Elite Time Trials World Titles to Kimmann and Buchanan.
Saturday at the UCI World Championships saw the Elite and Junior riders battle for the Time Trials rainbow jerseys. Niek Kimmann (NED) and Caroline Buchanan (AUS) set the fastest time in the Elite ranks while Mathis Ragot Richard (FRA) and Merel Smulders (NED) set the fastest time on the clock in the Junior Time Trials super final in Colombia.
It is all about the perfect lap when riders line up for the Time Trials. During the week Niek Kimmann didn't do anything special on his preparation for the World Title: "I didn't do too much all week. Just getting used to Colombia and the time difference. Rode a local track, did the gym session at a local gym and a few sprints here and there. I know a lot of the younger riders so I watched them. I think I spent all my spare time behind my laptop watching the challenge races the last couple days. " It worked for the Dutch rider who at least will have one rainbow jersey to back up his 2015 UCI BMX World's Elite title. Sam Willoughby (AUS) claimed silver and bronze went to Olympic champion Maris Strombergs (LAT).
Mariana Pajon (COL) set the fastest qualifying time at 41.873 seconds but it was Caroline Buchanan (AUS) who stepped it up a notch in the Time Trials Superfinal to claim the World Title. The Australian was the fastest on the Mariana Pajon track with a time of 41.641. Pajon ended up in third place just behind Laura Smulders of The Netherlands.
Laura Smulders' little sister Merel set a time on the clock of 44.494 seconds which was good for gold in the Junior Women class. With a world title and a vice world title, the Time Trials day belonged to the Smulders family. Bethany Shriever (GBR) and Ruby Huisman (NED) completed the 2015 Junior Women Time Trials podium.
Mathis Ragot Richard gave France something to cheer for. His time of 38.494 was the fastest from 55 competitors in the Junior Men class. It takes a perfect run for the win and the Frenchman made it work when it counted. Andrew Hughes (AUS) got second while Charles Borel from France set the third fastest time in Colombia.
The biggest race day of the year is coming up on Sunday. New UCI BMX World Champions will be crowned on 29 May in Medellin, Colombia.
Time Trials Superfinal results Elite Men:
1-KIMMANN Niek - NED
2-(7) WILLOUGHBY Sam - AUS
3-(81) STROMBERGS Maris LAT
Elite Women Superfinal Time Trials results:
1-(68) BUCHANAN Caroline - AUS
2-(110) SMULDERS Laura - NED
3-(100) PAJON Mariana - COL
Time Trials Superfinal results Junor Men:
1-(267) RAGOT RICHARD Mathis - FRA
2-(176) HUGHES Andrew - AUS
3-(259) BOREL Charles - FRA
Time Trials Superfinal results Junior Women:
1-(142) SMULDERS Merel - NED
2-(138) SHRIEVER Bethany - GBR
3-(141) HUISMAN Ruby - NED