In a build up to the 2012 Olympic Games the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup races are particularly important and are attracting more and more riders. Last weekend 161 elite riders from 29 countries gathered in Copenhagen on Europe’s only permanent BMX Supercross track. The event kicked off with a qualifying individual time trial, after which the best 64 men and 32 women went on to the next rounds (eight mottos for the men and four for the women).
And it was the current Olympic gold medallist, Maris Stromberg of Latvia who proved that his win in China was no fluke – he now stands on top of the UCI 2010 world rankings.
After an impressive individual time trial result on Copenhagen’s challenging BMX track in 35.298 seconds the challenge was laid down. Only Aussie Sam Willoughby came close and was just a few hundredths of a second short with a time of 35.536 seconds. Those time trial results promised there would be another great battle between these two favourites.
Stomberg in action – photo courtesy of UCI
But BMX racing is hard to predict and anything can happen in an explosive 30 seconds adrenaline-pumped race. Strombergs confirmed his winning form, taking a stylish overall victory in the final. Liam Phillips (GBR) created a surprise with his second place, as did Corben Sharrah (USA), who finished third. Willoughby and Connor Fields (USA) were unable to repeat their performances of the first World Cup round in Madrid, where they had finished first and second.
Shanaze Reade (GBR) and Sarah Walker were the favourites for the women’s title in Copenhagen. Walker looked strong and determined after being out for such a long time but it was the French girl Laetitia Le Corguillé who outperformed all in Copenhagen. Walker finished second and Aneta Hladíková (CZE) third.
Laetitia le Corguille – photo courtesy of www.saint-brieuc.maville.com
More than 3,000 spectators watched the spectacular racing in Copenhagen, which will also host the 2011 UCI BMX Supercross World Championships.
The video below from mx2620racing shows the action from the semi finals and finals in Copenhagen