Fifth straight BMX title
THE reign of pint-sized BMX bandit Abbie Blackburn continued at the Queensland State Championships yesterday.
The speed-loving Bundaberg teenager, 13, pedalled her way into the record books with her fifth consecutive win in the annual competition.
Heavy rain had transformed the MacKay Pioneer track into a quagmire for the Under-13 girls' final with deep ruts and sections of loose dirt claiming less experienced riders.
“All the rain made the track pretty slow and sloppy so it was probably a bit more demanding than I'm used to,” she said.
“I had to take it pretty easy over the jumps and really work hard on the straights to maintain my lead.”
Blackburn leapt from the starting gates in the final, breaking away from the pack on the down ramp and extending the lead on the first straight.
“I started pretty well, but I knew with the conditions the way they were, anything could happen,” she said.
She finished in first comfortably, ahead of Ipswich-based rider Brooke McLucas and Nerang's Abbie Jenkinson.
“It was tough going in those conditions, but I got there in the end,” she said.
The State Championship win was in addition to her victory in the first round of the National Champ Bikx series last week.
As the competition's leading rider, Blackburn is making her bid for selection in the national team to compete in the World Championships in Copenhagen next year.
Blackburn breathed a sigh of relief after her title as state champion was assured for another year, and will now focus her energies on the Champ Bikx series.
“I was a bit nervous about it because I didn't want to give it up,” she said. “I'll keep working hard and doing what I need to do to improve as a rider.”
The five-year winning streak is believed to have set a record in the junior girls' category of the competition.