Local riders take on state championships

By Tyler Maher

A huge contingent of Shepparton BMX Club riders tackled the BMX Victoria State Championships recently.

The Casey Fields event had 14 Shepparton Cobras competitors among some 800 overall riders trying their hand at success across a number of age groups and categories.

Fletcher Klepiak led the quiver of Cobras by reigning supreme in the 12-year-old boys division, while Austin McNair finished third in the 15 boys event.

Lance Mahuika raced in two classes and snared spots in the final in both, finishing fourth in the 50-plus Cruiser (24-inch) class and seventh in the 50-plus 20-inch class.

The youngest Cobra to tackle the championships was Nik Salau in the five years and under age group, while the newest club member Will Douglas competed in the 17-24 men's age group in his first crack at the state level.

The Brown family had a busy championships as well, with Levi (eight-year-old boys), Jabe (11-year-old boys) and Zac (12-year-old boys) all taking on the best in the state.

Other Shepparton cyclists who tasted state championships action were Tori May (eight-year-old girls), Cody Wallace (15-year-old boys), Adam Baker (40-44 men), Daniel Salau (40-44 men), Hayden Fletcher (superclass men) and Jamie Mahuika (superclass men).

The performances at the championships will contribute to Shepparton's momentum ahead of hosting the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in February, with recent upgrades having the local track in pristine condition.

BMX Australia will also host a National Series round on January 31 as part of the Shepparton BMX extravaganza.