Santiago Del Estero in Argentina provided hot and steamy conditions for the second round of the 2013 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup.
With all seats sold out, fans sat on the surrounding walls to watch American Connor Fields and Great Britainâs Shanaze Reade fly through the qualification rounds and win the Time Trial Superfinal.
Reade wins with clinical display of power
In the Elite Womenâs practice, one of the favorites, Merle van Benthem (NED), took a fall and ruled herself out of contention with a broken right collarbone. Mariana Pajon (COL), Shanaze Reade (GBR), Eva Ailloud (FRA) and Laura Smulders (NED) all looked smooth in practice as did the two American's Brook Crain and Arielle Martin.
Shanaze Reade, Eva Ailloud and Olympic Champion, Mariana Pajon qualified as the fasted three for the womenâs Superfinal. It was Shanaze Reade who proved the fastest in a clinical display of power and speed as she took the win and her second UCI BMX Supercross Time Trial win of the year to add to her success in Manchester.
She said just after winning: âThe track is awesome and to finish on top makes me really happy. And the fans here are absolutely amazing.â
Conner Fields fast on every track
In the Elite Men's practice the South American countries of Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador and Colombia all looked very impressive competing in front of their home fans. But it was business as usual from the Netherlands, France, Australia and the USA. Liam Philips (GBR) winner in round one in Manchester, also looked focused, in control and ready for another victory.
Fields (USA), Raymon van der Biezen (NED) and Jared Garcia (USA) took the top three spots qualifying for the Superfinals. But Fields once again proved just how fast he is on any track, taking the win ahead of two French athletes Joris Daudet and Sylvain AndrÃ©.
Connor Fields said just after his win: âI am pumped, super excited. This is my second time racing in South America and this is by far my favorite place to race.â
GSX Events director Johan Lindstrom added: "Santiago Del Estero and the local organizing committee is doing a great job and itâs great to see the excitement amongst the fans."
Photo : Already winner in Manchester, Shanaze Reade took the time trial Superfinal in Santiago Del Estero.