American Hannah Roberts pushes the boundaries for the women’s sport
If one could put a face to the future of Women’s freestyle BMX, it is that of 16-year-old American Hannah Roberts.
The Michigan native proved her dominance by winning a second FISE overall title in BMX Freestyle Park on Saturday by taking first place in the final UCI World Cup competition of the year—Chengdu, China.
Racking up 87.60 points, Roberts came out three points ahead of her nearest competitor, German rider Lara Lessman (84.20), and six points over third-place finisher Macarena Perez (81.60), of Chile.
“I just want to keep pushing BMX as fas as I can, learning new tricks and progressing for myself… BMX is really important to me and the future of it is kind of what we’re all trying to progress here at FISE,” she said.
Roberts is known as a tough, groundbreaking competitor and came into the event with a laundry list of war wounds, including stitches in the back of her head, a swollen elbow and bruised face from an accident outside the park Friday. Nevertheless, she packed out both runs and proved the rider with the biggest trick, a Flair—backflip-180—in the quarter pipe.
Impressing both the judges and crowd with a clap behind her back in her tuck no-hander over the box-jump, she mixed it up with two different tables, in opposite directions, proving she has high-level of skill behind her power and grace.
Roberts said she was reticent to try her latest trick, a flair tuck no-hander, given her injuries, but it will be in her back pocket as she tries to qualify for the Junior Olympics here in Chengdu next week.
Lara Lessman, meanwhile, added some serious amplitude to best Macarena Perez, of Chile, for second place, though Perez threw down the wider variety of tricks.
FISE CHENGDU UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup Ranking:
1: Hannah Roberts - 87.60 PTS
2: Lara Lessmann - 84.20 PTS
3: Macarena Perez - 81.60 PTS
OVERALL FISE WORLD SERIES WINNER - UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup Ranking:
1: Hannah Roberts - 38200 PTS
2: Nikita Duccaroz - 32900 PTS
3: Macarena Perez - 32100 PTS
4: Analia Zacarias - 27500 PTS
5: Shanice Silva Cruz - 25000 PTS
Watch the run of Hannah Roberts :
Watch the replay of the final :