Defending champions Javier Colombo of Argentina and Willy Kanis of the Netherlands are in Victoria to defend their titles. Michael Day of the U.S., runner-up in 2005 and 2006 is Colombo’s biggest threat in men’s competition. Willy can expect a tough challenge from Gabriela Diaz of Argentina in the women’s race. Diaz won the world title in 2001, 2002 and 2004 and was runner-up last year.
Samantha Cools of Alberta is Canada’s top medal threat and is currently ranked fifth in the world. She is fully recovered from a concussion suffered at the national championships a month ago in Bromont, Que. At last year’s worlds, her chain broke right at the start. ‘’It was very disappointing,’’ she recalled.
Christine Miller of Alberta and Danielle Brisson of B.C., are other Canadian entries in the women’s elite competition. Headlining the men’s elite team are Scott Erwood and Nick Goertzen of B.C., and Patrick Lebel of Alberta.
The Challenge Category for riders aged 5 to 55 A distinctive feature at the BMX Worlds is Challenge Category races. More than 1,500 entries aged five to 55 will also compete on the Juan de Fuca track.
Competition starts Thursday with the opening races in the Challenge Category. The Elite races are scheduled for Saturday.
Photo by: Alexander Fianke