BMX riders ready to crank up pedal power
By TONY WHITE
PEDAL power will be cranked to the max when over 120 competitors converge on the South Grafton BMX track for the Northern NSW Regional Zone titles this weekend.
The annual event is a forerunner to the State titles at Penrith over the October Long Weekend.
BMX racing is action-packed, fast and furious and brings together riders from all age groups from the four and five-year-old 'Sprockets' through to the veteran Over-40 class.
And with BMX gaining accreditation for the next Olympic Games in Beijing, China, many of the youngsters on show have potential to become future Olympians.
"A couple of the competitors look like turning professional soon and we've got some highly promising young riders," organiser Tania Jones said.
"BMX racing in the Clarence Valley is coming ahead in leaps and bounds."
Some of the stars include Northern Rivers rider Billy Jollise, ranked No.5 in the world, and the Clarence Valley's Tim Doman, ranked No.2 in the NSW 17-year boys and Shay Clarke, the 13-year girls No.3 ranked NSW rider.
Competitors have entered from Tamworth, Sawtell, Casino, Coffs Harbour, surrounding areas and also include a strong local contingent.
The dirt track, on the corner of Abbott and Vere Street, is approximately 400m and includes a series of berms, scatters and the infamous table-top jump.
Racing commences at 2pm on Saturday and from 10am on Sunday.