Riders pumped for BMX state champs
SOME 27 Gladstone riders will contest the BMX State Age Championships at Mackay BMX Track, starting today with pre-title events and continuing through to Sunday with the age races.
More than 800 competitors from across Queensland have nominated for the state competition, which is the second most important event on the BMX calendar.
“The Queensland State Championships are almost as good as the National Championships these days as far as competitors and numbers go; it's always highly anticipated by the riders,” Harbour City BMX club spokesperson Mark Rayner said.
“Behind the nationals it's the most important event of the year and we've got maybe four or five that are a reasonable chance of getting a place.”
Tenille Spencer (under-11 girls), Connor Hall (under-14 boys), Jason Rayner and Ryan Young (under-13 boys) are among the strongest Gladstone competitors who will look to bring some state plates home to the Harbour City.
Rayner is ranked sixth in Australia and third in Queensland for his age division and will endeavour to advance on his current state ranking at the titles.
“He's going well; hopefully he can improve on his number three plate,” Rayner Snr said.
The top three from each event will qualify for the Nationals next year in Cairns.