What an awesome week of BMX race action at the NIA Birmingham. Britsh Cycling and all the team involved in delivering the event definitely came through with the goods. Birmingham was a perfect location for the race, hotels and restaurants all close by and the vibe in and around the arena was great, throw the 80 degree weather and into the mix and it was perfect. It was so cool seeing bikes and riders all over the city and everyone out along the canals eating, riding and hanging out. Perfect.
For once the track at an indoor event actually worked really well. There were initial concerns of how tight it was from some of the Elite rider’s but in the end it all worked out and made for some exciting fast racing, the action was definitely top drawer. The amatuer track was fun, not difficult and flowed for everyone. The build team need a pat on the back as the track is usually the main talking point of the Worlds and on this occasion it was all good! As soon as you walked into the arena you knew you were at a top event, the whole set up, the grandstands and how good everything looked on and around the track. The UK should be proud that we pulled of a great event. If this last week doesn’t give you a #bmxbuzz then nothing will.
4 world Challenge Champions for the UK, big props to Ross Cullen who has been consistent at International level over the last few years and pulled off a big win! Joey Gough killed the ladies challenge class with smooth clean laps to take her first title for Identiti, the crowd lapped it up!
Anthony Revell out of retirement and on the top step of the podium in a heated 40-44 cruiser class, big win for Revs who had a great lap from lane 8, avoiding carnage which took out Ian Sharpe on the first straight and passing Nigel Page down the 2nd straight. Alan Hill was the bridesmaid, surrendering his W1 plate and Nigel Page took 3rd for event sponsors Chain Reaction. The UK guys dominated this class, good work fellas!
Quillan Isidore was the MAN on Saturday night… Much respect for handling the pressure in front of a packed out home crowd. Quillan blittzed his class winning every lap and keeping his inside lane choice for the main. He laid down some serious ponnies from lane 1 and stretched out a solid lead to win an absolutely stacked 16 EX class. The crowd went nuts, a great moment for UK BMX. I predict this is just the start of Quillan’s journey in the sport….
The UK had a number of finalist’s and stand out performances, Congratulations to everyone who went home with a W plate… I can’t list them all and don’t want to offend people by missing anyone out but let’s see your comments on the post and feel free to give shout out’s and props to anyone who you think deserves a mention.
1. Sam WILLOUGHBY (AUS) – 2. Joris DAUDET (FRA) – 3. Moana MOO CAILLE (FRA) – 4. Anthony DEAN (AUS) – 5. David HERMAN (USA) – 6. Donny ROBIUNSON (USA) – 7. Marc WILLERS (NZL) – 8. Maris STROMBERGS (LAT)
1. Magalie POTTIER (FRA) – 2. Eva AILLOUD (FRA) – 3. Romana LABOUNKOVA (CZE) – 4. Arielle MARTIN (USA) – 5. Mariana PAJON (COL) – 6. Squel STEIN (BRA) – 7. Manon VALENTINO (FRA) – 8. Alise POST (USA)
1. Carlos Alberto RAMIREZ YEPEZ (COL) – 2. Maliek BLYNDLOSS (USA) – 3. Léopold TRAMIER (FRA) – 4. Karl LE NAGARD (FRA) – 5. Trent JONES (NZL) – 6. David Alfonso GRANADA LOPERA (COL) – 7. Julian SCHMIDT (GER) – 8. Jasper PETERS (NED)
1. Felicia STANCIL (USA) – 2. Nadja PRIES (GER- – 3. Dany GEORGE (USA) – 4. Simone CHISTENSEN (DEN) – 5. Rachel JONES (AUS) – 6. Camille MAIRE (FRA) – 7. Thaynara CHAVES MOROSINI (BRA) – 8. Charlotte GREEN (GBR)
Sam Willoughby was due a big win this season after coming close too many times at recent World Cup’s. He holsehoted into the first turn from the inside holding off a strong challenge from Strombergs who got a killer gate from lane 6. Daudet slotted in behind him after Sam pushed Maris up the turn. Moana Moo Caille rounded out the podium almost securing his Olympic spot after recent pressure from Quintin Calyeron who’s been on good form of late. Connor Fields missed out on making it through despite winning the time trial gold medal on Friday night. Liam Phillips night was ended early with an unfortunate heavy crash in the moto’s. Wishing Liam a speedy recovery so he can start preparing for London. Liam walked away from Birmingham with a well earned silver medal in the time trial event.
The Elite Women’s class is deep with talent these days, even when the big hitters like Shanaze Reade, Caroline Buchanan, Sarah Walker and Brooke Crain are missing from the finals the line up is still strong. Crashes in the quarters left some big names out of the show. Shanaze was up front leading when she washed out in turn one… a frustrating night for Shanaze who wanted to light up the NIA crowd with a big win. Brooke Crain was stretchered off with a suspected broken wrist and Caroline Buchanan missed out on adding more silverwear to her growing collection after taking the time trail over Shanaze on Friday night by 0.5 of a second. So it was down to Magalie Pottier to handle the pressure and take another big win in 2012, she’s having a good year and will be confident going into London after World Cup and Championship victories this season.
Carlos Ramirez’s dream came true winning a stacked Jr Men’s class for the Colombian camp. Amidou Mir and fellow countryman and time trial winner Romain Meihieu suprisingly both missed out on the main. Bodi Turner another medal favourite from Australia also went down in the quarters. All the fastest guys never make the world final which adds to the excitment and unpredictibility of it all. In the final Julien Schmidt almost passed Ramirez for the lead into the second turn but Carlos just shut the door and Schmidt lost all his speed. Malik Blyndloss slotted in for second and Stay Strong rider Leopold Tramier worked his way back to third on the line, finally getting his podium spot after finishing 4th in the European Champ’s. An exciting main event and a well deserved victory for Ramirez who also took silver in the time trial.
Felicia Stancil put down one of the smoothest laps I’ve seen from a Junior Women to take the title over Pure’s Nadia Preis. Watch the lap back on www.redbulltv.com to see what I mean…
A big shoutout and thank you to all the volunteers and BC staff who pulled off a successful World Championships. Hope you all enjoyed the week..Roll on Auckland 2013!