2019 BMX national championships await for Belconnen rider

Belconnen's Rhys Williams will make his mark at the BMX national championships in Shepparton next week.

Three Canberra BMX clubs will make their way to the event participating with over 1500 entrants and 96 other BMX clubs taking part, May 20-25.

Rhys Williams hitting the track ahead of this month's national championships. Picture: Mitch Ramm

Rhys Williams hitting the track ahead of this month's national championships. Picture: Mitch Ramm

Williams, who will compete in the men's 40-44 year-old category has been riding BMX bikes at tracks since the age of five thanks to his dad, but didn't compete in a competitive race until the age of 15.

He has competed in both racing and freestyle events over the years and says that his mindset going between the two distinctions is vastly different.

"Heading to the gates of a race, I was always thinking no I can't do it, no I can't do it, but once you are lined up, at that moment you've got to be ready to go," Williams said.

"Whereas with freestyle [events] they are a lot more relaxed going into it and I am more in control of when I can do my thing."

Williams says he will have his work cut out for him with a very competitive category.

"I'm hopeful of at least getting a podium down there," Williams said.

"Going through my heats and quarterfinals, semifinals and then hopefully the final if I make it, but in saying that I've never entered a race I didn't want to win."

Williams will be joined by 32 other Canberra riders, including Tuggeranong BMX Club's Amelia Stichbury. who dominated last years 8-years girl's class.