BMXer racing to new peaks
TYE Shaw has taken out a prestigious BMX competition.
Tye recently won the MPE Suspension Central Queensland Motocross Championships 2019 after being the highest points scorer after six rounds of competition at Yeppoon, Rockhampton, Proserpine, Biloela, Gladstone and Mackay.
A member of the Biloela Dirtriders, Shaw now has some more goals in mind, including stepping up from the Clubman Open division.
“I’m proud of myself considering what happened a couple of years ago when I broke my collarbone,” Shaw said.
“Next year I’ll step up into the Senior Class, which is the top level in Central Queensland. Hopefully (I’ll get) a top 10 or five next year in the Senior Class (and) go down and race in the Sunny State Series on the Sunshine Coast.”
Tye’s mother Michele is proud of what her 23 year-old son has achieved, given the fact that he’s only been competing for four years and is a shift worker.
“This is his fourth year of racing so he’s pretty new to the whole game,” Michele said.
“Shift work has made it difficult because two years ago he could go to any racing meets he wanted across Central Queensland.
“The good thing as a parent was he was so dedicated.”
At the Central Queensland championships, Shaw would compete in two races a day on Saturday and Sunday, and in each race he would accumulate points based off his finishing position.
With sometimes 40-plus riders per race, Shaw said he enjoyed the thrill of competition.
“It was stiff competition,” Shaw said.
“We’ve all been racing together now for a few years.
“Once you’re done you’re done, but it’s very competitive when the racing starts.”
The mental and physical drain of riding for a whole weekend takes a heavy toll on Shaw.
“By the time Tye would finish, he’d be that mentally and physically fatigued he’d have to get himself a feed and he’d be fast asleep by the outskirts of town,” Michele said.
Another local rider, Seth George, competed in the 12-16 age group at the Central Queensland championships, placing 15th out of 40 competitors.