You won't believe how hot it is in Australia at the moment and tomorrow the UCI BMX SX World Cup starts in Shepparton. 43 degrees Celsius at the minute. Not pleasant to be in the stands, let alone putting maximum effort in to get to the finish line in the fastest way possible. But it is what it is and who knows if that predicted storm arrives this weekend and throws things upside down. With the weather you never know, but what we do know is that some big names are not on the list for this weekend's race. Twan van Gendt (NED) is out with a hand injury, Joris Daudet was on the track earlier this week but isn't 100% ready just yet. Amidou Mir (FRA) is back on the circuit but had a nasty crash in practice but will most likely be back on the 8 meter hill tomorrow. Sae Hatakeyama (JPN) beat herself up in a crash and is sitting out the first rounds. Merel Smulders (NED) looped out and knocked herself silly in preparation of the first World Cup of the year but possibly might start. It's never a good time to be injured but points are starting to matter leading up to the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
If practice start times at the bottom of the hill are an indication for this weekend's racing, Ellie Featherstone (GBR) is one to watch. She set the fastest time of all in today's training session with a 2.724 at the bottom of the hill. Russia's Yaroslava Bondarenko set a time of 2.798 for 2nd and Alise Willoughby (USA) isn't messing around with a 2.799. Don't ready any further and mention the names of the three fastest Elite Men now. Who do you have?
The World Cup BMX crew is either; in Australia, in the sky, or waiting at an airport. So get ready for the first 4 rounds in Shepparton and Bathurst. February 1 & 2 and 8 & 9. We're looking forward to an Aussie welcome so get some snags on the barbie and put your feet up for the start of Olympic year and some nail-biting racing.
It's Olympic year and we're kicking off the World Cup Tour early this year to get everything done before Tokyo 2020. Join us in Australia for back-to-back events, Manchester, Papendal and Rock Hill before the World Championships take place in Houston Texas.
It's been a long trip getting to Shepparton, Australia in order to get here for the first round of the 2020 UCI BMX SX World Cup. Leaving on Thursday to arrive in Australia on Saturday shows some time was spent at airports and in planes. After Matt Holmes had shown me around Sydney for a few hours (thanks Matt, much appreciated), it was off to the Gold Coast to check out some parks over there. Wade Bootes showed me the Beenleigh park, Nerang BMX track, the park with the fullpipe, Nerang's concrete skatepark and Logan Martin's house. After three days on the road it was time to hit the sack. After spending an amazing "Australia day" at the Gold Coast, a 1600 kilometer long road trip in the Cycling Australia van & trailer brought me to Shepparton. Life isn't always as beautiful as it looks on Instagram......
We'll be spending two weeks in Australia, a country I've never been to before. The first two UCI BMX SX
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Just before the start of the BMX season, Twan van Gendt suffered a serious hand injury. The current world champion BMX dislocated a bone in his hand during strength training, causing damage to a number of nerves in his hand. Van Gendt is expected to be out of contention for eight to twelve weeks. "A huge setback," said the 27-year-old from Brabant. "I am currently in excellent form, and was ready for the first World Cup races. That this happens during the final strength training in the preparation is worthless. "
"It will be a race against the clock to get fit again on time and to qualify for the Olympic Games. But if I am motivated by something, then it is "making the impossible possible. All focus is now on the process to recover and get fit again. "
In 2018, Van Gendt made the switch from the national team to Team Oegema TVE. He surprised everyone by winning gold at the BMX 2019 World Cup in Zolder, Belgium. After participating in the Olympic Games in London (2012) and Rio (2016), the BMX rider now goes for a title in Tokyo. Twan is currently 2nd in the internal ranking of the Netherlands. The 3 best ranked riders per country count towards the country ranking and the best 2 countries of that ranking place 3 riders for Tokyo. The Netherlands is currently 1st, but misses 1 river to score points due to Twan's injury. France is the biggest competitor, however, also has 1 injured athlete so that the difference will not increase very quickly.
The new UCI BMX SX World Cup season is about to kick off in Australia. With races on the program in Shepparton and Bathurst the first two weekends of February, it's going to be interesting to see who are on top. The Olympics are happening this summer and with 24 spots available in both Men and Women, it is key to get as many points in before the Olympic qualification period ends on 1 June 2020. All UCI BMX SX World Cups and the 2020 UCI BMX race World Championships in Houston will happen before 1 June making the first 5 months a hectic period for any racer chasing the Olympic dream.
The first two highest ranked nations will get to send 3 athletes to Tokyo. Nations ranked on spot 3-5 will get to send 2 racers and countries in top 6-11 will get to send 1. It gets complicated for the last spots to be filled in but the time has come that all points gained in the upcoming qualifying races are important.
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