BMX battle royal
GLADSTONE district riders shone among the strongest field ever gath- ered for the Harbour City BMX Club's annual Mother of All Motos event last weekend.
About 250 riders, including a large contingent of pro class com- petitors, travelled from throughout Australia to compete over two days at the club's Sun Valley Park track.
More than 200 competitors will again be in action this weekend when the club hosts the Queensland Country Championships.
Gladstone's Krystal Cranfield, who will head overseas next month to compete on the international cir- cuit including the World Champi- onships in France, staged another epic battle with arch-rival Nicole Callisto of Western Australia.
Callisto got the nod, taking the AA pro women's honours on both days, but not without a mighty ef- fort from Cranfield.
Also in great form was Caitlyn Ward who was powerful on her home track, winning the A pro women's events on both days as well as taking out the 14-16 years women's title.
Jeremy Cosgrove and Alex Ne- sevski pushed each other through- out the weekend in a mighty A pro men tussle.
Cosgrove took the honours on Saturday with Nesevski finishing third, before the tables were turned with Nesevski first across the line on Sunday, just ahead of Cosgrove. Club-mate Peter Cowper reached the AA pro men's final on both days of competition, snaring third spot on Sunday while Daniel Wallace also reached the final on Saturday ? the pair proving they could mix it in a high level of competition.
Another Gladstone rider to im- press in top company was Graeme Riggs who took out the 15 years boys prize as well as reaching the A pro men's final on both days.
With so many Harbour City rid- ers in good form, there is a strong chance of more titles heading the club's way this weekend.