Highlights from the 2012 UCI BMX SX

A recap and video highlights from the 2012 UCI BMX SX in anticipation of the season to come
By Amah-Rose Abrams

The first stop of the series in Chula Vista, Southern California saw Americans Connor Fields and David Herman taking first and third place respectively with Australian Sam Willoughby coming in second.

“I grew up on this track,” said Fields. “I started riding it in 2008, so I know it like the back of my hand now.”

In the women’s competition Magalie Pottier won her first major Supercross event beating fellow French woman Leatitia Le Corguille into second with the American Amanda Geving taking her first place on the podium in third place.

“Two years ago I finished second. Now it is my first victory in the world cup,” Pottier said. “Last year I finished four, four, four - a lot of fours! I am so happy! The Chula Vista track is my favourite.”

When the series hit Randaberg in Norway Connor Fields took the win again while British rider Liam Phillips took second and French Red Bull Athlete Joris Daudet came in third.

See the video above for the race highlights.

Being defending champion puts pressure on me, I am not focusing on a Supercross title this year- Maris Strombergs

The third round in Papendal in the Netherlands saw Maris Strombergs of Latvia take the win with Sam Willoughby in second and David Herman coming in third place.

“Being defending champion puts pressure on me, I am not focusing on a Supercross title this year,” said winner Strombergs. “It is no secret that it is all about the Olympics and the Worlds this year. Olympics is a big thing in BMX – me being a defending Olympic champion puts a lot of pressure on me and my expectations are always high. But I get older and wiser and I am confident. So I want to be a 100 per cent by the time the Olympics come.”

I just wanted to cross the line first and I did

The women’s race was won by American Alice Post, with Australian Caroline Buchanan in second and Laetitia le Corguille came in third.

Alice was stoked with the win, “I jumped the triple in practice and had not hit it since. It was kind of a split decision moment. I knew I had to do it to get me out in front and I went for it. After that I tried to focus on the moment. Not to make any mistakes. Caroline and the other girls are great riders. I just wanted to cross the line first and I did.”

It was a double win for the Netherlands in the final round of the UCI BMX SX in Abbotswood, Canada and it was a dramatic day at the races with four riders crashing out of the women’s race and five riders crashing out in the men’s.

Twan van Gendt took first place in the men’s race with Australia’s Sam Willoughby and Brian Kirkham taking the second and third place respectively.

Laura Smulders won the women’s race beating Kristen Dellar of Australia into second place and Abbie Taylor came in third.

The overall series wins went to Caroline Buchanan, despite her crashing out in the final race and to Sam Willoughby who won in the men’s category. We are prepped and excited for this year's series, bring on April!

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