Alberta’s Daina Tuchscherer, racing her BMX bike in the 14-year-old expert girls class made it to the podium at the 2011 UCI BMX worlds taking home a W3 number plate for Canada. Tuchscherer and three others from Airdrie BMX made the trek to Copenhagen, Denmark to enjoy the flavor of international bmx racing competition.
Canada sent a proud seven athletes in both the challenge(amateur) and championship(pro) classes combined. Jim Brown, Tory Nyhaug and Conner McCormack represented Canada in the mens’ Championship classes.
All members of the Airdrie BMX racing club, Daina Tuchscherer, Justin Tuchscherer, Rachelle Haight and James Ash competed in the amateur classes.
The World Championships of BMX racing is a veritable who’s who of BMX families from all over the world. Sitting in the stands you might be surprised to find out who the people next to you are cheering for.
More than 2500 BMX racers from dozens of different countries have come together to compete in this four day BMX racing extravanganza. Announcers rarely mispronounce a name and are often fluent in two, three or four different languages.
The racers may speak different languages, but they all strive towards the same thing, a coveted world number plate. Oftentimes riders attend the World Championships “just for the experience” and always come back with a greater appreciation for BMX racing and just how difficult it is to be one of the “best in the world.”
Majority of elite men racers go home without a race
Time trials decided the fate of more than half the field of elite male athletes as the UCI, for the first time, awarded gold medals for athletes’ time trial performance.
It was shocking to hear about so many athletes that did not make the cut into the top 64. BMX racers such as three time ABA #1 Pro Bubba Harris, 2008 Silver medalist Mike Day, Donny Robinson, Christine Becerine, Robert DeWilde, Jim Brown from Canada, and many more went home without getting into the gate with any other riders.
Canada’s Tory Nyhaug did, however, make the cut qualifiying in the top 16 in the time trials. Nyhaug finished a respectable ninth overall, narrowly missing the final, out of a reported 135 elite racers that started the competition.
Sunday(late last night local time) Cruiser action will go down, wrapping up the four days of racing. The first day of racing was for the young speedsters under 15. The 15 and over racers competed the next day along with the championship time trials and Saturday was elite men’s and women’s racing, now known as “Superfinal” racing.
Ample video coverage of the worlds is available on YouTube. Here is a link to some video of the Elite Superfinals provided via podcast.
BMXmania.com also has superb photo coverage of all the days of racing action in Copenhagen.