Aston Wypych-Coles’ professional BMX debut ended on a bittersweet note at the Castle Hill State Series on Sunday afternoon.
While racing in the 16 boys final, a crash on the last turn saw Aston, 14, crack the forks on his bike.
The Castle Hill BMX Club rider was subsequently scratched at the starting gate of the superclass mens final.
Despite the disappointment, he said it was a good start to his pro career.
“It felt good to make the final in my first pro event,” Aston said.
“Sadly I couldn’t ride it but there’s always next time.”
Aston has ridden BMX for the past 10 years and has won two Australian titles and a world title.
He said the individual nature of the sport was both a benefit and a drawback.
“I love that it’s such an individual sport,” Aston said.
“It relies on the person to put all the effort in and make sure you’re going the best that you can go.
“It all has to come together in one moment and if it doesn’t, it doesn’t.”
After the Castle Hill tournament, Aston said he looked forward to the next event in Bathurst with the third round of the national series before the national championships in April.
The teenage star also has high long-term ambitions.
“I’d love to make the 2024 or 2020 Olympics,” he said.
“Getting a medal would be amazing but I’ve just got to keep training and maybe one day it’ll happen.”
More than 600 riders across more than 60 different categories turned out for the season-opening Castle Hill BMX State Series event at Fred Caterson Reserve.
Aston said his home Castle Hill track is one of the best but “it just didn’t come off for me today”.
“They put a lot of money into the new track for Castle Hill,” he said.
“The council have also given us a lot of money for new tar berms, a good polymer surface and new fantastic canteen and it’s been really good so far.”
Southlake Illawarra BMX Club siblings Kai and Saya Sakikibara won the superclass mens and women’s events respectively.