BMX World Championships: Southside six to head to Azerbaijan for June event


Southside BMX Club riders Bianca Campbell (Thornlie) and Murray Nottage (Harrisdale) will travel to Baku, Azerbaijan for June’s BMX World Championships.
Southside BMX Club riders Bianca Campbell (Thornlie) and Murray Nottage (Harrisdale) will travel to Baku, Azerbaijan for June’s BMX World Championships.

ITS Formula 1 circuit generates some of the most exciting racing on four wheels and a local team travelling to Baku, Azerbaijan for June’s BMX World Championships expect the same for those on two.

Six riders from the Southside BMX Club will travel to the region bounded by the Caspian Sea, Russia, Georgia, Armenia and Iran for the June 5-9 competition.

There they will be greeted by 390m of track featuring hills, straights, jumps and tight turns.

Thornlie’s Bianca Campbell said she had studied the track online but would wait until she rides it before deciding how she would attack the competition.

The 17-year-old said the length of the course, which is more than 100m longer than the track at Southside, had meant an extra focus on stamina.

“I’m really excited,” she said.

“This is my second trip (to the World Championships) and it’s the same as last year.

“When I get on the plane I’ll probably be a little nervous.

“But I’ve been training hard six days a week, twice a week to be ready.”

Club president Sandra Winfield said the Southside six had put in the effort but it was hard to judge where they could finish given the unpredictable nature of the sport.

“We’re very proud of the riders that are going,” she said.

“They’ve trained hard so we’re confident they will go well.

“It’s hard to know where they will sit at the end.

“You can do a lot of training but (the sport is) unpredictable.

“The best riders doesn’t necessarily always win.”

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