Over 700 BMX riders will converge on Australia's capital city, Canberra for three days of racing. The program kicks off with round five of the Hog’s Breath Café National Probikx Series on Friday night at the Melba BMX track. Saturday morning riders face another round, the sixth at Tuggeranong BMX track. Both of the rounds are also combined Oceania ranking rounds eight and nine and offer valuable UCI points as well.
Competing in the elite program will be three Beijing Olympians. Luke Madill (Penrith) and Nicole Callisto (Perth/Campbelltown) along with top New Zealand Olympic rider, Sarah Walker (Rotorua/Newcastle). Walker is currently ranked second on the world rankings and leads the Oceania Series.
Local stars include Caroline Buchanan (Kambah) with third place in the Oceania Series and a 20 point lead in the national series. Second in the national series is Victorian, Ziggy Callan (Healesville).
While the elite women’s leaders will be jostling for position the elite men’s racing sports a large field including riders from New Zealand and Hong Kong. Current national series leader Brian Kirkham (Adelaide/Port Augusta) is having his best season to date after amassing a lead of 129 points. Madill will compete in his first national race since the Olympics while local favourite, Leigh Darrell will be hoping his knowledge of the track will assist. Other names racing are Queenslander Jamie Gray (Beenleigh), New South Wales top gun Billy Jolliffe (Lake Macquarie/Tamworth) and South Australia’s Matthew Willoughby (Adelaide).
The junior women’s and men’s fields will test the dominance of two of Australian new BMX Elite Squad members Queensland’s Rachel Bracken (Townsville) and Victoria’s Joshua Callan (Healesville). While close behind them are Western Australian Lauren Reynolds (Bunbury) and Victorian Michael Chasteauneuf (Eastfield).
On Saturday afternoon and Sunday racing continues for the ACT State Championships.