LIAM Helms had a catastrophic BMX crash in 2019, rupturing his spleen and shattering his kidney.
Just two years later, after 24 months away from the sport, he’s a State Champion, claiming the top spot in the Cruiser section of the 2021 AusCycling Victoria BMX State Championships.
The following day he finished third in the 20 inch class at the event held in Shepparton at the end of November.
The 21-year-old has been riding BMX since he was nine, after his Dad, Ron, introduced him to the sport.
“After getting me into the sport, my Dad has continued to be my number one supporter and pit crew through all the years I have raced,” Helms said
“Every bit of success I’ve had is his as much as it is mine.”
Helms said he loves every aspect of the sport, but especially the fact it is an individual sport.
Achieving great heights within the sport doesn’t come easily, and Helms said his biggest accomplishment – finishing second in the 17 to 24 cruisers class in 2019 at the National Title – came after a lot of preparation.
“That was six months of dedication and training every day and for it to all work out and make a podium at the National Titles was the best result I could’ve ask for,” he said.
Later that year, BMX for Helms came crashing down – literally – and with an aim just to get back to riding, he took part in the Victorian State Title.
“It was my first race back since my accident so it was just getting back on the bike, getting the confidence back up and just enjoying the ride,” Helms said.
“It was so good to be back at Shepparton, which is by far one of my favourite tracks.”
Helms was unbeatable on the opening day of competition, winning his four races.
“Getting back on the bike I crashed on for the first time since 2019 was nerve racking to say the least, but acknowledging I had the opportunity to become state champ on it gave me all the confidence leading into Sunday,” he added.
The competition was tough on Sunday, and Helms finished third, second and third in his heat races.
In the semi final Helms finished second and elected to start the final from the outside lane.
“I got a clean start and managed to get third at the line,” Helms said of his finish.
“I didn’t expect anything from the weekend but to make the podium was more than I could have asked for.”
By ZOEY ANDREWS
Photography by: STAGGY PHOTOS