A HUNDRED entries competed at the BMX Easter Carnival held in Mount Isa on the weekend.
Riders from Cairns, Townsville, Atherton and Burdekin bolstered the numbers during the two day carnival.
The Island BMX Club’s president Anthony Leonard said the Easter Carnival was able to attract competitors from the coast, where they were used to competing at many tracks in a shorter distance.
The competition numbers were a “fair size” for a BMX competition in Mount Isa. Regular race meetings at the club attracted numbers between 30 to 50 riders, Leonard said.
The competition was a points round for the zone racing so it gave local racers the chance to increase their points for the season. It’s the second year in a row that the club has secured approval to hold the event across Easter.
The winner of the superclass 14 plus men’s was Wade Mundie, who bested Island’s Shannon Murphy, who came second. Mundie rides for the Cairns BMX Club and has been competing for about a decade.
Mundie said it had been close racing against his competitors all weekend until the final. He had won all races except one in which he placed fifth. “Obviously the track was a bit different, I had to get used to the track,” Mundie said.
“The start is not as tall as our own track, and the corners (are different). That’s about it.”
Mundie’s next ride will be in the BMXA National Championships to be held in Brisbane from April 24, to April, 30. Mount Isa’s Philip Woodward, who placed eighth in the superclass, will also compete along with his brother Bill.
A Cairns based rider was also the winner of the 14 plus women’s superclass. Ammie De Lai led on the track in all her races with seven points. In second place was Island’s Emma Allgood, 14 points, who intends on entering nationals.
The 8 Boys was won by Townsville’s Liam Spilsbury on seven points. In second place was Mascen Dunstan, 16 points, and third was Zachary Leviston on 19 points.
The 8 girls was between Island’s Mollie Leonard and Atherton’s Kirra Twidale. But Leonard’s knowledge of the track undoubtedly contributed to her series of straight wins, resulting in 7 points.
The 9 boys was won by Burkekin’s Cooper Kross, who had 12 points. Townsville’s Hunter Boschen actually won more rounds but he fell back to seventh place in his last round; increasing his points to 16. Lachlan Jeffs was third place with 19 points.
In the 9 girls, an Atherton rider won on 7 points. Asha Smith led on the track. Abby Williams, from Cairns, came second with 14 points. Island’s Georgia Hurst finished third on 22 points.
In the 10 boys, Atherton’s Alex Twidale won with a recorded 12 points. Townsville’s Kynan Spilsbury was second place but with nine points, while Cairns’ Brock De Lai was third with 11 points.
In the 11 boys it was Island’s Bill Woodward who won with straight wins of seven points. Cairns’ Jack Williams was on 17 points while Burdekin’s Lachlan Mills was third place with 20 points.
Three competitors rode in the 11 girls. In first place was Elisha Nesbit, from Cairns, on seven points. Brooke Smith, from Townsville, was second on 14 points. Island’s Jade Lobegeiger came third with 21 points.
In the 13 boys it was Aiden Smith, from Atherton, who won with seven points. In second was Alexander Bang, from Cairns, with 14 points. Ethan Cassaniti, from Cairns, was third with 22 points.
In the 14 boys the winner was Harrison Buswell, from Townsville, with 12 points. Island’s Philip Woodward came second with 18 points, and Braydan Cassaniti, from Cairns, was third with 20 points.
Island’s Bradley Leonard won the 15 boys with 11 points. Lachlan Moss, from Townsville, was second with 14 points. Ryle Moses, from Atherton, was third with 21 points.
15 girls has three riders including two from younger age categories. Ammie De Lai, from Cairns, won on seven points. Finlay Henderson, from Mount Isa, was second on 14 points. And Holly Lobegeiger, from Mount Isa, was third with 21 points.
16 boys winner was Wade Mundie, from Cairns, with nine points. Sebastian Bang, Cairns, was second on 12 points.
The 8-10 boys cruiser winner was Alex Twidale, Atherton, with seven points. Mascen Dunstan, from Townsville, was second with 16 points. In third place was Oliver Hynes-Pollard, Townsville, with 19 points.
The 11-12 boys cruiser winner was Jack Williams, Cairns, with seven points. Tyson Dunstan, Townsville, was second with 14 points. Brooke Smith, Townsville, was third with 21 points.
The 13-14 boys cruiser winner was Alexander Bang, 11 points, from Cairns. Island’s Bill Woodward, placed second with the equal 11 points. Third was Liam Smith, Townsville, with 20 points.