BikeNZ high performance rider Daniel Franks took out the
elite title at the South Island BMX Championships in Rangiora
at the weekend.
North Avon Christchurch rider Franks beat 18-year-old Trent
Jones (Kaiapoi) and Matthew Davies (Christchurch).
These results signal great early season form for Franks and
Jones, who will both travel to Perth in search of UCI points
later this month for the Probikx series, as part of the
With no elite category on the women's side of the draw,
teenager Tahlia Hansen (Rangiora) stole the show in taking
out the 16+ years final as well as the 11-29 years cruiser
class at her local Rangiora BMX Club circuit.
The two-time World Champion and six-time national champion,
Hansen, beat home riders far her senior to further establish
herself as the next Sarah Walker of New Zealand BMX.
Cayleb Martin (Christchurch) beat Davies and Franks to claim
the Superclass title.
These championships came at a good time for South Island BMX
riders as they prepare for the BMX National Championships on
March 29 in Cambridge, and the UCI BMX World Championships in
July at Vector Arena in Auckland.