Stancil and Gaian highlight last day of BMX World Championships


Auckland, New Zealand (July 27, 2013) – The 2013 UCI BMX World Championships concluded Sunday with the supercross races at Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand.

Felicia Stancil and Shay Glynn placed first and second among juniors women
Felicia Stancil and Shay Glynn placed first and second among juniors women. (Photo by Jerry Landrum)
The Americans added three medals on Sunday to the four they earned on Saturday. In all, the Americans won four gold medals and three silver medals on Saturday and Sunday.
The Americans dominated the juniors races as Felicia Stancil (Lake Villa, Ill./GT Bicycles) and Sean Gaian (Santee, Calif./Factory GT) topped their fields. Shay Glynn (Norco, Calif./Profile-Monster) earned the silver medal on Sunday, finishing second behind Stancil in the juniors women's contest.
Stancil, who successfully defended her time trial world title on Saturday, repeated the feat as the juniors women's supercross world champion. She got the hole shot in the main and never looked back. She opened a gap after the first turn and forced the field to ride for silver. In a photo finish, Glynn bested Hannah Sarten (NZL) in the sprint for second.
Shealen Reno (Plano, Texas/Hyper Bicycles) did not advance from the qualifying round.
“To win last night was a huge accomplishment, but to win today as well has just been the cherry on the top,” Stancil said. “I am so thankful to my coach and USA Cycling for all their help to get me to where I am today, double world champion of 2013.”
In the juniors men's race, Gaian, who placed second in that age group's time trial on Saturday, topped the field in Sunday's supercross race. Gaian won the holeshot, which allowed him to pick his own lines through the track. He held off a late charge from Gonzalo Molina (ARG), but maintained his top position. Molina finished second and Jeremy Rencurel (FRA) won the bronze medal.
Sean Gaian soared above the juniors men's field
Sean Gaian soared above the juniors men's field. (Photo by Jerry Landrum)
Hunter Pelham (Conroe, Texas/Haro-Promax) and Bryce Betts (Brentwood, Calif.) did not advance past the semifinals. Alden Volle (Penryn, Calif./Dan's Comp) and Cole Tesar (Huntersville, N.C./Factory Felt-SC ActionSP) advanced to the quarterfinal races.
"I felt strong all day on the track and everything just clicked for me today,” Gaian said. “To take the win means so much to me and I am excited to be able to call myself a world champion, in part, thanks to USA Cycling."
Alise Post (Saint Cloud, Minn./Redline) looked poised to deliver another silver medal, matching her performance in Saturday's time trial, but she bobbled on the finishing straight and was unable to regain momentum. Arielle Martin (Spanaway, Wash./Intense BMX), who finished fourth in 2012, sped past Post into fourth place, one spot ahead of Post. Caroline Buchanan (AUS) earned the top spot, edging Lauren Reynolds (AUS). Manon Valentino (FRA) earned the bronze medal.
Brooke Crain (Visalia, Calif./Haro BMX) advanced to the semifinal races.
The Americans advanced six men to the elite men's quarterfinals. Barry Nobles (Wetumpka, Ala./DK Bicycles), David Herman (Wheat Ridge, Colo./Free Agent-Rockstar) and Jared Garcia (Victorville, Calif./Speedline-Supercross) each advanced to the semifinals. Nobles was the lone American to advance to the main where he placed fifth.
An untimely crash with Sam Willoughby (AUS) prevented Connor Fields (Henderson, Nev./Chase BMX), who successfully defended his time trial world championship on Saturday, from advancing to the semifinals. Nic Long (Lakeside, Calif./Haro Bikes) and Corben Sharrah (Tucson, Ariz./Haro Bicycles) did not advance to the semifinals.
In the elite men’s main, Liam Phillips (GBR) edged Marc Willers (NZL) to win the rainbow jersey. Luis Brethauer (GER) finished third.
Justin Posey (Winston Salem, N.C./Dan’s Competition) did not advance to the quarterfinal.
"Hopes were high coming into today's event, as there is always potential to take home some medals, but anyone that knows BMX knows there are a lot of variables and things that can work against you,” USA Cycling Director of Sprint Jamie Staff said. “I think the biggest upset was Connor Fields crashing out in the quarterfinal, but the wins from our two juniors riders outshine the disappointment of the day. Overall, I am delighted to have had such a successful BMX World Championships."
2013 UCI BMX World Championships
July 23-28, 2013
Vector Arena
Auckland, New Zealand
Elite Men
1. Liam Phillips (GBR)
2. Marc Willers (NZL)
3. Luis Brethauer (GER)
8. Barry Nobles (Wetumpka, Ala./DK Bicycles)
Jared Garcia (Victorville, Calif./Speedline-Supercross)
David Herman (Wheat Ridge, Colo./Free Agent-Rockstar)
Corben Sharrah (Tucson, Ariz./Haro Bicycles)
Nic Long (Lakeside, Calif./Haro Bikes)
Connor Fields (Henderson, Nev./Chase BMX)
Justin Posey (Winston Salem, N.C./Dan’s Competition)
Elite Women
1. Caroline Buchanan (AUS)
2. Lauren Raynolds (AUS)
3. Manon Valentino (FRA)
4. Arielle Martin (Spanaway, Wash./Intense BMX)
5. Alise Post (Saint Cloud, Minn./Redline)
Brooke Crain (Visalia, Calif./Haro BMX)
Juniors Men
1. Sean Gaian (Santee, Calif./Factory GT)
2. Gonzalo Molina (ARG)
3. Jeremy Rencurel (FRA)
5. Maliek Byndloss (Cape Coral, Fla./Factory Ssquared)
Hunter Pelham (Conroe, Texas/Haro-Promax)
Bryce Betts (Brentwood, Calif.)
Cole Tesar (Huntersville, N.C./Factory Felt-SC ActionSP)
Alden Volle (Penryn, Calif./Dan's Comp)
Juniors Women
1. Felicia Stancil (Lake Villa, Ill./GT Bicycles)
2. Shay Glynn (Norco, Calif./Profile-Monster)
3. Hannah Sarten (NZL)
Shealen Reno (Plano, Texas/Hyper Bicycles)

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