Cycling New Zealand has announced riders for the 2021-22 Schick Civil Construction BMX National Performance Hub team based in Cambridge.
The BMX Performance Hub riders have surpassed expectations over the three years, picking up domestic titles and consistently ranking at the top of the podium at key national championship events.
Cycling New Zealand Hub coach and former BMX national champion, Matt Cameron is pleased with the development over the last three years.
“It’s been a full-on and the squad have been pushed hard to get results and we are seeing measurable improvement and consistency in performances.
“BMX is a tough sport and there’s a fine line between pushing the limits and taking it too far. What has been noticeable is that at the big events they consistently deliver. The training is paying off and the confidence is growing.”
Cameron, who has a wealth of experience from his time as an international rider, understands the importance not only of physical and tactical skills but also mental skills and good preparation.
The BMX Hub has specific training sessions each week for the Hub riders and an open Saturday session where any rider can attend and gain valuable insight. A number of elite riders often attend these sessions and rub shoulders with the Hub riders, providing a challenging but safe learning environment.
The BMX Performance Hub is part of the national cycling performance programme that includes the Grassroots Trust Waikato-Bay of Plenty, Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Hub and SIT Southland-Otago Hub, Upper-South Hub based in Christchurch and National Mountain Bike Hub in Rotorua.
The five Performance Hubs have been established to nurture future success of high performance cycling in New Zealand by increasing both the quality and quantity of young riders feeding into the elite tier of the sport.
“Investing in development and performance pathways is a key to securing top talent and continuing to grow New Zealand’s performance outcomes on the world stage,” said Cycling New Zealand CEO, Jacques Landry.
The BMX National Performance Hub has been realised with the support from Schick Civil Construction, and who have a long history in supporting sporting endeavours in New Zealand and New Zealand Carbon Farming.
"We are proud to have seen the progression of the Hub athletes excited to support our BMX talent. We look forward to watching the development of these young people in New Zealand," said Scott Brownlee, CEO of Schick Civil Construction.
“The Cambridge-based BMX Performance Hub is seeing impressive results with riders achieving national and international titles – we know that this program is helping these athletes move to the next level of their careers,” Scott says.
The Schick Civil BMX National Performance Hub for 2021-2022:
Rico Dean Bearman