Lake Macquarie BMX Club has been on a roll in recent times, competing against the best riders in Australia and the best in the world, with outstanding results.
The LMBMX Club is based at Mary Street, Argenton, at the rear of the mine rescue building, and boasts an incredible 350 members from ages 2 (mini-wheelers) to 60.
A number of riders competed recently in the BMX Australian Championships in Bunbury WA. Three Lake Mac riders were crowned champion in their divisions; Jeorjia Kelson – 8 girls, Miller Ruks – 11 boys and Nathaniel Rodway – junior elite men; a number of National Plates were also achieved by Lake Macquarie competitors.
Three LMBMX members competed at the World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan over the June long weekend. They were: Jeorjia Kelson – 8 girls, Taj Kelson – 11 boys and Nathaniel Rodway – junior elite men.
During the June long weekend the club also had Nate Cox compete as a member of the Australian Trans Tasman Test Team which took on New Zealand at Castle Hill BMX. The Test team was made up of the top 4 boys and top 4 girls aged 11 in Australia.
Both boys and girls teams won against New Zealand, the girls coming out victorious 103-92 with the competition going down to the last race of 5 motos to determine the winner over two days of racing.
The Australian boys victory was the second largest winning margin in the history of the event, 142-53, making it a clean sweep for the home side.
On the same weekend at Castle Hill, the Lake Macquarie Club also had Miller Ruks gain Test Team selection for the return leg to compete against New Zealand on their home turf in October.
Lake Macquarie BMX runs gate practice on a Monday and Wednesday night from 5.30pm to 7.30pm and race on Saturday evenings.
Most of the riders will train one to two days a week on track, as well as sprint training off track, gym work for the older guys and then club racing on the weekend.
There is a major state race event every second weekend in NSW, and interstate, throughout the year.