Sam Willoughby has overcome a sensational crash in the Super Final of the Time Trial to finish in third place at the opening UCI BMX Supercross event held in Manchester.
Fellow South Australian rider Anthony Dean made the major final placing 8th while Corey Frieswyk of Queensland finished racing in 44th ahead of Victoria’s Josh Callan in 53rd position.
Lauren Reynolds from Bunbury (WA) was Australia’s only female rider competing at the first round of the UCI World Cup, finishing in 5th position.
A field of 146 elite men took to the track to record their time trial lap that would then whittle down to just 64 riders eligible to race. Willoughby qualified in the top 16 riders in the Time Trial giving him the opportunity to ride the SuperFinal – a top 16 shoot out to determine their final placing.
However Willoughby had to settle for 16th place as he clipped the landing of a jump before awkwardly launching himself into the air off another as he and the bike became separated. Fortunately he was able to walk away from the crash intact.
The final featured Australian’s Anthony Dean and Sam Willoughby lining up against the French duo of Joris Daudet and Andre Sylvain, Canadian Tory Nyhaug, Renato Rezende from Brazil and Connor Field from the US.
The group was tight heading down the first straight where the jump into turn 1 allowed Willoughby to settle into third place, but saw Dean get crowded out with Connor Fields getting a little loose in the air and into the landing. Willoughby went on to maintain his position while Dean tried to recover as best he could losing some momentum which resulted in his 8th place.
For Lauren Reynolds, beating the home favorite of Shanaze Read was always going to be tough on a track that she practices on regularly. Starting wide on the gate, Reynolds didn’t get away to the best start but managed to claw back the difference as racing continued.
She had moved from 7th into 6th by the second straight and then into 5th mid way down the third straight where she then held for as they crossed the finish line.
For the BMX Australia High Performance team, they now head back to Australia where they will compete at the 2013 Subaru BMX Nationals Championships in Brisbane next week. Not only will they compete at the National Championships, they will race in the Oceania Championships on Thursday May 2 at the Sleeman Sports Complex.
Over 1300 riders have entered the National Championships that start on Tuesday April 30 and continue until Sunday May 5. The week-long event will feature Australia’s best riders from around the country competing not only to be come National Champion but also to qualify to represent Australia at the World Championships in Auckland later in July.
Riders from as young as 3 years old will be riding at the National Championships and there will be a demonstration of the BMX Mini Wheelers. This new category represents the new entry point into the sport for riders too young or not competent in progressing to the Sprocket program. After participating as a BMX Mini Wheeler riders would have become familiar with the BMX track and be on their way in developing their skills so that the transition to Sprockets is much easier.
BMX Mini Wheelers is an introductory level where riders develop balance, gross motor skills and independence to begin riding a bike. Riders will be able to develop skills that allows their progression in the sport to become seamless as they progress on to the more traditional BMX bike at 5 years of age.
BMX Australia will go into this weekend’s first World Cup event in Manchester, England with high hopes and the weight of expectation after a stellar 2012 season on the international BMX circuit.
Sam Willoughby remains the benchmark of international BMX as the 2012 reigning World Champion, overall World Cup Series Winner and silver medalist at the London games.
He will be joined by 5 fellow athletes who are part of the BMX Australia High Performance team that is keen to keep Australia’s number 1 ranking firmly intact.
One rider who has continued his rise since placing 4th at last years World Championships is Anthony Dean. Currently leading the domestic series with 5 wins from 6 races, Dean will head to Manchester to yet again prove his ability to the world.
“I’m excited and ready to race,” Dean said. “That pretty much explains my feeling right now.”
“The work has been done and its time for me to prove myself to the world.”
Racing will get under way on Friday with finals on Saturday at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester, a purpose built cycling facility that is home to an indoor BMX Supercross track and is expected to attract over 200 athletes from 26 countries.
BMX Australia General Manager Mark Louis said a lot of preparation and hard work has gone into readying the athletes for both the domestic and international seasons.
“BMX Australia has been working with our athletes to prepare them for this years World Cup’s. Our National Coach Wade Bootes has held a number of training camps and coaching sessions on our own supercross track in Brisbane where he’s been working closely with our athletes.
“There’s high expectations of us having been the number 1 BMX nation for so long and with the World Championships in our region a little later in the year we want to continue to lead the world."
The BMX Australia team for the first of four World Cups is:
Elite Men Sam Willoughby – Happy Valley BMX Club, SA - #1 Anthony Dean – Cross Keys BMX Club, SA - #21 Josh Callan – Lilydale BMX Club, VIC - #28 Darryn Goodwin – Eastern Goldfields BMX Club, WA - #34 Corey Frieswyk – Walkerston BMX Club, QLD - #14*
Elite Women Lauren Reynolds – Bunbury BMX Club, WA - #6
* 2012 Junior Ranking
The UCI BMX Supercross World Cup will be webcasted live on www.bmxlive.tv
Once racing wraps up in Manchester the athletes will only have minimal down time before heading back to Australia to compete at the 2013 Subaru BMX National Championships in Brisbane. The championships being held at the Sleeman Sports Complex will see BMX Australia’s High Performance team competing on Thursday evening for the Oceania Championships and then again on Saturday in the National Championships.
Over 1,700 individual riders will compete at the championships which will crown National Champions from as young as 8 years old through to 50+ categories along with Elite categories. The event starts on Tuesday April 30 and runs until Sunday May 5.
The UCI BMX Supercross World Cup is about to kick off the 2013 season in Manchester, UK.
This year marks the 10 year anniversary of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Series.
As another proof of the continuous growth and interest, the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup will make a first apperance in the Manchester Cycling Centre, the only permanent BMX Supercross indoor facility in the world.
The £27 million purpose build venue does not only serve as a training facility for Team GB and the BMX squad, but has also revitalized the BMX interest in Manchester, UK by hosting development sessions of all different levels. Strong field expected
A strong field with over 200 athletes from 26 countries is expected in Manchester, but there is no doubt that the ones to beat are #65 Liam Phillips (GBR) and #12 Shanaze Reade (GBR). They have logged countless laps on their home track and they must have the track dialed in! Olympic medallists
In Elite Men, Sam Willoughby (AUS) is looking to continue his winning ways from 2012 that landed him the overall BMX Supercross World Cup tittle, the World Championship and a silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games. Willoughby will be running his #1 on a red number plate, indicating that he is defending his 2012 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup. Women
In the women’s category, Alise Post (USA) showed great pre-season form and will certainly look to challenge home-town favourite Reade. But so will Laura Smulders (NED), winner of the last 2012 World Cup and Supercross specialist Magalie Pottier (FRA)the current World Champion. The UCI BMX Supercross World Cup will be webcasted live on www.bmxlive.tv in addition to an extensive distribution of the acclaimed TV show Lane 1, showing what BMX Supercross is all about. The UCI BMX Supercross World Cup is proudly sponsored by Oakley, GoPro, Leatt, Red Bull, Tioga USA, Box Components, Promax, Chase Bicycles, ProGate, Vans & Troy Lee Designs. The 2013 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup calendar
BMX Supercross revitalized BMX racing with its exciting and spectacular races for Elite riders. The sport has come a long way in 10 years, with it’s first Olympic aperance in Beijing 2008 and the succesful 2012 Olympic Games in London.
19-20 April 2013 Round 1 Manchester, Great Britain
10-11 May 2013 Round 2 Santiago Del Estero, Argentina
15-16 June 2013 Round 3 Papendal, The Netherlands
27-28 Sep 2013 Round 4 Chula Vista CA, USA
BMX Australia has compiled a whole host of information that will make your 2013 Subaru BMX National Championships experience far more enjoyable. Take a moment to read through each of the areas listed below
BMX Australia has released the schedule for the 2013 Subaru BMX National Championships at the Sleeman Sports Complex from April 30 to May 5, 2013. To view the schedule click here.
Parking & Entry to the Sleeman Sports Complex
BMX Australia has negotiated with the Sleeman Sports Complex to waive its parking fees which would normally be imposed on major events at the complex for the duration of the 2013 Subaru BMX National Championships. Parking would normally be charged at $6 per vehicle per day, instead a “gold coin” donation per day on Thursday through to Sunday gives you access to the Brisbane SX BMX Track.
You will be issued a raffle ticket which is your opportunity to win some great prizes each day. Prizes include bikes from Redline, Olympic memorabilia and Monster headphones. Not only will you be saving money by not paying for parking, you’ll get the chance to win prizes in the raffle and BMX Australia will be making a donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Parking is only available in P2 and P3 car parks as marked on the map. Please note that the Ring Road around the Sleeman Sports Complex is designated “No Parking”. Local authorities will fine vehicles that are parked on this road or that are parked in locations contrary to the sign posted spaces.
Sleeman Sports Precinct
Riders should utilise the designated “Warm Up” and “Cool Down” both prior and post racing rather than any of the roads in and around the Sleeman Sports Complex. All riders when riding on roads must wear a helmet – local authorities will enforce road rules.
Registration will take place in the Chandler Theatre on Tuesday (9.00am – 3.00pm) Wednesday (7.00am – 12.00pm) and Thursday (7.00am – 12.00pm). Riders must ensure they have registered by attending registration during the allocated opening times. Riders who are competing and/or arriving later in the week should ensure they have made arrangements for the collection of their race plates and transponder.
Transponders will be provided at registration for those riders who require one. All riders will be provided an instruction leaflet on how to correctly and securely install their transponder. It is the responsibility of the rider to return their hired transponder after their last race.
Results will beprovided on noticeboards around the track and live on eZeventing saving you time and effort. Simply go to the eZeventing website on your laptop, tablet or smartphone at the event to view the results. www.ezeventing.com.au
Pit tent space is available on a “first come, first served” basis. This area is located behind staging and will be open from 8am Tuesday April 30 - no tents can be erected prior to this opening time and absolutely no trade tents.
No tents are allowed within the rest of the Sleeman Sports Complex precinct or track area. Due to the large number of spectators expected, please do not bring big esky’s.
A variety of exhibitors will be on site throughout the National Championships in the Pro Shop area selling BMX products and spare parts. Please support these organisations who support BMX.
Pre-ordered merchandise will be available for collection at registration when riders register and receive their race plates and transponders. An extensive range of merchandise will be available to purchase from the BMX Australia Pro Shop from Tuesday April 31. Cash and Eftpos accepted.
Catering outlets onsite will provide refreshments (cold & hot foods, cold drinks), Coffee Hut (tea, coffee, muffins, pies), Rainbow Icee (frozen carbonated beverages), Ice Cream Van (cold beverages and ice creams) and Boost Juice (smoothies and fruit juices). No commercial food products are to be brought in to the area.
Maps of the Sleeman Sports Complex and the BMX venue are available on the BMX Australia website by clicking here.
Tickets for the BMX Australia Awards night will be available from the BMX Australia Pro Shop during the event. The night will feature entertainment from comedian and magician Matt Hollywood. Overall series awards for the Challenge, Champbikx and Probikx categories will be presented along with the announcement of the Trans-Tasman Test Team. BMX Australia’s Olympic riders will be attending the night and will be on stage during the evening. Tickets are $22.00 and are available at the BMX Australia Pro Shop.
Following the introduction of Mascots at the 2012 National Championships, BMX Australia is calling all States, Clubs, Teams and Exhibitors to participate in the mascot competition that will be held on Wednesday May 1. Mascots will also be utilised at the Sprocket Party. A prize of $400 is on offer for the best mascot. For futher details please call BMX Australia on (02) 9339 5800 or email
The Sprocket Clinic will be held on Wednesday 1 May at 11.00am. It is compulsory for all Sprockets to attend the clinic to familiarise themselves with staging, the start ramp and the track. No parents are permitted in staging or on the track during Sprocket participation.
BMX Mini Wheelers
BMX Australia is calling for expressions of interest from parents who would like their child to participate in the BMX Mini Wheeler demonstration. The demonstartion will be held on Wednesday May 1 from 12pm. Parents can register their child by returning the participation form that can be found here or by registering at the event.
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2013 World Championships – Auckland, New Zealand
Riders who qualify for the World Championships can pick up and lodge their entry at the BMX Australia Pro Shop. Entry forms will be available and entry fees will be accepted on the spot rather than waiting to enter after the Nationals. For World Championship eligibility click here.
Is your licence about to expire?
Don’t forget to ensure your license is current. You will be required to show your licence and have it scanned at registration when you collect your race plate. Avoid unnecessary delays by renewing your licence online if it falls due at or around the time of the 2013 Subaru BMX National Championships.
If you have any questions about entering the 2013 Subaru BMX National Championships, please email
Olympic silver medallist Sarah Walker and world No 7 ranked Marc Willers will lead a strong New Zealand team named today for July's UCI BMX World Championships in Auckland.
A 15-strong team has been named today by BikeNZ for elite racing at the championships to be staged at Vector Arena on 24-28 July.
New regulations limiting the qualifying numbers for the New Zealand team resulted in some strong competition for places in the team named at the conclusion of a summer series selection events and the national championships in Cambridge.
The Californian-based Willers is the only rider to gain automatic entry based on his world ranking, while Walker was selected on her 2012 performances that culminated in her silver medal in London. She had recovered from a dislocated shoulder to compete at the Olympics but has since undergone surgery to repair the shoulder, returning to her bike for the first time last week.
BikeNZ coach Ryan Hollows said the selectors were excited by the depth of talent.
"There is good depth in both elite men and junior men, while the team will be well led by the experience of Marc Willers and Sarah Walker," Hollows said. "It will be interesting to watch our younger riders develop through to the championships and over the next couple of years."
Hollows said while the championships were the clear focus and an exciting opportunity for the sport in this country, the selectors also took a longer term view with their choices.
"It is the first time that New Zealand has ever hosted the BMX World Championships and that is going to be very exciting for our sport. With it being staged at the Vector Arena it is also a superb opportunity for us to profile the sport at the highest level to New Zealanders.
"At the same time we are looking for riders that have the ability to contribute towards securing Olympic qualifying places for 2016 and the ability to win a medal in Rio. For some of the riders the next 18 months will be spent developing towards that objective."
London Olympian Kurt Pickard (Tauranga) has retained his place in the team along with Matt Cameron (New Plymouth) and Daniel Franks (Christchurch). The newcomers include Kaiapoi's Trent Jones, up from the junior ranks, and Trent Woodcock (Pukekohe), who was a double junior world championship medallist two years ago.
Walker will be joined by New Plymouth's Victoria Hill in the elite women's team, with the Taranaki rider dominating the weekend competition and competed in last year's world championships in Birmingham.
The team members who are part of BikeNZ's High Performance unit will complete a training camp next week with combinations to compete at the Oceania Championships in Brisbane next month and six weeks of racing in the USA in June and early July. That group will complete a final training camp in Brisbane before the world championships.
The Challenge (age group) team will be confirmed later this week.
The BikeNZ elite team for the UCI BMX World Championships in Auckland on 24-28 July is:
Elite men: Marc Willers (Cambridge), Kurt Pickard (Tauranga), Matt Cameron (new Plymouth) Trent Jones (Kaiapoi), Daniel Franks (Christchurch), Trent Woodcock (Pukekohe). Reserves: Cody Stevens (Tauranga), Nick Fox (Gisborne).
Elite women: Sarah Walker (Rotorua), Victoria Hill (New Plymouth). Reserve: Hayley Gedye (New Plymouth).
Junior elite men: Cody Hobbs (Te Awamutu), Ryan Lewis (Te Awamutu), Todd Barry (Cambridge), Jarrod Browning (Cambridge), Donald Ross (Whangarei), Ryan Berney (North Harbour). Reserves: Luke Roguski (Tauranga), Stefan Gabel (Tauranga).
Junior elite women: Hannah Sarten (New Plymouth). Reserve: Monique Smith (Gisborne).
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