Casino BMX riders race north
Jack Everingham felt just how hard the Ipswich BMX track was when he took a spectacular tumble during the Ipswich round of the BMX Shoot Out series in southern Queensland.
"He wasn't hurt," Casino BMX Club president Ken Wilkes said. "Just his pride maybe."
Casino BMX Club competes in the Queensland state series because it's closer than the Sydney-based NSW events. The six-round Shoot Out series sees the club racing at Nerang, Ashmore, Colloolah, Ipswich and Redlands.
The Casino riders have been prominent in the top placings.
Based at Crawford Square in South Casino the club meets twice a month.
"We've got immaculate grounds here," Ken said. "And a track that tests you."
The track, which was built more than a decade ago in the first BMX boom, has been constantly improved upon.
"With bigger jumps and five-metre berms, it's a more technical track now," Ken said.
The club caters from the very young (the 'sprocket class' up to seven years old) to the less young (some dads in their 50s are racing). It's open to male and female riders.
Club membership has been steadily increasing but Ken is keen to see more people join.
"We have members from Ballina, Byron, Clunes and Bexhill," Ken said. "But we'd like to see more members from all over the North Coast."
The club meets every second Saturday with the first meet of the year scheduled for this Saturday, January 28. It may however be postponed due to the rain. For the latest info check out the website at casino.bmxa.com.au. Or phone Ken on 6662 4992.
Ouch! Casino BMX Club member Jack Everingham crashes in front of fellow club member Dmitri Nommensen in a race at Ipswich.