UCI BMX World Championships: Perfect start for Flying Dutchmen
UCI BMX World Championships Time Trial full results
The Elite Men and Women riders of the BMX world started with competition tonight (Saturday) with the running of the Time Trial and the Super Finals, where four new BMX World Champions were crowned. The time trail showed again the pure skill and speed of each rider as they are alone to race just against the clock and strive to have a perfect lap to earn the rainbow stripes in the BMX Time Trial division.
244 riders lined up with a chance to earn a way into the Super Final and the privilege for a second run that would be the decider for the 2014 TT World Championships title. The Time Trial super finals results will also be used to determine the seeding and gate selection order for the World Championships BMX race on Sunday.
Junior Women Super Final
French Junior Women Sandie Thibaut edged out current UCI Junior Elite Women World ranked leader Domenica Gonzalez (Ecuador) for the gold medal in today Super Final. Shealen Reno from the United States placed third.
Junior Men Super Final
In the Junior Men’s class, Niek Kimmann was the fastest in the Time Trial and then backed it up with an even quicker time in the Super Final, taking the win and the World Championships title in front a home crowd. Colin Hudson from the USA was second and Brandon Te Hiko from Australia was third overall.
Elite Women Super Final
On the back of the Junior Men class, Elite Women engaged in an ultra tight battle between Mariana Pajon and Caroline Buchanan. When it came down to the Super Final race, Laura Smulders had the quickest lap early on and both Mariana and Caroline made tiny mistakes but both still wound up finishing up on the podium. Smulders fell into the arms of Kimmann, both Dutch riders leaving the first day of racing with two crowns on their home soil.
Elite Men SuperFinal
In Elite Men, the top 3 in the Time Trial were so close that it was anyone’s call with Joris Daudet being the quickest, Connor Fields in 2nd and Sam Willoughby in 3rd. When the Super Final for the Elite Men rolled off the gate, Corbin Sharrah had a perfect lap, while both Fields and Daudet had small bobbles. Sam Willoughby attacked the track and made up almost a full second from his TT lap, taking the win and the rainbow jersey.
Competition continues Sunday with live racing of the UCI BMX World Championships Race from 14:20-16:45 CET on the UCI YouTube Channel.
Photo: Laura Smulders celebrating with home crowd her win in the TT Super Finals, Rotterdam