UCI BMX Racing World Cup Standings after 7 Rounds. Are we going to see any changes in the standings with one more round to go today? With 500 points for a win in Elite Men and 165 points for a win in U23, it is still possible for athletes to move up (or down) in the final classification after today. Make sure to watch it.
Elite Men standings: 1 ANDRE Sylvain FRA 2335 points 2 WOOD Cameron USA 1879 3 WHYTE Kye GBR 1738 4 RENCUREL Jérémy FRA 1690 5 KENNEDY Izaac AUS 1687 6 ARBOLEDA Diego COL 1594
Elite Women standings: 1 SMULDERS Laura NED 3290 points 2 CLAESSENS Zoe SUI 2488 3 SHRIEVER Bethany GBR 2007 4 VEENSTRA Manon NED 1439
The season continues in Colombia! Don't miss the world's best BMX riders fighting in a thrilling event for the honor of becoming the 2022 UCI BMX Racing World Cup Champion and the chance of becoming an Olympian.
It feels good to have some time in a foreign country to explore, meet new people and see new things. After a few days "off" it was time to head back to the Pista BMX Carlos Ramirez for Friday's practice and Saturday's Round 7 of the UCI BMX Racing World Cup. Most of the athletes had come over to Colombia a week prior to get used to the 2500m altitude. For them it's the third weekend in Bogota and the goal was to score some good points now that Olympic qualifying has started for BMX racing since last weekend. Watching high level BMX racing you can only have respect for the athletes. That first lip of the 10m gap looks good for a dirt jump competition, but takes a different approach when hit at 60 kmh. It becomes a bit of a curb that you have to suck up to stay low. Any freestyle rider would use the transition to send it high, but that's not the goal for BMX Racing. The speed generated is so high and the racing is so close that a little elbow bump can result in being out of competition.
The support for the riders is there. With team tents, rollers, food, drinks, physios, doctors, trainers, and mental coaches at hand, the pressure gets even higher when expectations are high and points are expected. Racing down that 8 meter hill with 7 others next to you becomes a battle. With fairly packed granstands on the first straight full of loud fans, VIP's, media and coaches, making it out front is what everyone is shooting for.
Top 10 UCI BMX Racing World Cup standings with 2 rounds to go.
Elite Men 1 ANDRE Sylvain FRA 2170 points 2 WOOD Cameron USA 1705 3 RENCUREL Jérémy FRA 1562 4 ARBOLEDA Diego COL 1392 5 KENNEDY Izaac AUS 1369 6 WHYTE Kye GBR 1308 7 MAYET Romain FRA 1099 8 RAMIREZ Carlos COL 1070 9 CARMONA GARCIA Mateo COL 851 10 CLERTE Eddy FRA 843
Fly fishing. I've never done it and I don't know how it works, but when I got the chance to tag along with Pedro, Craig and Max I went for it. Something new I'm always up for it. Little did I know that the plan was to leave the hotel at 04:20am to beat traffic. But Pedro had his vehicle well prepared with fresh coffee and breakfast sandwiches which was really nice. It was dark when we made it up north so not much of the environment could be enjoyed at that point. The roads are a mess in
The reason for me being in Bogotá is the UCI BMX Racing World Cup. Working with the media has been something I've done for many years now at these races and it's great to get on the road a couple of times a year to see the best BMX racing in real life. The work isn't too complicated but on arrival on Friday the media centre did not exist, we had no wifi, tables, chairs or anything that normally makes up the media centre at these events. The media tent was used for the medical centre or team Colombia who had priority over media on Friday. Come Saturday all was good and work could be done by local (Colombian) media as well as the international press that made it to the first Olympic Qualifier weekend for BMX Racing.
What makes races in Colombia so special is the crowd. Anything is better with an enthusiastic crowd in the grandstands. It was clear that Mariana Pajon and Carlos Ramirez are the national BMX heroes but after doing several BMX clinics in Colombia Niek Kimmann has his fair share of fans as well. Unfortunately for the fans Carlos Ramirez had two bad racing days with crashes. The good thing is that two more UCI World Cup rounds will be held on the same track that has his name on it. 1-2 October it's redemption time for Carlos so everyone watch out. Niek Kimmann added some fans after winning on Saturday. Sunday didn't go as well. Mariana was consistent but missed out on a podium this weekend.