Rid­ers take top ti­tles in Alex

Central Otago Mirror - - CLASSIFIEDS - JO MCKENZIE-MCLEAN

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.

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