The Blue Lake BMX Club is ready to tackle the biggest weekend of the year in Adelaide.
Across three days of heart stopping action, The Cove track in Adelaide is hosting the 2021 State BMX Titles and the Limestone Coast has plenty of riders to keep an eye on.
The Blue Lake BMX Club will send 30 competitors to the event and everyone will be hungry to add an SA win to their plate against the 350-plus rivals.
Blue Lake BMX Club president Stephen Jones has high hopes for what the region’s riders can achieve on the big stage.
“I think most of our riders are in with a shot of getting into at least the top eight,” he said.
“After we had the state titles at home last year everyone’s skills have lifted.
“We have been well represented at races through the year and we are definitely in the mix.
“We will not be messing around at the back and instead will be racing at the front.”
Boosted by the home crowd last year, Lily Kradolfer shone to dominate the 10 Girls grade and she will be determined to defend her SA crown.
She will be racing against team mates Lily Jones and Sheridan Picken in the 11 Girls class.
Jaiden Picken (13 Boys), Peter Jelleff (45-49 Men), Ava Reid (13 Girls) and Jade Jennings (16 Girls) all scored podium finishes last year and would love to reach further heights.
These names are just some to keep an eye out on in the strong South East contingent.
Only four of the 21 other clubs are fielding more entries than the travelling Blue Lake squad.
Jones said the optimism in Blue Lake’s chances was sparked from the momentum generated after hosting the event in 2020.
“After the state titles last year we have gained a lot of members and have raced on a weekly basis with 40 to 50 riders,” he said.
“That has in turn, lifted the bar with the calibre of racing.
“The riders are getting better and better and we have also been putting in some extra sessions during training when we can.”
The Cove BMX track will not be the easiest to ride on and Jones pointed out riders must overcome the venue’s natural features.
“It is on top of a hill so it is a very windy and challenging track,” he said.
“The corners are tight and lippy.
“Most of the riders have been there because we had the state series about two months ago.”
After COVID-19 restrictions and border closures have yet again caused havoc to the BMX racing calendar, Jones said this weekend was the big one of 2021.
“Especially with COVID we have been locked in the state, so this will be the biggest event of the year,” he said.
“Sometimes riders will miss the state titles in preparation for nationals, but there are no national titles again this year, so everyone in the state will be racing this weekend.”