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.
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National team captain Bas de Bever announced the riders that will represent The Netherlands at the first ever BMX race at the Olympic Games. After the World's race in China the coach picked the following riders: Robert de Wilde, Raymon van der Biezen, Rob van den Wildenberg, and Lieke Klaus will represent team Holland in the women class. Alternate rider will be Martijn Scherpen.FATBMX is behind team Holland and we're not happy with anything less than
Redline racer SHANAZE READE did it again; winning the UCi World Championships in Taiyuan, China, and firmly placing her bid as the Gold medal favorite this coming August when BMX Racing makes its Olympic debut in Beijing. This was Reade’s second consecutive Elite Womens title - having won last year in Victoria, BC - Canada, and counts as her third in a row if you wish to include her Junior Womens win in Brazil 2006.
As expected, the French girls were the toughest competition for Reade’s quest for a repeat. Reade’s incredible strength showed right from the start, with a comfortable 6-bike length lead out of turn one. From there, it was pretty much all hers to win or lose. MTB legend Anne-Caroline Chauson came closest to keeping up with the Redline factory rider, scoring second place one second behind. In fact, Shanaze had such a strong lead by the last turn she was able to sit down on the saddle and salute the fans with a fist-in the-air victory crossing the stripe. Without a doubt, Shanaze is untouchable at
Personally I don't like the cruiser classes. I don't think the Elite Men or Elite Women take it seriously but use it as an extra possibility to win a title at a race like the European Championships and the World Championships like this weekend in Taiyuan, China. They hardly ever ride the 24" and I'm glad it's no Olympic discipline. All the cruisers do is confuse the outside public of what BMX is about. BMX is about the 20" wheels. Anyway, here are the results of the Elite and Junior classes of the World Championships in China. Whatever man. We've got some funny photos to go along with them. Enjoy the pics. Forget
Juniors star for Australia at BMX World Championships while team camp optimistic of two places in women's competition in Beijing. South Australian Sam Willoughby has snared the gold medal in the junior men's final at the UCI BMX World Championships in Taiyuan, China while in the junior women's final Lauren Reynolds scored silver and Rachael Bracken the bronze medal. In the elite women's competition Tanya Bailey's semi final berth should be enough to give Australia two starting places for women in the BMX at the Olympic Games.
Bailey lined up as Australia's only starter in the elite women's competition after a major knee injury during training put Melissa Mankowski out of the team and out of contention for Olympic selection. Nicole Callisto suffered an elbow fracture in yesterday's training session in Taiyuan and was forced to withdraw.
"We don't know how serious it is yet but the initial doctor's report is that it's not so bad," said Sharples.
Today the world championships took place in China. Here are the final results that count: Elite Men World Championships final: 1 Maris Strombergs (Latvia) 2 Steve Cisar (USA) 3 Sifiso Nhlapo (Z-Afr) 4 Donny Robinson (USA) 5 Damien Godet (France)