UCI BMX World Championships: ready to rock at Rock Hill
Rock Hill is ready for the leading international event of the year for BMX racing. Thousands of BMX fans have flocked to South Carolina, USA, where the Novant Health BMX Supercross track will play host to the 2017 edition of the UCI BMX World Championships. With rainbow jerseys on the line in the Junior Men, Junior Women, Elite Men and Elite Women categories we can expect hotly-contested races on Saturday 29 July. With a BMX facility costing over 7 million US dollars, the city of Rock Hill has left no stone unturned to ensure participants and fans have a great time.
Each participating country has sent its best racers to the USA. Bronze medallist last year and silver medallist at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Alise Post (USA) will do everything in her power to grab the rainbow jersey this time round in front of her home crowd. However, reigning UCI World and Olympic Champion Mariana Pajón (COL) doesn't want to give up her jersey just yet, and Laura Smulders (NED) will also be in the mix up front for sure. Simone Christensen from Denmark as well as Caroline Buchanan (AUS) will make this year's Elite Women category one to follow.
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The Elite Men’s category has a lot of title contenders. Victory could go to France with Joris Daudet and Sylvain André on the gate or maybe Switzerland's David Graf if he has the day of his life and everything falls into place. The Dutch are currently leading the UCI Nation rankings, showing the strength and depth of the orange army. With Dave van der Burg, Jelle van Gorkom, Twan van Gendt and 2015 UCI World Champion Niek Kimmann riding in Rock Hill, chances are one of them will step onto the podium on Saturday. Don’t count out Maris Strombergs (LAT), who has won more important races than most, and knows how to handle the pressure that comes with big races. Also in contention is reigning Olympic Champion Connor Fields (USA), who hasn't won the Elite Men’s world title yet but is ready to grab gold in Rock Hill. After dealing with a bad back, Nic Long will enter the Worlds with a certain freshness. Meanwhile fellow American Corben Sharrah will also have the backing of the crowd as he aims for a sterling performance on the Novant Health track.
Whatever the outcome, with thousands of people in the stands, TV cameras rolling, bonuses and rainbow jerseys on the line, the Rock Hill event will go down in the history books.
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