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Shepparton’s BMX National Championships underway

By Alex Mitchell

Nearly 2000 entrants have descended upon Shepparton for the BMX Australia National Championships, a week-long extravaganza that promises plenty of action.

The Shepparton BMX Club has put in the hard yards getting ready and is now bracing for impact, with official practice sessions beginning today and running through Wednesday, which will also the Pro Spectacular.

The action will begin to seriously sizzle on Thursday with the Cruiser and Sprocket class Australian titles, before bursting into flames on Friday and Saturday when the big dogs battle it out across dozens of championship classes.

Months of preparation at the track included the completion of the new state-of-the-art 8m starting hill elite riders will tackle.

Club president Cameron May said it had taken a power of work to be ready to host the mammoth event.

‘‘I am so rapt for what bringing this event back to Shepparton means,’’ May said.

‘‘It’s going to be great for the club and the area.

‘‘We have put in lots and lots of work including the last 16 weekends and a heap of weeknights.

‘‘We are a small club and everyone in it has been putting in 100 per cent to the work to make sure we are ready.’’

Among a host of local contenders flying the flag will be Hayden Fletcher, the Shepparton club member looking to reproduce form that has him leading this year’s National Series on his home deck.

Battling him in the elite men category will be Jamie Mahuika, while Levi Collins is certainly poised to make an impact in the 30-plus Masters event.

Other local entrants include Nick Salau (Sprockets), Tori May (eight-year-old girls), Finn Baker (nine-year-old boys), Fletcher Klepiak (12 boys),Taylor Robertson (13 girls), Austin McNair, Cody Wallace (both 15 boys), Xavier Sandland (17 to 24 men) and Adam Baker (35 to 39 men).

The Brown family also boasts a trio of entrants with Levi (eight-year-old boys), Jabe (11 boys) and Zac (12 boys) all having a crack.

Spectator entry is free, with parking at the track costing $2.