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National / Re: 2015 Probikx/Champbikx National Series
« on: June 23, 2014, 07:35:51 PM »
Race69 is right it's cheque book racing, those with the money will run the series.

I ran some numbers to run the whole series, if my son and I flew to all rounds except Shepparton where we coud drive, I'm looking at $4k in flights. Throw in around another $3-4K  for accomodation remembering you need to be at the Nationals for a week. My accomodation figures are based on approx $150 a night, around $600 per event, and $1K for the Nationals. Add in car hire for the fly away rounds, entries and food, I can't see much change from $10K.

As for the timing of the Nationals, NOT the National SERIES, I can see that BMXA are trying to minimise costs for riders. In that I mean that if an event is held outside school holidays, the cost of flights and accomodation are reduced. Have a look at flights in and outside peak dates and you'll see what I mean. Accomodation is the same.

National / Re: 2015 Probikx/Champbikx National Series
« on: June 18, 2014, 05:46:47 PM »
Seems like a lot of travel.

Rounds 1 &2: Nerang BMX Club, QLD – January 2 & 3, 2015 (C1)
Rounds 3 & 4: Shepparton BMX Club, VIC – February 7 & 8, 2015 (C1)
Rounds 5 & 6: Westside BMX Club, WA – February 28 & March 1, 2015 (C1)
Rounds 7 & 8: Cairns BMX Club, QLD – April 4 & 5, 2015 (C1)
Round 9: Brisbane SX Track, QLD – April 30, 2015 (CC)

The technical guide for the 2015 National Series will be released in the coming months, however, a rider’s overall series placing will be determined by the rider’s best seven results from the series. Riders must compete in at least seven rounds of the overall series to be eligible for the end of series awards.

Check out the UCI Regulations for UCI Track Certificate through the link below. UCI says C1 classifications only require a minimum 2.5m hill and there's no requirement for asphalt turns. ::) ::) Some clubs have been told 5m start hill and asphalt turns.

General Discussion / Re: 2015 Aussies Dates??
« on: June 04, 2014, 02:34:02 PM »
Just spotted this on the BMXA Website

The BMX Australia Board is pleased to confirm the 2015 BMX National Championships will be held from Tuesday, April 28 to Sunday, May 3, 2015, at the Brisbane SX Track at the Sleeman Sports Centre in Brisbane, QLD.

BMX Queensland will host the upcoming National Championships, which will also include the UCI Oceania Championships on Thursday, April 30 as part of the National Series for 2015.

The full BMXA National events calendar for 2015 will be released in July.

General Discussion / Re: 2015 Aussies Dates??
« on: May 12, 2014, 08:16:19 PM »
Thanks GT.

Normally there's a major song and dance throughout the Nationals as to when and where the titles are being held. Well we all know where, Sleeman, as it was announced last year and they've got it in 2017 as well.

Can't believe they've not figured out a date yet, .....well actually I can. :o ;)

General Discussion / 2015 Aussies Dates??
« on: May 08, 2014, 08:04:45 PM »
Does anyone know what dates have been set for 2015 Aussies at Sleeman??

National / Re: Jumbo-tron at the nationals
« on: May 08, 2014, 07:58:54 PM »
Liked the big screen at Shepparton but you had to be in the main track to view it. I guess it is one step forward, the first time I've seen it used. Pity Cruiser day missed out.

Would like to see a second screen at Sleeman pointed back into staging as the spectator area becomes very cramped very quickly.

General Discussion / Re: Shepparton (and area) discoveries
« on: April 25, 2014, 09:51:54 PM »
From what I've read in the last few days, when we resister we get a 'Shepparton Show Me Privilege' card which has discounts for vaious stores in Shepparton.  There's discounts in retail stores, attractions, food/dining even groceries.

General Discussion / Re: Cracker Jacks and Dynamites Series
« on: October 21, 2013, 08:02:50 PM »
Personally, I think people forget we are talking about 8-13 year olds. They're just kids who should still be learning the craft but more importantly enjoying the sport especially the 8-9yo. Something people seem to forget.

Imagine next year living in say SA and taking your 8 yo to Nerang in Jan then, turn around and go to WA mid March to then back up 6 weeks later at the Nationals in Shepparton for what?? How would you justify the cost for the net gain?? Do that for the 5 years they are in Crackers/Dynamites and you're racking up one hell of a bill.

So ACT train weekly all well and good. If you only had to travel 20-30 mins max to either track you can get away with it. Not a big ask. Qld couldn't do it, guessing other states couldn't either.

Begs the question how would one rate the success of each state program??

Racing / Re: Pre nom for events
« on: October 21, 2013, 07:07:38 PM »
Don't forget Macarthur was a State Series round which, in a metro area, would attract plenty of entries.

Not sure how the numbers will go for the States in 2014 when the qualification rules have changed. You now have to do 1 metro open and 1 country open. Depending on which clubs put their hand up for an Open, some people could be up for mega travel.

Sorry to stray from the point.

Racing / Re: 2014 UCI BMX Rule Book
« on: October 17, 2013, 07:42:34 PM »
Maybe some people should read and fully understand some of these rules before they think they know it all.

At this years Nationals, during practice, my rider came back to me quite distraught after two "officials" at staging told him his pants were too short and if he came back tomorrow he couldn't race. Way to do a kids head in. Paint the picture, he had 'Skins" underneath and his socks went over the 'Skins'. There was ABSOLUTELY NO SKIN SHOWING!!! Probably only a couple of inches between the bottom of the pants and the riders ankle .

To the fashion police, the UCI does NOT specify any minimum length, end of story. As I couldn't be bother fighting the case at the Nats because the annointed ones are better, I bought another pair of pants at a cost, do you want to chip in? I thought not. >:(

Funny thing is my rider heard one of the two nationals fashion police at a recent state title telling riders their pants were too short.

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