Finn and Fletcher hit the track

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT -

MANS­FIELD Mt Buller Cy­cling Club BMX rac­ers Hay­den Fletcher and Finn Baker headed to Kil­syth on Sun­day for the sec­ond race meet­ing of the new sea­son.

With over 370 rid­ers it was a fan­tas­tic and hec­tic day of BMX racing.

Finn raced in the eight boys ex­pert class hav­ing moved up from the novice class last year.

The eight year old is find­ing his feet, bat­tling with some of the best eight year olds in the state and con­tin­ues to show im­prove­ment at ev­ery race he at­tends.

Finn also raced in the 8-12 year old cruiser class for 24 inch wheeled bikes, fin­ish­ing a re­spectable fifth place.

Eigh­teen year old Hay­den Fletcher con­tin­ued his great form in the Men’s Su­per Class.

Hav­ing taken the win two weeks ago at Frankston, Hay­den was look­ing strong in the heats, plac­ing first, first and third.

A third place in the semi­fi­nal had the Howqua In­let racer com­ing out of lane seven for the fi­nal.

With rag­ing hot favourite Olympian Bodi Turner com­ing from lane one on his home track there weren’t many peo­ple giv­ing any­one else a chance, but Fletcher stormed away from the start and was never headed, tak­ing the win in front of 1000 scream­ing spec­ta­tors.

Still, the BMX com­mu­nity shake their heads and won­der how a kid with no local track can take it up to and beat world ranked elite rid­ers.

Driv­ing to Mel­bourne twice a week for state team train­ing, plenty of time in the Mans­field Gym and us­ing some steep hills around Howqua In­let are pay­ing div­i­dends.

With coun­cil pulling sup­port for the With­ers Lane site for the BMX track a few months ago, the club is in talks with local land own­ers to find some­thing suit­able.

If you know of any­one, or can help, please contact Adam Baker on 0407 007245 or Paul Fletcher on 0409 356396.

BMX is a fun fam­ily sport, and the club be­lieves the Mans­field com­mu­nity needs a track.

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