Huge weekend of pedal power

Francesca MannGeraldton Guardian
Byford BMX Club's Emily Appleton remains focused as she sails over the Woorree Park BMX Club's track during the 12 girls race.
Camera IconByford BMX Club's Emily Appleton remains focused as she sails over the Woorree Park BMX Club's track during the 12 girls race. Credit: Francesca Mann, The Geraldton Guardian

The usually quiet roads around the Woorree Park BMX Club were bursting at the seams during the long weekend, with hundreds of cars from around the State lining the verges.

To passers-by, the sheer number of cars loaded with BMX bikes was enough to suggest something big was happening at the club.

And it was — about 1500 people passed through the club’s gates, anchored by round nine of the BMX WA Super Series.

Woorree Park BMX Club president Fleur Bishop said on Sunday about 1000 people were at the club for the State racing competition.

“This was one of our biggest events for quite a few years,” Ms Bishop said.

“Normally, a lot of people drive back after racing, but this weekend a lot of people said they’d stay through to Monday.

“A lot of visitors went into town and were really impressed with the local businesses and beaches.

“It was a really successful event and we had really great feedback, and ... as far as spending money in town, it was great.”

More than 340 riders of all ages whipped around the track in 34 super series races.

Geraldton BMX prodigy Corey Taylor, nicknamed the “Woorree Wizard”, put on an impressive show in the Superclass Men race, crossing the finish line 0.085 seconds before Wanneroo BMX Club’s Bradley Game.

Corey’s younger brother Lochlan also raced well, finishing the 14 boys final race in second place with a lap time of 38.314 seconds.

Karratha BMX Club’s Jamie Matthewman, a former Woorree rider, had a fantastic performance in the 11 boys novice race, coming first in three of the four races.

In the 15 boys race, visiting rider Jacob Goddard, from Westside BMX Club, managed to jump from third to first after an excellent last turn.

Woorree’s Ella Beaver was another standout on the day, competing in a super series for the first time and making it through to the 12 girls final.

Geraldton rider Jana Van Staden effortlessly took out first prize in the 14-plus women final.

Woorree Park BMX Club will head to Medina this Sunday for the State Championships at Southern Districts BMX Raceway.

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