BMX Supercross World Cup comes home to California for final


Connor Fields will be a home track favorite in Chula Vista.
Connor Fields will be a home track favorite in Chula Vista.
The best elite BMX riders in the world will get together on September 30th and October 1st in Chula Vista, California for the 2011 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup finals, presented by Swatch. During this fourth stop in California, home of BMX, the overall winners of this year’s elite men and elite women in the BMX Supercross World Cup will be decided. Moreover, crucial qualification points are up for grabs for National Olympic qualification rankings.

Home of BMX
The California Supercross event will be held at the United States Olympic Committee Training Center in Chula Vista. The track is a challenging, spiced up replica of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games track and is a favorite amongst the world’s best elite riders.

Men’s favorites
Home favorite amongst the elite men must be the young American Connor Fields, who just recovered from an injury but shows great form by making it to the finals at the two last events. Fields and his American teammates have to keep an eye on Marc Willers (NZL). The Kiwi rider seems the man to beat this season. His victory at the London 2012 Olympic track was very impressive. In a final with all the big names, like Willoughby (AUS), Daudet (FRA) and Strombergs (LAT), Willers managed to cross the line first after several lead changes. Willers also won the Papendal Supercross stop in May and showed great form at the UCI BMX World Championships in Copenhagen, only to make a few small mistakes allowing Daudet to pass.

Also keep an eye out for Maris Strombergs. He has been showing great form after recovering from an injury and Chula Vista is one of his favorite tracks. But perhaps the biggest favorite is the 2011 BMX World Champion Joris Daudet (FRA). Daudet is leading the World Cup series only a few points ahead of Willers and he will not back down an inch in order to win the “Triple Crown” of 2011 (BMX Supercross Champion, World Champion and European Champion).

Women’s favorites
France is amongst the best performing BMX countries this 2011 season. Therefore it is likely a French rider will stand on the podium in Chula Vista in both the men’s and women’s competitions. Look out for Manon Valentino who has won this year’s first Supercross stop in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Valentino’s teammate Magalie Pottier claimed the bronze medal at the UCI BMX World Championships in Copenhagen and is trailing Sarah Walker for the overall title.

World Champion Marianna Pajon is keen on improving her London performance, where the Columbian crashed in the final. The big favorite has to be Sarah Walker (NZL). Sarah is currently in a comfortable lead in the overall standing and would like nothing else than win the final event in Chula Vista. The London winner, Shanaze Reade (GBR), might not race in Chula Vista and instead stay home and prepare for the 2012 Olympic Games.

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