Australia’s reigning men’s BMX national champion Izaac Kennedy wants a Santos Festival of Cycling winner’s medal before settling into his new season via his Las Vegas base from February.
The 21-year-old has had plenty of time to contemplate where he can be the most effective on his bike at the new Sam Willoughby Facility which was accredited by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). Kennedy unexpectedly spent more time in Adelaide than first planned due to the COVID-19 border restrictions which delayed his return to his “spiritual’’ home on the Gold Coast more than a week before Christmas.
“The BMX National Cup race will be a good lead into racing in the USA,’’ Kennedy said ahead of racing at the national championships on the Gold Coast before Christmas where he was defending the title heading into 2022. “I want to come and enjoy the Festival of Cycling and go through the process of the racing again after having such a long layoff from competitive racing.”
A sensational win in the national BMX Championships when he was just 18 in his first year of racing at the elite level will see Kennedy continue to be the hunted for his Stay Strong BMX team.
Incredibly Kennedy has kept his BMX national championships title for more than 900 days due to the coronavirus pandemic forcing a hiatus.
Since winning national glory Kennedy has been atop two World Cup podiums and made the final of the UCI SX World Championships. He has now also set lofty goals for the 2022 season.
“There hasn’t been much racing going on but in the last couple of months, I have been getting back to work and training,” Kennedy said. “I’m motivated to go and train and realistically I want to do my best and hopefully win world titles.”
The BMX Racing National Cup is a series of rounds held throughout the year that count towards the overall BMX National Cup series. Join us for the official opening of the Sam Willoughby BMX facility, with an array of activities on offer and world class racing over 2 days from 22 January to 23 January.