Close to 1000 Australian BMX riders are ready for bar-to-bar racing in search of a coveted national title at the 2021 AusCycling BMX National Championships to be contested at Nerang BMX Club from 18 – 20 December.
The first BMX National Championships to be held under the banner of AusCycling, it is also the first to be held for more than two years after the COVID pandemic forced the cancellation of the 2020 event.
The marquee event will see riders from around the country descend on Nerang BMX Club for the club’s first National Championships in 25 years.
Over three days, riders will pedal their way through Nerang’s tight and technical track, including Olympian and Team NSWIS’ Saya Sakakibara.
Saya will be determined to grab her first elite women’s title after taking out the junior elite title in 2017. The National Championships will be the 22-year-old’s first major event since the Olympic Games after a concussion sustained during Tokyo 2020 ruled her out for the remainder of the UCI BMX SX calendar.
The Southlake Illawarra BMX Club rider will line up against the likes of former national champion Erin Lockwood and Queensland champion Taylah Maurice in what promises to be a stacked field.
Entrants from 100 Australian clubs, aged from two to 75, will descend on the Gold Coast’s hosting venue with racing beginning on Saturday evening and concluding Monday. Monday, December 20 will be the big-ticket item as the championship events, with elite classes, fight for the coveted A1 plate awarded to the national champion.
“After a wait of more than 900 days, we are excited to be able to deliver a BMX National Championships for the community,” said AusCycling Executive General Manager of Sport Kipp Kaufmann.
“The Championships has produced some memorable moments in the past and we hope everyone can enjoy the action.”
NSWIS wishes Saya and all competing riders good luck for the Championship event.
Article courtesy of AusCycling