UCI Trials World Youth Games: Freiamt welcomes young talent
After Aywaille, Belgium, last year, this weekend the German town of Freiamt hosts the UCI Trials World Youth Games, providing the stage for 174 athletes from 18 nations.
Medals are up for grabs in six categories - four for boys and two for girls – with ages ranging from 9 years to under-16.
Riders who have shone in the past at the UCI Trials World Youth Games have gone on to succeed at Elite level. For example, Germany’s Nina Reichenbach, multiple winner at the UCI Trials World Youth Games, currently leads this year’s UCI Trials World Cup with three victories in the first three rounds. Meanwhile Nicolas Vallée (France), winner of the Cadets category in 2014, lies second in the overall rankings of the 26” competition of this year’s UCI Trials World Cup.
Trials is an easily accessible cycling discipline that is very attractive to youth and allows athletes to develop essential techniques allowing them to controls their bikes. Competitors must demonstrate balance, endurance and determination as they ride through natural or artificial sections with the least body contact to the ground possible. In Freiamt, elements will be made of logs, rocks, concrete blocks and cable reel.
Since the first edition in 2000, the UCI Trials World Youth Games have grown considerably, attracting more riders from a greater number of countries. Participation numbers have more than doubled in the last eight years, from 83 in 2008 to 174 in 2016.
The 2016 UCI Trials World Youth Games get under way on Friday evening with a teams’ event and opening ceremony. The individual competitions will be held on Saturday and Sunday.