Riders set to shred inaugural Freestyle BMX Nationals in Melbourne

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20 Nov 2018 Cycling Australia

Australia's BMX scene is set to explode in Melbourne this weekend as Cycling Australia hosts the inaugural Freestyle BMX Nationals at Rampfest from 24-25 November 2018.

Freestyle BMX is set to make its Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and the event format sees cyclists perform a series of tricks during their ‘1 minute run’ across a ramp-filled course. Riders’ tricks are judged based on difficulty, originality, style and execution.

The Freestyle BMX Nationals will be the first opportunity for Australian riders to earn an official National Ranking, a significant move for the sport domestically ahead of the Tokyo Games. 

Australia currently boast some of the best riders in the world, the inaugural competition will pit a wave of professionals against keen locals and enthusiasts all striving for the coveted green and gold jersey.

Sydney’s Brandon Loupos, fresh from his bronze-medal performance at the 2018 UCI Urban World Championships in Chengdu, China last weekend will headline the Nationals.

“I’m excited to come back from Worlds and hopefully put an exclamation point on the first ever nationals in Australia and be that number one Australian,” said Loupos.

Melbourne's Jake Wallwork, who claimed his maiden World Cup win in China last month and finished fourth at the World Championships, is thrilled for the first National Championship at his local skatepark.

“It is really good to have a nationals, and a ranking,” said Wallwork. “It is definitely a great thing for the sport because now we have bigger contests in Australia.”

Gold Coast's Kyle Baldock, who claimed silver at the Sydney X-Games in October, is keen to show his stuff and also see the new generation of Australian BMX riders in action.

“I just can’t wait to show the fans what we have to offer, we expect so many riders to be there and any of them could be the next Olympic or World Champion,” said Baldock.

Rampfest locals Alec Danelutti and Liam Quinlivan are both for nationals to be held at their home park.

Whilst not riding due to injury, Sunbury’s Alec Danelutti was still looking forward to the event, “I’m super excited about Nationals, and to have it at my home park ... It is so sick to actually have a big contest coming here, and we are hoping for a good turn out and everyone gets down for the competition.”

Quinlivan is hoping a home field advantage plays in his favour against the world’s best.

“I’m feeling really good, I’ve put in a lot of work this year, I’m feeling fit I’m feeling strong, I know most of these lines and I know what I can do so hopefully I bring fire to this competition,” said Quinlivan.

Rampfest Indoor Skate Park is in Braybrook in Melbourne's Inner West and has been helping riders, skaters & scooter’s get rad on ramps since 2008.  

The Freestyle BMX National Championships will be contested on Sunday 25 November, with Saturday to feature a warm up competition.

Cycling Australia thanks, Rampfest Indoor Skate Park, Maribyrnong City Council, Lux BMX (Brisbane), Village BMX (Brisbane), Hell on Wheels (Sydney), Back Bone BMX (Canberra), Anchor BMX (Melbourne), Strictly BMX (Melbourne), Little Black Bike (Adelaide) and Local BMX (Perth).
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