It's a long way from Terrigal to Shepparton, but 15 members of Terrigal BMX Club are hoping it's all worth it when they take to the track for the national championships this week.MATTHEW GALEA April 29, 2014 3:05am
Shepparton BMX track is buzzing with activity ahead of BMX Australia’s National Championships that start today.
More than 1300 riders have registered to take part in the event, with 74 per cent of those coming from outside Victoria.
A small percentage of that number is made up of members from the Terrigal BMX Club — with riders from the club arriving since Friday night.
Terrigal — which is based on NSW’s Central Coast — is almost a nine-hour drive from Shepparton, but that hasn’t stopped more than 15 members from making the journey.
Club president Andrew Spivey said there was plenty of excitement among the group.
‘‘It’s a big thing for all the riders. It’s the pinnacle of the year,’’ Spivey said.
‘‘I guess it’s defining who’s going to make that top 16 and go to worlds.
‘‘We’ve all come down, we’ve all driven over different days and everyone has aimed to be here by Monday with everything kicking off (today), but it’s always quite nice coming down south than going north.’’
The club will be represented in a range of age groups and classes, with riders ranging from Kyne Baird, 5, and 50-plus Perry Wall.
Spivey said his club would have a number of riders to look out for and the McNamara family, comprised of Rory, Angus, Clare and Erin, usually performed quite well.
Spivey will race in the 40-45 Cruiser Men category on Sunday.
Gates open at 10.30
Practice will continue tomorrow as well as pre-titles.
Thursday will be a national series round and an Oceania Championship round will be on that night from 5.20
Each division will have three motos and finals and is expected to finish at 8.30
Friday will be all about 20-inch with National Challenge Classes starting at 9.10
On Saturday the elite classes will go at it for the National Championship, with action starting at 10
Sunday will close out the event with the 24-inch cruiser classes.
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