Champ gets his share of bruises along the way
BMX ace Richard Mc-Lachlan is leaps and bounds ahead of the rest.
The 37-year-old daredevil won the 30 and older BMX national championships title in Christchurch over Easter.
It was his 10th national title in 22 years in the sport.
McLachlan is a member of the East City BMX club in Glen Innes, where he also coaches the junior development team. He says to succeed at BMX you can’t be afraid of cuts and bruises.
With eight riders on the track for each sprint, it can get pretty “argey bargey” in the corners. But each race is over in about 40 seconds.
“You’re not going fast enough if you haven’t crashed,” he says.
“With young riders you learn quickly who’s going to keep it up. If they crash, get up and get riding they’ll stick with it.”
This year’s Beijing Olympics will be the first to include BMX racing.
The Glen Innes resident is “gutted” with the timing.
“Four years ago I would have been No 1. I would have loved to have gone.”
During the Perth world championships in 2002 he was coming second in the final when he crashed, flew over the handle bars and landed on his feet. He ended up in eighth place.
“I just had to laugh it off,” he says.
Earlier this month McLachlan rode in the Union Cycliste Internationale BMX Supercross world cup in Adelaide.
Supercross tracks are said to be “like BMX tracks on steroids” and only elite riders compete in the events.
Soaring talent: Richard McLachlan has won his 10th national BMX title.