Crain nabs silver in 1st-ever Time Trial Superfinals at BMX Worlds

  
  


Brooke Crain (Visalia, Calif./Haro-Rockstar) gave the United States its first championship class medal of these UCI BMX World Championships winning the silver in the junior women’s division of the new Time Trial Superfinal on Friday. Crain’s performance qualified her for Saturday’s main event where she’ll be joined by 23 additional Americans in pursuit of the world number one in elite and junior men’s and women’s BMX.
 
In all 24 Americans, more than any other national aside from France, posted initial time trial runs fast enough to put them in the top half of their respective divisions and move them through to Saturday’s main event. Eleven of those riders finished amongst the top 16 time trialists moving them into the Time Trial Superfinal, a first-time medal event at the world championships.
 
“Last year UCI points were awarded for the time trial but this is the first year for the TT world title,” explained USA Cycling BMX Programs Director Mike King. “The elite cruiser category was eliminated to make way for the new medal event. It’s exciting; the crowd was really into it. It changes the way teams and riders approach the time trial portion of the event. We certainly focus a bit more on time trials now.”
 
After winning the first round of TTs, Crain had to settle for silver in the junior women's Time Trial  Superfinal.
After winning the first round of TTs, Crain had to settle for silver in the junior women's Time Trial Superfinal.
Crain was the only of those 11 Americans to make a second run for theTT world title that was able to pull in a medal, finishing less than half a second behind Melinda McLeod after beating the Australian in the opening run.  
 
Corben Sharrah (Tucson, Ariz./GT Bicycles) just missed an elite men’s medal in sixth with Nicholas Long (Lakeside, Calif./Haro-Rockstar)and Connor Fields (Henderson, Nev./Chase BMX)also finishing in the top 10. Several up-and-coming American under-23 riders, such as Jared Garcia (Victorville, Calif.) showed their strength, qualifying for the main ahead of some of the sport’s icons. Sixty-four of the 138 elite men’s starters qualified to move on to the main and the U.S. had more than any other nation with 11.  
 
Other than one untimely crash, all of the American elite women in attendance will move on to tomorrow’s main, including veteran Arielle Martin (Spanaway, Wash./Intense BMX) who posted the best U.S. time in 10th.
 
All except one U.S. junior male also qualified, putting eight junior men through to the main. Pre-race favorite Rusty Nesvig (San Diego, Calif./Factory Intense) crashed on his Time Trial Superfinal but emerged unscathed and will contest tomorrow’s main along with 11th place finisher Lain van Oogle (Auburn, Wash.), 14th place Justin Posey (Winston Salem, N.C.) and five others.
 
Crain moved through to Saturday’s main with ease along with the two other American junior women, Danielle George (Palmdale, Calif./Supercross BMX) who finished sixth and Shelby Stacy (Bakersfield, Calif.) in 10th.
 
“Overall I was very pleased after the first round,” said USA Cycling BMX Programs Director Mike King. “Four guys made the top 16 in elite men, three junior men made super final, two junior women and two elite women; that tells us we’re strong as program. They all learned a lot and it puts us in good position going into tomorrow. Time trials are tough as difference is often less than half a second. You just can’t make any mistakes; you have to have a perfect run or you are done.”
 
The stage is now set for Saturday’s elite and junior elite mains, including qualifying runs, quarter finals, semis and the final. Watch Saturday’s elite and junior elite finals live on freecaster.tv.
 
In all 2,200 BMX-riders from 38 countries are racing for gold in 44 challenge classes and four elite classes over five days of competition in Copenhagen.
 
UCI BMX World Championships
Copenhagen, Denmark
July 25 – 31, 2011
U.S. Team Info
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Championship Class FULL RESULTS
 
Elite Men’s Time Trial qualifiers & Superfinal Results
1 Andre Fossa Aguiluz (NOR) 34.084
2. Jelle van Gorkum (NED) 34.485
3. Brian Kirkham (AUS) 34.324
 
6. Corben Sharrah (Tucson, Ariz./GT Bicycles) 34.159
9. Nicholas Long (Lakeside, Calif./Haro-Rockstar)34.360
10 Connor Fields (Henderson, Nev./Chase BMX)33.999
15. Joshua Meyers (Treasure Island, Fla.) 34.499
18. Joey Bradford (Monterey, Calif.) 34.577
21. Denzel Stein (Desoto, Texas) 34.725
26. Barry Nobles (Wetumpka, Ala.)  34.820
29. David Herman (Wheat Ridge, Colo./Intense BMX) 34.913
36. Jared Garcia (Victorville, Calif.) 35.043
45. Kyle Bennett (Conroe, Texas) 35.098
56. Jason Rogers (Mesquite, Texas) 35.391
 
Elite Women’s Time Trial qualifiers & Superfinal Results
1. Shanaze Reade (GBR) 38.038
2. Caroline Buchanan (AUS) 38.597
3. Mariana Pajon (COL) 38.480
 
Nate Padilla was one of eight junior who will move on to Saturday's main.
Nate Padilla was one of eight junior who will move on to Saturday's main.

10. Arielle Martin (Spanaway, Wash./Intense BMX) 39.212
16. Amanda Carr Carr (Punta Gorda, Fla./Endeavor-Rip XX Racing) 39.913
27. Amanda Geving (Largo, Fla./MCS-Troy Lee Designs) 41.459
 
Junior Men’s Time Trial qualifiers & Superfinal Results
1. Darryn Goodwin (AUS) 35.827
2. Trent Woodcock (NZL) 35.332
3. Thomas Doucet (FRA) 35.884
 
11. Lain van Oogle (Auburn, Wash.) 35.912
14. Justin Posey (Winston Salem, N.C.) 36.204
16. Rusty Nesvig (San Diego, Calif./Factory Intense) 35.661
17. Nicholas Koehler (Tustin, Calif.) 36.413
18. Austin Hiatt (Fresno, Calif.) 36.415
36. Nathan Padilla (Lakewood, Calif.) 37.261
43. Austin Loebe (Dover, Del.) 37.598
56. Paul Wassenaar (Bellflower, Calif.) 38.434
 
Junior Women’s Time Trial qualifiers & Superfinal Results
1. Melinda McLeod (AUS) 39.801
2. Brooke Crain (Visalia, Calif./Haro-Rockstar) 40.197
3.  Nadja Preis (GER) 41.176
 
6. Danielle George (Palmdale, Calif./Supercross BMX) 41.227
10. Shelby Stacy (Bakersfield, Calif.) 43.144
 


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