OUT IN FRONT: Daniel Wallace from Harbour City in the Pro Men BMX.
OUT IN FRONT: Daniel Wallace from Harbour City in the Pro Men BMX. Alistair Brightman

BMX champ hopes to keep pace with young guns

DANIEL Wallace has been at Harbour City BMX club for 25 years, so it was fitting for him to have a stellar 2014 season.

Wallace won three major titles competing at home, the March Madness and central Queensland titles included.

Now the rider is chasing a repeat of his successes, starting with the March Madness this weekend.

"It is a good feeling being in the club that long and doing it," Wallace said.

"I am pretty serious. I have had an injury though over the last few weeks."

Wallace's schedule last year proves his intent, a trip to America a highlight along with the major wins.

This year he is out to prove he is still at the same level.

"I just turned 30 and it is hard to keep up with these young kids," he said, laughing.

The category Wallace rides is the best among the field for March Madness, which starts on Saturday afternoon.

Over 200 riders and 250 entries are to compete over the weekend, making it one of the biggest events held in central Queensland each year.

Wallace will be going for his third success. He won last year and one a few years ago.

But he said each year was harder as the sport continued to gain in popularity.

"The talent is getting a lot better as the sport develops," he said.

The other thing developing on the Gladstone BMX scene is a newly introduced Pro Straight, which Wallace has been training on.

It may give him an advantage against visiting riders.

A lot of work has gone into the track by the local club, which the defending champion is thankful for.

"Thanks to the club for putting in the hard work," he said.



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