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.
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.