Hotshot Hucker’ wows BMX crowd


American BMX rider Mike ‘Hucker’ Clark hits another gravity-defying trick on his way to winning Queenstown’s 2013 Roast It. 

The charismatic Californian was a huge favourite with the 2000-strong crowd at the Gorge Road Jump Park on Saturday. 

Clark spent much of the afternoon with a beaming smile – even while upside down during his spectacular BMX tricks. 

“It’s a dream come true,” Clark says. “I came here injured and planned on just staying safe and having a good time. 

“To think that everyone liked my riding that much that they voted for me, it’s a dream come true.” 

Clark beat 45 other riders to take the title of Best Rider and a cheque for $5000, judged by a panel of his peers. 

After the 45-minute grand final, he delighted spectators with a jaw-dropping balance act – standing on his handlebars as he travelled about 10 metres over rough ground. 

Best line went to Kiwi BMX hero Jed Mildon, who previously landed the world’s first triple backflip, with a huge double transfer across two gaps followed by a 360 tail whip. 

Australia’s Brandon Loupous, another contender for rider of the day, pulled off a cash roll to tie best trick with New Zealander George Bolter, who landed a gravity-defying 360 transfer. 

American star Brandon Dosch also hit the heights with a series of stunning technical runs and was unlucky not to snare a podium finish.