4 cruiser titles to The Netherlands
Friday at the UCI World Championships in Medellin belong to the cruiser classes. The bikes with the 24 inch wheels took over the UCI World Championships. The Netherlands especially was strong in this category with wins for Robin van der Kolk, Jordy Agues, Dorus Brink and Tamar Vedder. Colombia once again added a W1 plate to their roster with the victory of Carlos Alvarez in the 13-14 cruiser class. It's always nice to hear the home crowd go mental. The UCI World Championships are actually the only BMX race event where the fastest riders in each age class gets together to race to see who is the fastest out there.
What people don't always get to see is the work that is required to keep the track in its best shape. Technical Delegate Yvan Lapraz explains: "We got to the track at 6.15 am, and fixed the track until 11.30 am. It was very soft because of the rain, so we had to delay practice about 4h, but it was worth it. After all that, the track worked great, and the racing for the 13+ challenge was really good. After the race we stayed until 9pm at the track to make sure everything was good for the cruiser races, so yeah it was a long day."
39 countries sent riders to Colombia this year. A total of 208 athletes enter the championships classes tomorrow. One of these competitors is 2015 UCI World Champion Stefany Hernandez. When asked how she likes Colombia she replied with: "I love Colombia, it feels pretty much like home, we're neighbor country's, speak the same language, have the same flag colours and the culture and people have the same big and charm heart. They're very welcoming also." The track and the crowd are some of the World Champ's favourite too: " The track is wide open, it's technical, and will host great battles. The crowd is amazing, South American people love bmx, and this is the first time in a while I will have my own Venezuelan crowd cheering for me." Expect big things from Stefany Hernandez this weekend.
W1 cruiser plates today went to the following athletes:
12 and under: Pedr BENALCAZAR GUERRERO, Ecuador
13-14: Carlos ALVAREZ, Colombia
15-16: Baptiste VIEILLARD, France
17-24: Eduardo REZENDE Brazil. World Champion last year
25-29: Robin VAN DER KOLK, Netherlands
30-34: Jordy AGUES Netherlands. 2nd last year
35-39: Dorus BRINK, Netherlands. First last year in Belgium
40-44: Christophe TARDIVET France
45+: Brett SCRUSE Australia
16 and under women: Jessie SMITH New Zealand. 2nd last year
17-29 Women: Tamar VEDDER. Netherlands
30+ Women: Karla ORTIZ, Chile
The championships racing will continue on Saturday with the Time Trials.