Ju­niors in BMX squad

Hamilton News - - Front Page -

A strong con­tin­gent of riders from the Waikato have been named for the New Zealand Ju­nior Elite squad for the UCI BMX World Cham­pi­onships in Baku, Azer­bai­jan in June.

The five-strong team is led by world cham­pion Jessie Smith of Hamil­ton, who won the 16 years ti­tle in Chal­lenge and Cruiser classes at last year’s cham­pi­onships in the United States. All of the squad of three male and two fe­male riders have en­joyed suc­cess at pre­vi­ous age group world cham­pi­onships.

Smith, along with fel­low Hamil­ton club rider Cailen Calkin, are mul­ti­ple age group world cham­pi­ons, now in their first year in the Ju­nior Elite cat­e­gory.

They are joined by Hamil­ton’s Baylee Lut­trell, who re­cently moved with her fam­ily to Copenhagen. She has been able to ben­e­fit with a sig­nif­i­cant amount of Euro­pean race ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge to back up her Kiwi skill base.

Hamil­ton’s Ryan Jor­dan and Cam­bridge club’s Luey Cot­ton round out the squad with Te Awa­mutu’s Rico D’an­vers as the re­serve.

The World Cham­pi­onships, which also in­cor­po­rate the Chal­lenge (age group) classes, will be staged at Baku, Azer­bai­jan on June 5 to 9.

Photo / Nico Van Dar­tel

Hamil­ton rider Jesse Smith in ac­tion at the 2017 UCI BMX World Cham­pi­onships in USA.

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