Classic eyes on Kronk in major Mackay event
BMX World Class Riders will share local BMX tracks with stars of the future this weekend as the 2017 Sugar City Classic kicks off tonight.
Riders from across the state have travelled to Mackay for the event with all eyes set to be on local superstar Tristyn Kronk as he takes to the track.
Kronk, the Mackay Daily Mercury 2016 Sportsman of the Year, takes to the course of the back of a strong season which he considers the best of his career.
"Its been a different year in terms of travel and racing but it has probably been my best season yet,” Kronk said.
The 21 year-old star of the Walkerston BMX Club will take to this weekend's classic having achieved a third place finish at nationals for elite men and a second place finish in the state.
He has also achieved career best top 16 finishes in international events throughout the year.
The strong season has Kronk confident that he remains on track to represent Australia at the 2020 Olympic games.
"When you have a big goal like the Olympics you want to see improvements,” he said.
"This year has been rewarding and shows that if I keep chipping away I will keep getting better.”
Kronk's success has seen him rewarded with an event named after him at this weekend's classic.
The TK Zone Challenge will see BMX Queensland's four zones nominate 10 riders to compete in individual events with their scores to add to a team total.
"It is truly cool to have a friendly competition between zones and to have it named after me is an honour,” Kronk said.
The 2017 Sugar City Classic gets under way tonight from 7pm at Walkerston BMX Track.
Racing then continues on Saturday from 11am at Mackay BMX track before wrapping up in Sarina on Sunday from 9.30am.
Sugar City Classic's Kirsty Skaines said she encouraged everyone to head to one of the local tracks over the weekend to support the event.
"There truly is no more exciting spectator sport,” Skaines said.
"Unlike most other spectator sports there's no entry fee so you can bring your family along and watch a little or lot of the action without any cost.”
Her words were backed by Kronk who said spectators can expect a high standard weekend of competition.
"We got riders from all over the state so it will be good spectating,” he said.
"The best thing about having racing at all three tracks is that people don't have to travel far to watch the racing.”