Gabriel Lewis

Gabriel Lewis

Busy start for BMX

Four races in four cities in two days – opening weekend of the B.C. BMX Race series was a busy one for the Vernon BMX Club

Four races in four cities in two days – opening weekend of the B.C. BMX Race series was a busy one for the Vernon BMX Club

Starting under sunny skies Saturday morning in Kamloops, the Vernon club laid down first-place finishes by Bergren Vanlent, Noah DeBalinhard, Kieran Watts, Nathan Martin, JJ Milne and Zac Milne.

The racers then zipped along Highway 97 back to Vernon for an afternoon session at Ranger Park.

A total of 51 local riders competed in a field of 214, featuring a pair of two-year-olds ripping up the track on push bikes. The youngest Vernon racer was three-year old Ashley Hopkins, who claimed first place in the half-tracker division.

On Sunday in Penticton, Watts, Shylo Orchard, JJ Milne and Riley Clark took first-place honours.

The race weekend finished in Kelowna, where Tye Buziak, Watts, Orchard and Clark all topped the podium.

Other racers showing consistent  weekend results were: Jeremy Clark, Cole Rusheinsky, Cody and Noah Wessels, Travis Sargent, Evan Hopkins, Xavier and Jennifer Bitz.

The Vernon club is hosting a national qualifier, June 8-10 at Ranger Park. The B.C. finals go Aug. 25-26 at Ranger Park.

The Vernon club welcomes riders of all ages and abilities. Practice nights are Mondays, with racing on Tuesdays. Anyone interested in learning more can visit www.vernonbmx.com.