Close, but Maryborough still Central Queensland champions
AFTER two action-packed days of racing, Maryborough BMX Club retained the Zone Challenge Award by the "skin of its teeth".
The host club beat Bundaberg by a mere three points in what was one of the closest Central Queensland Championships in recent years.
"A lot of the other clubs have stepped up by implementing coaching programs and changing their tracks," Maryborough BMX Club president Jason Rufus said.
"Maryborough is leading the way, but they are now following us because they see our success and are starting to catch us."
Despite that, Rufus said it was a remarkable effort by their riders to win back the crown.
"It means a lot because we are still one of the smaller clubs," he said.
"Rockhampton has over 250 members and Bundaberg usually dominated this up until the last two years.
"To claim it by the skin of our teeth this year, we're really proud of it."
More than 300 riders from five clubs tore up the Tinana track as part of this year's championship, with Maryborough finishing the weekend with 42 plates and 10 age champions.
Maryborough's points came from the usual suspects in Harrison Browning, Jack Terry, Billy Terry and Alyssa Cherrie, but Rufus believed it was the effort from some of their new riders coming through that got them over the line.
After a bad run with injuries, Danielle Bradford returned to her best form to win her age group, as did Tina Black who is new to the sport but her dedication to training proved vital.
Another rider who achieved age champion and impressed was Justin Patzwald.
"He's a young kid, has never quite been a champion but been so close on many occasions," Rufus said of the 16-year-old.
"In the last six months he's put a massive effort in and a lot of extra work in, like fitness.
"The weekend was the best he has ridden and to break that first this year is great for him."