Entries for BMX Australia’s premier event, the 2014 BMX National Championships are now open.
The 33rd National Championships will be held in Shepparton, Victoria where 65 classes of racing will be contested from Tuesday April 29 through to Sunday May 4, 2014.
This will be the second time the championships have visited Shepparton with the Club and Council hosting the event in 2010 to much acclaim from the BMX community.
“The BMX Australia National Championships are such a great event and one that is very family oriented,” BMX Australia’s President Mr Barry Knight said.
“That’s what differentiates BMX as a sport; the social side of it, the family involvement, the community feel and the relationships made.
“The track and the facilities in Shepparton are first class and a favourite among riders. BMX Australia believes in leaving a legacy to the sport, that was the case from 2010 and it’s great that we can return in 2014 to continue to build that with assistance of the Greater Shepparton City Council.”
Greater Shepparton Mayor Jenny Houlihan said the city was excited about hosting another major BMX event.
“We have previously hosted the 2010 BMX Nationals, 2011 Victorian BMX Championships and Australasian Schools Cycling Cup. Securing this event is a significant coup for Greater Shepparton and supports the work Council has put into redeveloping BMX facilities,” Cr Houlihan said.
“This event will further cement our reputation as a major sporting events destination in regional Australia.
“The event will also have wider benefits for Greater Shepparton, including an increase to the local economy through accommodation, hospitality and retail spending.”
Over 3,000 entrants are expected to compete during the week that will attract between 10-15,000 spectators boosting the local economy with an estimated $8.5 million in economic benefit from riders and families attending the National Championships.
The path to the 2014 BMX National Championships is already well under way with riders needing to have competed in their home State Titles to be eligible to qualify to ride at the national event – most of those State Titles have already been held. Riders who failed to ride at their home State Titles are unable enter the National Championships without submitting a Wildcard Application, which will be reviewed by the Event Management Committee.
In a major step forward, BMX Australia has applied equal prize money for the Elite Championships classes; women will now be awarded the same prize money as men. Plus, the overall prize pool has increased for Elite & Masters classes, almost tripling in size to now be $16,000. In terms of a breakdown of just how much the prize pool has been increased, the Elite and Junior Men’s has doubled, the Elite Women’s has increased five-fold and the Junior Women have had their pool quadrupled.
“This has been a major initiative introduced by the Board of BMX Australia,” said Mr Knight. “BMX Australia is continuing to invest in the athletes within our sport and into our national events as we increase the appeal of the sport.”
During the week long National Championships, the event includes the final round of the National Series, which for the Probikx Tour culminates as a Continental Championship. This championship event opens the way for international riders in the Oceania region to compete against Australian riders ahead of riding against them at the World Championships later in July when they are held in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
The Oceania Championships will be held under lights, as they were last year where they provided a great spectacle adding to the carnival feel of the event.
“We had so many people tell us what a great time they had watching racing at night that we have included it again in 2014,” Mr Knight said. “The atmosphere becomes something else when the sun goes down and the track lights up for racing.”
Tuesday, 29 April
11.00am – 5.00pm: Open Practice
Wednesday, 30 April
7.00am – 10.55am: Practice
11.00am – 12.00pm: Sprocket Coaching Clinic
12.00pm – 12.30pm: BMX Mini Wheelers
1.00pm – 5.00pm: Pre-Titles Racing
Thursday, 1 May
8.45am – 11.00am: Sprocket & BMX Mini Wheeler Participation
11.10am – 12.30pm: Sprocket & BMX Mini Wheeler Presentations
4.20pm – 5.00pm: Opening Ceremony
5.20pm – 9.30pm: Racing – Crackerjack, Dynamite, National Series & Oceania Championships
Friday, 2 May
9.10am: Racing (Block 1)
After Block 1: Racing (Block 2)
Saturday, 3 May
10.00am – 4.00pm: Racing
Sunday, 4 May
10.10am: Cruiser Racing
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
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
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.
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