The 2018 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup finals would crown the Elite Men and Women's champions after the 7 month World tour would wrap up in Santiago del Estero, Argentina. Niek Kimmann, Joris Daudet, and Sylvain Andre were all in the title hunt on the Mens side. For Elite Woman, Laura Smulders held a firm lead in points over Saya Sakaibara, and Judy Baauw, but it would come down to the last weekend to crown the champions.
Round 7 of the UCI BMX SX World Cup took place in SDE and brought close racing to the track with the best crowd in BMX Racing. Local hero Gonzalo Molina just missed out on a victory in a final that must have had the closest finish between riders ever. Within 0.65 of a second all 8 riders crossed the finish line. Holland's Laura Smulders stayed on the bike all day and turned it up a bit in the final enough to grab her first win in Santiago del Estero. More racing on Sunday as the World Cup season concludes in SDE with final round 8.
UCI BMX SX World Cup 2018 - Results Round 7, Santiago del Estero, Argentina:
Name: Arthur PILARD Racing number: 130 Hometown: Saint-Brieuc, France
Have things changed for you since 1 September, the day the Olympic qualifying period has started? Arthur PILARD: No, nothing has changed for me, I will continue to give 100% for my nation and proudly represent my country.
Are you looking for races where you can score more points? Arthur PILARD: I don’t have any race in mind at the moment, we didn’t start talking about it with the team and coaches. I still would like to go to the United States this winter to do some races because I’ve never been there yet.
Has peaking after 1 September been something you aimed for? Arthur PILARD: Initially no date was given regarding the opening of quotas, so it wasn’t a goal. Now that the quotas are open, we will work hard to get the first place in the ranking.
How badly do you want to go to Tokyo for the Olympic Games in 2020?
You may want to look fresh for every day at a race and bring your safety gear with you but it all adds to the luggage you've got to drag with you to the next World Cup or international race. Paying for overweight ain't no joke either. But some things you just need to bring to perform at your best. See what Argentina's Fede Villegas brings with him during a race weekend.
Name: Federico Villegas Country: Argentina Sponsors: Crupi BMX, Tioga, Ride 100%, BikeArt, Crupi's co sponsor Tangent and Fly Racing.
My 2017: Analia Gabriela Zacarias Hometown: Posadas - Misiones Argentina Sponsors: Carlos E.Enriquez S.A - Nativus Shop - Nutrilite
Do you remember the first BMX event you went to this year and how did it go? Analia Zacarias: My first event was Fise Montpellier this year, and it was amazing. It was my first time to ride with a lot of girls, super nice and first time I rode big ramps at Fise course. It was incredible.
How many weekends/days were you away from home and at a BMX jam/contest or on tour?
Inaki Mazza is only 16 years old and already makes us think of a young Kevin Peraza. At ease on all terrains, always smiling, funny, and open-minded. The young Argentinian does not stop traveling thanks to Vans and Redbull putting him under their wing, a sign that does not deceive. He's got a bright future ahead of him if he sticks to his guns. This welcome edit was filmed in a little less than a week in the south of Europe. - Superstar BMX