Maklin Johnson gets some air.

Local BMX’ers rip it up at provincials

Athletes from across the province must compete in a minimum of four qualifying provincial races

Seven local BMX riders have been competing hard all season (starting in May) working towards last week’s Provincial Series final race in Victoria.

Athletes from across the province must compete in a minimum of four qualifying provincial races in order to qualify to be ranked top in the province, and earn a BMX plate (mounted on their bike with their placing number on it).

“This is a very big event that the riders work towards all year. It is very motivating and prestigious for a rider to earn a BC plate,” said Corby Johnson, father of nine-year-old Maklin Johnson who won the number 1 plate last year.

Out of the seven riders from Campbell River, five came home with a top-10 plates in their respective categories.

Young riders Oliver Cornbill, 2, and Noah Kerluck, 5, will have to wait next year to earn a plate, but they both rode hard and had fun while watching their older brothers rip up the track.

In the 6 and under age division, newcomer to Campbell River, Austin Cornbill earned the coveted number 1 plate, representing the top rider in B.C.

Sam Johnson rode in the same group and had to settle for a 9th place finish after a disappointing crash while in the lead during his semi final race. This dropped him out of the final race and out of a top five finish.

Dane Kerluck rode hard in the age 7 category earning a 4th place finish, while buddy Jason Sekulich battled his way to a solid 3rd place in the eight-year-old division.

Finally, senior rider Maklin Johnson showed grit and experience earning the number 2 plate in a very competitive nine-year-old division.

All these riders travel to Cumberland twice a week to practice and race. New riders are always welcome in Cumberland.  Contact Sheila Kerluck for BMX information at Kerluck@shaw.ca.

Next on the schedule is the Island Series Final in Qualicum on Sept. 7.