When was your first BMX race and do you remember it well? Malene Kejlstrup Sørensen: My first race was in 2012. I remember I got second and was pretty satisfied about that.
How did you find BMX? Malene Kejlstrup Sørensen: My dad raced BMX, so he took me and my brother to the nearest bmx track. We borrowed some bmx bikes and just had fun. Since then I have ridden my BMX bike.
Training, traveling, racing, what is the best part about BMX for you? Malene Kejlstrup Sørensen: ALL… hard to choose, but racing for me is my motivation to do my trainings. Traveling and meeting new people all around, is also really nice.
What are your thoughts on the new U23 class? Malene Kejlstrup Sørensen: I must admit I was a bit skeptical at first. Now I think it’s a good idea for
Results UEC BMX European Cup - Round 6, Ravels, Belgium - Date 1/05/2022 Hors Class. See who picked up the checks, the trophies and the UCI ranking points!
UCI BMX Race - MEN ELITE 1. Eddy CLERTE, FRA 200 UCI points 2. Quillan ISIDORE, GBR 172 3. Ruben GOMMERS, BEL 148 4. Romain MAYET, FRA 127 5. Dave VAN DER BURG, NED 109 6. Thibaut STOFFELS, BEL 94 7. Marco JƒCKEL, GER 81 8. Kay STINDL, GER 70 9. MatÈo COLSENET, FRA 66 10. Matthijs VERHOEVEN, BEL 66 11. Loris AEBERHARD, SUI 62 12. Kasper OLSSON, DEN 62 13. Ugo BALLERINI, SUI 58 14. Martti SCIORTINO, ITA 58
In many ways BMX Racing is far more structured than BMX Freestyle. The loose management of BMX freestyle has been cool in the past, and still is, but on top of the loose part of BMX Freestyle, there's a posibility we will have a European Cup of BMX Freestyle in years to come next to the European Championships. It will bring riders together for an event, just like it does in BMX Racing. Today we made out way to Ravels, Belgium where Round 5 of the UEC European Cup was held. Around 700 BMX-ers signed up for it and they did come from all over the place. It even had riders from Ecuador, Colombia and Brasil on the track next to racers from all over Europe. The European Cup series has 6 stops on the calendar with 2 rounds at each stop. It takes the BMX racing community to Verona-Italy, Zolder-Belgium, Ravels-Belgium, Stuttgart-Germany, Kampen-Netherlands and ends over in Valmiera-Latvia. It's a flying circus where BMX racers meet for some good racing on well prepared tracks. Ravels was only an hour drive so it can be considered an easy trip but it was our first time there actually. The town was turned into 'BMX Village' with all the foreign visitors and the BMX Devils (name of the local BMX Club) made sure people were feeling welcome.
The entire program was split into blocks. The Elite/Junior/U23 classes were placed in a block that started on the day with the smaller age groups and cruisers ending the day. That way we made sure we arrived in Ravels at a decent time to catch some of the practice and all the qualification rounds.
With the grandstands, the vendors, the pits, the media room, the podium stage and DJ set-up it looked like the real deal. The sun showed up from time to time but when it was gone, it was chilly for those who were just watching the racing. The athletes didn't notice and didn't care as their bodies stayed warm from doing fast laps in a short period of time.
The Elite finals had some action! The Women final kicked off with Malene Kejlstrup (DEN) grabbing the holeshot and never looked back. She even styled it up over the many doubles and did not notice that 3 riders were on the ground after the first turn. Thalya Burford (SUI) stayed close behind her for second and series leader Michelle Wissing (NED) was fast all day to finish 3rd on the Saturday in the combined Elite/U23 class. The action in the Elite Men final took place in the last turn where leader Eddy Clerté (FRA) was not expecting a move by Diego Arboleda (COL) who suddenly appeared on his inside. The two collided which sent Eddy off the track and Diego on the floor. Stefan Heil (GER) was the one profiting from the situation as was Quillan Isidore (GBR) who managed to cross the finish line in 3rd after being in 7th place in the first turn. Eddy Clerté had made his way back to the track again but had lost momentum to take home the win. He still managed a second and is hoping to turn that around for Sunday.
2022 UEC BMX EUROPEAN CUP Ravels (BEL), 30 April - 1 May 2022
Men Elite 1 Stefan HEIL; Germany 2 Eddy CLERTE; France 3 Quillan ISIDORE; Great Britain 4 Thibaut STOFFELS; Belgium 5 Romain MAYET; France 6 Loris AEBERHARD; Switzerland 7 Kay STINDL; Germany 8 Diego Alejandro ARBOLEDA OSPINA; Colombia 9. MatÈo COLSENET, FRA 10. Kasper OLSSON, DEN 11. Dave VAN DER BURG, NED 12. Aston WYPYCH-COLES, AUS 13. Ruben GOMMERS, BEL 14. Axel WEBSTER, GER 15. Andres FUENTES AVELLANO, ESP 16. Martti SCIORTINO, ITA 17. Ugo BALLERINI, SUI 18. Matthijs VERHOEVEN, BEL 19. Sebastian SULKA, SVK 20. Rody VAN DEN HEUVEL, NED 21. Elwin REMMERTS, NED 22. Elias VERBINNEN, BEL 23. Stef LAUWERS, BEL 24. Jose Leonardo MARQUEZ, VEN 25. Marco JƒCKEL, GER 26. Wouter SEGERS, BEL 27. Sylvain ANDRE, FRA 28. Carlos Alberto RAMIREZ YEPES, COL 29. Santiago Angel SUAREZ SUAREZ, COL 30. Julian SCHMIDT, GER 31. Leo GAROYAN, FRA Women Elite & U23 1 Malene KEJLSTRUP; Denmark 2 Thalya BURFORD; Switzerland 3 Michelle WISSING; Netherlands 4 Mathilde DOUDOUX; France 5 Dorte BALLE; Denmark 6 Domenica AZUERO; Ecuador 7 Zoé HAPKA; France 8 Tessa MARTINEZ; France
Boys 15/16 year 1 Edgars LANGMANIS; Latvia 2 Rune ROEFS; Belgium 3 Jakub KLEMENT; Czech Republic 4 Mika LANG; Netherlands 5 Lowie NULENS; Belgium 6 Zian LEMEE; France 7 Yorgi PICCART; Belgium 8 Alejandro VERDU MARTOS; Spain
Men 17+ 1 Nico ELBERS; Netherlands 2 Nick ROELOFS; Netherlands 3 Dean WOUTERS; Belgium 4 Alexandre MONLEON; France 5 Ingmar ANKERMAN; Netherlands 6 Matthew MALONE; Ireland 7 Steven ROUWÉ; Netherlands 8 Lars HORNMAN; Netherlands
Women 17+ 1 Sille Bundgaard MIKKELSEN; Denmark 2 Bo VAN TIGGEL; Belgium 3 Gerlinda REMMERTS; Netherlands 4 Suela RUITENGA; Netherlands 5 Verona VAN MOL; Netherlands 6 Karo VERTESSEN; Belgium 7 Kjelle POETS; Belgium 8 Lauren STACK; Great Britain
Men Junior 1. Wannes MAGDELIJNS, BEL 25 UCI points 2. Pierre GEISSE, FRA 22 3. Jaymio BRINK, NED 19 4. Seppe LAENEN, BEL 16 5. Maxime HABERT, FRA 14 6. Marcus LETH, DEN 12 7. Enzo LECLERC, FRA 10 8. Miquel HERNANDEZ GALLEGO, ESP 8 9. Jessy SOEDE, NED 10. Carlos ORDO—EZ LAGUIA, ESP 11. Julian BIJSTERBOSCH, NED 12. Hjalte FELDT, DEN 13. Tommaso FRIZZARIN, ITA 14. Alejandro GARCIA MARCOS, ESP 15. Louis KASPER, SUI 16. Marek NEUéIL, CZE 17. Bernd SMEETS, BEL 18. Hyoga KIUCHI, JPN 19. Lucas MUES, GER 20. Dieter BROUNS, BEL 21. Yanis BAURAND, FRA 22. Thomas WILLEMS, BEL 23. Albert GROPPO, ITA 24. Casper PIPERS, NED 25. Simon BEAUCAMP, FRA 26. Victor VESTRING-ANDERSEN, DEN 27. Remo HOFER, SUI 28. Maty·ö MENTLÕK, CZE 29. Victor BEIRINCKX, BEL 30. Yago SANCHEZ MEDINA, ESP 31. Maxence BEY, FRA 32. Bart BAKKER, NED 33. SÈbastien CAMPICHE, SUI 34. Maximili·n MARENCÕK, SVK 35. Jakub VESECK›, CZE 36. Lars VAN VLIET, NED 37. Sebastian N÷TZEL, GER 38. AurÈlien VAESSEN, BEL 39. Martin FATNES, NOR 40. Seal N‹NLIST, SUI 41. Danyil CHEREMSKYI, UKR 42. Ziko DECOSTER, BEL 43. Davis Janis ELBRETS, LAT 44. VilÈm SOKOL, CZE 45. Oliver SAYK, DEN 46. Hugo Ilvis EIHENTALS, LAT 47. Joel AUTIO, FIN 48. Bodhi BAKKER, NED 49. Vojtech POLESN›, CZE 50. MickaÎl GUITTARD, FRA 51. Roman DAUGAN, FRA 52. Enzo LALESNEL, FRA 53. Emils Martins TREIMANIS, LAT 54. Baptiste JUPILLE, FRA 55. Renato SILVA, POR
Men U23 1 Magnus DYHRE; Denmark 2 Grégoire QUELLIER; France 3 Jakob SARDAG; Denmark 4 Jan-Viktor VRANCKX; Belgium 5 Bart VAN BEMMELEN; Netherlands 6 Odin VERHOOG; Netherlands 7 Joris BEGUIN; France 8 Giacomo GARGAGLIA; Italia 9. Pablo GARCIA MARCOS, ESP 10. Leonardo CANTIERO, ITA 11. Tim GOOSSENS, NED 12. Mathijn BOGAERT, BEL 13. Marco RADAELLI, ITA 14. Gabriel AVELLANEDA MONTESINOS, ESP 15. Tim WEIERSM‹LLER, SUI 16. Ryan MARTIN, GBR 17. Jersy Alejandro ANDRADE GUSTIN, COL 18. Adam B¡BEK, CZE 19. Gebbe SAUVILLERS, BEL 20. Tristan BOREL, SUI 21. Magnus JENSEN, DEN 22. Rik OUWENDORP, NED 23. Simon HÿJSGAARD, DEN 24. Sibe JANSSENS, BEL 25. Callum RUSSELL, GBR 26. Pascal BRENZEL, GER 27. Federico DE VECCHI, ITA 28. Matej LINHART, CZE 29. Tommaso GASPAROLI, ITA 30. Sem LOURENSEN, NED 31. Kenneth WILLEMS, BEL 32. Marc ROMAN MARTINEZ, ESP 33. Aron BECK, GER 34. Didi VAN TIGGEL, BEL 35. Antti LAAKKONEN, FIN 36. Boris BREKELMANS, NED 37. Joey NAP, NED 38. Teun KIVIT, NED 39. Arold VERBIEST, BEL 40. Timo CALOZ, SUI 41. Yan SLEGERS, BEL 42. Jeremy PACHE, BEL 43. Jos MARNHAM, GBR 44. Juan Esteban NARANJO MURILLO, COL 45. Juan Camilo RAMIREZ VALENCIA, COL
Women Junior 1 Renske VAN SANTVOORT; Netherlands 2 Aiko GOMMERS; Belgium 3 Robyn GOMMERS; Belgium 4 Lissi VAN SCHIJNDEL; Netherlands 5 Laura MOUGEY; France 6 Léonie DRUART; France 7 Coralie MOUSTIER; France 8 Pauline PEYRARD; France
Euro cup in Zolder, two sessions in Papendal, to ride the track before the World Cup in June, it was fun.. very fun, we shot some footages, just enough to make a little edit... Hope you are gonna enjoy it!