UCI Trials World Youth Games: Seven titles to seven different nations
A record number of young trials experts competed in the UCI Trials World Youth Games in Freiamt, Germany, at the weekend.
More than 160 youngsters aged from nine to sixteen demonstrated their bike handling skills as they negotiated their way through sections of natural and man-made obstacles.
Competition got under way with a teams’ competition, won by France in front of Japan and the Czech Republic. It was to be France’s only gold medal of the weekend, with the six individual titles being shared between Slovakia, Switzerland, Japan, the Czech Republic, Great Britain and Spain.
In 2012, Japan became the first non-European country to take part in the UCI Trials World Youth Games. After failing to make the medals table in 2015, the Japanese were a force to be reckoned with in Freiamt, claiming one gold, two silver and two bronze medals. Their tally was matched only by Spain, traditionally one of the discipline’s leading nations.
Two athletes won their category for the second consecutive year: Spain’s Alejandro Montalvo (Cadets) and Switzerland’s Sheyla Wipf (Youth Girls).
In total 163 athletes from 18 nations competed at the 2016 UCI Trials World Youth Games. Full results can be found here.