The BMX Racing competition got underway on the penultimate day of competition at the Super-Worlds, where all 13 UCI cycling disciplines are staging respective world championships over 12 days in Glasgow.
Current under-23 World Cup leader, Rico Bearman (North Harbour), unbeaten in World Cup competition this season, won his heat and first round races in the rain today to move safely into tomorrow’s quarterfinals.
He is joined in the under-23 competition by Rico D’Anvers (Cambridge), who was second in both his heat and the first round to also move through to the sudden-death elimination racing tomorrow.
In under-23 women, Rotorua’s Megan Williams won her heat and went straight into tomorrow’s racing, while Baylee Luttrell (Te Awamutu) was injured in a crash in her heat and withdrew.
Cambridge rider Leila Walker won her heat in junior women to move directly to the quarterfinals, with Brooke Penny (Te Awamutu) winning her Last Chance repechage to go through.
In junior men Jack Greenough (Cambridge) was impressive in winning both his heat and the first round to advance, while Will Skipper (Rotorua) missed out by one spot in the Last Chance heat.
North Harbour’s Michael Bias needed his second placing in the Last Chance to move through but got squeezed on the second corner to miss out in the elite men’s competition, with the rain making racing challenging.
“We didn’t have the best of conditions. It was wet and windy but I got the job done,” said Bearman. “Today I took it a bit easier in the conditions to get to the finish line to get through but tomorrow I will step it up a bit to get that first pick for the gate.
“I have more in me so tomorrow I will be more aggressive and push to the line.”