Bikes, Sun & Lots of Gatorade-BMX State Championships

October 12, 2015

The 2015 BMXWA State Championships has come to a close. A huge week down in Bunbury for all the best riders across the state battling it out for the top spot on the podium.
The weather was amazing, apart from a few drops of rain before the final that thankfully didn't stick around. Unlike last years rain filled event in Bullcreek. The sun definitely shed some light on the event all week from the first Pre-States held last Sunday to the moment we left the track on Saturday evening.

The track was in awesome condition and all 447 riders were ready to race. After the cruiser, sprocket and mini wheeler riders took to the track on Friday, 20" riders from ages 8 and up raced on Saturday for the title of 2015 State Champion. With riders putting their all into each lap, there was lots of carnage. Some of the top riders came down hard, one of those being last years Elite Men Champion Darryn Goodwin, who had a huge stack in the Elite men's final, unable to defend his title and coming away in 7th behind Elite Men Champion for 2015, Aaron Nottle.

Prior to racing the BMXWA State Squad held a signing session for all their fans. The massive queue of riders was so long that the squad members eventually had to leave for their practice sessions, suggesting fans wanting a signature come find them throughout the day.

Unfortunately a handful of riders who wished to contend for a top spot were unable to race due to injury such as last years Junior Women State Champion, Rachelle Smith who had an unlucky year of injury. This was my first of 11 state championships without racing Rachelle and she was definitely missed on the track. Can't wait to battle against her again next year!

Other than the Championship classes, the 17-24 men had a really stacked final with a few riders making a comeback to the sport such as Ethan Cooper (7th) and Nathaniel Purser (2nd). No one was a match for the 17-24 mens champion Scott Gaskin, who lead the lap all the way from the gate to the finish line for the second year in a row.
Photo by Sarah Flower

Junior Men saw upcoming rider Jamie Gill take the win after a year of massive improvement.
In the Elite Women Class, Kirsten Dellar came away with another first place, backing up her result from last year.

With a rather small class this year, the Junior Women had lots of room to move on the track. I managed to come away with the win which you can watch here.

An extremely good weekend had by all leaving a few battered and bruised and some with trophy in hand. A huge thanks is necessary to all who put on the fantastic event. All the clubs, officials, volunteers, BMXWA, photographers, riders, parents and supporters put in a great effort to help the weekend run smoothly and the racing to be fast.

You can watch all the action of the final events here. Looking forward to next years event at Westside!

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