Vernon’s Tanner Brown (middle) leads the pack through the rhythm section at the Canadian ABA Grand Nationals in Chilliwack.

Vernon’s Tanner Brown (middle) leads the pack through the rhythm section at the Canadian ABA Grand Nationals in Chilliwack.

BMX club claims medals

A total of 34 Vernon BMX Club racers competed at the Canadian ABA Grand Nationals in Chilliwack.

A total of 34 Vernon BMX Club racers competed at the Canadian ABA Grand Nationals in Chilliwack.

The event drew nearly 600 racers from across North America, the largest field in the last 10 years.

Vernon riders earning gold in the national series #7 race on opening day included Shylo Orchard (26-30 cruiser), Kiera Wilkensen (13 novice) and Tanner Brown (8 expert). Claiming silver were Brenden Davies (17-27 cruiser), Jacob Fagrie (13 intermediate) and Jeremy Clark (16 intermediate).

Third-place honours went to Kevin Hill (men’s A pro), Zachary Milne (6 intermediate), Ken Botterill (61+ cruiser), Chris Spence (36-40 cruiser), Brittany Luchene (12 girls) and Nathan Martin (13-14 open).

A trio of Vernon club riders captured gold in the Grand National on Day 2 – Orchard, Wilkensen and Milne.

Securing runner-up finishes were Luchene, Spence, Davies and Clark.

Bronze medals went to Riley Clark (12 intermediate), Xavier Bitz (7-8 mixed open) and Botterill.

Jennifer Bitz was forced to pull out for the weekend after a crash in her main event on opening day.

Other riders making it to their main events include Faith Riddick, Dean Botterill, Jonathan Milne, Erik Urquhart, Jared Fitt, Landon Fitt, Nolan Cummings, Jake Spence and Casey Woods.