BMX racing made a much welcomed return to Wales last weekend as part of the South West Series Regional Race.
Hosted by local club Llynfi Valley, the final round of the South West Series took place on Sunday 06 August, which incorporated the come-back of the Welsh BMX Championships.
The event was organised following feedback from last year’s Welsh Cycling AGM where it was agreed to support the sport in order to reinstate a championship event.
Over 250 riders across the regions made their way to Llynfi to compete for the championship titles in each category, with riders from as young as 5 years old across a range of ages, gender and ability levels.
Female 6 and under – Libby Copping (Bristol)
Female 7 – Lexi Waite (Manchester)
Male 8 – Oliver Copping (Bristol)
Male 9 – Rhodri Jones (Bristol)
Female 9/10 – Shaya Hurley (Llynfi)
Male 10 – Callum Taylor (Llynfi)
Male 11 – Millar Gonzales (Bristol)
Female 13/14 – Emily Day (Cornwall)
Male 17/29 – Dai Rhys Powell (Bristol)
Masters – Lee Sweetland (Llynfi)
Veteran – Matthew Rowlands (Llynfi)
Male Cruiser 30-39 – Sim Johnston (Llynfi)
Male Cruiser 40-44 – Matthew Rowlands (Llynfi)
Male Cruiser 45+ - Tony Martin (Llynfi)
Female Cruiser 40+ - Paula Hallett (Tiverton).
South West BMX Chairman, Hugh Copping said “The region were keen to support the club in promoting a round of our series and were happy to see Welsh Cycling make a number of changes to their bylaws in order for the event to take place.”
“The track is in great condition thanks to the club’s hard work and as a region we are really keen to see the facility and the club grow, to hopefully promote more and bigger events in the future.”
Dan Coast, South West Development Officer at Welsh Cycling added “The return of the championship is the first step in our plans at Welsh Cycling to help grow and develop the sport of BMX. This has been the ideal opportunity to welcome people to competitive cycling and provides a great foundation to develop the talents of young racing cyclists.”
“It’s been great to see the passion shown by both Llynfi Valley and the club in organising and hosting of the event and working so hard to make the return of the event such a massive success. We are truly gratefully to all the event officials and volunteers who have worked so hard to make it happen.”