The UCI Trials World Cup Chronicle

The UCI Trials World Cup Chronicle

The UCI Trials World Cup Chronicle
The UCI Trials World Cup Chronicle

– What happened? –

The 2016 UCI Trials World Cup concluded in Antwerp, Belgium, on September 24-25. This is the seventh consecutive year that the UCI Trials World Cup has visited Antwerp. The competition took place in the middle of the city, in the Grote Markt (Great Market Square), in the heart of the old city quarter, providing a stunning backdrop for the event.

In the Elite Women’s competition, recently crowned UCI World Champion Nina Reichenbach of Germany was beaten for the first time this season, finishing second to Janine Jungfels of Australia. Perrine Devahive of Belgium took third. Reichenbach finishes the season with 1120 points to win the UCI World Cup title, followed by Tatiana Janickova of Slovakia (820 points) and Debi Studer of Switzerland (780 points).

The final round saw a change at the top of the Men’s 20″ ranking. With his third consecutive win (seven points), Abel Mustieles of Spain overtook his countryman Benito Ros to take the overall UCI World Cup title. Second in Antwerp with 19 points, Ros moved down to second in the overall standings with 1000 points to Mustieles’ 1050. Dominik Oswald of Germany finished third (21 points) in Antwerp and moved up from fourth to third in the overall standings with 760 points.

UCI World Champion Jack Carthy of Great Britain took his fourth consecutive win in the Men’s 26″, to lock up the World Cup title. Gilles Coustellier of France finished second to Carthy in Antwerp, followed by two other French riders Vincent Hermance and Nicolas Vallee. In the overall standings, Carthy finished with 1095 points, followed by Vallee at 835 and Hermance at 825.

 

– What you should know about… the 2016 UCI Trials World Cup –

With five rounds, the 2016 UCI Trials World Cup included the most rounds since 2014. The World Cup visited four countries in 2016, opening in Krakow, Poland for the third consecutive year, and finishing in Antwerp for the third time.

 

UCI Trials World Cup Ranking –

 

– Photo of the week –

Benito Ros in action

 

– Focus on Janine Jungfels –

Janine Jungfels

Australian Janine Jungfels is a rare non-European rider to win on the UCI World Cup circuit. The 27year o-ld from Brisbane has been competing since 2005 and racing internationally since 2009, when she finished fourth at the UCI World Championships held on home soil in Canberra. She won the world title in 2015 and has16 World Cup podiums, including six wins, to her name.

Main results

1st UCI World Championships (2015)
6 UCI World Cup victories
2nd overall UCI World Cup (2015)
3rd overall UCI World Cup (2011, 2014)

2015 UCI Trials World Cup: two in a row for Antwerp

2015 UCI Trials World Cup: two in a row for Antwerp

2015 UCI Trials World Cup, Antwerp
2015 UCI Trials World Cup, Antwerp

At the end of September, the overall winners of the 2015 UCI Trials World Cup were crowned in the Belgian city of Antwerp. Now it is the turn of the event’s organisers, led by Belgium’s own multiple World Champion Kenny Belaey, to be honoured.

The top five athletes in each category of the 2015 UCI Trials World Cup (Men Elite 26”, Men Elite 20”, Women Elite), specialist photographers and the UCI participated in the vote for the best event of the season.

After winning in 2014, Antwerp’s spectacular venue in the city’s Grand-Place has once again won over the voters. The organisers will receive their trophy during an organisers seminar to be held at the UCI headquarters in Aigle, Switzerland, at the beginning of next year.

UCI Trials World Cup: Jack Carthy’s birthday treat

UCI Trials World Cup: Jack Carthy’s birthday treat

UCI Trials World Cup: Jack Carthy’s birthday treat

Benito Ros (ESP) - 2015 UCI Trials World Cup - Vöcklabruck (AUT)
Benito Ros (ESP) – 2015 UCI Trials World Cup – Vöcklabruck (AUT)

It was not a typical way to celebrate a birthday but just twenty-four hours after turning 19, Jack Carthy put on a superb demonstration in the Men Elite 26″ event. The recently-crowned European Champion and last year’s UCI Trials World Cup winner (while still a Junior!) dominated in Vöcklabruck.

The British prodigy completed a total of four sections with zero points in Austria and finished the final on just two points. Second in the semi-final, Carthy demonstrated perfect control at the end of the competition. The winner of the first two rounds of the 2015 UCI Trials World Cup and now clear leader in the standings, European Champion Carthy has had a flawless first half of the season. “I finished second in the semi-final because of five lost points. So I’m really happy to come away with this victory,” said the young trials phenonmenon.

Behind him, the French chasing pack could only wonder at his superiority. Gilles Coustellier and Vincent Hermance, second and third respectively, both finished on eleven points.

Slovakia’s Tatiana Janickova demonstrated that she is the world’s best woman trials rider. But it wasn’t easy in Vöcklabruck. After the first two sections, Australia’s Janine Jungfels was still on zero and was matching the UCI World Champion. The two women would only be separated on the last two sections. On the penultimate section, Jungfels took a two-point advantage. If she could avoid a mistake in the last section, she would seal victory. But luck was not on her side and a 5 cost her the win in Vöcklabruck. Janickova finished on seven points, while Janine Jungfels had eight. Slovakia’s Kristina Sykorova was third with 12 points.

Tatiana Janickova leads the World Cup standings on 293 points. Her compatriot Kristina Sykorova is second on 233 points while Debi Studer from Switzerland lies third with 218 points.

Women Elite: Janickova prevails after a close fight

Men Elite 20”: Spanish Double

It was no great surprise that the Spaniards dominated the final in the 20″ event: Ultimately Benito Ros got the better of Abel Mustieles after the two men had put on a fantastic show at the Austrian venue. It was only on the final section that the zero scored by Benito Ros would settle the contest in his favour. Ros and Mustieles both finished on seven points. Germany’s Dominik Oswald came third with eight points.

After the cancellation of the first round of the World Cup in Krakow, the standings are identical to the results of the Austrian round.

The next round of the UCI Trials World Cup takes place in Albertville, France, on 22-23 August.

Results and standings

iLike Interview – Kenny Belaey

iLike Interview – Kenny Belaey

iLike Interview – Kenny Belaey

Kenny Belaey

 

Kenny Belaey

 

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A true ambassador of his discipline, Kenny Belaey is not only the trials rider with the most UCI titles but he also likes to introduce people to his sport. He travels the world with his show and produces his own TV show called Kenny Belaey’s BIGtime. It goes to say that Kenny is hyperactive and is always working on a new project. When we contacted him to answer to our iLike Interview, he jumped at the chance to talk about Trials. Let’s get started!

I AM:
Name: Kenny Belaey
Age: 32
Nickname: The Magician
Discipline: Trials
Main success:
– 4 Elite World Champion titles, 4 Elite European titles, 6 overall World Cup wins, 3 Junior World titles, 2 Cadet World titles, 1 Junior European title.
– Part of the biggest Adidas campaign ever, reaching 1.3 Billion people
– Managed to have the first ever live stream of a UCI Trials event (Aalter, 2012)

I LIKE:
An actor/actress: Will Smith
A TV series: Terra Nova
A movie: Avatar
A song: Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd. Goose bump guitar solo
An artist: Jimi Hendrix
A book: Losing my virginity by Richard Branson
A colour: Blue
A meal: Sushi
A country: USA
A race: World Championships
Another cyclist: Sven Nys
Another sport: Enduro
A sport person: Tony Hawk
3 things that you would take with you on a desert island: a bike, a boat and a fishing reel
A person who inspires you: Nelson Mandela
A motto: Winners never quit and quitters never win
A dream: To live long and happily, without regrets and having done something meaningful in life

Something people don’t know about you?
I am a work addict… I can’t stop working on projects and taking on new challenges.

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2014 UCI Trials World Cup: Antwerp elected best event

2014 UCI Trials World Cup: Antwerp elected best event

2014 UCI Trials World Cup: Antwerp elected best event

UCI Trials World Cup, Antwerp
UCI Trials World Cup, Antwerp

The fifth and final round of the 2014 UCI Trials World Cup, which was held in Antwerp, Belgium, has been voted best event of the series.

Four-times World Champion, Belgium’s own Kenny Belaey, is a driving force behind the organisation of the Antwerp event, which received praise for its amazing atmosphere and spectacular location. Voters included the top athletes of the UCI Trials World Cup, UCI staff and media representatives.

The market square in front of the famous Antwerp City Council building provided a great atmosphere during the competitions. The athletes performed under the watchful eye of the brave Roman soldier Silvius Brabo whose sculpture dominates the square.

Antwerp returns to the UCI Trials World Cup calendar in 2015, once again hosting the final round in September.

The winner will receive the trophy during the organiser’s seminar which will take place at the UCI headquarters in Aigle, Switzerland.

Janickova, Carthy and Mustieles – 2014 UCI Trials World Cup winners

Janickova, Carthy and Mustieles – 2014 UCI Trials World Cup winners

Janickova, Carthy and Mustieles – 2014 UCI Trials World Cup winners

Women Elite podium
Women Elite podium

The first title was awarded in the Women Elite category after the final was held on Saturday 27 September. The event was dominated by the winners of the last two rounds of the World Cup, Slovakia’s Tatiana Janickova and Australia’s Janine Jungfels. In a closely-fought battle, the two riders swapped the lead on several occasions. But by the end of the final round it was Jungfels who snatched victory by just two points from World Champion Tatiana Janickova. The suspense lasted right up to the final section where Jungfels managed to hang on to her lead despite a surge from Janickova who completed the best round of the event. Behind the two leaders, the battle for third place was just as intense between the young German rider Nina Reichenbach and Spain’s Gemma Abant. Ultimately it was the German who once again secured a place on a World Cup podium in this her first year at Elite level.
It was this third place combined with her results earlier in the season, and in particular her success in the opening round in Poland, that gave Reichenbach second place overall in the World Cup ahead of Jungfels. But there was no doubt about the occupant of the top step of the World Cup podium – World Champion Tatiana Janickova retained her title for the second year.

The battle was not so close in the Men Elite 26-inch category as Great Britain’s Jack Carthy dominated the weekend’s competition in Antwerp. After winning the semi-final and then the final, Carthy started the Super Final 15 points ahead of Vincent Hermance and 10 in front of Kenny Belaey! The Junior World Champion once again overturned the hierarchy of recent years which has seen the dominance of Hermance, Belaey and the Coustellier brothers. Victory in the 2014 series was the culmination of the meteoric rise of this young pretender on the world trials scene. Carthy secured a first World Cup podium finish in 2012, won a round in 2013 and then three rounds this year on his way to securing the UCI Trials World Cup title. This is the first time that a reigning Junior World Champion has won this prestigious series. Held over five rounds, only the most consistent rider can win the World Cup.
Carthy got the better of two former World Champions in Antwerp: France’s Vincent Hermance and Belgium’s Kenny Belaey. Hermance was runner-up after a ding-dong battle with Belaey. Hermance also overcame Nicolas Vallée, surely one to watch for the future, who despite his young age reached his second final and followed that by qualifying for his first Super Final! This young Frenchman recently won the Trials World Youth Games. The prospects for the discipline are bright with Spain’s Sergi Llongueras, also a Junior, finishing fifth.
In the final World Cup standings, Jack Carthy finished ahead of Vincent Hermance and Gilles Coustellier.

The final event of the season was the Men Elite 20-inch competition. This category also produced a clear winner. World Champion Benito Ros put pressure on his compatriot Abel Mustieles in the final, finishing just five points adrift. But it all went wrong for Ros in the first section of the Super Final where he picked up five points. The competition was decided when Mustieles produced a flawless display in the last four sections, winning for the fifth time this season. With this perfect finish to the event, Mustieles secured overall victory in the Men Elite 20-inch category of the UCI Trials World Cup.
In contrast, the battle for third place in the event and for the overall World Cup standings went right down to the end of the final event. By getting ahead of Ion Areitio in the final, Dutch rider Rick Koekoek secured second place overall. But it was a different story in the Super Final when he could not hold back the challenge of Germany’s Raphael Pils. This was the second time this season that Pils has secured a World Cup podium place behind Mustieles and Ros.

The event in Antwerp marked the end of the 2014 UCI Trials season. The riders now look ahead to next year’s World Cup, starting in Poland in May 2015.