BMX club on track to host NT Titles after successful first event

RACE AWARDS: Competition was tough between racers, but medals were awarded to each and every little rider.

RACE AWARDS: Competition was tough between racers, but medals were awarded to each and every little rider.

Katherine’s BMX club made history over the weekend hosting its first racing event.

The fourth round of the BMXNT Grand Tour attracted 130 registered riders from across the Territory to the Big River BMX club’s home grounds

And with positive reviews, the club is on track to host the biggest BMX competition in the Territory next year. 

“We had people saying they would like next year’s NT Titles to be held in Katherine,” Big River BMX Club president Nicky Thomson said. 

“It would be a great step for the club… it is definitely a goal we are working towards,” she said. 

The competition was a first for some Katherine riders and a good chance to test out their skills. 

While more experienced riders got the chance to compete against new competition. 

“Our riders competed really well, we had a few stacks but everyone was happy,” Ms Thomson said. 

“It was really good to have extra competition for our riders to compete against.” 

Riders of all ages competed in the events.

Riders of all ages competed in the events.

The club has come a long way since the beginning of the year. 

From rallying to restore the club from a break-in, back in May of this year, to hosting a successful event just months later, the club president said she was extremely happy with the team and volunteers. 

“We have had a lot of positive imput from the community, which has been great. 

“There were a lot of positive comments about the grounds, Mitch Carter and Steve Hoffman put a lot of work into smoothing the surface and making sure the track was in top condition,” Ms Thomson said. 

Competitors raced in at least five races on the day and will get the chance to compete in Nhulunbuy for round five of the Grand Tour. 

Big River BMX Club’s 30-40 members compete on Saturdays and train on Tuesday and Thursday nights.

Ms Thomson said the club will continue this year’s training for as long as the weather permits. 

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