Nanaimo BMX riders win at grand nationals

Ayden Houle, Ryan Kerney, Allison Churko, Hunter McGill and Greg McGill won their divisions at ABA BMX Grand Nationals in Chilliwack.

Nanaimo BMX racers pedalled fast enough to become grand champions.

The Nanaimo BMX Association had a contingent of riders at the American Bicycle Association’s Canadian Grand Nationals this past weekend in Chilliwack. The three-day event included grand nationals races Saturday and Sunday at Heritage Park.

Ayden Houle won championships in his 13-year-old cruiser division, placing first both days. Ryan Kerney took first in his 13-year-old intermediate class both days. Allison Churko was first in the 10-and-under girls’ cruiser division on Saturday. Hunter McGill placed first in the 17-20 cruiser class on Sunday and Greg McGill won in masters’ competition that day.

Top-three results from grand nationals include:

17-20-year-old women – Michelle Berti, second, second.

11-year-old cruiser – Mitchel Landry, second, second.

13-year-old cruiser – Ayden Houle, first, first.

31-35-year-old cruiser – Mike Smith, second, second.

10-and-under girls’ cruiser – Allison Churko, first, second.

13-year-old intermediate – Ryan Kerney, first, first.

17-20-year-old open – Mackay Leslie, third.

14-year-old cruiser – Jack Bradley, third.

17-20-year-old cruiser – Hunter McGill, first.

61-and-over – Greg McGill, first.

Six-year-old intermediate – Ryley Cofield, third.

13-year-old expert – Ayden Houle, third.

17-18-year-old expert – Hunter McGill, second.