Riders take top titles in Alex
Central Otago BMX riders ‘‘excelled themselves’’ gaining top placings at all levels and never giving up, Alexandra BMX club captain Tony Nelson says.
The Alexandra club hosted over 150 riders over two days of racing at the weekend.
‘‘As far as the Alex club went, the club could not be more proud of the community and club members for making such a spectacular event happen. The riders once again excelled themselves. We got some top placings and the riders never once gave in when it was close racing. That is what our coaches train them to do - never give in.’’
The race meet included the Central Otago championships on Saturday and the Mainland South Regional Championships on Sunday.
‘‘Riders came from all over New Zealand...we are quite lucky to have these people coming down and racing against them. It’s quite good having top calibre riders coming to the region. Our club has got some, but it tests them and enables them to see where they are at heading into the South Island titles in January. We have just come out of the New Zealand titles and picked up five plates out of 11 riders.’’
Riders’ thoughts over the weekend were with Invercargill BMX rider Connor Douglas, 14, who in intensive care with a head injury after crashing off his bike during a practice, Nelson said.
BMX riders got tested at the weekend leading up to the South Island titles.