South Island Titles event great success despite wind

BMX riders descended on Alexandra at the weekend for a chance to claim a South Island title and new personal best.

More than 250 competitors from around New Zealand and Australia attended the BMX NZ South Island Titles in Alexandra on Saturday and yesterday.

Selina Pfister, of Mountain Raiders in Auckland, leads the way, followed closely by Tahlia Nelson...
Selina Pfister, of Mountain Raiders in Auckland, leads the way, followed closely by Tahlia Nelson, of Alexandra, in the female cruiser category.
The event, hosted at the town’s revamped BMX park, was a great success, Alexandra BMX Club president Tony Nelson said.

"It was fantastic, definitely couldn’t complain."

Although the weather provided some blustery conditions at times, riders battled their way around the course to prove their worth on the track, including Alexandra’s Ben James, who was first in the 14 boys category.

Southland riders keeping close to each other during a race in the 8-10 girls’ category of the...
Southland riders keeping close to each other during a race in the 8-10 girls’ category of the South Island BMX championships in Alexandra the weekend are (from left) Catalina Morris, Grace Kerr and Bayley Brown. PHOTOS: ALEXIA JOHNSTON
Fellow Alexandra rider Holly Oldham (16) was also one to watch. She competed in the junior elite women category for the first time and won.

Nelson said Tahlia Nelson, Trey Nelson and Nathan Adair also impressed on the track.

"I’m hoping for big nationals for them at Easter in Christchurch."

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