Bathurst rider Adam Carey admitted there was nothing he could do to stop Joseph Vejvodo from snatching victory in the Pro Men’s final at the Regional Rampage event in Dubbo on the weekend.
There was very little separating the riders during the race with the lead changing several times. Vejvoda made the better start but it wasn’t long before Carey was in front. The battle continued for the entire race and Carey had the lead on the final lap but couldn’t stop the Canberra rider from sneaking up the inside on the final corner to snatch the win.
Carey was able to hang on for second while Terrigal rider Dean Johnson rounded out the placings. Fellow Bathurst riders Rohan and Jarrod Stace took out fourth and fifth.
According to Carey, there was no way he could match the pace of Vejvoda out of the corners.
“I got the shock of my life when he swooped me on the last turn. It was very close. I was pushing for the line and I couldn’t push any further. Joey couldn’t match me on the straights but he carried heaps more speed through the turns,” he said.
There were plenty of other strong results for Bathurst over the weekend with Jarrod Stace taking out the 19 and over men’s division with Rohan finishing behind him in third.
Henry Breen took out the 11 years boys with Jack Mobbs not far behind in third. Aaron Rogers and Cooper Breen finished third and fourth in the nine years boys and four riders form the region, Joel Goulding, Andrew Parish, Clinton Brown and Justin Parish, were third through to seventh in the 12 years boys.
Brendan Parish showed where his sons got their talent from by finishing second in the 35 to 39 years Master Cruiser division.
Oberon rider Justin Beattie was just edged out of the top position in the 13 years boys division.
Dubbo BMX Club president Justin Farrell was pleased with the way the weekend turned out and was happy with the way the track held up after plenty of rain earlier in the week.
“As a club we are very, very happy. It was a good experience for all of us on and off the track,” he said.
With more than 100 riders and families converging on Dubbo the club were impressed with the feedback.
“Riders loved our venue,” Farrell said.
“Lots of families commented on how easy it was to get around our town and on how many facilities there were for the youth.
“They loved visiting the zoo, the jail and the local skate park was a popular spot for the BMX riders.
“Working it out, most people stayed a couple of nights and we calculate it has brought in about $50,000. That’s a nice boost to the local economy. We even have one family who are keen to move here now.”
After the race meeting the regional clubs discussed plans to hold interclub races in the future.