Emily Cavanagh, Taryn Rodighiero and Georgie Wilding at the track on Monday.
Emily Cavanagh, Taryn Rodighiero and Georgie Wilding at the track on Monday. Tanya Easterby

Cooloola riders return from BMX titles

NINETEEN of Gympie's best riders travelled to Toowoomba at the weekend for the South East Queensland BMX titles.

Among the great results was newcomer to the sport, Emily Cavanagh, who was fourth in her first ever competition after starting the sport earlier this year.

Racing against women who have been into BMX all their lives, Cavanagh's future in the sport looks promising.

In her 30-34 years cruiser class, the Cooloola BMX member said she was happy with her performance.

"I definitely wasn't expecting to go so well. I've only been training for around three months," she said.

"On Friday night I started to feel sick and I actually raced on the weekend with

laryngitis and it sapped my energy on the day."

After six races on Saturday and Sunday, it all led to the

final where Cavanagh went up against a tough line-up of riders including one competing at the world championships this year.

Cavanagh said she took to the track in hope of gaining fitness and also to be involved with her kids.

"I started off on a borrowed bike and eventually fell in love with the sport and bought my own," she said.

"You get a massive adrenaline rush when you're on the track and it's very addictive."

Cooloola BMX members will prepare for the upcoming Queensland titles at Nerang in September.

Although a beginner, Cavanagh said she hoped to compete.

Gympie Times


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