Cumbernauld hosts best of British BMX action

Action from last years's British BMX Nationals at Broadwood
Action from last years's British BMX Nationals at Broadwood

Top BMX riders from all over Britain will converge on Cumbernauld this weekend for the latest round of the British BMX Nationals.

The event, hosted by Cumbernauld Centurions BMX Club, will take place at the track at Broadwood on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Only five clubs throughout the UK host the event and this week’s competition is only the second time it has been held in Scotland, following last year’s inaugural event.

The weekend opens with a practice session on Friday from 5pm onwards with racing taking place on Saturday and Sunday from 8.30am through to around 6pm,

Club vice-chairman Fred O’Hara said: “It’s the second time we’ve held the Nationals. Last year there were around 700 riders taking part and we’re expecting even more, up to 800 maybe, this time.

“It’s purely BMX and there will be riders of all ages taking part, from the first categories at six years and under right - which will feature some as young as four - right up to the veterans at 55 to 60 years-old.

“The Superclass is the category which will feature the top guys, the ones hoping to make it all the way to the Olympics, but there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

“And it’s all absolutely free to come along and watch.”

The Centurions will have their own groups of riders taking part, matching their expertise against the best from the rest of the country.

Among them will be 13-year-old Cameron Reid who finished a highly creditable third in the last round of the competition at Birmingham and will be hoping to finish even higher on his home track this time round.

Fred continued: “It’s great for the club to be able to host this event.

“Last year I don’t think there was a spare hotel round within 15 miles for the weekend of the event.

“The vast majority of the competitors taking part come from outside Scotland so there is a massive travelling influx involved which also provides a great boost to the local economy.”