BMX Bigger and Better

The popularity of BMX is continuing to grow with the 2016 Alice Springs Masters Games hosting the largest field yet.

It has meant a hectic time for the Red Centre BMX Club as they held the Northern Territory titles last Friday and Saturday nights. The Masters Games competition began on Sunday.

BMX held its final rides last night.

A weary president Brooke Klarenbeek said it had been a tiring time but a lot of fun.

“After the NT Titles the Masters BMX was a nice and relaxed fun night,”
she said.

“There was plenty of competitive racing with some pretty close finishes.

“Between the races we were able to have a mini masters for the younger ones.

“The track held up well especially after all the rain we’ve had recently.”

While most of the riders were from Alice Springs, hosting the NT titles meant that some Top End riders stayed on for the Games events. There was also one interstate registration.

A notable rider was Michael Smith who not only won two NT plates at the titles but a gold at the Masters Games.

This year’s competition included six women riders – a significant increase on the previous three Alice Springs Masters Games.

The oldest riders in the Games were 59-year-old Des Kelly and Rhonda Villiger, 53.

There were two classes of bikes for the riders and two divisions in the women’s and six for the men.