BMX riders fly high at One Mile
THERE was standing room only at the Cooloola BMX track on Saturday as round four of the Southern Zone Shootout Series exploded at the One Mile.
More than 420 riders arrived at the demanding Gympie track to try earning essential points in the six-round series.
Gympie BMX Club president Chris Rodighiero said the event was a record for the Gympie club.
He said 420 riders plus their families and friends were at the meeting.
"I had people parking in the soccer ground car park. That was pretty awesome," Rodighiero said.
"Every one loved the track and how technical and difficult it was.
"It made the riders really lift their skill level."
"It was a massive day for the club - the biggest in the history of the Cooloola BMX Club."
Rodighiero said the day was a dress rehearsal for the South Queensland BMX titles the club would hold over the June long weekend.
At that meeting the club is expecting to have more than 500 riders and about 1000 support people.
"I have been talking to the motels around town and they are already booked out,"Rodighiero said.
Gympie riders performed well on the day.
Australian title aspirant Leith Rodighiero was placed second in the eight-to-10-year cruiser class and won every race in the eight-year expert class.
His little brother Dorian also won his five races in the five-year-old boys.
Scott Treeby was another solid performer for the Cooloola BMX Club.
In the 14-years boys he was placed well most of the day.
Hamish Higgins did very well in the 15 years novice wining his races.
Jake Mills and Jessie Knight in the 17-years boys novice finished first and second respectively all day.
Jye Tompkins did well finishing either first or second in his heats in the 12-years novice, while Corey Waugh won the majority of his races in the 15-years expert and was the overall winner for the days.
The next two rounds of the shootout will be held in Logan City and Toowoomba.