As the result of a recently sustained injury, U.S. Olympic Team hopeful Bubba Harris (Goodyear, Ariz.) has withdrawn from Saturday's 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Cycling (BMX). Harris sustained the injury while practicing during a training session on Thursday. He issued the following statement:
"While preparing for the Olympic Trials on Thursday, I was giving it my all, as usual, when I crashed on the second straightaway. As a result of the injury that was sustained, I've decided to withdraw from Saturday's competition. Although I'm disappointed that I won't be
Crupi World Team claims 4 gold and 2 bronze medals at the UCI World Championships in Taiyuan, China. W1 12-year old Hannah Sarten of New Zealand worked hard to keep her title and take her place on the top of the podium. After a slow gate Hannah came into the first turn in 3rd place, but had the gold in sight. She stayed tough through the second straight, held a low line, went for the pass in the second turn taking over and holding the lead to the finish line. Hannah went on to take the gold in cruiser on Saturday for a first in the history of New Zealand!
Merle Van Benthem followed Hannah making sure the Crupi girls would shine. Merle came out of the gate and spent most of the race in second place. Coming in to the third turn she decided it was time to put her riding skills to use jumping the entire technical straight she took the lead and kept it all the way to the gold. She followed with a gold in cruiser where she left the gate in first place and never looked back holding it to the finish line assuring the Crupi girls with two double-doubles for the weekend!
Description: The International Cycling Union (UCI) has given the National Olympic Committees (NOC) confirmation of the number of places each of them has obtained for the BMX events at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. According to criterion 1 (UCI ranking by nation) which was finalized on June 1st 2008, and criterion 2 (2008 UCI BMX World Championships), 17 nations in the Elite Men category and 11 nations in the Elite Women category will be represented at the Beijing Olympic Games.
A total of 45 places have been awarded: 30 Elite Men and 15 Elite Women.
The UCI is very pleased with the universal participation, demonstrated by the qualification of several countries from the American and African continents.
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BMX Australia was today advised from the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) that Australia have qualified the highest number of BMX athletes to contest the Beijing 2008 Olympics. Australia now receives the maximum number of riders permitted which is three men and two women. Five Australian BMX riders will now compete in Beijing in August. By the end of the qualification period which ended last week following the World Championship in Taiyuan, China, Australia’s points ranked them second in the men’s nation ranking and third in the women’s.
Dale Holmes, Free Agent World Team Member and Manager, is the 2008 World Champion in both the Master 20” BMX and 24” Cruiser categories after placing first this past weekend at the UCI World Championships in China. The weekend proved successful for Free Agent. The team cinched 5 World Championship titles as a while, including the 2008 World Championship Team trophy for the second year running. “Day 3 was very successful for the team. Thomas Hamon won the Elite 24” Cruiser World Champion title, Fred Rello took the Amateur
2008 will go down in history as the most exciting year in the history of BMX and while the Olympics continue to elevate the profile of BMX internationally, the NBL National BMX series continues to attract plenty of National attention. On Labor Day weekend, only 8 days following the sport’s debut at the Olympics, the NBL National Champions will be crowned at the 2008 NBL Grand National of BMX in Louisville, Kentucky. Imagine being surrounded by thousands of fans and racers during the afterglow of the Olympics – And there’s much more to the ‘Grands Experience’ this year so be ready.
Since the UCI World Championships in China last weekend more countries have announced their chosen riders to represent their nationality at the 2008 Olympic Games. The following racers from France will make an appearance in Beijing in August: -Thomas Allier (Men) -Damien Godet (Men) -Ann-Caroline Chausson (Women)
USA Cycling announced today the eight athletes who will compete at next week’s 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Cycling (BMX). With the overall winner of the event earning an automatic nomination to the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team, the competitors include: Tyler Brown (San Clemente, Calif.), Danny Calaug (Chino, Calif.), Steven Cisar (Altadena, Calif.), Mike Day (Santa Clarita, Calif.), Kristopher Fox (Phelan, Calif.), Bubba Harris (Goodyear, Ariz.), David Herman (Wheat Ridge, Colo.) and Donny Robinson (Napa, Calif.).
Jill Kintner thought her Olympic dream ended four weeks ago, when she was writhing in the dirt, screaming in agony after re-injuring her chronically right knee in a training crash. She felt no pain Saturday. By finishing sixth at the BMX world championships in Taiyuan, China, the 26-year-old from Seattle earned enough points to barely edge Arielle Martin of Pleasant Grove, Utah, in USA Cycling's yearlong battle for the lone automatic women's BMX berth into this summer's Beijing Olympics.