GUTSY: Harrison McGuire is flanked by elite riders Tristyn Kronk and Jye Hombsch.
GUTSY: Harrison McGuire is flanked by elite riders Tristyn Kronk and Jye Hombsch. Contributed GLA121118HARRY

Track is making progress as are these two riders

BMX: An elite and an emerging rider met to share their stories at the almost revamped Gladstone Harbour City BMX track on the weekend.

Harrison McGuire, who broke his neck in September, picked the brains of national champion and World Cup quarter finalist Tristyn Kronk.

Kronk suffered a similar injury in 2013 and recovered to finish second a year later and just miss out on a finals berth at the 2014 World Championships.

Kronk is also a track builder and he, with fellow elite rider Jye Hombsch, tested the track which should be near completion by the end of the year.

But Harrison and Kronk took time out to share their stories about their ordeals.

"They both had a chat on how to overcome their problems," Harbour City club president Bruce Crow said.

"Tristyn had a very similar accident when he was 16 and he said 'don't let that slow you down in life'.

"Both are great role models and it's great to have that sort of calibre in town and that's just what we need and it doesn't matter in what sport it is."

Crow said the revamp project had received much support.

"A big thanks to members and local businesses as well," he said.

In an interview with The Observer last month, Crow said he hoped the new track would attract more and bigger events.

"In January we'll have a Come and Try Day so the public can come and try the track out and see if we can get some of our kids down to come and join as members," he said last month.

He said competition was likely to start in February and the new track will be built to Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) standards.

"Hopefully we will hope to try and attract larger events like national series rounds, state championships and possibly an Australian championship," he said.



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