UCI BMX Supercross World Cup series premieres in Norway9 April 2012 - The Randaberg Arena, close to beautiful Stavanger on Norway’s scenic southwest coast, has been transformed into a challenging Supercross track complete with the now so familiar jumps and Supercross start hill. This spectacular and spectator friendly BMX-event will be the second stop of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup series of the 2012 season and will be the first time that the world’s best BMX racers will compete on this custom-made Supercross track in Norway.
Over 170 riders from 26 nations are registered for this three-day event; considered to be one of the key events in BMX leading up to the 2012 London Olympic Games. For some nations this event could be a key-qualifier, while for others their focus will be on other events this year.
Elite women: Walker and Reade in and Pajon out
2010 World Champion Shanaze Reade (GBR) will start her Olympic BMX Supercross year in Norway after missing out the stop in the USA. Sarah Walker (NZL) will also start racing again. Walker - 2009 World Champion - although present in America, eventually decided not to race and predicted to be ready for the start in Norway. The current World Champion Mariana Pajon (COL) is out with an injury after crashing in the last Supercross race. Arielle Martin (USA) will be keen to improve her form after her Chula Vista performance. And Magalie Pottier (FRA) will want to prove that her Chula Vista victory will be the first one of many.
Elite men: Can Fields win three in a row?
With the men, the big question is: can Connor Fields (USA) win three Supercross races in a row? It will always be difficult to predict any BMX Supercross World Cup -especially on this un-ridden track with its tight and hectic brick-turns.
But fact remains that Fields was almost unstoppable on the last two stops of 2011 as well as the first stop of 2012 on his ‘home’ track in Chula Vista. Can he maintain that form on a completely different course, with all riders only having a maximum of two hours practice on it?
Some of the top Elite-men are missing.
Jelle Van Gorkom (NED) is recovering from his crash in Chula Vista. He is expected to make a full recovery, but will not be racing for a while.
Maris Strombergs (LAT), the current Olympic Champion, has not signed up. But Sam Willoughby (AUS), second in Chula Vista just two weeks ago, is ready to race, as is current World Champion Joris Daudet (FRA). Or will local-boy Andre Fossa Aguiluz (NOR) be able to grab a podium place, as he did last year in Denmark, winning the World Championships BMX time trials?
Back to back UCI BMX Supercross events
With only two weeks since the first 2012 Supercross event in Chula Vista, California, the organizers have worked flat-out to create this second stop on the other side of the globe in Norway – a first in its own right!
The organizers are rightly proud to have overcome this logistic challenge, especially during the Easter holiday. Many thanks go out to logistical partner Rock-It-Cargo.
The riders in the meantime have also been busy travelling to Europe and adjusting to the new time zone. Most have been training on the Dutch Papendal track, like Sam Willoughby (AUS) and David Herman (USA) for example. Marc Willers (NZL) reports on twitter that he is well rested after flying Business Class across the Atlantic.
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