PEDAL ON: Riders from the Callide Valley BMX Club at the track last week.
PEDAL ON: Riders from the Callide Valley BMX Club at the track last week. Catrina Stevens

Biloela riders to race Gladstone to the finish track line

THE Biloela BMX track is set to be bustling this Saturday as riders from Gladstone and the Callide Valley will gather for a race meet.

The Callide Valley and Harbour City BMX Clubs have come together to host a Super Saturday. Four motos will be raced at the Callide home track from 11am and three motos will be raced at the Gladstone track from 5pm.

It gives the riders a chance to race two different tracks in a day, Callide Valley BMX Club president Scott Stevens said.

"It is a new concept for us,” he said.

"We have never combined race days before like this.

"It's something new and we are just trialling it.

"We're trying to buck the trend by holding these events which are little bit different.”

They have riders from as young three in mini-wheelers up to adults
They have riders from as young three in mini-wheelers up to adults Catrina Stevens

Depending on the success of this weekend's event, the club might look at doing another combined event leading up to the State Championships in September.

Nominations are still being taken and Stevens hopes it will attract about 100 riders.

The two tracks are "quite vastly” different from one another in the general layout.

"Our track is slightly longer, bigger jumps,” Stevens said.

"The Gladstone track has a different start hill and different combinations in their straights.”

The day will allow riders to compare the two tracks but also race beside other riders.

"It is an opportunity for riders to look at riding against different people,” Stevens said.

"In Gladstone they race every Saturday night and they are getting the same riders week after week.”

Callide Valley riders waiting to head out on the track
Callide Valley riders waiting to head out on the track Catrina Stevens

Callide Valley BMX Club currently has about 24 riders from as young as three years old in the mini wheelers up to adults.

It will be mostly three to 12-year-olds riding on Saturday.

Last weekend, the club held their first normal race meet for the year.

It was a smaller event with about 22 riders, including some from Gladstone and Rockhampton.

They hope to have a normal race meet once a month and it will attract those from out of town.

The club's biggest event for the year was in March for their annual race day.

About 130 riders attended from as far north as Mackay and south to Maryborough.

The club's numbers have grown "quite substantially” this year. They have gone from nine riders at the start of the year to 24.

"It would be the largest number of riders we have had for a number of years,” Stevens said.

To keep up with the interest, there are plans fordevelopments on the track.

"We are looking at putting in a new start hill and getting lights so we can race at night to attract more riders,” Stevens said.

The club has grown strongly in numbers this year, from nine at the beginning of the year to 24 now.
The club has grown strongly in numbers this year, from nine at the beginning of the year to 24 now. Catrina Stevens

BMX CLUB:

Super Saturday at the Callide Valley BMX track tomorrow

From 11am to 1pm

Canteen and full facilties operating

Training sessions are held every Monday and Wednesday from 4pm, held along if you want to join


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