Pattison blitzes older BMX rivals
BUNDABERG young gun Sean Pattison blitzed a field of more experienced competitors to claim victory in the 30th anniversary Bundaberg BMX Club Canetoad Classic.
Pattison, 16, was a dominant force in the 19 and over, Men's Open category winning each of his six heats and the final.
It was a sweet victory for the teenager who had competed in the past four Canetoad Classics.
“It's been something I've been wanting to win for a long time so to finally get my hands on the trophy is pretty pleasing,” he lamented.
Pattison hit the Bundaberg BMX track four times a week in the lead-up to the event and said the home course advantage was a big factor in his success.
“I know the track pretty well and there's a few tricks you can learn to make the most of it with,” he said.
“Each course is different and has its own features, so it's a matter of knowing how to make the best of what you've got.”
Pattison said the two-day event had been a taxing, but exhilarating competition which put him to the test physically and mentally.
“I'll sleep well tonight, there's no doubt about that,” he said.
“To maintain your focus over seven races can be pretty difficult.”
Pattison beat a field of competitors from across Queensland and hopes to compete and retain his title next year.
“It's a great event.
“I'm hoping to be back faster and stronger the next time around,” Pattison said.
Also achieving victory for Bundaberg was Christopher Pratt in the 40-44 Men's Cruiser category.
And Connor Pratt was succesful in the Under-12 Boys' Cruisers event.
Beau Pratt won the Under-16 Cruisers.
Abbie Blackburn won the Open Ladies' Cruisers.