A handful of Bunbury’s best BMX riders will represent their country and showcase their skills to the world in June.
Dual Olympian Lauren Reynolds will head-up a small group of Bunbury riders competing in the 2018 UCI BMX World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan.
“Every race is getting tougher and tougher and there is a very strict qualifying criteria to meet the standards,” Reynolds said.
“So far, the year has been pretty good for me. I started off with a few races on the US circuit and I am feeling good.
“I am happy to be back, competing for Australia, and going to a place that I have never been to before.”
Reynolds is currently undergoing an intense schedule at the Chula Vista Elite Training Centre in San Diego, California.
“We have a number of tracks here and some really good competitors to train with on a daily basis,” she said.
“I’ll be working on starting my races better. We’ll also analyse the Baku World Championship track and simulate as much of it as we can.”
Reynolds said increased training and concentration will help her chances of winning gold.
“If I go in with a good mindset then it’s usually pretty easy to follow the plan,” she said.
Bunbury’s Cameron Wyatt, Blade Cherubino and Dylan Rush will join Reynolds in next month’s five-day event.
Wyatt will hit the track for the 12-year-old Boys’ 20-inch and Under 12 Boys’ Crusier races, while Cherubino will compete in the U15 Boys’ category.
In the U16 Boys’ event, Rush will take on riders from Australia and around the world.
Australian team manager Luke Madill said the riders would deliver exceptional results.
“As a club, Bunbury are doing a great job of preparing their riders and credit must go to everyone who has contributed to getting these riders over to Baku in top shape,” he said.
“Blade Cherubino in particular has been impressive this season and I am looking forward to seeing him race the best in the world.”
Australia’s team will feature 104 riders from around the country.
Head to http://bmxaustralia.com.au/ to track their progress.