The Blagger's Guide To: The BMX Worlds

All you need to know about the 2013 BMX World Championships, which starts this week.
Joris Daudet at his own track in Bordeaux, France on March 14th 2012
Joris Daudet on his Bordeaux track © Hadrien Picard/Red Bull Content Pool
By Rajiv Desai

Location: Vector Arena, Auckland, New Zealand

Dates: July 24-28

July 26 - Practice day
July 27 - Time Trial Super Finals (Elite Men, Women and Juniors)
July 28 - BMX World World Championship Finals (Elite Men, Women and Juniors)

Course fact

Construction of the track in the Vector Arena involved approximately 10,000 pallets and 60 truck and trailer loads of specially prepared dirt.

Leading contenders (Men)

Defending men’s champion Sam Willoughby of Australia will be in Auckland to see if he can add a second successive World Championship to his palmarès.

His nearest rivals will be Connor Fields of the USA, who is currently second in the UCI BMX SX World Cup standings, and double Olympic gold medallist Maris Strombergs of Latvia, who added the 2013 European BMX title to his trophy cabinet in the last few weeks.

Other form riders include Dutchman Jelle van Gorkom, who won last time out at the SX World Cup at Papendal, Britain’s Liam Phillips and Frenchman Joris Daudet.

Mariana Pajon performs at Red Bull Mariana´s Playground in Medellin, Colombia on April 6th, 2013
Current Olympic champion Mariana Pajon © Federico Rios/Red Bull Content Pool

Leading contenders (Women)

Shanaze Reade, the current leader of the women’s SX World Cup standings, will not be in Auckland having not recovered from a knee injury that saw her miss the last round of the World Cup in Papendal. The Briton had been in hot form prior to the injury winning the first two World Cup rounds.

US rider Arielle Martin has had consistent finishes in the big races over the last couple of years and will be a favourite in Auckland. Columbia’s Mariana Pajon is also coming into the World Championships in good form having won at Papendal.

The current World Champion Magalie Pottier (France) and Time Trial World Champion Caroline Buchanan (Australia) should also not be discounted.

Find out who will be crowned the new World Champions of BMX racing by watching the World Championships LIVE on Red Bull Bike on Sunday, June 28, from 5:00 AM (CET).

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