UCI Trials World Youth Games: seven titles at stake in Denmark
Young athletes from the world over will demonstrate their bike handling skills, balance and strength during the 2017 UCI Trials World Youth Games, which kick off in Viborg, Denmark, on Friday.
One nations title and six individual titles will be at stake during the three days of competition which have attracted more than 175 trials specialists aged from 9 to 16. The organising committee in Viborg, one of Denmark’s oldest cities, has built entirely man-made sections in the main square that will highlight the athletes’ skills and attract the crowds.
It is the first time that Denmark hosts this annual event, which traditionally reveals athletes to watch out for in Elite trials competitions in years to come. For example, Spain’s Alejandro Montalvo, winner of the Cadet category at the Youth Games in 2015 and 2016, came second in last weekend’s UCI Trials World Cup in Les Ménuires, France. Another athlete who has continued to succeed after titles at the UCI Trials World Youth Games is the reigning Women Elite UCI World Champion Nina Reichenbach, of Germany.
The athletes competing in Viborg this weekend represent 16 different countries.
Action will get under way on Friday afternoon with the national teams’ competition in which participating countries enter a minimum of four and a maximum of six athletes, each from a different category: Youth Girls (9-11 years), Girls (12-15 years), Poussins (Boys 9-10 years), Benjamins (Boys 11-12 years), Minimes (Boys 13-14 years) and Cadets (Boys 15-16 years).
Individual competitions will get under way on Saturday with the semi-finals, followed by the six finals on Sunday.
Last year, France won the national teams’ competition but failed to claim one of the six individual titles, which went to riders from six different nations: Slovakia, Switzerland, Japan, Czech Republic, Great Britain and Spain.
One of the surprises of the event in 2016 was the strength of the Japanese delegation which, after failing to make the medals in 2015, took one gold medal, two silver and two bronze. All eyes will be on the Japanese in Viborg, and also on the Danish team which will have the advantage of performing at home, and are part of an ever-strengthening Scandinavian representation in the trials discipline.
Entries, start lists and results will be published on the UCI website.