Big Year for BMX in the Red Centre!

It’s an exciting year for the sport of BMX in Alice Springs with both the Alice Springs Masters Games and the NT Titles being held in October this year.

The two events are running back to back with the NT Titles held on the 7th & 8th and the Alice Springs Masters Games running on the 9th & 10th of October.

First time Masters Games Coordinator and President of the Red Centre BMX Club, Brooke Klarenbeek is hopeful that having both competitions running on successive days will mean that competitors that usually only compete in one or the other will have a crack at both.

“The NT Titles are unique in that you do not have to be a resident of the Northern Territory to compete,” Klarenbeek said.

“It’s a good opportunity for interstate competitors to come and win a ‘plate’ in order to qualify for Nationals.”

However, It may not be so easy, with great local talent such as Chris Smith competing who was the Australian 25-29 champion at the Subaru BMX Nationals in 2015.

BMX originated in California, USA in the 1960s as a pedal-powered alternative to motocross riding.  The sport was first introduced to the Olympics at Beijing in 2008 and it was a huge success.  Australia is an especially strong competitor on the world stage with strong representation from athletes such as Caroline Buchanan who is a two time BMX World Champion.

With the Red Centre BMX track undergoing redevelopment and the installation of new lights in time for October the BMX competition at the Alice Springs Masters Games is going to be bigger and better than ever.