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Clarence Valley BMX Cougars

The NSW BMXtreme Carnival also known as the NSW Pre-States were held at the Penrith BMX Club at the St Marys track on Saturday and Sunday, June 11-12.
The local pride of BMX riders from the Clarence Valley BMX Club made the road trip down to the carnival to take on some of the best BMX riders going around, as a warm up to the NSW States to be held on the long weekend in October. The Penrith Club, like most BMX tracks along the east coast was hit hard with heavy rain only 5 days before the big event and with the bad weather gone it was only clear skies over the weekend with a cold nippy breeze.
Saturday was a full day of different events going on from the Australian and New Zealand test and Mighty 11 races for boys and girls aged 11 years old. The youngest CV rider Harley Fowler at 5 years old was only one of 63 under 8 year old sprocket rocket riders competing. Saturday is also the 24 inch cruiser race day and the Clarence Valley Club dominated the 13-14 girls with Stacey Brown placing 1st, Tahlia Marsh 2nd and Britney Cole 5th; in the 15-16 boys Josh Marsh was to quick taking 1st with George Cole 4th and James Brown 11th; Nick Marsh raced in the 17-34 men’s cruiser class and placed 3rd; the dynamic BMX Mum duo Marnie Brighton was 3rd while Jessica Butler placed 7th in the 30-34 women’s cruiser final; David Landenberger took 8th in the 40-44 men’s; while Greg Brown secured 3rd in the 50+ men’s cruiser.
Sunday was the standard 20 inch BMX raced day with many of the CV riders making the finals. Darcy Fowler placed 13th in the 8 boys; while Riley Landenberger placed 25th in the big field of 40 riders in the 9 boys; and little Breanna Robertson rode like a champion in taking out 5th position in the 9 girls; Lachlan Edye-Jones was 20th in the 10 boys; and Taleha Robertson 11th in the 12 girls; in the 13 girls Tahlia Marsh was quick and took out 2nd and Britney Cole placed 6th; Stacey Brown was to strong all day and won the 14 girls; Josh Marsh was our quickest rider of the day and was in one of the strongest fields of fast riders and was pleased with his 3rd place in the 15 boys; George Cole had the 16 boys final in the bag until a bit of bad luck on the last corner saw him slip back to take out 5th; James Brown rode well for 10th in the 16 boys; Nick Marsh once again showed everyone in the 17-24 men’s class that he is the one to beat when he won the final; Greg Brown was pleased with his 3rd place in the 50+ men’s final. Greg Brown

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