UCI Four-cross World Championships: Slavik is the master in Leogang
Thomas Slavik and Michael Mechura took gold and silver for the Czech Republic – the first double in the history of the UCI Four-cross World Championships. Since 2003, the Czech Republic has won 12 world medals, including five titles.
After his victory on the Austrian track last year, Joost Wicham (NED) announced his retirement and the Czechs grabbed the opportunity to get back the rainbow jersey. Four years after his victory in Mont-Sainte-Anne (where he got ahead of the Australian Graves in the final metres), Slavik again won gold. Behind him, Michael Mechura claimed silver, his third in three seasons. Switzerland’s Simon Walkburger joined the East Europeans on the podium with his bronze medal.
Elite Women: A first for Curd
In the absence of Australia’s Caroline Buchanan, racing in the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Berlin (where she won the time trial and the Supercross), the world title had to change hands.
Favourites included Dutch athlete Anneke Beerten, winner in 2011 and 2012 but whose crash in 2013 will not be forgotten, and Great Britain’s Katy Curd. Finally it was Curd who took the title in front of Beerten and Germany’s Steffi Marth, celebrating her first World Championships podium.
Photo: Czech domination with Slavik taking gold in front of Mechura