UCI BMX World Championships: former pro Becerine wins Masters class
The second day of racing at the UCI BMX World Championships in Medellin, Colombia, saw the Challenge classes from 13 years up vie for the rainbow jerseys in their respective categories.
While the younger classes raced on the Challenge track, the older age groups and Masters took to the Mariana Pajon track for a two-moto qualifying system.
Former pro racer Cristian Becerine (ARG) edged out Anthony Hoffman (USA) and Rick van den Dikkenberg (NED) to win the Masters class, while the 17 and over Women’s field was dominated by the Netherlands’ Tamar Vedder.
The full stands erupted when Colombia's own Valentina Velasquez crossed the finish line in first place in the Girls 13 class. With three W1 plates going to Americans on Thursday (Jordan Scott, Olivia Armstrong and Joshua Banuelos), it was another good BMX day for the USA.
W1 plates on Thursday went to:
13 years: Valentina Velasquez (COL)
14 years: Des 'Ree Barnes (AUS)
15 years: Jordan Scott (USA)
16 years: Olivia Armstrong (USA), 3rd in 2015
Women 17 & over: Tamar Vedder (NED)
13 years: Luke Shriever (GBR)
14 years: Ryan Martin (GBR), also winner in 2015
15 years: Cailen Calkin (NZL)
16 years: Gautier Jung (FRA), 2nd in 2015
17-24 years: Joshua Banuelos (USA)
Men 25-29: Robin van der Kolk (NED)
Men 30 and over: Luis Pretel Rosero (ECU)
Masters: Cristian Becerine (ARG)
The UCI BMX World Championships will continue with Cruiser racing on Friday 27 May.