TOP class BMX racing returned to Milton Keynes last weekend when the city hosted the fourth round of the prestigious East Anglia Championships.
This event enabled riders to qualify for the British Championships later this year, and with 136 competitors taking part – 50 more than at the previous round in Ipswich – there was plenty of quality racing. And the growth of the sport locally was reflected in more than 30 riders from MK competing, as well as 11 novices, meaning racers from the age of six to 45 were involved.
With help from the Milton Keynes Parks Trust and financial support from SportMK, the BMX track at Pineham has now been upgraded to include an all weather ‘sharks teeth’ grid on the start ramp, plus corners and jumps have been reshaped and the whole track completely resurfaced.
BMX racing is an Olympic sport and next year international riders are expected to train at the track ahead of the 2012 London Games. And MK could one day produce a world class racer of its own if the results of this competition are anything to go by.
MK riders who won their finals were: Jack Leahy (Male 8), Luke Mendes (Male 9) and Holly Bowen (Novice 14-16). Other superb performances came from Izzy Ferrada (2nd Male 15), Joe Sawyer (2nd Male 16) and Sarah Fuller (3rd 30+ Ladies).
The track – just north of Willen Lake on Tongwell Street – is open to all during the summer months, with practice sessions on Tuesday evenings. Visit www.mkbmx.com to find out more. The next competitive meeting takes place in October with the return of the East Anglia Championships.