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Dean, Rosa aim to soar at BMX nationals

Dean, Rosa aim to soar at BMX nationals

Many of the country's top riders will compete at the coming BMX national titles in Brisbane

Outstanding South Australian athletes Anthony Dean and Shane Rosa will lead the charge for SASI at the 2017 BMX Australia National Championships in Brisbane between April 24 and 30.

Dean, who turns 26 on April 22, is based in San Diego in the United States. His early riding days were at the Cross Keys BMX Club.

Dean enjoyed a top year in 2016 where he won the US BMX grands and made the Rio Olympics team for Australia.

There, he performed strongly to win every lead up race before finishing eighth overall in the final.

In January 2016, Dean fractured his collarbone during training but recovered well to make the Olympic team.

Dean says fellow rider Sam Willoughby (recuperating from long-term injury) is the most influential person in his career.

Rosa, from the Cove BMX Club, caught the attention of BMX followers when he won the junior time trial at the BMX world championships in Belgium in 2015.

Recently he finished seventh in round four at the Australia National Series in Cairns.

Both Dean and Rosa will compete at the nationals in the men elite competition.

The national titles in Brisbane will be the third time they have been held in the Sleeman Centre.

Anthony Dean Shane Rosa