BMX riders blaze through the night
ON A Wednesday night in South Grafton, the noise of the starters gate rattles through the air and is quickly replaced by the sound of pedals spinning rapidly. Welcome to the Clarence Valley BMX club night races.
Held under lights each Wednesday night during the school term, up to 50 riders ranging from three years old to those categorised as "50+" take their turn to ride round the one-lap course.
"It's a weekly competition with a pointscore decided every six months," president David Landenberger said.
"For the older guys it's a bit of fun and not as serious, but for the kids, it's a serious event.
"It's good family fun for the people involved, and apart from the competition it teaches the kids road safety when they ride away from the track as well."
The club is preparing for a round of the state BMX series in July, and David expects anywhere up to 450 riders to compete on the weekend.