Pedal to medals as Hill hunts win

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - SPORT -

NERANG BMX speed­ster Kira Hill con­quered the world six weeks ago.

To­mor­row the 14-year-old plans to own her home track.

Hill will hope to take the form from the world cham­pi­onships in Baku, Azer­bai­jan, last month into Round 4 of the BMX Aus­tralia Na­tional Se­ries at Nerang BMX Club.

For years the track has been a sta­ple of the Aussie BMX diet, con­tin­u­ally at­tract­ing a host of the na­tion’s top tal­ent for its round of the se­ries.

Hill will be mak­ing her first start in the na­tional se­ries.

“Rac­ing at Nerang is a lit­tle more spe­cial for me be­cause it is my home track, and my favourite track too,” the Robina res­i­dent said.

“I’m al­ways much faster there and it’s a good track to try out some new skills.

“Since the world cham­pi­onships I have raced just one

event, which was the south Queens­land zone ti­tles, and I stepped into the su­per­class women’s class and came sixth.

“That was a good chance for me to see how the older girls ride, and it gives me more con­fi­dence be­fore I step back into my age group this week­end.

“I haven’t raced these girls prop­erly for a while (since the 2018 na­tional cham­pi­onships in March, where Hill won), so we’ll see what hap­pens.”

A hand­ful of Aus­tralia’s lead­ing elite rid­ers will com­pete, in­clud­ing some re­cently crowned world cham­pi­ons.

While Hill will be the only one of the world beat­ers rac­ing on home turf, fel­low Queens­lan­ders Fraser Vaughan (nine boys) and Thomas Tucker (13 boys), from Pine Rivers BMX Club in Bris­bane, will also be eye­ing a win in their own state.

The fourth and fi­nal world champ in ac­tion will be Jor­dan Cal­lum, from the Rock­ing­ham BMX Club in West­ern Aus­tralia, who won the 14 boys’ world ti­tle in Baku last month.

With more than 500 rid­ers tak­ing part in the fourth of seven rounds in the 2018 se­ries, much of the at­ten­tion will also be on the elite classes.

The event at Nerang is also the fi­nal UCI-sanc­tioned event of the year and, as such, a round and UCI se­ries win­ner will be crowned on Sun­day.

Among those hop­ing to leave their mark will be Nerang’s Erin Lock­wood, who has had a break­out 2018 by win­ning the elite women’s na­tional ti­tle and be­ing named to Aus­tralia’s world cham­pi­onships team.

Lock­wood cur­rently sits third in the stand­ings, headed by Ca­bool­ture BMX Club’s Sara Jones.

NSW rider Gemma-Lee Thomas is in sec­ond place.

Pic­ture: CRAIG DUT­TON

Kira Hill wins the 2018 UCI BMX Chal­lenge World Cham­pi­onships in Baku, Azer­bai­jan.

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