BMX will cap off Pan American Games

  
  


Pan American Championship BMX cycling kicks-off Friday (Oct. 21) at the CODE Saint Nicholas in Guadalajara. Team USA, ranked No. 2 in the UCI Nations ranking behind Australia for women and No. 3 behind France and Australia for men, will be represented by two riders in both the men’s and women’s event. The Pan American Games offers category 5 UCI points that count toward the nation ranking, which determines the number of start spots the U.S. earns for the 2012 Olympic Games.
Amanda Carr warms up on the track in Guadalajara on Thursday.
Amanda Carr warms up on the track in Guadalajara on Thursday.

The men are represented by the No. 1 and 2-ranked BMX riders in the overall UCI rankings, Connor Fields (Henderson, Nev.) and Nic Long (Lakeside, Calif.), respectively. Long won gold at both the 2008 UCI Supercross in Salt Lake City, Utah and the 2010 UCI Supercross in Chula Vista, Calif.

The women’s team is comprised of veteran BMXers Amanda Carr (Punta Gorda, Fla.) and Arielle Martin-Verhaaren (Spanaway, Wash.).  Carr, the No. 10 ranked rider in the overall UCI ranking and 16th in North America, won gold at both the 2005 and 2006 UCI BMX World Championships. Ranked No. 3 in the UCI ranking, Martin-Verhaaren, who just missed the Olympic team in 2008, was the bronze medal winner at the 2009 UCI World Championships and won gold at the UCI SX Series Championships in 2008. This September the BMXer won the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup final in Chula Vista.

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