthony has been a really big achievement for me."
Despite the heat across both days of competition spectators were entertained on and off the track. Racing was at its usual high standard with the international racers always in the mix; New Zealand especially as they had wins in the Junior Women and Girls 16’s.
BMX Australia General Manager Mark Louis said the level of racing on the Gold Coast impressed him.
“The two days of racing have been of an outstanding standard with racing well supported by the spectators who endured the heat wave conditions,” Louis said.
“Watching Caroline win today and seeing the Elite Men’s finals filled with so many great racers, our sport continues to attract top athletes from around the country and the world.
“This National Series has seen a record number of entrants with a lot of people staying in and around the Gold Coast not only enjoying racing but also staying on and enjoying the holiday period.
(Pine Rivers BMX Club)
(Nerang BMX Club)
(Warrnambool BMX Club)
Jordan Donaldson (NZL)
(Southeastern BMX Club)
(Southlake Illawara BMX Club)
(Caboolture BMX Club)
(LMX BMX Club)
(Redlands BMX Club)
(Park Orchards BMX Club)
(The Cove BMX Club)
(Westside BMX Club)
(Tuggeranong BMX Club)
(Cross Keys BMX Club)
(Jingli BMX Club)
Image of Caroline Buchanan courtesy of Flowmountainbike.com
BMX Australia is excited to announce the first live video stream of its National Series being held in Nerang on Friday January 3 and Saturday 4, 2014
Never before have rounds of the National Series been broadcast live, with the opening event in Nerang marking a significant advancement in delivering rich media content to the BMX community in Australia and overseas.
The live video stream will be available when race action starts from 4pm local Queensland time on Friday and 10.30am local Queensland time on Saturday. The complete coverage of the motos, semi finals and finals will be broadcast live.
To view the live stream, viewers can simply use the BMX Australia App on Apple or Android devices. The BMX Australia App was launched in December and provides a wealth of information about BMX boasting full interaction through social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and BMXATV (YouTube). The App, available for free from iTunes or Google Play allows users to watch live video streams of BMX Australia events by selecting “Live BMX”.
“This is a tremendous step forward for BMX Australia,” President Barry Knight said today. “We have the ability for any one, anywhere to view our sport where ever they may be.”
“What I am excited about is we have a way of broadcasting our sport all over the country and internationally. We have riders from the US, Japan, New Zealand and Great Britain competing this week, their friends and family can view their progress live as we broadcast.”
The season opener at Nerang has already attracted record numbers of riders from across Australia with 580 entries across the 2 days of racing in the City of Gold Coast Council. The calibre of riders on display is reflective of Australia’s presence in the sport globally with World #1 Caroline Buchanan riding BMX as she emabarks on selection to Rio 2016. Josh Callan (World #6) from Victoria will have some fierce competition as he looks to repeat success in Round 1 when he took it out last year. Barry Nobles (World #8) from the USA has made his way “Down Under” and is considered to be one for the favourites in a class that is stacked with talent. Former World #4 and 2013 Overall Series Winner Anthony Dean will be looking to put a horror run of injury behind him in the New Year though National Champion Corey Friewsyk and several other riders in the Elite Men’s class will make sure that all eyes are trackside when racing gets underway.
In total 15 World Plate holders and 80 Australian Plate Holders will start in Nerang which racing being contested in 14 Years to Elite classes.
Don’t miss any of the action – watch it live via the BMX Australia App available for Apple and Android devices from the iTunes App Store or Google Play.
Kirsten Dellar, Anthony Dean, Max Cairns and New Zealand’s Hannah Sarten were all Round 1 winners in Nerang at the BMX Australia National Series.
Hot conditions met riders early as they practiced, though by race time a cooling breeze had taken the edge of the heat which was welcomed by both riders and spectators. All riders were out to impress, with Round 1 showing off those who came prepared having done their work during the off season.
The new season brought with it a number of new features that included live streaming of racing and the “Hole Shot” Award for the Probikx class. The first rider out of turn one was awarded the Hole Shot and it was Max Cairns in Junior Men and Anthony Dean in Elite Men who took the award and the race win.
In the Elite Women’s class Caroline Buchanan was pipped for the win by Kirtsen Dellar. Racing 3 motos which accumulated overall points Dellar was behind Caroline coming into the last race needing to win it for any chance of beating the 2013 World Champion. Dellar and Buchanan were neck and neck as they entered turn 1 with Buchanan choosing to the Pro straight. The gamble didn’t pay off and Dellar kept it rolling through to come out in front.
In the Elite Men, Anthony Dean returned to Australia after spending the last half of 2013 in the USA. Riding for a new team he was keen to impress but there was a great field he was up against. Both semi finals in the Men’s were stacked with talent and moreso the final with the likes of Luke Madill, Corey Frieswyk, Josh Callan and Barry Nobles.
Dean took the Hole Shot in what was a fiercely contested corner, that same turn had seen a number of riders shoot in which such speed that it forced others high and on occasions just short of the crowd who gathered to watch the Series. Out of turn one Dean had established only a margin of breathing space and was chased hard by the pack right to the end.
Challenge Series 17+ Women
Pine Rivers BMX Club QLD
Manning Valley BMX Club NSW
Pine Rivers Bmx Club QLD
Terrigal Bmx Club NSW
Sydney Bmx Club NSW
Challenge Series 17-24 Men
Nerang Bmx Club QLD
Cairns Bmx Club Inc QLD
Bundaberg Bmx Club QLD
Bunbury Bmx Club WA
Challenge Series 30+ Masters
Warrnambool Bmx Club VIC
Beenleigh Bmx Club QLD
Geelong Bmx Club VIC
Centenary Plains Bmx Club QLD
Champbikx 14 Girls
North Harbour NZL
Tuggeranong Bmx Club ACT
Knox Bmx Club VIC
Southlake / Illawarra Bmx Club NSW
Logan City Bmx Academy QLD
Harbour City Bmx Club QLD
Champbikx 14 Boys
South Eastern Bmx Club VIC
Redlands Bmx Club QLD
Suncoast Hinterland Bmx Club QLD
Ashmore Bmx Club QLD
Jingili BMX Club NT
Champbikx 15 Girls
Caboolture Bmx Club QLD
Moranbah Bmx Club QLD
Mackay Pioneer Bmx Club QLD
Katie VAN ZANDEN
Eastern Goldfields Bmx Club WA
Happy Valley Bmx Club SA
Lake Macquarie Bmx Club NSW
Hawkes Bay NZL
Champbikx 15 Boys
Bayside Bmx Club QLD
Sunset Coast NZL
Burdekin Bmx Club QLD
Penrith Bmx Club NSW
Champbikx 16 Girls
Te Awamutu NZL
Rockhampton Bmx Club QLD
Hills Bmx Club WA
Walkerston Bmx Club QLD
Lake Macquarie BMX Club NSW
Champbikx 16 Boys
LMX Bicycle Supercross NSW
Atherton BMX Club QLD
Mansfield Mt Buller Bmx Club VIC
Bundaberg BMX Club QLD
Probikx Women Junior
Canberra Bmx Club ACT
Probikx Men Junior
Park Orchards Bmx Club VIC
Christchurch City NZL
Brandon TE HIKO
The Cove Bmx Club SA
Probikx Women Elite
Westside Bmx Club WA
Probikx Men Elite
Cross Keys Bmx Club SA
Eastfield Bmx Club VIC
United States of America USA
Lilydale Bmx Club VIC
Entries for the BMX Australia National Series have surpassed 570 entrants for the opening rounds that will be held in the City of Gold Coast on Friday January 3 and Saturday January 4, 2014.
The Nerang BMX Club will play host to the opening rounds in what signals the start of the Australian domestic BMX season and has become a regular stop in the nationwide series. And while the National Series event has attracted riders from right across Australia, it has also enticed a number of international riders to compete.
Riders from New Zealand, Great Britain, Japan and the United States will go head to head with Aussie riders with one of the best match ups promising to be in the Elite Men’s field. World number 8, Barry Nobles from Sun City in California will come up against Australia’s Josh Callan who finished two places in front of Nobles at the World Championships.
Callan, the current World #6 won the first round in 2013 at Nerang and finished second in Round 2 behind overall series winner Anthony Dean – though the last 6 months haven’t been favourable for Dean who broke his wrist in training for the World Championships in July and then suffered a knee injury in late October.
In the Elite Women’s class, Australia’s dual World Champion, Caroline Buchanan returns to the BMX track and her first race domestically since riding at the National Championships in May. In between was whirlwind of travel and events across multiple disciplines and continents which not only netted her the BMX World Championship but also multiple awards including the prestigious Sir Hubert Opperman Medal for Australia’s Best Cyclist.
Fellow BMX Australia High Performance team mate Melinda McLeod will only contest one of the two rounds in Nerang as she comes back from injury which plagued her 2013 campaign while Lauren Reynolds will miss both rounds as she focuses on her recovery from a knee reconstruction from an injury she sustained in the US back in October.
Barry Knight, BMX Australia President, said the opening round at Nerang is always a great event.
“The City of Gold Coast is such a great destination for our sport,” Knight said. “Families like to plan a holiday around our event so not only do they compete at one of our premier race events but they get to relax with so much to do on the coast.
“We’ve been able to attract some great riders to race in January. Not only will athletes from our High Performance team will be competing, but a number of international entrants will come to Australia to compete as well.
“I’m particularly looking forward to seeing BMX World Champion Caroline Buchanan in action on home soil. We have such a wealth of talent in the sport and the 2014 National Series is looking to be a great series.”
On Friday January 3, members of the BMX Australia High Performance team will hold an autograph session between 1.45pm and 2.15pm where the athletes will meet the fans giving them the opportunity to have a photo or grab an autograph on the BMX Australia High Performance Team poster.
Adding to the atmosphere of the opening round of the National Series will be the Red Bull event vehicle – a mobile DJ booth that will be playing music and keeping everyone moving.
January 3, 2014
January 4, 2014
11.30am – 1.30pm
7.00am – 8.00am
1.30pm – 1.45pm
8.05am – 8.20am
Challenge/Champbikx Time Trial
1.45pm – 2.45pm
8.20am – 9.20am
2.45pm – 3.00pm
9.20am – 9.35am
Probikx Time Trial
3.00pm – 3.45pm
9.35am – 10.20am
Racing – ALL
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