Riders earn national titles

Meg Cannon in action in her podium performance at the world championships last year, took out the 9 years girls title at the BMX NZ National Championships at the East City club in Auckland. Photo – Nico van Dartel.

Cambridge BMX riders Rico D’Anvers and Bennett Greenough contested a tight men’s Superclass final at the BMX NZ National Championships in Auckland over Easter weekend.

D’Anvers poured on the power on the last straight to come from behind to win. Greenough blasted out of the start gate and led to the last corner, only to be run down by D’Anvers and fellow Waikato rider Cooper Merito in second, to finish third.

The woman’s Superclass final was won by Zoe Fleming, another Cambridge rider who had just returned from an injury-enforced break from the sport.

Meanwhile six-time world champion Leila Walker, and Bennet’s brother Jack Greenough, both also from the Cambridge BMX Club, took out the 12-14 years girls and boys superclasses respectively. Both one their age group titles as well.

More than 850 riders from throughout the country from under-5 years to over 60 years took part in the three-day championships.

Young Cambridge riders Meg Cannon and Oscar Newnham won the nine-year-old girls and boys titles respectively, whist Logan Hall won the 15-year-old boys and world champion Tim Ferguson took out the men’s 35 to 39 years class, and won the BMX NZ Top Sportsman Award.

Leila Walker won the BMX NZ Top Female Achiever Award, and the Cambridge BMX Club won the BMX NZ Pocock Trophy, and the Masters Cycle Award for the most top-eight riders at the competition.

Lilly Greenough from the Cambridge club was the top qualifier in the Mighty 11s selection trial, being made captain of the four-person team of 11-year-old girls which will compete in Australia in June.

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