BMX bike riders around New Zealand are preparing for the pinnacle event of the year where BMX will crown its 2017 national champions.
The First Windows & Doors BMX NZ National Championships takes place over Easter weekend, with 900 plus riders from 31 clubs around the country expected to converge on Te Awamutu.
With athletes ranging in age from 5-60, this is an impressive event for family and spectators and a chance to see New Zealand’s finest in action, as well as up and coming youngsters.
An Olympic sport, BMX is a fast paced, short course cycling event where spectators can sit in one place and watch everything happen from the start to finish; the power, the speed, the skills and the glory.
The action starts at the Te Awamutu BMX Club (Castleton Park) on Friday April 13 with the BMXNZ Mighty 11s (junior test team selections) and 13yrs+ 20” racing. Saturday has the future of the sport with the 12 & unders 20”, plus the Elites Riders racing for World Championship selection. Sunday features the Cruiser class on 24” bikes and the BMXNZ Supernats class where the best of the best mix up the age groups, to fight for overall glory of a place on the senior or junior podium and a cash prize purse.
Saturday’s UCI CN is the Elite Championship Nationals and should feature Olympians Sarah Walker and Trent Jones return to defend their titles, plus Junior Elite World Champion Maynard Peel, who became the first Kiwi male to win a BMX world title in the junior elite final at the World Championships in Colombia last year.