Wade Bootes - Profile

Wade Bootes' BMX career began in 1981 as a 7 year old, and he immediately began tasting success at a State and National Level. Wade consistently made the top 8 in the country throughout the 1980's and early 90's before heading to the USA in 1994 to pursue a career on the USABMX tour. Wade had a number of wins on the USA pro tour and even claimed the AA PRO title in 2000. He then tasted success on the Mountain Bike scene before finally retiring from BMX racing in 2007. That same year he began as an assistant coach in the Cycling Australia HP program before being appointed Cycling Australia HP BMX Head Coach in 2009 - a position he still holds today. Wade is a 3 time Australian Cyclist of the Year award winner.

Wade lists his toughest competitors over the years as Travis Turresson, Anthony Waye and all the AA pro riders he raced against. 

In Detail

Name: Wade Bootes
Year of Birth: 1974
Year started racing BMX: 1981
Hometown: Born - Toowoomba, QLD – currently reside in Broadbeach Waters, Gold Coast QLD.
Home Track/Clubs/Affiliations: Toowoomba, Ipswich, Castle Hill, Nerang.

Achievements at State, National and International level

1981- 3rd QLD titles – 7 year boys
1982 – 5th National Championships – 7 year boys
1983 – 8th National Championships – 8 year boys
1984 – 2nd National Championships – 9 year boys
1985 – 7th National Championships, 5th World Championships – 10 year boys
1986 – 1st National Championships – 11 year boys
1987 – 2nd National Championships – 12 year boys
1988 – 5th National Championships – 13 year boys
1989 – No results
1990 – Did not compete for 11 months (exchange student to Sth America)
1991 – 5th 16/17 cruiser National Championships
1992 – 2nd 16/17 cruiser, 5th National Championships 17 year boys
1993 – DNS Nationals (broken wrist) November moved to the USA to pursue a cycling career
1994 – 4th BMX UCI Elite Superclass World Champion, 10th ABA AA Pro, 1st ABA World Cup TT
1995 – 7th National USABMX
1996 – 1st National USABMX Pro Cruiser, 8th AA Pro
1997 - #? National USABMX 
1998 - #? National USABMX 
1999 - #? National USABMX
2000 – 1st National USABMX AA Pro, UCI MTB Dual World Champion
2001 - #? National USABMX
2002 – 3rd UCI BMX Elite Men World Champion
2003 – 7th UCI BMX Elite Men World Champion, 1st National Team Sprint (Track)
2004 – 1st MTB Jeep King of the Mountain Champion
2005 – 7th BMX Elite Men National Championships
2006 – 6th BMX Elite Men National Championships
2007 – 2nd BMX Elite Men National Championships (retired at 33 years old)

Coaching roles:

2005 - Sth Zone BMX QLD Coaching director
2006-2007 - BMX Australia Talent ID coach
2007-2008 - Cycling Australia HP BMX assist/Junior Coach
2009-Present - Cycling Australia HP BMX Head Coach


1982–87: Cobra (Toowoomba Bicycle Company)
1992: Elf racing
1993: Crisp racing
1994: Lower Axles/Kovachi Wheels
1995-96: Redline Bicycles
1996-2004: Trek/VW
2005-07: Team WBR

Other awards:

2007 Australian BMX Coach of the year
3 X Australian Cyclist of the year (2000 BMX and MTB, 2003 BMX)
Honorary Life Member of BMX South QLD
Honorary Life Member of Toowoomba BMX club
Honorary Life Member of Lae BMX club (Papua New Guinea)


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