Youngsters ride to the top of BMX
CHEREE McCann’s sons are a riding advertisement for the sport of BMX.
“We took our son to the come and try day last year; (my son) spent seven hours all up riding his bike around the track,” McCann said.
“This is a sport that you can stay and only ride on our home track or you can travel as far and as often as you want.”
On Saturday, McCann, publicity officer of the Clarence Valley BMX Club, hopes to add another batch of youngsters to the sport.
The club, based on the corner of South Grafton’s Abbott and Vere streets, will hold a come and try day, all part of a national sign-on day organised by governing body BMX Australia.
“The event is a day where anyone with any bike from four years onwards can have some coaching and try our track,” McCann said.
“Stay for a sausage sandwich and if they like stay and watch or for a small fee participate in our club run that afternoon.
“Anyone who loves riding come along have a look and be amazed by the energy and skills these riders have.”
The sport has enjoyed a rise in numbers since its successful entry into the Olympic Games in Beijing.
Jess Curtis, world-ranked number five in her class, leads a promising group of riders cycling at the club currently.
And Clarence Valley BMX Club president Susan Polsen said Saturday would be an excellent opportunity to add to the club’s talent.
“BMX is such a fun sport that can be enjoyed by the whole family,” she said.
“We are inviting any member of the public who have a BMX bike and helmet to come and ride their BMX on a real track for free and experience first-hand the speed and excitement.”
There will be qualified coaches and officials on the day to teach children the basics of BMX.
BMX Australia’s president Barry Knight said: “This initiative is a great way for the public to get out and get active on the BMX track and try out the sport.”
All who attend will receive a showbag filled with products such as a BMX hat, magazine, BMX DVD and stickers. All bikes need to have chain guards and rear brakes removed and helmets and long clothes are essential.
Contact Polsen on 0422 414 198.