By Dillon Shelley
Greater Shepparton recently played host to the 2023 AusCycling BMX Racing National Championships, a weeklong event that attracted over 2,100 competitors, support crew, families, and visitors from across Australia. The championship, which ran recently, was held at the world-class Shepparton BMX Track.
Echoing the success of the 2019 championships, the event injected approximately $6M into the local economy. Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Councillor Shane Sali, was pleased with the event’s economic impact. “We welcomed participants, staff and spectators from across the country. This was a great opportunity to activate our local economy and showcase the top sporting facilities located in our region,” he said.
Former Olympian and AusCycling BMX Pathway Manager, Performance, Luke Madill, praised the Shepparton facility, calling it “world-class” and noting the high level of competition. “It’s good… it’s really good for the riders as far as staging in the pit area, the spectator area, everything’s just in a really good spot. It’s easy to get to,” Madill stated.
He added, “We had all the riders that are usually overseas back here for this event. As far as the pro or the elite riders, we had the best of the best here this week.”
The championship was a resounding success, drawing large crowds and creating a memorable event for the region. The event was a testament to Shepparton’s growing reputation as a premier sporting destination.