Pump track racing victorious in New Zealand
The Red Bull Pump Track World Championship touches down in New Zealand with Connor Mahuika and Shania Rawson taking the win in the Wellington Qualifier of the 2019 series.
The harbour city of Wellington, nestled between the fruitful agricultural valleys of North Island and immense waters of the Cook Strait, played host to The Red Bull Pump Track World Championship as it touched down in the New Zealand capital.
Miramar – meaning “esteemed” or “precious land” in Mäori – is the home of one of the only Velosolutions Pump Tracks in the country. Rising above the city on a prominent hilltop, access to a day of pump track fun is only minutes away from the hustle of day to day life here.
A crowd of more than 200 people gathered in sunny but windy conditions to support a tough, but balanced field of BMX and MTB riders in what made for an action packed day of racing.
MTB came out on top this time again with Connor Mahuika, the 19 year old hails from Rotorua and took the win in the male category with a time of 18.90. Not far behind him, last year’s winner of the New Zealand qualifier, Billy Meaclem crossed the finish line with a time of 18.95.
In the women’s category, the 20 year old MTB rider, Shania Rawson from Tauranga showed everyone else how it’s done yet again – taking first place in a thrilling final with a time of 22.16. BMX rider Toni James came in second with a time of 22.44.
What a ride! ! New Zealand you delivered on every level.
1. Connor Mahuika – 18.90 sec – MTB
2. Billy Meaclem – 18.95 sec – MTB
3. Lachie Stevens-McNab – 20.00 sec – BMX
4. Mason Bryant – 20.32 sec – MTB
1. Shania Rawson – 22.16 sec – MTB
2. Toni James – 22.44 sec – BMX
3. Robin Goomes – 22.92 sec – MTB
4. Georgantas Caitlin – 23.70 sec – BMX