Riders ready for world titles
THREE Proserpine BMX riders will strut their stuff on the world stage when they visit New Zealand next week for the world titles.
Kira Allan (16 girls), Taylor Kerr (13 girls) and veteran Vernon Dries (45+ men) all qualified for next week’s titles in Auckland after strong showings at the state titles in Cairns and the nationals in Brisbane in late April.
Vernon’s wife Julie is also off to the titles to serve as the manager for the entire Australian team which features hundreds of riders.
It will be the first trip to the worlds for Kira, the second for Taylor who has been once before in 2009 and the sixth for Vernon.
“I’ve never been overseas so I’m really excited to leave Australia and compete in the sport I really like doing,” Kira said.
Taylor last competed in the worlds in Australia three years ago and she was buzzing before her first overseas trip.
“I’ve never seen the snow before so I’m really looking forward to checking that out after I’ve finished racing,” she said.
Vernon has been to two world titles held in Australia and three overseas and hoped to pass on some of his experience to help the girls battle their nerves. “The most important thing is to relax, don’t get frightened and just enjoy yourself. Stay cool and just ride your own race. Don’ play follow the leader, get out there and pass everyone you can,” he said.
Racing begins in Auckland next Wednesday and will last four days as the best riders in the world battle it out for top spot.
TAKING ON THE WORLD: Proserpine BMX riders Kira Allan, Taylor Kerr and Vernon Dries and Australian team manager Julie Dries are off to the BMX world titles in Auckland next week.