BMX riders to fore at SI champs

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MATT.TSO
@thenews.co.nz

Several riders from the Alexandra BMX Club gained top placings at the South Island Titles in Christchurch on January 14-15.

Alexandra sent 32 riders to the meet, of whom 19 made finals, earning themselves top-eight placings.

Alexandra riders took 10 podium places, including Tahlia Nelson who raced well all weekend to win the 10 girls final.

Another standout was Holly Oldham (14), who finished second in the 14 girls, despite an early crash.

The Alexandra club had eight other riders – Tamai Riwhi (7), Charlie Leyser (6), Ben James (11), Lachie James (13), Duncan Sutherland (15), Nathan Adair , Tim Riwhi and Nigel Oldham – finish third in their respective categories.

Alexandra BMX Club president Tony Nelson said the club punched well above its weight and he was extremely proud of the team.

“It was quite an achievement to get some places on the podium in our new club tops. Everyone achieved well; no-one let themselves down.”

He said the team was racing against some of the top riders in the country and a top-eight placing at the titles was no small feat.

“It’s a big achievement to have the South Island number by your name,” he said.

The 2017 South Island Titles was hosted by the North Avon BMX Club and attracted about 340 riders from around New Zealand, including a small group of Australian riders.

Mr Nelson said the windy conditions were challenging for everyone but the longer track particularly suited the Alexandra club riders.

He said the event had been a good opportunity for riders to gauge their progress against some of their North Island opponents before the national championships in Te Awamutu over Easter.

Mr Nelson said he was confident the team would be able to bring home more top eight placings at the nationals.