After I took a little break from the World Cups earlier this year, it was time to ease my way back into things. Didn't end the trip how I wanted, but overall it's been a good trip to Colombia!
More than 150 riders from 10 countries, 2 days of racing and great performance from some of the top European competitors – many of them arriving straight from the last UCI BMX Racing World Cup rounds in Colombia. The fastest riders of the day in the elite category were Danes Magnus Dyhre and Dorte Balle, junior category was won by Finn Max Mäenpaä. Slovenian riders won several junior categories! Riders that were the fastest on the paper proved to be the fastest on the race. Dane Magnus Dyhre and Italians Marco Radaelli and Martti Sciortino each won one of the motos in the elite category, creating a lot of excitement for the finals. Magnus, overall winner of the U23 European Cup, came out the strongest, taking another victory for Denmark in Ljubljana. Marco was second, Martti - who won the 17+ race on Saturday - was third.
USA BMX Gator Nationals Oldsmar Florida, United States Sunday 09 October 2022
1 Joshua MCLEAN 24 AUS 1 200.00 UCI Ranking points
2 Corben SHARRAH 30 USA 2 172.00
3 Rico BEARMAN 19 NZL 3 148.00
4 Bodi TURNER 28 AUS 4 127.00
5 Juan Carlos DIAZ SERNA 25 COL 5 109.00
6 Anthony BUCARDO 24 USA 6 94.00
Results C1 BMX Race Ljubljana, Slovenia. 09 October 2022
1 Magnus DYHRE 20 DEN 1st, 24.451 100.00 UCI Ranking points
2 Marco RADAELLI 19 ITA 2nd, 24.778 86.00
3 Martti SCIORTINO 24 ITA 3rd, 25.229 74.00
4 Matthijs VERHOEVEN 25 BEL 4th, 25.684 64.00
5 Kasper OLSSON 23 DEN 5th, 25.811 55.00
6 Giacomo FANTONI 31 ITA 6th, 26.585 47.00
7 Michele TOMIZIOLI 24 ITA 7th, 26.742 40.00
8 Axel WEBSTER 23 GER 8th, 26.985 34.00
1 Dorte BALLE 25 DEN 100.00 UCI Ranking points
2 Rikke BALLE 21 DEN 86.00
1 Max MÄENPÄÄ 18 FIN 25.00 UCI Ranking points
2 Tommaso CARRARO 17 ITA 22.00
3 Danyil CHEREMSKYI 17 UKR 19.00
Strongest race to date in BMX Park Ljubljana! First day of racing was full of great action, with riders trying to get the most points for the Alpe-Adria BMX cup and Slovenian national champs.
Results Gator Nationals, USA. Saturday 8 October 2022
1 LAURA SMULDERS, WIJCHEN, NETHERLANDS
2 ALISE WILLOUGHBY, PROMAX/GW/TLD/TOYOTA/IRC, CHULA VISTA, CA
3 FELICIA STANCIL, FACTORY SSQUARED, PALM HARBOR, FL
4 MOLLY SIMPSON, DAYLIGHT, RED DEER, AB
5 LEILA WALKER, CAMBRIDGE, NZL
6 CARLY KANE, DK BICYCLES, GUILFORD, IN
C1 BMX Racing Live from Slovenia
Gator Nationals, USA. Friday 7 October 2022
1 IZAAC KENNEDY 21 1 BRISBANE QLD SPEEDCO / AVIAN 93002228 6 W
2 KAMREN LARSEN 22 2 BAKERSFIELD CA HARO BIKES 15550221 3 NAT
3 NIEK KIMMANN 26 3 HETEREN MEYBO, BOX, TLD 90007455 313 UCI
4 CAMERON WOOD 20 4 PEORIA AZ MONGOOSE BICYCLES 10300215 12 NAT
5 JORIS DAUDET 31 5 CORONA CA CHASE / BRGSTORE.COM 10126479 33 UCI
6 CORBEN SHARRAH 30 6 TUCSON AZ DAYLIGHT 13061389 24 UCI
Almost 3 weeks in Bogota, is enough time to have a few footage and edit a video around our stay out there. A mix Riding, some cool landscapes, some GoPro, all in one video.
Name: Emilio Falla
Hometown: Born and raised in Quito, Ecuador and currently living in Murrieta, California.
Sponsors: Bombshell Racing systems, Technique, Davis Racewear, Shimano Ecuador, odibmx, riders365.
How many years ago did you start riding BMX?
Emilio Falla: The other day a kid asked me this, and man it sounded crazy, but it’s been 32 years of riding a BMX bike.
How was racing BMX when you lived in Ecuador?
Emilio Falla: In Ecuador we have a small series. I believe it’s only 7 stops, so it’s the opposite to the USA or Europe where you race more often.
Being a two-time Olympian representing your nation, how did that make you feel?
Emilio Falla: I’ve said this many times. It was an honor and a dream come true, specially being there as one of the pioneers of BMX racing in Beijing 2008. For sure I wanted a different outcome in Beijing and London but that’s BMX. It’s a beautiful sport but sometimes it’s brutal and everything happens too quick.