TAMWORTH BMX Club will be jumping into the limelight this weekend as it hosts a Come and Try day at the same time that seven of its stars are off to the nation’s capital for the ACT Championships.
The small club has 25 riders at the moment but is on the lookout for more, with riders of all ages welcome to join.
Despite the small numbers, the club is one of the most successful country outfit around.
At the end of last season, 19 members rode at the NSW State Championships and ten of those are now sporting state plates on their bikes after riding in the final of their age group.
The Come and Try day is an initiative of the club and of BMX Australia in a bid to attract more riders to the sport.
The day will kick off at 11am and finish at 2pm.
Anyone with a bike is invited to come and have a go on the track and talk to other riders and members.
A BBQ lunch will be provided as well as goodie bags and a few prizes.
The day is free with all insurance covered, although all riders must wear a long sleeve shirt and pants, as well as a helmet.
Last weekend saw three Tamworth members take on the wet Wollongong track for the first round of the NSW BMX State Series but this weekend will mark the first championship meet of the year.
Mason, Kaitlyn, and Martin Heywood, Justin and Jayden Eunson, Jack Davis and Dan Morris will take on the best in the country at the ACT State Champs.
The prestigious two-day event attracts almost 600 riders from around Australia and is open to riders of all ages.
Davis will be looking for a big ride as he once again looks to qualify for a spot in the national team.
Last year, Davis represented Australia against New Zealand in the Pan Pacific Games and Super 11s, and is hoping to make the touring team again at this meet.
The Tamworth contingent hasn’t had the best preparation, with the recent rain washing away the track.
Club president Allan Eunson said the riders hadn’t been able to get on the track as much as they would have liked.
“It hasn’t been the best preparation although they have all been training this week and should be fine,” Eunson said. “The track is fine now and we are looking forward to getting some new members and people having a go on Sunday.”