Mark Hartland Croft: BMX Racing
Hi All,
I enclose an update of my training

Hi, I am preparing for the start of the BMX racing season which is at the beginning of September. Through the winter I have been continuing each week with my 1-1 workout with Tim at Bodyworx and I have been training with Richie once a month on track work. I have begun to include grass sprints 2X a week which I do on my freestyle bike. During the off season I only ride my freestyle bike. It is heavier and I have to work a lot harder so developing my strength and technique. Next season for the regional meets I intend to race in the 11-13 yrs Waikato superclass series (where I win money if I make top eight in the final), and the cruiser class. My first big meet will be the North Island Championships in Whangarei over Labour Weekend. I am hoping we are able to travel to Nerang Australia for their Nationals they hold in January, it is a big event and would be awesome experience for me helping to prepare me for the Worlds next July in Auckland.

Thanks for all your support,

Mark Harland-Croft

 Hi, it is the off season for my main sport BMX but I have still been keeping up with my training. Each week I have a one on one workout with Tim More at BodyWorx, and I do my gym programme two other times, I do grass sprints every weekend and I train with my BMX coach once a month where I work on technique.
Along with this training I have been attending my rugby training 2X a week and recently that has increased to 3X with under 55kg rugby team training. I play number 8 for Stormers, we won our first game last Saturday, we are not doing very well but at least we don’t give up! Our first, under 55kg team’s game is on the 15th July.
At school I represented TIS at the Mountain Bike event at Spa Park but unfortunately only came 4th in the heats. I have the Bay of Plenty/Waikato Mountain bike champs early next term in Cambridge so I aim to improve performance.
The BMX racing season starts up again in September but I have a lot of hard work to do before then.
 Mark Harland-Croft

Last weekend was the 2012 BMX NZ National Championships, held in Rotorua. There were 924 entries with riders aged between 4 years and 60+years. I was racing two classes the 12 and under boys Cruiser (24”) and 12yr boys 20”. This event is the climax to the BMX calendar. My goal, of course was to attain NZ 1 in both classes.
I had 40 other 12year boys in my 20” class to race and beat. There were 3 motos on Saturday this was to seed the riders for Sunday racing. On Saturday I raced six motos in total and finished unbeaten.
On Sunday I continued my success and after a further six motos I retained my unbeaten record. It was time to step up a gear. Through the quarters and semis I still withheld my unbeaten record.
In the final, I had got out of gate fast, but it wasn’t fast enough and I was cut off out of the gate and was unable to get out infront. On the second straight I jumped low and landed fast into the corner and managed to take second spot. Unfortunately I was unable to quite catch the rider with the lead and I had to accept 2nd place. So next year NZ 1! BUT, I still had my final in my 24” and I was confident that I was going to be successful which I was and achieved NZ 1 for 24” under 12 Cruiser. Over the weekend I raced and won 15/16 races. I was pretty happy!
Although BMX is my main focus I also participated in the school sports and achieved some cool results. I won the year 7 Bay of Plenty/ Waikato School Triathlon Champs and in the Schools National Triathlon Championships at Karapiro I came 9th in the individual and my team came 2nd.
My focus is now training towards the 2013 BMX World Championships in Auckland where I will endeavour to attain podium finish.
The BMX season has almost reached its climax with the BMX NZ National Championships held over Easter Weekend, 6th 7th and 8th April.
I have just two more weeks of intense training in preparation for the BMX NZ National Championships. This year they are being held at Rotorua. I am riding in two classes; 12yr old boys 20” and 12 and under Cruiser (24”). My goal of course is to achieve NZ 1 in both classes.
My achievements over the season have been consistent. I focussed on the Waikato Junior Superclass this season, which is a series of 7 rounds, competing at each of the tracks in the Waikato district. The riders are aged 11 to 13yrs, so I have plenty of competition.
•    21/22th Grand Prix Te Awamutu.  
-Waikato Junior Super Class Round 4, placed 3rd
•    12th Taupo meet Taupo
-Junior Super Class age 11 to 13 placed 2nd
-Cruiser 10-13yrs placed 2nd
•    25th TeKuiti Twilight
-Waikato Junior Superclass Round 6 placed 3rd
•    3rd/4th Waikato Region Champs
-Waikato Junior Super Class Final Round.
(On Saturday morning I raced 4 Motos at Hamilton, then in the afternoon 4 Motos at Te-Awamutu. Finally, on Sunday morning, in Cambridge I raced 3 motos and a final. I was placed 3rd over the weekend and 2nd over the whole Super Class Series.)