Finn and Fletcher hit the track
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.