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Corben Sharrah and Alise Post claim Elite UCI BMX World Championships titles in Rock Hill, USA.

2017 UCI BMX World Champions
2017 UCI BMX World Champions

After a week full of BMX Challenge class racing in various weather conditions it was time for the championship classes to wrap up the 2017 UCI BMX World Championships at the Novant Health BMX Supercross track in South Carolina, USA.

The southern hospitality in the city of Rock Hill united BMX fans from all over the world to make it a once-in-a-lifetime experience. After the motos, the 1/8th finals were held in the Elite Men class. After winning all his three qualification motos it was over for former UCI World Champion Maris Strombergs (LAT). For Olympic finalist Anthony Dean (AUS) and Dutch powerhouse Dave van der Burg (NED) the 1/8th final was also the last race of the day.

With four riders leaving per race the field gets cut in half each time, which means the slightest mistake can be costly as Nico Long (USA) and Twan van Gendt (NED) found out in the quarter finals. To make it to the final 8 and claim a World Plate isn't an easy feat, but in the Elite Men class the following racers made it: Alfredo Campo (ECU), Niek Kimmann (NED), French riders Jeremy Rencurel, Joris Daudet and Sylvain André, Bodi Turner from Australia as well as Connor Fields and Corben Sharrah doing it for their home crowd.

Corben Sharrah claimed gate number one and made it out to the front coming out of the first turn with Sylvain André on his tail followed by Campo and Jeremy Rencurel. Jeremy cased on the berm jump while passing Campo for third and dropped back. Connor Fields was aiming for the inside of Campo in turn two for a spot on the podium but couldn't make it stick, giving Dutchman Niek Kimmann the opportunity to be in third position on the third straight until Joris Daudet came all the way from the back to pass Niek in the last turn for third place. Meanwhile up front the battle got close between Corben Sharrah and Sylvain André who drag raced all the way to the finish line with Sharrah coming out on top.

Sharrah: "I've always liked this track, I've always done well here. I kept believing I could do it. It gets hectic at a race like the World's and I took it lap by lap. After 17 years of not having the world's in the USA this is a big one for me. I never made an Elite final at the World's and making the main and then winning it is just awesome."

Corben Sharrah

In Elite Women, favourites Caroline Buchanan (AUS) and Alise Post (USA) won their semi-finals in front of a big crowd. Going into the final event with the 8 fastest racers on the gate it was Alise Post who claimed the holeshot from lane three with Buchanan in pursuit and Stefany Hernandez (VEN) in spot number three. In the second turn Mariana Pajon (COL) made a move on Hernandez to get into the bronze medal spot and held that position till the end. When Alise Post's power legs started to fade towards the end of the race it was Buchanan who saw her chance and began catching up. On the finish line for the Elite Women title a photo finish was required before a new Elite Women World Champion was declared: Alise Post. 

Alise Post

The American said: "I've been waiting a long time for this. This is amazing. It was close, Caroline came in at the end. my legs were jello. I'm so happy this finally worked out. This is for Sam and everyone who supported me. World Champion, getting married, it's a big year."

The 2017 UCI BMX Junior World Champion titles went to Cedric Butti from Switzerland and Bethany Shriever from Great Britain.
 

Elite Men: 
1. Corben Sharrah (USA)
2. Sylvain André (FRA)
3. Joris Daudet (FRA)

Elite Women:
1. Alise Post (USA)
2. Caroline Buchanan (AUS)
3. Mariana Pajon (COL)

Junior Men:
1. Cedric Butti (SUI)
2. Kevin van de Groenendaal (NED)
3. Mikus Strazdins (LAT)

Junior Women:
1. Bethany Shriever (GBR)
2.Saya Sakakibara (AUS)
3. Vineta Petersone (LAT)

All the results by Tissot.

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