BMX champion racing for title
COBIE Simmons isn’t one to brag but when you’ve been around the BMX circuit for as long he has and are yet to reach your 14th birthday, a little smugness wouldn’t be unwarranted.
But this state and national representative rider who now calls Emerald home doesn’t know what all the fuss is about. All he wants to do is race.
This weekend he has the opportunity to do just that when he straps on the helmet for the Queensland Country BMX Titles in Maryborough.
The regional selection, which will see him line up against some of the best riders his age from Far North, North and Central zones, comes on the back of a credible third placing at the Central Titles in Bundaberg.
Racing since he was three years old, it’s little wonder this speed demon has pedalled among some of the sport’s elite, making the quarter-finals at the Australian Titles in 2009 and again earlier this year in Cairns.
“I was running pretty good but then ended up hitting the concrete and crashing out,” Cobie said.
Hot on Cobie’s heels through many of the Queensland championships was rival rider Connor Pratt. The Bundaberg competitor may be a major threat to Cobie’s championship hopes but he’s far from unbeatable, the Emerald rider said.
“He (Pratt) has got mainly style and can jump really big,” Cobie said. “He likes to get out the gates fast and get in front early, so as long as I can match him there I should be right.”
While for most state and national meets, prizes are restricted to a trophy or plate for the place-getters, Cobie already has his sights firmly fixed on the invitational Champ BIX circuit which attracts a wallet-bulging $600 first-place cash prize.
“I’d be stoked to win it but I guess we’ll just have to see how I go,” Cobie said.
In the meantime it’s just one step – or championship – at a time for the junior racer.