Alberta’s BMX racing contingent recently had a very strong showing at the Canadian National Championships of BMX racing in Quebec. Almost 30 BMX racers from 7 to 18 years old, and older, in both the challenge and championship classes of BMX racing made the trip east to compete for a National ranking.
These young men and ladies rode to eight first place finishes, nine, if you include Sabrina Millman’s gold medal for winning the Elite Women’s time trial event. St. Albert’s Calvin McCrae finished a close second in time trials but won the racing in Junior Men.
Cochrane’s Millman dominated the Elite women’s class all day long taking home a National ranking of 1st, as did 14 year old Chase Kelln from Airdrie in his competitive class of nineteen riders.
Tanner Vandenhoven captured a fully earned N1 plate in 15 boys and 12 year old Jacob Duncanson just made it to the podium with his third place finish. Jim Brown had Alberta’s top spot in the Elite Men’s class with a second place finish . Brown and his National Team cohorts finished 1-2-3 with Tory Nyhaug(BC) in front and Connor McCormack(BC) in third.
Damian Bisset(AB), attending his first Canadian National Championship race finished fifth, and Mitchell Warkin(AB) rounded out the Elite men’s main with eighth spot.
Alberta riders ruled the 11, 12, and 13-year-old girls classes as Kayla Kelln(Airdrie), Cayleigh Van Staalduinen(St. Albert) and Brianne Vanderkuip(Calgary) won gold in their respective classes.
Calgary’s Makara Martin raced hard but crashed and ended up with a fourth place in Elite Women, as club mate Dylan Tremel was second only to fellow Albertan Sebastian Webb(St. Albert) in the 7-year-old boys class.
Full race results from the CCA are available here.
With both the Canadian Nationals and the UCI Worlds completed for 2011, BMX racers in Alberta can now look forward to the completion of the Provincial race series (races five and six are to take place this weekend in Lethbridge) and the upcoming Provincial championship on the weekend of September 10-11 in St Albert.
The Provincial championship weekend will take place at the newly rebuilt BMX track at St. Albert. With a supercross-style start hill and a facility totally overhauled by the city of St. Albert, the track will provide a great backdrop for end of the season provincial BMX racing competition.
Also on the radar are races 7 and 8 of the Western National series in Cochrane, coinciding with the 25th anniversary event of the BMX cult classic film RAD on September 20 and 21.
Thanks to Alberta Performance Team coaches Barney Brown and Melissa Dark for providing the update from last weekend’s BMX racing action at Quebec City.