‘Nitro’ Nick blasts opposition at BMX Pre-State Titles
NSW Pre-state Titles, the Mighty 11s and Junior Trans-Tasman Challenge were all held at Lake Macquarie BMX Club over the long weekend with Clarence Valley BMX Club riders featuring heavily in all three events.
Tahlia 'Tornado' Marsh competed for the Australian squad of four female and four male 11-year-old riders in the Mighty 11s against New Zealand Mighty. The fact she was nominated team captain for the girls is testament to her character.
Racing was intense and, while the Australian boys down by only a few points, the girls fought hard and scored the victory over the Kiwi girls. Tahlia's natural ability and fighting spirit shone through.
Saturday was race day for cruiser class in the Pre-State Titles and try outs for the Trans-Tasman Juniors team to take on New Zealand later this year.
Dylan 'Dynamite' Korb trialled for the Trans-Tasman team and while he missed selection, with a bit more track time at Lake Macquarie could have had a different result. He showed his never say die attitude all the way every time.
Nick 'Nitro' Marsh dominated his opposition in 15-16 boys cruiser and won the final. Nick is at the top of his game right now and is in the hunt for a number one plate at State Titles in October.
George 'Sausage Roll' Cole competed with 'Nitro' in the 15-16 cruiser class and at one stage in a moto some thought they were going to swap bikes midway through a berm. George performed to his usual high standard finishing second.
James 'Gamer' Brown was not far off the pace in the 15-16 cruiser, putting in a stellar job.
Stacey 'Speedster' Brown was unlucky to miss first place in 13-14 cruiser girls by 0.009 seconds to settle for second. Brooke 'Bam Bam' Korb finished third in 13-14 girls cruiser class and whispers are she might be on a red rocket for states in October.
Britney 'Chiko Roll' Cole finished third overall in the 11-12 year girl cruiser and showed her rivals she is the one they need to watch.
Josh 'The Jamaican' Marsh continued his top form to finish forth in 13-14 boys cruiser.
Brendan 'Bulldog' Brown competed in 11-12 year boys cruiser class and dug deep to push his fellow competitors.
Sunday was 20-inch racing.
Riley 'Corn Dog' Landenberger did an excellent job to reach his first quarterfinal in 8yr boys. He had plenty mistaking his identity for last year's world No.1 nine-year-old Tommy Tucker. Andrew 'The Assassin' Miller was over the moon with his forth place in his final moto in the 11yr boys. Dylan Korb also competed in 11yr boys and pushed hard in every race to make the quarterfinals. Brendan Brown did the Clarence Valley proud in 12yr boys and Britney Cole ground out a tough final to finish fifth in 12yr girls.
Stacey Brown dominated the 13yr girls and finished second in the final. Anyone who watches Stacey knows she is a tough, respectful young lady held in high regard by her peers. Brooke Korb slugged it out all day but narrowly missed the final.
Josh Marsh was second in 14yr boys. Josh works extremely hard and deserves his success.
James Brown competed in 15yr boys and pushed harder than a fully loaded steam train. George Cole unluckily fell off on the first berm in the 15yr boys final, doing an excellent impression of Superman. George jumped back on his bike and gaining ground toward the end to finish eighth.
Nick Marsh was the dominant force in 16yr boys all day but was unlucky to get caught in traffic in the final and finished second.
Greg 'The Giant Killer' Brown competed in 50+ men and pushed harder than a Woolworths trolley collector in mid-summer. Greg finished third in the final. Last but not least David 'The Big Unit' Landenberger rode like a gentleman in the 40-44 mens cruiser class on Saturday - although some thought it was Sam Willoughy at the gate.\