The world’s best BMX racers will gather at the Olympic Training Centre in Chula Vista, California, this weekend for the fourth and final round of the 2013 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup. 150 riders from 25 countries will start the time trial qualifications on Friday, and the main event will take place on Saturday.
The Chula Vista Olympic Training Centre, home to US BMX Olympic hopefuls, houses three BMX tracks: a standard BMX track, a replica of the 2008 Beijing Olympic track as well as the competition site for this weekend which is similar to the London Olympic track.
Elite Men: Few points separate top two
Dutch rider Jelle Van Gorkom will go into the final round as the leader in the men’s overall standings. With tenth, second and first places in the first three rounds, Van Gorkom has collected 589 points. He holds a slight lead over American Connor Fields, currently ranked second with 575 points after securing third, first and eleventh place finishes earlier in the season.
Elite Women: last race for Arielle Martin
World Cup leader Shanaze Reade (GBR) will not be competing due to injury so all eyes will be on Arielle Martin, who is second in the standings with 523 points. The American has a second place and two sixth-place finishes going into the final round on her home track. She has announced that this will be her last race so the home crowd will certainly be behind her.
Other favourites to watch include Olympic Champion Mariana Pajon (COL) and Laura Smulders (NED). They head to Chula Vista ranked third and fourth respectively.