UCI BMX Supercross World Championships: Rotterdam welcomes the world
The 2014 UCI World Championships are the largest BMX World Championships to date, with a record number of participants – 2860 riders from 43 countries throughout five days of racing. The riders will take to the 309 meter track that was built in the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam after four days non-stop of construction work and tens of trailers and trucks of sand, cobbles, rubble and more. The Elite riders chase for the coveted UCI BMX rainbow jerseys began Wednesday with Masters BMX racing, along side of riders of competing in the World Challenge class in the 17 and over boys at the UCI BMX World Championships.
The youngsters of BMX get things going with their World Challenge racing, taking place from on Thursday and Friday on the 5-meter hill. These riders, the grass roots of all BMX racing, will be racing head to head for the World Challenge event set inside of the world stage. Then we move onto the Elite riders, as they get to do battle, taking to the 8-meter tall starting hill, that will be converted over after all the Challenge races are completed on Friday, for the start with Elite training on Friday night and then onto their racing, starting on Saturday.
On Saturday, the Elites kick things off with the riders one at a time for the Time Trial event, narrowing the field of 244 Elite Men and Women down to the top 16 Elite men and top 8 Elite women to the Time Trial Super Final, where 4 new World Champions, 2 Junior and 2 Elite, will be crowned.
In Elite men, Connor Fields has been the dominate rider at the UCI World Championships TT for the past 2 years and is looking to make it a 3-peat, but with recent TT wins, he will have a steady battle with riders such as Edzus Treimanis (LAT) Joris Daudet (FRA), and Liam Phillips (GBR). In Elite Women’s side, Marian Pajon (COL) looks to repeat her 2013 TT win, but Caroline Buchanan (AUS) who is also the current Elite Women’s queen, looks to take back the TT title she won in 2012. But local favorite Laura Smulders (NED) is looking to grab the title on home soil. It will all come down to one perfect lap on Saturday night to take the 2014 TT rainbow jersey.
On Sunday, we will then get all 244 Elites on track, racing 8 at a time, where we will see the strategy and training all pay off for the top riders, as they race towards the finals. You can watch past World Champions like Liam Philips, Maris Strombergs, Sam Willoughby and Joris Daudet in the Elite Men’s class, as well as past Elite Women’s World Champions, Caroline Buchanan, Marian Pajon, Magalie Pottier, Sarah Walkers and Gabriela Diaz go for another UCI Championships title. The 2014 UCI BMX World Championships took to be the best BMX racing event of 2014! If you cant make it to the Ahoy Arena, make sure you tune in to watch the racing live on Sunday!
Watch the 2014 UCI BMX World Championships Elite racing on July, Sunday 27th from 14:20-16:45 CET on UCI YouTube Channel – LIVE BMX World Championships – Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Watch the UCI BMX World Championships track taking shape for the event