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The UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Chronicle

Alex Surrugue in Papendal
Alex Surrugue in Papendal

After the Olympic year, the BMX athletes have using recent pre-season races to get into shape for the first round of the 2017 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup. This will be held in Papendal, the Netherlands, this coming weekend (May 6-7). On European ground, Switzerland's David Graf has been dominating and looks mighty fast. Over in the USA, 2016 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup winner Corben Sharrah has been gracing podiums, as has fellow American Connor Fields (USA). Frenchman Joris Daudet is also showing good strength in the American series. It will be interesting to see how things unfold once all riders, inculding Trent Jones (NZL), Tory Nyhaug (CAN) and Anthony Dean (AUS) line up alongside a strong Dutch delegation led by Niek Kimmann (NED) who won rounds 3 and 4 of the UEC European Cup in Erp (the Netherlands) last weekend.

In the Elite Women’s competition Laura Smulders (NED) is a favourite after winning most races she has entered so far in 2017. Competition will come from Mariana Pajon (COL) who has been spending a lot of time in Europe to prepare for the first UCI World Cup. Brooke Crain (USA) has been on top of the podium several times in 2017 already and will be aiming high in Papendal, as will Simone Christensen (DEN), Sarah Walker (NZL) and Bethany Shriever (GBR).
In the new UCI World Cup format, Papendal will see two full days of racing on Saturday and Sunday, with two winners each day.

- What’s next -

UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, Rounds 1 and 2, Papendal (the Netherlands): May 6-7.

- Focus On Laura Smulders (NED) -

Laura Smulders

When Laura Smulders won a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London it came as a surprise to most people, but since then the Dutch athlete has been a major figure on the international BMX scene. In 2013, she finished third in the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, a result she repeated in 2014 alongside a bronze medal at the UCI BMX World Championships. Although only 7th at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Smulders dominated the 2016 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, winning three of the five rounds and taking the overall win. The 24-year-old rider with the privately owned TVE-Oegema team currently leads the UCI Ranking.

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