BMX bandits hit track with state pride on line

UP to 200 riders are set to converge on the Wodonga BMX track for Sunday’s annual Victoria v NSW-ACT interstate challenge.

The Silva Drive track, is the only registered one in North East Victoria and southern NSW and has members who travel from Wangaratta, Wagga and as far away as Griffith and Bright to take part in meets and practice sessions.

Border BMX president Stephen Sullivan said the event continued to grow but numbers were likely to be affected by the recent national championships at Shepparton.

“We have the opportunity to tap into not only our Victorian BMX network, but we are central enough to draw riders from NSW and ACT for this event,” Sullivan said.

“Racing promises to provide the excitement, the thrills and spills that Bicycle Motocross has to offer.

“Riders from the ages of four to more than 50 will grace the track in age group motos and state team events, with the pro riders battling it out to determine which state is the worthy winners of the state trophies and prizemoney.

“This year will also feature the new class ‘Miniwheelers’, catering for children as young as two riding balance bikes (no pedals) on a modified track.”

Sullivan said the state rounds of the BMX championship also carried an economic bonus, with the 1300 riders at the nationals in Shepparton estimated to have generated $7 to $8 million for the local economy.

Racing is from 10am to 2pm, with the Miniwheelers demonstration and try out from 10.30am.