Airdrie BMX riders have strong showings at nationals
A group of 43 riders from Airdrie BMX went up against top riders in the country, as they competed in the Canadian Cycling Association (CCA) national BMX championships, in St. Albert on Aug. 22 to 25.
“As a whole, Airdrie BMX had a really good showing at the event,” Airdrie BMX president Kevin Kelln said. “We had a lot of podium finishes and a ton of riders who did very well against the top riders in the country.”
Leading the charge for Airdrie BMX was Chase Kelln from Airdrie who nabbed his fifth consecutive national title by coming home in first place in the 16 year-old Male category, and Daina Tuchsechere of Chestermere, who finished in the top spot in the 17-and-over Female event.
“They weren’t the only ones to finish in first place, as Emily Henderson who competed in the 10-year-old female category won first place, as did Abygale Reeve (five-to-eight-year-old female), Hailey Hobbs (12-year-old female), and Brandon Kerik (17-to-24 year-old male) also finished at the top of their classes,” Kelln said.
“Plus, Tanner Vandehoven of Didsbury had the fastest time in the junior male time trials, which was really exciting.”
Two riders came away with second place finishes, when Spencer Rosko nabbed the silver medal in the 17-to-24 male event, and Wendy Vandenhoven came home in the runner-up spot in the 30-34 cruiser female category.
A number of competitors also came back from the nationals with third-place finishes, with those honours going to Sydney Smith (five-to-eight year-old female category), Caitlyn Duncanson (17-and-over female category), Jacob Duncanson (14-year-old male), and Dave Moodoo (35-to-39 year-old male category).
When asked what led to the number of first-place finishes during the nationals, Kelln was quick to point out the amount of tips and pointers that the riders get throughout the year from their coaches.
“We have one of the best coaching programs in the province, that is for sure,” he said.
“A lot of that comes from our head coach Wendy Vandenhoven, as she has a great group underneath her, and we got to see the benefits of that over the last weekend.”
“Plus, our expert elite coach Barney Brown has been working close with a number of the top riders over the last four months, and I think that was a big thing in helping them finish as well as they did,” he added.
Though the national championships are over for another year, Airdrie BMX competitors still have a couple of more events before the Alberta provincial season draws to a close.
The final two provincial events of the year will be held in Red Deer on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, which will be a tune up for the Grands and Provincial Championships in Medicine Hat on Sept. 14 and 15.