BMX numbers swell for final
THE Gympie BMX Club shattered its participation record for a race meet at the weekend when hosting the final round of the Southern Zone Shootout Series.
An impressive total of more than 350 riders turned out in force for the big event – some from as far away as Gladstone.
Gympie BMX Club publicity officer Daniel Kirkpatrick was riding high yesterday.
“It was a record turn out,” he said.
“Other tracks were closed because of the wet weather, so we ended up attracting a lot of riders who were unable to race elsewhere.”
A number of Gympie riders used a home track advantage to post some quality results.
Gympie BMX rider Jacob Reeves, fresh from a BMX holiday, posted top 10 finishes in the professional events.
Meanwhile, the club’s younger competitors also stood tall and had the crowd cheering.
Dylan Moore, 4, and Xavier Brady, 5, notched a number of first places, proving plenty of potential that will make them two competitors to keep an eye on well into the future.
Corey Waugh was also credited for his efforts on the day, finishing strongly in his races.
Kirkpatrick thanked club president Chris Rodighiero for his patience in getting the track perfect for the day.
“Chris had five or six goes at preparing the track because of the damage from the rain,” he said.
“But he worked hard and it was perfect and we got some great feedback from visiting competitors.”
Looking ahead, the Gympie BMX Club’s next big event will be a Come and Try Day on March 14.
Kirkpatrick is hoping the club will attract more new members, taking its membership from near 60 members to over 80.
Details about the club can be obtained by phoning Daniel Kirkpatrick on 0409 942 528.
More pics from the weekend, see tomorrow’s Golden Moments