Hundreds of BMX riders were in Bendigo on Sunday for the 2019 Gold Rush Open Meet.
Hosted by the Bendigo Dragons BMX Club, the annual event saw 320 riders across a range of ages compete.
Bendigo's Matt White secured victory in the men's super-class, followed by Olympic rider Brodi Turner in second place and Wade Turner in third.
White, 21, has been riding BMX since he was six-years-old.
"I enjoy the speed and the adrenaline rush you get from riding," White said.
To qualify there were several heats, with the top riders making the cut for the final race.
White's winning lap time was approximately 33 seconds, which he described as an intense half-minute.
"I didn't think or hear anything. I just blocked everything out and focused on trying to win," White said.
Bendigo riders Brock Tuckerman finished fourth and Kailen O'Grady came seventh.
"It was a good race," Tuckerman said,
"I had about 10 years on everyone else within my class so it was really nice to be competitive as an older person."
Tuckerman has been a member of the Dragons for many years.
"I've been there a long time now," he said.
"It was great for the club, we had over 300 entries and it's getting stronger and stronger every year.
"The club is a really good place to be, it's family focused."
Tuckerman's two-year-old daughter Willow took to the track in the mini-wheeler category.
"Willow raced in the mini-wheelers and had a hoon around the track," Tuckerman said.
In the women's super-class, Julie Urben Di Giaimo came first, Zoe Johnston in second and local rider Jaclyn Wilson finished third.
"The Open Meet capped off a busy couple of months for the club with the handing over of our new facilities from the Bendigo City Council in July," Bendigo Dragons BMX Club secretary Sally Holm said.
"It means we have a fantastic facility to operate our club from which has been in the pipeline for many years and it is fantastic to see it come to fruition.
"Last week the final piece of the jigsaw was put in place with the track being resurfaced by Sic Surface.
"This final piece will dramatically reduce the maintenance on the track and the damage that occurs when we get massive down pours of rain, all of these things would not have been possible without the support of the Bendigo City Council and past and present club committee members."
The club has also recently returned to its old name as Bendigo Dragons BMX Club, with its new jerseys on show during the weekend's event.
The club is always looking for new members to join its ranks, with new riders welcome at the track every Tuesday from 5.30pm and to attend the bi-monthly track meets.
White, alongside fellow Bendigo BMX Club member Shaun Collins, is now gearing up to race again this weekend against the country's best in a national competition.
The pair will compete in the 2019 Bad Boy National Series Stage Five, held in South Australia.
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