Club ready for track upgrades

Robert DoughertyNorth West Telegraph

Hedland BMX Club is on the move in 2018, announcing it is making some early upgrades to the local track and preparing for interstate competitions.

Outgoing club president Daniel Vadala said the club would be focusing on making renovations to the track this month.

“We are planning early to get a kickstart on our season,” he said.

“The track team will be busy this week with some major changes to the first straight; we are trying to get a 5m start gate and to do that we need the first straight altered to keep in line with other State competitions.

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“We are floating around a 2.8m-3m start gate right now.

“Obviously with a 5m you get the speed from the start and once you get out on the track.” The club will finish registrations this week for the BMX Australia National Championships at the Bunbury BMX Club from March 19-25.

The competition offers 63 classes of racing and is expected to have more than 2000 interstate competitors and supporters.

“Already, we know we have about 30 riders registered for titles later this year,” Mr Vadala said.

“Membership stayed strong for us for 2017. This year is probably going to offer something a lot more interesting because national titles are in WA for the first time.

“Last year was a really big year for the club. We have seen another 30 or 40 members down to the State titles in October last year — it’s exciting to see.”

The club also held six elite coaching clinics during last year’s season and won best presented club at the 2017 State titles.

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