New Plymouth pair Matt Cameron and Victoria Hill took out the elite men and women’s titles at the RaboDirect New Zealand BMX Championships held at Rotorua over the weekend.
Cameron is a first time winner in the absence of the country’s top three riders, Marc Willers, Kurt Pickard and Kurt James who are in Europe preparing for the next round of the World Cup Supercross series in Norway next weekend.
“After 10 years in the sport I really wanted this, after being second several times,” said Cameron.
He had to come from behind on the final straight to better Christchurch’s Daniel Franks, who had led from the first straight.
Hill, who has won at age group level in the past did not have things all her own way either, battling with Gisborne’s Monique Smith.
Trent Jones from Kaiapoi took out the junior men’s title comfortably.
Cameron and Hill repeated their victories in Sunday’s superclass, with Cody Stevens and Nick Fox taking the minor places in the men’s event.
RaboDirect BMX National Championships, Rotorua:
Junior Men: Trent Jones (Kaiapoi) 1, Cody Hobbs (Te Awamutu) 2, Michael Bias (North Harbour) 3, Bradley Gates (Waitakere) 4, Ryan Lewis (Te Awamutu) 5, Zander Steel (Rotorua) 6, Matthew Tew (Rotorua) 7, Mike Gaskin (Taupo) 8.
Elite Women: Victoria Hill (New Plymouth) 1, Monique Smith (Gisborne) 2, Cara Leyten (Kapiti) 3, Michelle Montague (Cambridge) 4, Shannon Alexander (Christchurch City) 5, Holly Woodcock-Takurua (Sunset Coast) 6, Corrina Lloyd (Christchurch City) 7.
Elite Men: Matt Cameron (New Plymouth) 1, Daniel Franks (North Avon Chch) 2, Matthew Davies (Christchurch City) 3, Cody Stevens (Tauranga) 4, Nick Fox (Gisborne) 5, Adam Coker (East City) 6, Jayden Davy (New Plymouth) 7, Connor Rowe (Cambridge) 8.
Men’s superclass: Cameron 1, Stevens 2, Fox 3.
Women’s superclass: Hill 1, Smith 2, Leyton 3.
Challenge age group results to follow.