UCI BMX Racing World Cup Standings after 7 Rounds. Are we going to see any changes in the standings with one more round to go today? With 500 points for a win in Elite Men and 165 points for a win in U23, it is still possible for athletes to move up (or down) in the final classification after today. Make sure to watch it.
Elite Men standings: 1 ANDRE Sylvain FRA 2335 points 2 WOOD Cameron USA 1879 3 WHYTE Kye GBR 1738 4 RENCUREL Jérémy FRA 1690 5 KENNEDY Izaac AUS 1687 6 ARBOLEDA Diego COL 1594
Elite Women standings: 1 SMULDERS Laura NED 3290 points 2 CLAESSENS Zoe SUI 2488 3 SHRIEVER Bethany GBR 2007 4 VEENSTRA Manon NED 1439
The 2022 NORA Cup for Flatland Rider of the Year goes to Kio Hayakawa!! Kio links some of the hardest trick combos in the game with style and precision, He is pushing Flatland to new levels daily. This is Kio’s second year in a row winning a NORA Cup for Flat and he is showing no signs of slowing down.
The 2022 NORA Cup for Trail Rider of the Year goes to Jay Hamilton! Jay is the real deal, rain or shine, Jay is out at the trails with a shovel in hand building jumps for beginners and dialing in the big lines. He is an inspiration in the trail scene and can be found in the woods shredding with his son and making sure everyone is having a good time.
It feels good to have some time in a foreign country to explore, meet new people and see new things. After a few days "off" it was time to head back to the Pista BMX Carlos Ramirez for Friday's practice and Saturday's Round 7 of the UCI BMX Racing World Cup. Most of the athletes had come over to Colombia a week prior to get used to the 2500m altitude. For them it's the third weekend in Bogota and the goal was to score some good points now that Olympic qualifying has started for BMX racing since last weekend. Watching high level BMX racing you can only have respect for the athletes. That first lip of the 10m gap looks good for a dirt jump competition, but takes a different approach when hit at 60 kmh. It becomes a bit of a curb that you have to suck up to stay low. Any freestyle rider would use the transition to send it high, but that's not the goal for BMX Racing. The speed generated is so high and the racing is so close that a little elbow bump can result in being out of competition.
The support for the riders is there. With team tents, rollers, food, drinks, physios, doctors, trainers, and mental coaches at hand, the pressure gets even higher when expectations are high and points are expected. Racing down that 8 meter hill with 7 others next to you becomes a battle. With fairly packed granstands on the first straight full of loud fans, VIP's, media and coaches, making it out front is what everyone is shooting for.
The season continues in Colombia! Don't miss the world's best BMX riders fighting in a thrilling event for the honor of becoming the 2022 UCI BMX Racing World Cup Champion and the chance of becoming an Olympian.
Let me start this by saying it was great to see the passion for BMX that several people in Bogotá showed. BMX truly is a worldwide activity and with 10 BMX shops in town, Bogota is certainly a big part of it. Once again Sebastian and Esteban Palencia picked me up to show more of what the city had to offer. We first visited a sports facility with indoor pool, soccer fields, basketball courts and 3! skateparks. It was 'skateboard day' meaning no bikes were allowed. But on BMX day, no skateboarding is allowed. This way the parks see good activity. In other parts of town the NO BMX day corresponds with a YES BMX day so it is possible to ride different parks during the week. The three concrete parks had something to offer for everyone. A pool section, one with two box jumps and another one with smaller ramps. If you would take a few elements of all three it would be an amazing place for a Park