WORLD CONTENDER: Vernon Dries on a practice run in Belgium.
WORLD CONTENDER: Vernon Dries on a practice run in Belgium. Ray Watterson

Local rider in Belgium

BMX: Proserpine BMX Club rider Vernon Dries is taking on the world, this week competing in the UCI BMX World Championships in Belgium.

Dries was selected to represent the nation after performing well in the recent Australian titles event, doing enough to qualify for the world stage.

With only the top 16 riders in the country selected to compete in the event, this is no small feat for the local talent.

As the Whitsunday Coast Guardian goes to print, the competition gets under way in Belgium, running from July 21-25.

It hasn't been smooth sailing so far for the Australian side, with a number of riders' luggage and bikes being delayed in Abu Dhabi.

The bikes and luggage have since been found, meaning the Australian side will be able to take to the track.

Joining Dries in Belgium is his wife, Julie, who is acting as team manager.


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