AusCycling | Two new national champions minted at Rampfest

Two new national champions minted at Rampfest

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Australia has two new national champions after Brandon Loupos and Sarah Nicki won the elite men and women categories respectively at the 2022 AusCycling BMX Freestyle National Championships on the weekend.

Loupos performed strongly on his return from the UCI Urban Cycling World Championships last week, taking the win ahead of Victorian Jake Wallwork and emerging talent Josh Matthews, while Nicki’s star continues to rise, winning her first national championship from Mylee Toohey and Anais Prince.

The 15-year-old from Canberra said her result at Nationals validated all the hard work and training she had been putting in with her coach Tyson Jones-Penny.

“I’ve been working on mainly just riding with more speed, more height, getting bigger airs. It’s been a bit of a focus this last year. I was also really pleased that I got through the whole run without pulling out on a trick. So, I did all the tricks in my run, and completed the run,” Nicki said.

Nicki felt the title indicated she was pushing to take her riding to the next level, and had learnt a lot over the last two weeks where she rode in her first UCI World Cup before returning for the National Championship.

“The Worlds taught me really how different the style of competition is there, like how the pressure’s different, how you’re competing with that many girls, and that many skill levels. But the comp life is super cool, it’s awesome riding with everyone. It’s different to what I’m used to at the local, but it’s awesome.”

The Canberran also revealed the influence Natalya Deihm is having on her young career.

“Natalya’s helped heaps. She’s been helping me mentally, just helping my confidence, helping me get around, planning runs. She’s been a great help, really. Teaching me about the comp life, how it is,” said Nicki.

French rider Nico Werle claimed top spot in the masters competition, with the Australian national champion crown going to Dave McComb, who retains the title. Jak Mohr was the best performing amateur, while Philipp Frueh took out the expert category in the BMX Flatland competition.

More than 400 spectators and participants attended this year’s event, with Rampfest also hosting a meet and greet session off the park, where fans and junior riders met and mingled with elite riders, and a show and shine exhibition featuring more than 50 bikes across the history of BMX.

Replay of Day 2 at Rampfest.

Elite Men

Elite Women

Masters

Amateurs

Brandon Loupos

Sarah Nicki

Nico Werle (FRA)

Jak Mohr

Jake Wallwork

Mylee Toohey

Dave McComb

Cooper Wilson

Josh Matthews

Anais Prince

Tyson Jones-Peni

Xavier Gilbee

Alec Danelutti

Shanae Richmond

Keegan Pryor

Jason Watts

Marcus Johnston

Samual Grace

Dylan Mckane

Liam Quinlivan

Caiden Cernius

William Spedding

Brodie Quick

Michael Wilson

Orlando Oakley

Miles Eckhardt

Under 15s

Under 13s

Under 11s

Under 7s

Koby Carroll

Tol Papadimas

Koby Clayton

Lennox Lenton

Roman Riches DepiazzI

Aleksandr Kiselev

Rafael Manning

Jakey McKay

Nate Mackaller

Samuel da Costa

Slater Lyttle

Tyler Phillips

Mitchell Brown

Flynn Will

Emilio Martin

Kaiden Klein

Kale Mather

Lucas Jankowski

Gus Gangemi

Arlo Bouffioux

Wyatt Markwell

Cooper Tonna

Jayden Knobben

Hudson Lovett

Tom Barry

Duncan Crawford

Jai Larsen

Ky De Vries

Koa Butler

Hugo Wood

Flatland Expert Class

Flatland Open Class

Flatland Beginner Class

Philipp Frueh

Gonzalo Bellanti

Paul Grzinic

Shaun Jarvis

Heru Anwari

Yuki Tokui

Botay Agata

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