Snow set to scorch speedway at team challenge
IF THERE is anything Tyson Snow knows, it's how to ride a bike - and fast.
The Redbank Plains rider will be one of the men to watch at Saturday's JTR Team Challenge at Maryborough Speedway.
The 22-year-old has spent as much as 18 years racing at various Australian tracks, and a six-month stint in England has only enhanced his serious skill.
"It's been a long time. I struggled the first few years I was riding but it did get a little bit easier as I got more used to it," Snow said.
Snow will ride for South East Queensland in the event, which attracted some of the state's best riders.
The event doubles as a dress rehearsal ahead of the December 9 Solos title, which will also be held at Maryborough Speedway.
Snow won the Queensland under-21 solos title at Maryborough on February 27, 2016, and will return to the Heritage City for a crack at the open title.
For now, Snow is focused on doing his part in what he hopes is SEQ's successful charge for victory at the JTR Team Challenge.
He credits his six-month stint in the United Kingdom for his development as an all-round racer.
A better understanding of his ideal bike setup and extra competition has turned him into one of the main contenders for December's state titles, though Snow has his sights set on hopefully forging a career in Britain.
"I want to make it back over to England," he said.
"If you're riding over there you're getting about 130 meetings a year with all of the clubs, Premier League and other leagues.
"The tracks are a lot closer as well. You could drive between 20 minutes and a few hours to get to different tracks. It's a bit better than having to drive seven hours for a race."
Snow is no stranger to those long road trips.
Even as a youngster, Snow and his parents travelled to various tracks in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia so he could race.
"We don't do it as much now but every weekend we were somewhere different for a race," his mum Robyn Snow said.
Robyn has been at just about every one of Snow's races in 18 years.
"Apart from when he was in England which couldn't really be helped, he's probably ridden only once without me there," she said.
"It's something we started when he was young."
It's one of the reasons Robyn said speedway is a true family sport.
"It is a fantastic sport for kids, and it gets the whole family involved," she said.
"There's always a parent around when someone races. We've made really great friends across Australia through (racing)."
Snow will ride for SEQ alongside Zaine Kennedy, Declan Kennedy and Kye Thomson.
Teams will represent SEQ, Central Queensland, New South Wales and Far North Queensland, with the winner determined by points.