After the excitement of the first day’s racing at the 2011 UCI BMX World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark, Thursday was not the most exciting day for the South African team in terms of results. However, the racing was fantastic and the Masters final a classic showdown, with American legends Matt Pohlkamp and Jason Carnes taking on the 2006 Elite men’s champ Javier Colombo, with Pohlkamp taking the title.
ok, I relented – this all too familiar pic sums it up for many
PS – not to be confused with the very commendable Happy Friday’s.
If you’re a regular visitor to this site, then you will most definitely recognise the scene. The braai is surrounded by scrawny men and the conversation is doing an updated rerun of “29ers verses 26inch/Campy vs Shimano vs SRAM/C*ontieD005 and his Spanish beef/ultimate olde skool fixie builds”. Call it cycling debate V5.23, and if you don’t get it, you just don’t understand. Until recently this was a bastion of men, and men only (Don’t be fooled by the shaving of legs). Women just didn’t ride bicycles for anything but convenient transport, racing was not a thing for ladies – in fact less than 500 women have competed in Olympic cycling (since first event in LA 1984).
With Day 1 of the 2011 UCI BMX World Championships behind the team in Copenhagen, Denmark, the South Africans have already secured 2 world numbers and four semi finalists. The 14 and under field was stacked resulting in a long day on the track.
This is what Kevin Evans (360Life) said last year after he had finished the first stage of the DCM Cape Pioneer Trek.
But, as the saying goes ‘never say never’. Much can change in a short period of time and that is exactly what happened.
South African BMX contenders participating in the UCI BMX World Championships in Denmark have already completed their first day of training after all the races were moved up one day earlier than scheduled.
Like a moth not being able to resist circling a bright light or a woman not being able to resist eating chocolates, Christoph Sauser (Specialized) has a compulsion to participate in the DCM Cape Pioneer Trek in the Klein Karoo.
Being the current world marathon mountain-bike champion, Sauser could well have taken a well-deserved break from cycling in October, but that will not be the case.
With little over a week to go before the start of the UCI BMX World Championships in Denmark, the prospects are looking good for South Africa’s team riders to achieve top results.
Taking place in Copenhagen from the 25th to 31st July 2011, the World Championships is expected to draw close on 2000 competitors in the challenge classes, attracting many of the top European contenders – all of them vying for the prestigious Wold Championship title.