National BMX Championships head to Shepparton

April 30, 2010
National BMX Championships head to Shepparton
The 2010 BMX National Championships will be held in Shepparton between 5 – 9th May. It will be the first time the championships have been held in regional Victoria.

The event has attracted over 2700 race entries from all around Australia. Competitors will race on the new 370 metre track built by the Olympic track builder, Tom Ritzenthauler.

One of the Australia’s best known riders, Luke Madill (Sydney), will be looking to claim a record four national titles. The 29 year old Olympian has been racing since he was 5, and this year will compete in his 25th consecutive nationals.

As a three time elite national champion, Madill is on par with fellow Olympian, Kamakazi and Anthony Way but a win on Saturday will see him make history.

Also planning on picking up an elite title will be Brian Kirkham (Adelaide). The 24 year old will only get two weeks of training after suffering a broken scapula and hand.

Billy Jolliffe (Newcastle) will also be out to reclaim the title while Western Australia’s Brock Murray could make the podium. Another one to watch is Alex Cameron (Sydney) after a consistent season.

While world number one Sam Willoughby (Adelaide) and other members of the Australian High Performance team are competing in the second round of the BMX Supercross World Cup in Copenhagen on 7 – 8 May. Sam’s older brother, Matthew Willoughby, will be on the start line after fully recovering from a broken ankle.

Eyes will be on two former junior champions riding up with elite, the world bronze medallist Anthony Dean(Adelaide) and last year’s national champion, Michael Chasteauneuf (Melbourne).

The elite women’s title is wide open with the absence of defending champion, Caroline Buchanan (Canberra). Also in Copenhagen are Lauren Reynolds (Bunbury), Rachel Bracken (Townsville) and Olympian, Nicole Callisto (Perth).

Eager to claim an elite title will be Cherie Simpson (Gold Coast) but 32 year old mother of two, Jaclyn Wilson – Thompson (Bendigo) will have other plans.

Another Victorian, Matthew Dunsworth, looks confident of taking out the junior men’s title after dominating this season however Canberra’s Ryan Henderson could throw down a challenge as may Darryn Goodwin from Western Australia. Also in his first year in the junior ranks, Graeme Mudd (Maitland) is in with a good chance.

Queenslanders, Melinda McLeod (Mackay) and Lacey Oliver (Gold Coast) will be aiming to secure a junior women’s title. Perth’s Kirsten Dellar could have other ideas after claiming the top spot last year. Also on the lookout will be Adelaide’s Molly Nichols-Pavy.

Pre-titles racing is held on Wednesday with a lot of interest on Thursday in the final round of the National Series. On Friday the challenge classes get to compete before the elite classes return to the track on Saturday for their national championship. Racing finishes on Sunday with cruiser classes.