Margaret River to host Freestyle Now BMX event

Join in the fun at the Margaret River BMX Club with a special Freestyle Now workshop this Sunday.
Join in the fun at the Margaret River BMX Club with a special Freestyle Now workshop this Sunday.

The Margaret River BMX Club has partnered with the Shire of Augusta Margaret River to present a special 'Freestyle Now' workshop this Sunday October 17.

Club secretary Caroline Noakes said the club had been operating for around 23 years on a track constructed by volunteers.

"We are a little grass roots club that love to see little bums on seats," she said.

"Our club focuses on ages two to 12.

"Two to four year olds are called mini wheelers, and they ride half the track on balance bikes and work their way up to using the start hill... which all the kids love as it gives them speed!"

Tara Thompson (the president of the club) Caroline Noakes. secretary

President Tara Thompson said the club was about participation rather than winning.

"Every child that crosses the finish line gets a high five from our 'fun police' of the night, usually Alice Hawtin Burlando, but other parents help out when needed.

Every child crossing the finish line gets a high five from our 'fun police' of the night... we stop for the best burgers in town from our canteen and the kids have a dance off on the track.

Tara Thompson

"After every age group has completed three races we stop for dinner, with the best burgers in town from our canteen and the kids have a dance off on the track.

"We've started to get other clubs involved on Facebook with a clip of every club's half-time dance off."

Ms Thompson said the 2020 season saw between 45-60 children racing at each gathering, often accompanied by large extended family groups.

"Currently I think there about 35 families enrolled but that could increase slightly with the start of the new season."

Sunday's Freestyle Now event will give riders the chance to run through fun, skill building techniques for better bike handling skills and a few tricks on the track.

Bike maintenance will also be carried out to ensure all bikes are in good order.

The Freestyle Now team comprises head coach Shaun Jarvis, with 40 years of BMX history and experience; Luke Tooze, a master of the double backflip; and Dylan Schmidt who was "born doing superman jumps".

The pro riders will help the Margaret River participants learn new skills, bike handling skills, make sure they are having fun on the track and demonstrate how to perform a new trick or two.

Parents and caregivers can also learn new information.

Find out more

The Freestyle Now event kicks off at 12pm this Sunday October 17, with the club canteen open to grab lunch before the kids get on their bikes.

The workshop will run from 1pm to 4pm.

The event is free thanks to support via a community grant from the Shire of Augusta Margaret River.

Participants must be a member with Auscycle to join in for insurance purposes.

The Margaret River BMX Club races Friday nights at 5.30pm, with the current season set to begin on October 22.

Membership $15 for first half of season, plus Auscycle membership. To join up head to www.auscycling.org.au/membership

Find out more and contact the club via www.facebook.com/MargaretRiverBmxClub