Eleven-time national champion Luke Madill opened up his Sydney home to 18 of Australia’s best junior BMX riders for the Red Bull Under My Wing programme to give them a taste of what it takes to reach the highest level of competition.
Madill, who has a replica of the 2008 Beijing Olympics track in his backyard, built a scaled-down version of the track to suit the young riders. The next generation of BMX riders had free access to the course for three days to help them get ready for the next level of riding which is the elite category.
They also had free access to Madill's wealth of knowledge as the Australian taught them not only with racing tactics and technique but also with training tips and advice on how to deal with the media and sponsors.
The young riders aged 14 to 16 came through a tough selection process from around Australia and some of them are already world or Australian champions in their junior categories. The three-day coaching clinic also included talks on sports psychology, sports marketing, nutrition and training. The riders did a lot of track work to help build their start gate and sprint techniques.
On Sunday, the 18 selected riders taking part in the clinic were joined on the course by more juniors in the same age categories for the open track day. The riders spent the morning practising theirs starts and learning the track before the racing started in the early afternoon.