Best rider in state surprised

BMX: Rockhampton's fierce riders have returned home with a few places under their belt, after revving it up at the BMX Nationals at the Gold Coast last week.

But out of the 900 racers at the Nationals, it was local Joshua Hurt who stirred up the dust, claiming both the 19-24 Men's and the 25-29 Men's Cruiser race.

He was also named Queensland's number one rider, and Hurt even surprised himself with the titles.”

He only returned to the sport earlier this year, following a two year break.

“It was a big surprise to win,” he said.

“Before I took the break I was number one in Queensland for three years running and I was in the top three in Australia.”

Hurt said he wouldn't be taking a break from the sport again.

“I am going to stick with it now,” he said.

“Next is the Nationals in January and the after that is the Australian titles.

Rockhampton BMX Club rider and media officer Brett Halter said Hurt was their stand-out rider this year.

Halter also competed in the race and came in at second place in the 35-39 Men's Cruiser race.

“Hurt was the successful rider this year, but overall we had a good result from all of our competitors,” he said.

“The club has had a great improvement in form last year.

“We achieved greater results and it shows we are progressing and providing more opportunities at a higher level.”

Five-year-old Brock Davies-Bolton was the youngest rider representing Rockhampton.

“Young eight-year-old Wesley Mathers competed for the first time and he came in at eighth in the final, so that was a really good start for his first race,” he said.

“It was particularly exciting for the young ones who hadn't raced at the nationals before.”

Bryce Robson also represented Rockhampton well, snatching up third in the 16 Boy's race.

Our local girls also rode strong with Erin Rook, 14, picking third in her 14 Girl's race.

Shakara Long also came in at fourth for the 8-10 Cruiser race, and fifth in the 10 Girl's race.

The local BMX club encourage others to join.



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