Long track big test for South­side

Comment News (Armadale) - - Wafl - Bryce Luff

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.”

Picture: Jon Hew­son d482783

Mur­ray Not­tage and Bianca Camp­bell show how it’s done.

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