'That competitive nature comes back' - former BMX champion to make comeback at NZ Nationals

When the BMX club Nationals kick off this weekend, two young riders from the Beattie family will be joining their dad as some of the 800 riders competing at Auckland's East City club.

Having played the role of BMX dad to sons Ethan and Rocco, Rob Beattie has had enough of simply watching, getting back on the bike to compete once again.

Rob Beattie, a six time BMX national champion himself, last competed 22 years ago and will return to the club where his glittering career began.

"Being at the track all day and just watching the guys, I just thought 'oh I might as well get back on the bike'," he told 1 NEWS.

"You can never take that competitive edge out of you. I've said 'oh I'll just go round riding', but just that competitive nature comes back and before you know you're giving it 100 per cent."

That competitive nature runs in the family, now passed into his two sons, having himself learned to love the sport from his father.

"Steve - my old man - held New Zealand title for about two years and my middle sister Demelz, she had New Zealand title for two or three years as well, and then the oldest sister as well Lan she came top six rider in New Zealand," Beattie said.

However, this time Beattie's priorities are somewhat different to that of his youth, unable to put his body on the line like he used to.

"I know I've got to go to work on Monday."

The New Zealand National BMX Championships begin this weekend at Auckland's Merton Reserve.

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Not only are the two youngest Beattie boys making their nationals debut – dad is also back for another go. Source: 1 NEWS

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