HOT action over in Chula Vista for round 1 of the UCI World Cup! Over 160 Elite men signed up for the time trial with only 64 making it through to the show, on a picture perfect track at the US Olypic training centre. Slighlty windier conditions for todays action caught a few people off guard but the racing was as fast and heated as ever.. It’s pretty safe to say Conor Fields owns the Chula SX track!…Winner of the last 2 World Cup’s on this track, setting another track record with his fastest lap, very impressive but almost expected as he knows every inch of his home facility. Maris Strombergs looked strong with a solid first straight lead into turn one. “Ze Hermantor” David Herman almost gave Conor a Freeagent sandwich going over the triple into the first turn, but Conor took the low low line carved inside Maris and took his line away. Maris pulled up on the second straight and Conor pulled away. Sam “I Am” Whilloughby battled through to pass Herman for the second place with another consistent result for the Aussie and some all important points. Herman who rode well all day rounded off the podium with Willers getting the 4th spot coming from lane 7 after battling through the semi. The main event was stacked, the top guys were all on form. Norway and Papendaal coming up over the next month before the all important World Champs in Birmingham.
Twarn Van Gent made his first SX main for the Redline Dutch Army and looked impressive throughout. Whilst his team mate Jelle Van Gorkham took a really hard slam on the 2nd straight. We’re all wishing Jelle the best, it wasn’t known at that point what his injuries are but it didn’t look pretty. Fingers crossed it’s not too serious as Jelle is for sure a contender and we all want to see him on the rest of the SX tour. Liam Phillips was also caught up in the same crash in the quarters but had a good showing and time trial, he will be in the mix in Norway in two weeks time.
The French ladies dominated Elite women with Magalie Pottier taking her first win in front of her fellow team mate Latetia Le Courguille. MCS’s Amanda Geving from Florida rounded off the the podium. Manon Valentino and Mariana Pajon both took hard crashes on the rock solid Chula course. Hopefully nothing that will keep either of these contenders out of the next action in Norway. Props to Amanda Carr who had a great day’s racing and was worthy of a podium, holshotting the main but being pushed out in turn one. The ladies class get’s stronger every year. Throw Shanaze Reade and Sarah Walker into the mix for Norway and the class has some real depth.
Check out www.extreme.com for the full show on playback. Good commentary throughout from buddy Pete D and Dale Holmes over on the live feed. #fansloveit