Abbie aims to reign supreme
ABBIE Blackburn will pedal her way through a sodden Mackay Pioneer Track in the hope of securing her fifth consecutive BMX Queensland State Championship this weekend.
The rain clouds may have set in over the annual event but the promising BMX bandit has held on to her trademark sunny disposition.
“It’s just great to be here and be a part of it,” she said.
“The track’s copped a bit of damage, but it’s not going to worry us, it might actually make for an interesting race.
Torrential rain on Sunday night and Monday flooded the track putting organisers and volunteers in overdrive as they fight to repair it in time for the first races on Saturday.
Blackburn will compete in the 13-year-old girls 20-inch category with another state championship trophy in her sights.
She will keep a close eye on Ipswich rival Brooke McLucas who nearly stole her Caboolture Snake Pit crown at the anual event last month.
The No. 2 ranked Queensland rider has been following close on the heels of Blackburn on the state circuit this season.
“We’re pretty evenly matched and she is getting better with every race,” Blackburn said.
With conditions predicted to be wet and dreary, Blackburn hopes to get in some practise on the track to ready herself for the championships.
“It’s already quite a slow track and the rain might make things a bit more difficult,” she said.
“I want to try and get used to it so I know what I’m up against.
“I’m on a winning streak and I don’t want to drop the ball now.”
Her brother Jamie will battle to secure his first Queensland title after a nasty crash in the semi-final in last year’s event.