Rid­ers ready for world ti­tles

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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.

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