BMX meetings that are providing retro racing.
With the 2017 BMX Australia Retro national championships a little over a week away, I thought I would look over the fields for next weeks retro racing and give my predictions for the 4 classes that will be racing their retro bikes for the Australian title. Classes that will be competing are the 8 to 14 boys and for the first time ever we also have a stand alone girls class with 7 girls in the 8 to 14 class, the 39 and under men and the 40+ men. 8 to 14 boys Over the last 12 months, last years 5A Kyal Waldron has improved out of sight and with this being his last year in the 8 to 14 class I think he will go very close to taking the win in the 2017 event. Fighting every step of the way will be last years 3A Liam Carruthers who
This weekend the 26th of March, sees the Victorian State Series round 3 at Park Orchards BMX club and the over 40 retro has taken an unexpected turn, with an unexpected leader, riding with the number one plate. Who is this unexpected leader you may ask, well it’s me and if anyone had asked me at the start of the season if I thought I would be in the lead or anywhere near it, I would have told them that there was no way and no how, that I would be anywhere near it. Not only am I leading it, but with only 6 riders, racing retro in the 40+ retro this Sunday, I am guaranteed to keep the number one plate into the next round at Portland. How did this happen? Well pretty easy, numbers for the first 2 rounds of the retro series were low, very low, only
Christmas is still a few days away, but once the turkey has been devoured, more beer than anyone should actually drink and enough desert to give you a sugar rush for the rest of the year, then the focus turns back to retro BMX racing. The first event for the year is Track Attack a 6 race series over 9 days in the height of summer, it is not for the faint hearted and it is a wake up call, particularly for those of us, who have spent very little time on the bike since the State titles. It is also the perfect event to get some race fitness back and get back into the routine of racing and training and set your sights to April’s BMX Australia National Championships. Whilst April 23rd seems to be along way into the future for those of us that are intending to travel
Over the past 14 weeks, the Frankston Sharks BMX Club, have held a 7 round race series which they dubbed Helltrack, held every second Friday night from early September, November 25th marks the last round of the series and the awards night for those that have qualified with both attendance and the points earned through out the series. From a retro stand point, the series has been well supported with an average of 8 to 10 riders each round, a fast flowing track, Frankston is one of my favorite tracks to ride and it also happens to be the closest to where I live, which is handy. Thanks to Ash, we do have some footage from Round 4 of the Helltrack series, enjoy. With the 2016 race season fast drawing to a close, Fridays racing is one of the last opportunities to get out there on the Old School
With the Victorian BMX titles starting in 2 days time from now, particularly my class 30+ retro, I was thinking about the long time in between drinks. What do I mean by that? Well at the age of 45, I honestly can say I would not think that I would be entering into state titles for any event let alone a sport I am relatively new to, that being BMX. My history in Victorian state titles in all sports I have participated in, is littered with awards, trophies and podium places, my last Victorian titles for any sport was back in 1998 on the day that I turned 27, I competed in the masters state swimming titles, in a return to the sport I did as a kid, I was proud to come home with gold, in the mens 200 breaststroke in the 25 to 29 age class. Before that
Friday 18th November 2016 marks a big day for Retro racing in Victoria, after much lobbying and building the sport and its participation, the retro class will make it’s debut as a offical part of the Victorian State BMX championships, to be held at the Shepparton BMX club. The entries over the 3 classes are massive and to be honest are a surprise to everybody involved, in particular the 8 to 13 class which boasts 19 riders, just a little under the 30+ retro class which has 22 entries and the 14 to 29 class that has 7 riders, for a massive total of 48 racers, that are bringing out their old school, retro BMX’s. For those that are racing here is some important information about the event. Shepparton BMX track 96 Packham Street Shepparton, Vic, 3630 Registration for all classes begins Thursday 17th, November from 12:30 to 5:30 and