BMX racer back on track after four-year break
BAILEY Rigby has never raced in the Pro division of BMX before, and for a 16-year-old he handled it very well over the weekend in making the semi-finals.
It was all Rigby was hoping for, after returning to the sport three months ago.
After racing for eight years, he decided to have some time off the sport.
Rigby was sick of the constant travel every weekend to get to events all across Queensland and Australia, including a trip to the World Championships in Adelaide in 2009.
Four years passed before he was itching to come back, Harbour City BMX's Mother of all Motos a fitting event to lead into the Queensland Titles in September.
He is back and ready to commit again to the travel and training, preparing for the future when racing men will be the norm.
"It was just great experience in a different competition with some Brisbane guys up here," he said about Mother of all Motos.
"I got into the semis and came seventh, I was hoping to get to that point and that was about it."
Rigby is still not back to the level he was when he left the sport, despite going faster with his older and more powerful legs.
He will only be riding the under-16 age group and the cruiser for the same age when he goes to Cairns for states.
Although he is now working full time as an apprentice boilermaker, which will limit his training time, Rugby has a clear goal in mind.
"At the start I would like to get into the final, it will be pretty hard to do," he said.
Rigby has noticed a difference between when he left and the progression the sport has made in the four year he has been away.
"People are going faster, having that much of a break it is a big difference," he said.
"I am not quite back to how I felt, I need to get a bit quicker before states."