Mildura Storm BMX Club president, Andrew Whitney. Photo: PAUL MENSCH
THE best BMX riders in Victoria are set to descend on Mildura this weekend, including an Australian Olympic representative.
The Mildura Storm BMX Club will hold its annual Open race meeting on Sunday, which forms part of the 2019 BMX Victoria State Series.
About 170 riders are set to take part, including 2016 Rio Olympics rider, Bodi Turner, who will also hold a seminar with local members tomorrow.
Mildura Storm BMX Club president, Andrew Whitney, is expecting a day of racing that will thrill spectators.
“This is our one chance a year to show off our track and fantastic facilities, which are in great condition at the moment,” he said.
“Local riders who don’t get the chance to compete away have the chance to compare themselves to the best riders in the State.
“We held an open day last year and we only had about 80 riders take part, so we’ve doubled the total of last year.
“It’s especially exciting for us to have a rider of Bodi’s calibre here.”
The Mildura club is experiencing a resurgence, and now have over 100 members.
“That’s where things are really exciting at the moment,” Andrew said.
“The club has been a bit more active in promoting itself. They are great facilities but they’re a little more hidden away.
“Individual sports offer great flexibility compared to team sports.
“It’s a very explosive sport, and races can be done within about 40 seconds for those at the top level. It’s eight riders in each race fighting for every centimetre. It’s very exciting to watch.”
The Mildura Storm BMX Open takes place at the club facilities in the Old Aerodrome Sporting Complex, situated between the Sunraysia Hockey Association and Football Federation Sunraysia facilities.
Racing is set to begin at 10.30am. Spectators are welcome to attend.
For more information follow Mildura BMX Club on Facebook.