Mildura Weekly : February 28 2014 Vol 8 No 17
www.milduraweekly.com.au 72 Mildura Weekly – 28/02/14 MILDURA BMX Club riders con- tinue to punch above their weight on the national stage, returning from the recent South Australian titles with a swag of top 10 fin- ishes. A 13-racer squad of Mildura riders contested the titles at The Cove BMX Club near Adelaide earlier this month, competing in classes from 10 and 11 Boys and Girlsrightupto40-44Meninthe senior ranks. Ethan Zrna topped the club’s results, cementing his reputation as one of the sport’s future senior stars by winning his third consecu- tive South Australian title. Ethan went through his motos unbeaten before taking a second in the semi final behind the rider who pipped him for last year’s Vic- torian title. It set the stage for a fiercely contested final between the two riders, but it was Ethan who came out on top, turning the tables on the Victorian champion to clinch his third South Australian title. The Sunraysia rider said this year’s title (11 Boys) was the hard- est of this championships so far. “It was harder because the older you get, the harder the com- petition is and the closer the races are,” Ethan said. The three-time South Austra- lian champion is now setting his sights on this year’s Australian title, which will be fought out at Shepparton in May. He said the fact the event will be held in Victoria will be an ad- vantage compared to other years when the title has been held fur- ther away, including circuits in Queensland. “It’s going to be a bit easier be- cause we can drive there and prac- tice at the track more often than in the past,” Ethan said. Ethan was among a strong field of Mildura riders to take podium finishes at the event, including Chloe Helms (11 Girls), Kamahl Lord(30-39and40-44Men) and Tori Znra (13 Girls). Cooper Dalton (10 Boys), Brayden Parker (12 Boys), Aiden Barcak (13 Boys), Liam Helms (13 - 14 Boys), Emily Ritchie (30+ Fe- male), Rick Parker (35 - 39 Men), Ron Helms (40 - 44 Men), Corey Dalton (40 - 44 Men) and Bree Ritchie (14 Girls) all returned with top 10 finishes. Emily Ritchie used the event as a comeback of sorts, taking up racing again after almost 30 years away from the sport. Emily was a promising junior in the 1980s, back when the Mil- dura BMX Club’s track was at Apex Park, finishing as high as third in a South Australian title. She gave up racing when she was 12, but was reunited with the sport several years ago after intro- ducing her children to racing. However, it wasn’t until about six months ago that Emily decided to take to the track herself. “My son stopped racing and I only had my daughter racing, so I thought I’d have a bit of a ride as there were other ladies down here having a go, and it’s just gone from there,” Emily said. In just six months she’s gone from her first laps of the new Mil- dura track to finishing fourth in this month’s South Australian title. Emily said her return to State- level riding wasn’t without a few nerves. “I didn’t expect those results at all,” she said. “I was quite nervous about it because there were some great rid- ers competing.” Emily said returning to racing as a senior has its challenges. “It’s a lot different now. You’re more conscious of things than when you were a kid, and fitness- wise it was hard to build my fitness back up again,” she said. “But once I got my fitness back up, everything just came back to me.” Mildura BMX riders triumph at SA titles • TEAM EFFORT: With his third consecutive South Australian BMX title under his belt, Mildura’s Ethan Zrna, ABOVE, now has his sights set on a national crown. He is joined BELOW by the Mildura BMX Club’s top-eight place getters at the recent South Australian titles: Cooper Dalton, Emily Richie, Liam Helms, Bree Ritchie, Tori Zrna and Chloe Helms. Mountain bike riders looking to ‘roll’ to victory this Sunday MEMBERS of the Coomealla Mountainless Bike Club are gearing up for the third running of the ‘Hodgo’s Roll the Dice’ event, which will be held this Sunday at the club’s Coomealla course. The event will com- bine riding with “good old fashioned luck” ac- cording to club secretary, Nick Dew, who said all riders would be in with the chance to claim top honours in the unique event. “We were after an event that gave all riders – no matter their ability or fitness – the chance to win,” he said. “The fastest and fittest always seem to get the chocolates, so we thought it might be fun to provide an event that gave anyone and ev- eryone a chance to win. “This event is more about participation than it is about riding flat out, and we have planned a course which is a good introduction to moun- tain biking for all abili- ties.” Nick said that the event would see teams of two take it in turns toridealapofthe3km course, with riders to roll a 12-sided dice at the end of each lap. “Whatever you roll is the score for the lap,” he said. “The winning pair is the team with the highest score. “It is a timed event of about an hour and a quarter, with teams asked to complete as many laps as possible in the allotted time. “Ideally pairs will be made of riders of vary- ing ability to make it a more even contest, with the prize pool valued at $600 – with prizes for first, second and third place-getters. “A few spot prizes will also be available.” Registration will be taken from 8.15am on the day, with the race to get underway at 9am. Costis$5–withan extra $5 required for race insurance for non-club members – with more information available by visiting www.mountain- lessbikeclub.net.au. • Chelsea Dawes gets ready to roll the dice during last year’s event.
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