Champ gets his share of bruises along the way

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Me­lanie Ver­ran

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.

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