Canetoad Classic a success for a club on the rebuild

Bundaberg's Sophie-rose Barrett finished third in the 8 girls. Pictures: SHANE JONES

By Shane Jones

The return of the Canetoad Classic to the Bundaberg calendar exceeded expectations for the Bundaberg BMX Club.

And the club now believes it is on the right track after a tough couple of years.

Great weather and hundreds of riders turned up to compete in the event for the first time in two years.

“We had more than 300 nominations,” Bundy BMX president Matt Carmody said.

“We had 160 on Tuesday night but everyone likes to nominate late.

“The Canetoad Classic is always competitive and nice for riders to come from around Queensland.

“To still be able to host the event, it’s been awesome.”

Bundy BMX admitted it wasn’t great for the club to not host last year, considering the coronavirus pandemic.

The BMX club a couple of years ago ran into financial difficulty after thieves stole money from it.

The club almost closed but now it is thriving.

“We are sitting on members of around 60 to 70,” Carmody said.

“We’re getting good turnout to our local events, our Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday training.”

There are also incentives for people to join, including free membership for a couple of weeks initially and no cost to use bikes with the club providing them.

It will also be a busy time for the members with a state series event in Gladstone this weekend before the state titles are held in Ipswich in September.

Then, if members are successful at the state titles, they can go to the nationals in Perth in November.

The club is always on the lookout for new members.

Head to its Facebook page, at Bundaberg BMX Club, or visit the club at Airport Drive.