Next up, the Elite Men took to the park. The field of stand-out riders included reigning World Champion, Justin Dowell (Virginia Beach, Va.). After the qualifying runs, Dowell, along with seven other riders advanced to the finals: Nick Bruce (Cleveland, Ohio), Daniel Sandoval (Corona, Calif.), Kaden Stone (Lake Elsinore, Calif.), Bryce Tryon (Lodi, Calif.), Jacob Thiem (Kennard, Neb.), Nate McCallister (Pasadena, Md.), Keith Schmidt (Holly Springs, N.C.).
After qualifying third, Sandoval put together a solid second run, edging out Dowell and Tryon to earn the top spot with a score of 88.75.
“It’s pretty amazing because it’s the first National Championships, I will always be the first National Champion,” said Sandoval, “I’ve been training a lot and working really hard for this so it’s great to be able to come away with the win.”
The 2019 USA Cycling BMX National Championships kicked off a full weekend of competition at the Sk-8 Cary Action Sports Park which will continue through the weekend with the 2019 Pan-American Continental Championships on Saturday and a UCI C1 competition on Sunday. These competitions give riders opportunities to earn valuable points towards qualifying for the Olympic Games, Tokyo 2020.