BMX World Championships kick-off on Thursday

Colorado Springs, Colo. (July 28, 2010) – The world’s best BMX athletes converge on Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, this week for the 2010 UCI BMX World Championships (July 29th – August 1st). In total, 1,100 riders from 37 countries will fight it out in the Elite and age-group competitions, including over 80 Americans.  
Due to injury, the current World Champion Donny Robinson (USA) will not be able to defend his title, leaving the Elite Men’s title open for contention.
One of the favourites is Olympic Champion Maris Strombergs (LAT), who convincingly won the last UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Copenhagen. He will face strong competition from Sam Willoughby, making his debut in the Elite category. Last year, the young Australian won the Juniors world title in his hometown Adelaide. Victory this weekend would make him the first rider ever to win a Juniors and Elite world title back to back. 
Another rider to look out for is Sifiso Nhlapo (RSA). The former World Cycling Centre trainee is back in shape after a serious injury in 2008. After strong performances in recent major North American BMX events, he will be extremely motivated to go for gold in front of his home crowd.
Favourites in the Elite Women’s class include Laëtitia Le Corguillé (FRA), who won both rounds of the UCI BMX Supercross in 2010, World Champion Sarah Walker (NZL) and 2008 World Champion Shanaze Reade (GBR). But that is not to dismiss the likes of Caroline Buchanan (AUS), former Juniors World Champion Mariana Pajon (COL) and Alise Post (USA).
Racing in the Juniors Men class will probably be very close: Corben Sharrah (USA), Conner Fields (USA) and Tory Nyhaug (CAN) are all capable of claiming the top spot.
In the Juniors Women class, keep your eyes out for Brooke Crain (USA) and Merle Van Benthem (NED) who both have good results racing against senior Elite riders in the UCI BMX Supercross world cup series.
The athletes will start training today (26th July) on the track that has been purposely built for the World Championships. It is unique in that it is the first track to feature separate straights and start ramps for the Elite athletes and the challenge riders competing in the age-group races.
“The track is one of a kind,” enthused UCI BMX Coordinator Johan Lindstrom. “Never before have we built a course with two separate start ramps. The track itself is technically difficult and demanding”.
Visit the UCI BMX World Championships webpage for more information on the event. 

2010 UCI BMX World Championships
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
July 29 – August 1
USA Cycling 2010 BMX World Championship elite and junior team:
Elite Men
Denzel Stein** (Desoto, Texas/Redline Bicycles)
Joshau Meyers** (Treasure Island, Fla./Factory S Squared-Troy Lee Designs)
Donny Robinson (Napa, Calif./Hyper-Monster Energy)
Kyle Bennett ** (Conroe, Texas/Free Agent-Rock Star)
Junior Men
Connor Fields (Henderson, Nevada)
Corben Sharrah (Tucson, Ariz.)
Elite Women
Arielle Martin (Pleasant Grove, Utah)
Amanda Geving (Largo, Fla.)
Alise Post ** (Saint Cloud, Minn.)
Ashley Verhagen ** (Simi Valley, Calif.)
Amanda Carr ** (Punta Gorda, Fla.)
Junior Women
Brooke Crain (Visalia, Calif.)
Taylor Wolcott ** (Roseville, Calif.)
**Discretionary selection

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