Launceston BMX Club sends six riders to national championships

HEADING NORTH: Patrick O'Callaghan, Justine Lane and Bryce Lane (back) and Chace Upston, Sarah O'Callaghan and Hayley O'Callaghan (front) will compete in Queensland's BMX national championships later this month.

HEADING NORTH: Patrick O'Callaghan, Justine Lane and Bryce Lane (back) and Chace Upston, Sarah O'Callaghan and Hayley O'Callaghan (front) will compete in Queensland's BMX national championships later this month.

Launceston BMX Club will be well represented when this year’s BMX national championships kick off in Brisbane. 

The club will enter six riders in the April 25-29 event including three first-time participants, Chace Upston, Sarah O’Callaghan and Hayley O’Callaghan.

Patrick O’Callaghan, Justine Lane and Bryce Lane are all seasoned national championship riders and have been putting in a touch extra on the training track in preparation for the event.

“I’m pretty excited,” Justine said.

“We’ve put in a little bit extra but not heaps, it’s basically just recovery all this week.”

Bryce said both he and Justine would be aiming to achieve a top-16 place, which would qualify them for the world championships in South Carolina later this year. 

“It’s achievable, I went to the world titles in New Zealand a few years ago,” Bryce said. 

“In age group (competition) you just have to place at a national championships, but if you’re a pro rider you have to earn it a bit more.”

Nearly 1300 riders have entered in this year’s event.

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