Launceston BMX Club numbers on the rise

Australian BMX racing stalwart Luke Christiano has injected new life and new skills into the Launceston BMX Club, attracting more than 70 riders to his clinic on Friday and Saturday.

TWO-WHEEL TALENT: Riders of all ages practised their BMX skills under the tuition of Victorian Luke Christiano at the St Leonards BMX Park on Saturday.

TWO-WHEEL TALENT: Riders of all ages practised their BMX skills under the tuition of Victorian Luke Christiano at the St Leonards BMX Park on Saturday.

It’s the second time the Victorian and former national champion has spent time at St Leonards BMX Park and he said it won’t be the last.

“It’s amazing how many riders are training and competing in Launceston – the numbers are comparable to what we’re getting on the mainland,” he said.

“And there’s so much talent – with riders as young as three up to the veterans like me showing brilliant form on the track.”

Christiano, who next week launches a new television show dedicated to all forms of bike riding on Melbourne community channel 31 (www.c31.org.au to watch online or download the app) said he aims to feature Tasmania’s road, track, BMX and mountain bike scene at every opportunity.

He also hung around to compete again the locals at the club meeting on Saturday night, which experienced bigger fields than at the last northern championships.

Conceding that the young guns had it over him he said he enjoyed providing the skills and inspiration for the up-and-coming riders who will no doubt soon have a presence on the national stage. Launceston’s Sam Wells was overall winner in the open men’s followed by Justin Oxley of Southern City BMX, Bryce Lane of LBC, Zane Van Anholt and Luke Christiano. Open ladies was won by Breeanna Oxley from Southern City ahead of Clarissa Upston and Justine Lane of LBC. Oliver Beams of SC won the 8yo challenge (boys and girls).

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