High flyer . . . Dunedin BMX Club rider Derek Jelgersma gets some air at the Forrester Park track, while fellow members (from left) Justin Butler (10), Peyton Wafer (11), Joe Renouf (10), Cameron Laing (11) and Nic Butler (12) keep two wheels on the ground. PHOTO: JESSICA WILSON

Dunedin BMX Club members are riding high on the back of a successful outing at a recent national competition.

Derek Jelgersma, Justin Butler, Nic Butler, Peyton Wafer, Cameron Laing and Joe Renouf competed in the national BMX championships in New Plymouth at Easter.

The group raced for three days in cruiser and 20-inch grades. Four riders raced their ways to spots in the finals and left with New Zealand plates for the front of their bikes.

Jelgersma finished fourth in the men’s 40-44 cruiser grade, Nic Butler was eighth in the 13-14 boys cruiser and 20th in the 13 boys 20-inch, Peyton finished ninth in the 12 girls 20-inch and Justin was eighth in the 8-10 boys cruiser.

Joe, competing in his first nationals, made the quarterfinals of the 11 boys 20-inch and Cameron came 21st in the 12 boys cruiser.

Peyton, who was competing in her fourth national competition, said she set herself a goal of making the top 10, so she was pleased with her result.

She enjoyed travelling to events around the country and racing against new riders.

“It’s really fun because we got to have some competition,” she said.

Nic, who has also been to four competitions, said he enjoyed competing against the tough North Island riders.

“They can train more than us, because it’s usually sunny up there,” he said.

Jelgersma, who has clocked up about 12 national competitions during his racing career, said the event was the pinnacle of the BMX season.

There were more people to compete against at national events, and the North Island riders were usually faster and rode harder.

“It’s next level up there.”

The championship marked the end of the BMX season, which will start again in October.