A strong contingent of riders mostly from the Waikato have been named for the New Zealand Junior Elite squad for the UCI BMX World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan in June this year.
The five-strong team is led by World Champion Jessie Smith (Hamilton), who won the 16 years title in Challenge and Cruiser classes at last year’s championships in USA.
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 Luey Cotton (Kapiti) – the only rider from outside of the Waikato – round out the squad with Cambridge rider Rico D’Anvers as the reserve.
The World Championships, which also incorporate the Challenge (age group) classes, will be staged at Baku, Azerbaijan on 5-9 June.
The New Zealand Junior elite BMX team is (with BMX clubs in brackets):
Female: Jessie Smith (Hamilton), Baylee Luttrell (Hamilton).
Male: Cailen Calkin (Hamilton), Ryan Jordan (Hamilton), Luey Cotton (Kapiti). Reserve: Rico D’Anvers (Cambridge).