It's still three weeks away, but we managed to get some early laps in on the track for the 2022 UCI BMX World Championships in Nantes, France. If you're gonna be out there racing, or just curious what it looks like, enjoy!
Colombian National Championships, Ubaté - Cundinamarca., Colombia. 10 July 2022 Elite Women: 1 Mariana PAJON COL 60.00 UCI Ranking points 2 Andrea ESCOBAR YEPES COL 52.00 3 Laura Tatiana ORDOÑEZ URBANO COL 45.00 4 Valentina VILLEGAS CASTAÑO COL 39.00
Elite Men: 1 Diego Alejandro ARBOLEDA OSPINA COL 60.00 UCI Ranking points
Only one day remains before the BMX European Championships in Dessel (Belgium) from 8 to 10 July. During the three days of racing in the city located in Flanders, titles in the Men’s and Women’s Elite categories, Under 23 and Juniors will be awarded, as well as the European Challenge and Team Time-Trial, with 1,770 athletes registered from 25 countries. In Elite category line-up will be the silver medallist at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, the Brit Kye Whyte and the French rider Jérémy Rencurel, currently second in the World Cup general ranking, Romain Mayet third in the UCI ranking, and the current European Champion Arthur Pilard.
Competition in the Under 23 category will be particularly strong with, among others, the French Leo Garoyan and Dylan Gobert, and the Danish Magnus Dyre. Meanwhile in the Juniors will have the first and second in the current UCI ranking, the French rider Pierre Geisse and the Belgian Wannes Magdelijns.
In the Women’s, the favourite will be the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Champion and the current World Champion Bethany Shriever (Great Britain) as well as the reigning European Champion, the Swiss Zoe Claessens. In the Juniors there will be a fierce battle between the first three in the UCI Ranking: Aiko Gommers (Belgium), Sabina Kosarkova (Czech Republic) and Robyn Gommers (Belgium).
Enrico Della Casa, President of the Union Européenne de Cyclisme: «The 2022 BMX European
National coach Martijn Jaspers has announced the selection for the BMX World Championship, which will be held in Nantes, France, from 29 to 31 July. Jaspers has opted for a selection of athletes who are all expected to be able to force a place in the final. For defending champion and Olympic champion Niek Kimmann, the World Cup in France is his first big goal for the new year, after he skipped the first World Cup competitions to start the global title fight completely fresh. Jaspers: ''With Niek we have an important asset in our ranks. We are in construction with the rest of the men's group. Of the Olympic group we worked with for Tokyo, only Niek and Dave van der Burg are left. But the other men selected are certainly showing progress and could potentially also reach a final spot. And I always say that whoever is in the final can, in principle, also finish on the podium.”
For the women, the bar can be raised even higher. ''We have had the world top for some time with Laura and Merel Smulders and also Judy Baauw. Manon Veenstra has also been added. Merel returns after an injury, but recently reached the final in the World Cup at Papendal. We have three riders in the top 5 of the World Cup standings, which says enough about the opportunities we have in this category." . “In the junior men, Jaymo Brink and Jason Noordam, we have two athletes who can really compete for the podium, and we also have several strong contenders in the U23 and junior women. That also provides perspective for the coming years.”
The BMX track in Nantes is unknown territory to anyone. Jaspers: ''This will be constructed especially