The UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Chronicle
- What Happened? -
The first UCI BMX Supercross World Cup after the Rio 2016 Olympic Games took place in Rock Hill, USA, with a number of young riders racing their first World Cup event.
The rookies lined up with 2016 Olympians Maris Strombergs (LAT), Nic Long (USA), Jelle van Gorkom (NED) and Carlos Ramirez (COL) who all failed to make it to the main on Saturday at the Novant Health BMX Supercross track.
In the final, Corben Sharrah (USA) took the win 10cm from the finish when he overtook Gonzalo Molina (ARG). Switzerland's David Graf in third. Sharrah extends his lead in the rankings over David Graf (2nd) and Exequiel Torres (ARG) in third.
In the women’s racing, the absence of UCI BMX SX World Cup leader Caroline Buchanan left the way open for riders such as Simone Christensen (DEN), Brooke Crain (USA) and Laura Smulders (NED) to move up in the ranking. Smulders and Crain won the two semis and looked to be the ones to beat. In the final Laura Smulders rocketed out of the ProGate and built up a solid lead to win the race and take over the World Cup lead. Crain only managed fourth behind rookie Saya Sakakibara (AUS) in second and Russia's Yaroslava Bondarenko (3rd). Simone Christensen finished a disappointing 7th and still has Caroline Buchanan in front of her with one race to go.
- What's Next? -
Final Round #5 - Sarasota, FL. USA > Saturday October 8th - Sunday October 9th
- What you should know about... Sarasota.
Sarasota has a long history in BMX, and has been bringing the sport to the masses for over 40 years. Today it boasts a brand new 400 metre BMX track which was used by many countries in preparation for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The 2016 UCI Supercross World Cup Champions will be crowned in Sarasota. Leaders Corben Sharrah (USA) and Laura Smulders (NED) will be present in Florida and all focus will be on those two athletes. Tune into www.bmxlive.tv to follow the action live.
1. Corben Sharrah (USA), 630
2. David Graf (SUI), 515
3. Exequiel Torres (ARG), 445
4. Renaud Blanc (SUI), 415
5. Carlos Alberto Ramirez Yepes (COL), 405
6. Maris Strombergs (LAT), 365
7. Tory Nyhaug (CAN), 365
8. Joris Daudet (FRA), 355
1. Laura Smulders (NED), 760
2. Caroline Buchanan (AUS), 645
3. Simone Christensen (DEN), 565
4. Brooke Crain (USA), 555
5. Elke Vanhoof (BEL), 445
6. Yaroslava Bondarenko (RUS), 405
7. Alise Post (USA), 375
8. Judy Baauw (NED), 340
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- Focus on Corben Sharrah -
American Corben Sharrah, 24, is from Tucson Arizona and currently leads the UCI BMX SX World Cup. Corben rides for Daylight Cycles and rode at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. He qualified for Team USA by winning the Olympic Trials in Chula Vista the year after breaking his femur. Corben started riding bikes at the age of 2 and got into BMX three years later. He has one brother, Jacob, and two sisters, Kim and Cass.
Current leader of the UCI BMX SX World Cup
Olympic Trials winner, Chula Vista 2016
UCI BMX SX World Cup win in Rock Hill, USA 2016
UCI BMX SX World Cup win in Santiago del Estero, Argentina 2016
UCI BMX SX World Cup win in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa 2011
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