Alex Curnow in action.
Alex Curnow in action. Kerry Thomas

Spencer plates up at BMX nationals

CAIRNS was the place for explosive BMX action last week and Harbour City riders were right in the thick of it at the National Dynamite Series event.

And it was young gun Tenille Spencer leading the way as she scored a high Australia plate in the 11-year girl’s final, while others came agonisingly close to making finals.

Under a balmy North Queenalnd sky the Gladstone contingent familiarised themselves with the super fast track the day before in a pre-event warm-up.

On Thursday persistent showers put a dampener on the day, but this didn’t stop Spencer’s dynamic riding, her performance gaining her third place in the National Dynamite Series.

Harrison Bates, Spencer, Alex Curnow and Craig Hall raced in their respective classes on the Friday and the track had returned to a smooth and fast circuit thanks to the rain clearing.

Tragedy struck Spencer  when she crashed in her first moto, however she dug deep and despite minor leg injuries, had good enough results in her next two motos to transfer to the National final for 11 year girls.

A champion effort in the final saw Spencer come away with the number 4 Australia Plate.

It was then time for Graham Riggs, Connor Hall, Jason Rayner, Jaiden Curnow and Morgan McPherson to take on the best in the country on Saturday.

Riggs had an outstanding day with three seconds in the Elite Mens motos and transferred to the
semi finals with 16 of the best BMX riders in Australia.

The riders couldn’t take a trick in the semis with Riggs, Rayner and McPherson bowing out one position short of a start in their respective National Finals.

The National Elite Men’s final was won by Adelaide’s Sam Willoughby, so remember this name for the
Olympics next year.

The Cairns BMX Club and BMX Australia conducted a sporting event both associations should be proud of hosting.

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