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Triple treat for BMX riders

THREE Mildura BMX riders have left the rest of Victoria in their dust.
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Triple threat: Three local riders, Ethan Zrna, Emily Ritchie and Lachlan McSwain, won Victorian BMX titles in their respective age groups. Picture: Carmel Zaccone

Ethan Zrna, 11, Lachlan McSwain, 26 and Emily Ritchie, 38, were among 12 local riders who made the trip to the Melbourne suburb of Knox for the 2014 Victorian BMX Championships and all three claimed the winner’s plate and medal in their respective age groups.

For Ethan and Lachlan, it continued their recent dominance at state level, while Emily capped a triumphant recent return to the sport with her first state title.

Ethan, riding in the 11 Boys, avenged his second place finish at the 2013 Victorian Championships to claim his third home state title in four years.

“Last year I came second, so it was a good feeling to get it back. I was pretty angry,” Ethan said.

While he has competed in a different age group in each of the four years he has been to the Victorian titles, Ethan said he had raced against many of the same riders.

He competed in six races this year to emerge the best of the 43 riders in a high-quality field, which included the Australian No.2 and World No.7 rider.

A broken ankle had sidelined him for eight weeks earlier this year, with Ethan getting back on his bike three months out from the state championships.

“I got back to nearly my best before the titles,’’ he said. “I just had to be confident going into it and push hard on the day,” he said.

Ethan now has his sights set on winning his fourth consecutive SA title, ahead of the national championships next year.

Meanwhile, Lachlan claimed his first Victorian title for the 25-29 Men, to add to his collection of three South Australian state titles.

Lachlan said it was “a really nice achievement” to finally claim a title in his home state, having come second at the Victorian championships four times in a row before last year.

“It was nice to actually tick off the win,” he said with a laugh.

“It was more of a relief than actual satisfaction, so I’m rapt.

“The last time I lost by less than half a second, so I had to make sure this time … it was very frustrating.

“I won every race (this year), which is a really good feeling. I came in fairly confident, but it was nice to bring it home.

“There were only four races and they go for about 30 seconds each, so it’s a long way to go for a few minutes of riding,” he added.

Emily claimed the 35-39 Women’s Cruiser title on her Victorian Championships debut at only her second state title meeting, after racing in the South Australian event last year.

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