Successful start to BMX club’s season

Black Gold rides again. . . The Kaitangata BMX club is a hive of energy on Wednesday club nights, gearing up for a fast-paced summer season. PHOTO: NICK BROOK

The Kaitangata Black Gold BMX Club was back on track with its first club night of the season on October 5.

Last Wednesday, about 45 riders and families turned out for ‘‘Hotshots’’ where riders competed to secure their place up and down the age-grade ability levels.

‘‘BMX is growing nationwide,’’ club president Marty Hurring said.

‘‘It’s an Olympic sport now, and New Zealand is doing well on the big stage with male and female world-class riders.

‘‘Kai Black Gold did well nationally last year as well, taking out five or six plates for the top eight riders in the South Island.’’

The number plate on a rider’s handlebars denotes their ranking in their category.

Kai also had a range of away successes at the first major weekend meeting at the Cromwell South Island Open on October 8, including Blake Glover winning the 11-year-olds’ competition.

‘‘We’re always welcoming newcomers to come and join us at the weekly Wednesday club nights at six o’clock,’’ Mr Hurring said.

‘‘With Covid restrictions down it’s good to see people of all ages getting out in the fresh air for some exercise and healthy competition.’’