The Tauranga BMX club have already had a busy start to the year. Nine riders from the club travelled down to Dunedin to compete the first event for the calendar year.
Team manager for the event Craig White says the club achieved great results from the event with all of their riders placing within the top ten.
The club has a wide age range of riders with competitors aging from 7 years old up to 40 years plus.
“Everything went really well. The weather was great on the Saturday and it got windy and wet on the Sunday for racing,” says Craig.
“One of our riders were unfortunate and got caught up in a crash in his final but otherwise the weekend went really smoothly.
“All the parents that went down to support were all really good within supporting the whole team and it was just a really good atmosphere for the Tauranga club.”
The next event for the Tauranga BMX club is this coming Saturday, when riders will be competing at the Oceania Continental Championship for an Oceania title and ranking.
Craig says this event is a big one that involves a lot of the New Zealand riders and a lot of the Australian riders as well.
“This is only the 2nd or 3rd time it’s been held in New Zealand.
“The last time it was held here was three years ago.”
Craig says the Tauranga club has a large number of competitors competing this weekend.
Tauranga results from the Dunedin event:
Charlie Withington 7 Boys – 4th Place (1st time at South Island Champs)
Caleb White 9 Boys – 3rd Place
Bruno Nemedi 10 boys – 1st Place
Bruno Nemedi 8-12 Mixed Cruiser class – 1st Place (beating riders 2 years older than him)
Thomas Lampaert 15-16 boys – 9th Place (1st time at South Island Champs)
Matthew Burns Elite Men – 6th Place (1st time at South Island Champs)
Jakub Bourke 17-24 Male 8th Place (He had a crash and didn’t finish) also 1sttime at South Island Champs
Cassie King 15-16 Girls – 4th Place
Tayla Arnold 15-16 Girls – 5th Place
Greg Hughes 35-49 Cruiser – 2nd Place (1st time at south Island champs)
The Cruiser class means the bike has bigger wheels than the regular 20” class.
For more information about this weekend’s event or the Tauranga BMX club check out their Facebook page.