What a weekend of racing! Every year die-hard BMXers spend their Easter weekend doing what they love most. More than just a race, this was a weekend of festivities, camping, catching up with old friends and being a part of the best BMX racing in the country.
With the 2013 Auckland BMX World Championship less than two years away, New Zealand is building an unbeatable team at all levels to take on the world on our home turf!
“BMX is such a fantastic sport! Our Learn to Ride programme is targeting BMX and so far a number of children who have learnt to ride through our programme are now joining BMX clubs. This pathway to participation is our goal: that everyone who learns to rides ends up participating on a regular basis, be it for fun, competition or adventure. We want to make sure we create a great legacy from the 2013 World Championships.”
Amy Taylor, BikeNZ Development manager. Sincere thanks goes to the North Harbour BMX Club and all the volunteers involved who donated a phenomenal amount of time and resources to ensure this event was a success. RaboDirect and Southern Trust need to be acknowledged for their continued support of New Zealand cycling.
It was the elite riders who drew the biggest crowds as New Zealand representative’s showcased their world class talent. Olympian Sarah Walker was unbeaten throughout her three qualifying rides and eased to victory in the final to chalk up her 12th national title. She backed up this performance the next day to take the Superclass title. Walker’s biggest competition came from the fast improving Victoria Hill.
Kurt Pickard, who beat New Zealand’s top rider Marc Willers in the nationals last year, showed his continued promise to retain his elite men’s title, while fellow New Zealand representative Trent Woodcock-Takurua took out the elite junior honours. 19 year old Kurt James dominated the men’s Superclass event winning all three motos and the three finals in emphatic fashion ahead of Gisborne junior Nic Fox.
Thanks to RaboDirect, hundreds of children got to meet their role models when Olympian Sarah Walker and other members of the BikeNZ High
Performance squad did poster signings on Saturday afternoon.