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Full-on racing action at Shepparton track

Shepparton BMX Club will host a big weekend of action with a come-and-try day tomorrow and the Victorian Pro Series and Junior State Series on Sunday.

MATTHEW GALEA April 4, 2014 4:05am

Shepparton BMX Club is all set for a bumper weekend of action.

More than 400 riders will to descend on Shepparton for the latest instalment of the Victorian Pro Series and Junior State Series.

The race meet allows riders to accumulate points towards the series titles in both the senior and junior divisions.

Shepparton BMX Club member Levi Collins is well placed in the series.

‘‘I think I’m sitting about third at the minute, but we’ve got a few riders coming back from injury and a few good interstaters coming in, so (Sunday) will be tough.’’

Collins said the club was expecting much bigger numbers than last year’s event, which would normally be the club’s premier event.

However, with national titles set to be in Shepparton next month, Sunday’s meet will give riders a chance to familiarise themselves with the track.

‘‘We’ve got a few interstaters coming, so it should be a really good day,’’ Collins said.

‘‘We got around 300 last year, so it’s a big increase. Having secured the nationals next month, there’s a lot more interest because it gives riders more track time on our track.’’

Before that, the club will host a come-and-try day tomorrow, to give those interested in taking up BMX the opportunity to see what it’s all about.

‘‘It’s open for anyone who wants to have a go at BMX to try and help us build the club up and get a few more members on board,’’ Collins said.

‘‘It’s a good family atmosphere down here and it’s good fun.

‘‘It keeps kids off the streets and out of trouble and it’s not dear to set up to go out and win races, not that it’s all about winning.’’

Collins said the club had all the equipment on site — from bikes to gloves to helmets — so that anyone keen to try could ride.

All riders who are interested in participating need to bring with them is a long sleeved top and long pants.

The Victorian State Team will also be training at the track tomorrow in preparation for nationals, ensuring newcomers will have plenty of high quality riding to watch.

The come-and-try day will start at 10am.

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