Tamworth BMXers mix it with elite

TAMWORTH BMX riders have been securing some good results in major races.

Mason Heywood, who turned seven yesterday, competes at Camden.

Mason Heywood, who turned seven yesterday, competes at Camden.

Riders in the Steggles Tamworth Bicycles BMX team travelled to the MacCarthur BMX Club in Camden in  western Sydney recently to participate in the NSW BMX Pre-Titles event.

While the pre-titles are a stand-alone event, they do give riders and organisers a chance to dial in the track with a full dress rehearsal at race pace in preparation for the state titles later this year.

Kaitlyn Heywood competed in the girls’ Mighty 11’s qualifier and, after a very good first moto, disaster struck in the second moto when she was hit by another rider in the first straight and both crashed out.

Heywood finished a credible seventh, with the top four  earning a trip to New Zealand later in the year.

Younger brother Mason Heywood, competing in the 7 boys’ sprockets, rode extremely well all day. 

Unfortunately his father, Martin Heywood, finished fourth in his age group and missed his first final for a long time.

Dan Morris had a bit of a point to prove as he has only been beaten twice all year on his cruiser in a final, those being at Wollongong in the first  race of the season where he slid out in the wet while leading and at the nationals where he picked up 6 Australia so he was intent on delivering a good result.

After being unbeaten all day in the motos he was only really racing the clock in the final and that he did, riding the fastest time of any cruiser age bracket and finishing with a time that would have placed him in the afternoon 20” Pro final.

Kaitlyn and Morris also competed on their 20” bikes with Kaitlyn finishing sixth. 

Morris finished third in the final.

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