Monday, June 27, 2011

Racing For Sheep Stations!

Great weekend of racing just passed.... sadly our last BMX race of the season!!!!
Over the last few weeks we have been up at Centenery Plains BMX track (gorgeous facility with paved berms and a sweet layout of jumps) training for the Southeast Queensland Championships. On one of the nights, I ended up chatting with a fellow 40-44 Cruiser racer, Paul Wilson, about the upcoming event. He taught me about a my new favorite Aussie saying.... Racing For Sheep Stations! After curiously tilting my head in bewilderment and asking what the hell that meant....he informed me that this was.... "laying all on the line", "bettin' the farm", "going all in", "giving it everything" ..... during the race!! Love it! Thanks Paul for the lesson! I R4SS and ended up 5th in SEQ!

We miss our MTB world at Hardwood, However the Nerang BMX club has certainly filled that hole. We have enjoyed the opportunity to both train and race at Nerang which has been the hub of SEQ BMX for many years. We have enjoyed the weekly nights meeting the various familes involved in the sport the exact same way Hardwood familes race MTB's.

Many thanks go out to the people at Nerang BMX for making us feel at home during our year in Australia - The Jenkinson Family for inviting Hannah to give it a try, Jason for coaching, Deb & Jo for looking after our "Noms" when they were late, Paul/Wayne/Smiley for the chats about Canada & Australian sport and finally to athletes of Nerang that Hannah & Noah raced with! Have a great finish to your season and maybe we will see some of you at a World Cup one of these years!

All in all great results this past weekend (read....great, more trophies that can't fit into our backpacks!), everybody met their goals and are looking forward to some new tracks in BC and of course Canadian Nationals for BMX in August!

Two new BMX bikes await the kids when the see Uncle Norm next. Kevin's bike will hopefully make its way home through the mail and the strike is over in time for Nationals.

On to Bali for 2 weeks of dry land BMX training intermixed with several surf sessions (gotta be some fitness in that?).

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