Dean saddles up at Cove BMX for BAD BOY series

Star SASI athlete Anthony Dean's quest to build a strong platform to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games continues later this week (August 24 and 25) when he competes at the 2019 BAD BOY National Series at Cove BMX Club

Anthony Dean on a bike going over a jump

HE'S had some tough knocks and plenty of bad luck over the years but Olympic hopeful Anthony Dean is hoping for better times as he keeps striving to make the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Dean will be one of the drawcards this weekend (August 24, 25) when the 2019 BAD BOY National Series continues at Cove BMX Club.

The national series, which began in Febraury, will see Cove host the fifth of the seven legs in the series on Saturday. The BMXSA State Series also will be featured and is scheduled to be run on Sunday.

More than 350 riders from all over Australia are expected to take part in elite and challenge classes.

Dean, regarded as Australia's main contender for the one place expected to be available on the Australian team for Tokyo, was looking forward to the challenge again.

Just over a month ago Dean's world championship hopes were dashed after he crashed in his final event.

Shortly after the event he said that he appreciated the public's support, urging him to keep having a go.

"Ten weeks ago myself and @swilloughby91 (Sam Willoughby) came up with a game plan for this world championships and worked every day at it,'' Dean said.

"We came away with five out of seven race wins, the fastest hill time and fastest lap of the day. I unfortunately crashed in the first turn fighting for third and that was it for the final.

"I truly felt I was at my best. That one got away. Thank you to ecveryone behind me, that means a lot.''

Dean, 28, and based in San Diego, US, finished eighth at the 2016 Olympics and has a semi final and a fourth in past world championships behind him.

He is expected to head back to the US for the final four world cups of 2019.

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