August 23, 2011
By: Kelsey Hipkin
In their last stop before finals, Cochrane BMX athletes stepped onto the podium 40 times racing on their home turf Aug. 20-21.
“It went really well and the weather co-operated,” said volunteer and race mom Debbie Gammon. “The kids just had a fantastic time.”
The series coincided with 25th anniversary celebrations of the BMX film RAD, taking place in town. Cast and crew from the cult classic took time to sign autographs and pose for photos at the track Aug. 20.
Out of the Cochrane contingency, Sabrina Millman earned two gold medals in elite racing competition while brother Karsten earned two silver.
In their respective expert divisions Holly Moores, Peter Verheyde and Steven Sweet topped the podium for gold while Heidi Moores and Lukas Becker nabbed silver. Becker also earned bronze at the expert level along with Emily Lucier.
In novice competition, Riley May — in his first season of BMX — raced to two gold medals.
Liam Hogg won novice gold and silver and Curtis Gammon won a gold and bronze.
Caleb Pochailo, Faith Otterson, Kathryn Sachkiw, Devin Matthews, Tyler Penkoff and Dawson Hogg all took silvers in novice events with Jacob Heer, Heidi Moores, Mikayla Gale and Dane Coleman taking bronze.
Intermediate gold went to Connor Murphy and Baird Evans with Steven Sachkiw and Joe Moores earning bronze.
Bikers ready to start a race. Photo by Jeremy Broadfield
Alyssa Williams, Grayson Coleman, Noah Maisonneuve, Pete Maisonneuve, Noah Bean, Doug Murphy, Chantale Otterson, Malcolm Evans, Kaylee May, Devin Matthews, Perry Chirakorn and Joe Moores rounded up the Cochrane riders who had a great showing at the event.
“We’ve got some pretty elite riders in our club,” Gammon said.
Canadian BMX Association finals take place in Abbotsford, B.C., Sept. 3-4.
Gammon explained to qualify for finals, riders need to complete five races including one out of province.
Provincials will take place in St. Albert Sept. 9-12.
Photo by Jeremy Broadfield