One Cambridge’s top BMX riders has returned home from the Australian National Series with good reason to smile. Bennett Greenough competed in three rounds of the event with enough race wins to claim the overall title in his age group.
Unfortunately, due to the Cambridge BMX track not being allowed to use their start gate during winter, Greenough wasn't quite able to have the same preparation leading up to the last round as his Australian counterparts, but he didn’t let it dampen his spirits.
“We came into Narang pretty fresh,” said Bennett. “There was way more depth in the racing, so many more fast riders (than in New Zealand).
“There were a few things that I would have changed in my racing if I could go back, but overall I’m pretty happy with it.”
Greenough finished second overall at the recent round in Narang but having finished first overall at the other two rounds, he’s made the top of the table for 15-year-old boys. “It’s pretty exciting to be honest,” he said. “It was awesome getting to race different people than usual, on heaps of different tracks that are all completely different, it tested our ability to adapt.
“It was a really cool experience, I’d definitely do it again.”
Having been selected for the National BMX Performance Hub based in Cambridge, Greenough kicked off his hub training over the school holidays and continue his training at the Avantidrome and Te Awamutu BMX track each week under coach Matt Cameron.
With one more year next year in age group racing, Greenough said his goal was to return to the US Nationals in November, where he won the Race of Champions in 2016, and aims to take the US title for his age group. “To win that would be a pretty good goal for me, I’ve come close a few times,” he said. “My long-term goal would probably to make the podium at the BMX World Champs next year.” -Cambridge News