Long claims BMX World Cup victory in Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City, Utah (September 15, 2008)--Less than a month after the United States displayed its strength in BMX racing at the Olympic Games with a pair of medals in the men’s event, the sport’s next generation provided a glimpse into the future as 18-year-old Nic Long (Lakeside, Calif.) won the fourth round of the 2008 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Salt Lake City on Saturday. Even more impressive is that Long beat both Olympic medalists, finishing first ahead of runner-up Mike Day (Santa Clarita, Calif.) and bronze medalist Donny Robinson (Napa, Calif.)
Featured as part of the AST Dew Tour action sports festival, the BMX competition featured the entire U.S. Olympic Team from August, plus several international starts looking to accumulate World Cup points towards their overall standing. In the eight-man main, Long not only beat Day and Robinson, but also won from a main that featured Kyle Bennett (Conroe, Texas), Raymon Van Der Biezen (NED), David Herman (Wheat Ridge, Colo.), Robert De Wilde (NED) and Steven Cisar (Altadena, Calif.).
Following four events in Madrid, Adelaide, Copenhagen and Salt Lake City, Robinson currently leads the overall World Cup standings with 48 points over Bennett (37) and Herman (34).
The final event of the season is set for October 10-11 in Frejus, France.
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