Long track big test for Southside
ITS Formula 1 circuit generates some of the most exciting racing on four wheels and a local team travelling to Baku, Azerbaijan, for June’s BMX World Championships expect the same for those on two wheels.
Six riders from the Southside BMX Club, including Harrisdale’s Murray Nottage and Thornlie’s Bianca Campbell, will travel to the region bounded by the Caspian Sea, Russia, Georgia, Armenia and Iran for the June 5- to 9 competition.
There they will be greeted by 390m of track featuring hills, straights, jumps and tight turns.
Bianca said she had studied the track online but would wait until she rode it before deciding how she would attack the competition.
The 17-year-old said the length of the course, which is more than 100m longer than the track at Southside, had meant an extra focus on stamina. “I’m really excited,” she said. “This is my second trip (to the World Championships) and it’s the same as last year. “When I get on the plane I’ll probably be a little nervous.
“But I’ve been training hard six days a week, twice a week, to be ready.”
Club president Sandra Winfield said the Southside six had put in the effort but it was hard to judge where they could finish, given the unpredictable nature of the sport.
“It’s hard to know where they will sit at the end.
“The best riders doesn’t necessarily always win.”
Murray Nottage and Bianca Campbell show how it’s done.