Oldsmar – Day One Photo Gallery
Saturday at the USA BMX Gator Nationals also doubled as the UCI BMX North American Continental Championships. The Class 3 points that were up for grabs are the most of any race, apart from the World Cup races, the World Championships, or the every-four-years Olympic Games. Critical UCI Nations points dictate how many athletes a country can send to the London Olympics this summer.
For some, a strong showing may make the difference between a two athlete team or a three athlete team (for the Men)…while for other countries, it’s about stretching out the lead and locking in their slots.
Given that, it’s no wonder that 50 Elite Men and 21 Elite Women showed up to the race. The race had the air of a major event and, apart from the robust Elite turnout, the Amateur racing was stacked with magawatt names that have their sights set on a future in the Junior, then Elite class.
Day one was 213 motos, including the 18 racks of UCI (Junior Men, Junior Women, Elite Men and Elite Women). That was quite a spell larger than last year’s Gators (though we can’t get anymore specific than that).
We are reviewing our video notes from Sunday’s race, and will post a complete race report Monday night, along with the Sunday photos. But in the meantime, we have a 242 image gallery for you to check out, which tells…well, 242,000 words of a story on its own. Also, feel free to review our tweets from the weekend.
USA BMX GATOR NATIONALS DAY ONE RESULTS (via USABMX.COM)
Check back Monday Night for More on the USA BMX Gator Nationals.
ABOVE: Maris Strombergs of Team Free Agent/Rockstar leads the fastest riders in the world, including Sam WIlloughby, Marc Willers, Connor Fields and Joris Daudet, through the second turn in the Day One Main event.