Recap: 2013 UCI BMX Worlds – Part I

July 28, 2013 by · Comments Off 

BMX Racing News - Sean Gaian wins Jr. Men
With so much to report, we figured it would be more digestible for us to put out a two-part recap for the UCI World Championships, which unfolded Saturday and Sunday, after the Challenge classes were finished.

This was a break from the ordinary, in that Friday – Saturday are traditionally the “Championship” (Elite) class days, then the event finishes up with cruiser on Sunday.

But, in Auckland, the track had to be reconfigured for the Junior and Elite classes. The Vector Arena was not big enough to accommodate the side-by-side hill configuration we have seen the past few years, and the side-by-side straightaways.

Their solution was ingenious–after Challenge racing was finished, they would “jack-up” the hill from the 6-metre challenge height, to the 8-metre Championship (Supercross) height. Transformers, eat your heart out!

Here, now, the Juniors:

Junior Women

With only 16 entries, we would not see much of the Junior Women in Auckland. Rachel Jones had the fastest Time Trial lap in the qualifying round, with a 26.315. Reigning World Champion, Felicia Stancil finished the first run third with a 26.430. But when the Superfinal came, it was all Fly’n Felicia, with her winning time of 26.133.

On Sunday, Felicia aced-up on the three rounds of motos, and positioned herself for the oh-so-important lane choice that would guarantee an inside gate for the main event. That would be the next time we’d see them.

In the other group Sarah Sailer of Germany was also holding three aces into the main event. Sailer got third in the Superfinal on Saturday, and would start the main from lane four (just to the left of Shay Glynn).

When the gate dropped, Russian Natalia Suvorova was out of gate six with a good pop, but so was the World Champ in lane one. Suvorova held second down the first straight, but had Kiwi Hannah Sarten edging under her on the inside, and Domenica Gonzalez on the outside. Just then, Shay Glynn lit up the after burners and blasted inside from the back of the pack, and pulled off a spectacular sixth-to-second pass to lock in just behind Felicia.

Sarten gave up the spot for the moment, but fought to gain it back down the second straight. Shay is tough as nails, and held her position with an iron grip. Felicia was well-away by the third straight, but the silver was still a battle. Shay opened up a bit of a lead, but Hannah closed the gap on the last straight. At the line Felicia was the winner, and it was a photo finish for second.

Shay Glynn Photo Finish at 2013 UCI BMX World Championships
Moments later, we’d see Shay got it by inches (centimeters?). Great racing and great heart!

Here’s the video of the main event:

Felicia Stancil (USA)
Shayona Glynn (USA)
Hannah Sarten (NZL)
Domenica Gonzalez (ECU)
Viviana van Hees (NED)
Yerlin Castillo (VEN)
Natalia Suvorova (RUS)
Sarah Sailer (GER)

Junior Men

A total of 61 riders on the sheets for the Junior Men, so we’d see more of them than their better-looking counterparts. Niek Kimmann from The Netherlands would turn the top qualifying time in the Time Trial, with a 23.495. During the early qualifying, some of the names we were watching here at the BMX News command center were Sean Gaian (5th), Hunter Pelham (7th), Bryce Betts (12th), Maliek Byndloss (15th), Cole Tesar (18th) and Alden Volle (26th).

With eight slots in the Superfinal, Gaian and Pelham would be the only Americans in the next round. Sean ended up with second in the final lap, behind France’s Romain Mahieu. Mahieu (who also won the title last year) turned a lap time of 23.367. Gaian’s time was 23.529. Hunter ended the day in fourth.

Through Friday’s motos, only Mahieu and Gonzalo Molina from Argentina had a triple-ace day going into the quarters. All the Americans were moving on to the evening show.

In the quarters, the first three racks made it through clean–no crashes, which was a pretty amazing feat, if you look at the Championship classes as a whole. In the fourth group, Latvian Kristens Krigers came in to turn one a little too hot, and high-sided, taking three with him. High-shiners in the quarters were Mahieu, Betts, Gaian, Byndloss, and Molina. Hunter Pelham was leading the fourth group (was ahead of the first turn dust-up), but unclipped in the last straight. He lost the lead, but pumped his way home, one footed, to get the last qual spot, just ahead of Alden Volle. Amidou Mir got the win that time.


The first semi had a hassle-free trip, with Mir, Max Cairns of Australia, Mahieu and Byndloss all making it through. Maliek seemed to unclip, or have a tiny bit of trouble in the second turn, but was able to hold off Cristobal Palominos from Chile for the final qual spot.

The second semi would not be so lucky in terms of a smooth-move to the main event. Hunter Pelham was starting from Lane 8, which was a very tough placement on this track. Betts was out of lane three, and Gaian from one. Sean had the first straight more wired than any other rider out there, and was quick to the lead. Molina and Jeremy Rencurel of France were bunched up just behind. Hunter made it from the far outside to in-the-mix, and skied into turn one. It would have paid off nicely, but it put him in a bad position, and he was pushed high on the turn–so high, that his back wheel went over the top, and he skidded around the berm, but kept it on two wheels. Betts was down on the way into turn one. Qualifiers were: Gaian, Molina, Rencurel and Tristyn Kronk of Australia.


The video tells it best.

Some points of interest:

Sean Gain had it from the drop, even with casing into turn two. Nice work Seany-Sean! Molina also rode a hella-strong race.

Rencurel (who will finish third) is in gate 6, and is in sixth-place into the first turn. He keeps fighting, and vectors to the inside in prep for turn two, where he airs it out and passes two to put himself on the podium.

Byndloss won the photo finish with Cairns for fifth.

Sean Gaian (USA)
Gonzalo Molina (ARG)
Jeremy Rencurel (FRA)
Romain Mahieu (FRA)
Maliek Byndloss (USA)
Max Cairns (AUS)
Tritsyn Kronk (AUS)
Amidou Mir (FRA)


BMX News Coverage of Elite Women

BMX News Coverage of Elite Men

NZ Worlds Shake ‘em In the Up Finals

July 28, 2013 by · Comments Off 

BMX News - 2013 UCI BMX World Championships

After a pins and needles day of racing in Auckland, New Zealand, BMX sorted out its World Champions Sunday afternoon, New Zealand time.

BMX News will bring you the full report Sunday Afternoon, US Time, but before we get arms around that big story, here are the punchline finishers.

2013 UCI BMX World Championships, Auckland, New Zealand


Elite Women (Top Left)
Caroline Buchanan (AUS) (Center)
Lauren Reynolds (AUS) (Left)
Manon Valentino (FRA) (Right)

Elite Men (Top Right)
Liam Phillips (GBR)
Marc Willers (NZL)
Luis Brethauer (GER)


Junior Women
Felicia Stancil (USA) (Center)
Shayona Glynn (USA) (Left)
Hannah Sarten (NZL) (Right)

Junior Men
Sean Gaian (USA)
Gonzalo Molina (ARG)
Jeremy Rencurel (FRA)

Congrats to the podium finishers! It was a way-crazy day of racing, and we will bring you a more detailed re-cap Sunday afternoon.

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J&R Bicycles Jumps In With Jr. Devo Support

March 25, 2012 by · Comments Off 

J&R Bicycles Jr. Devo Sponsorship

On January 25, BMX News brought you details, and a podcast, on a hot new sponsorship deal of the USA Cycling Junior Development Program by BMX Racing Group’s Chase BMX, and Tioga BMX. Now, USAC is proud to add J&R Bicycles to the mix, via a special jersey program, for the top points earner in the boys and girls classes in the USAC/USA BMX Jr. Devo series.

These jerseys will carry a special “captain” designation (ala NFL team captains), recognizing them as the captain of their “class” at the camp (see main photo).

USA Cycling BMX Junior Development on BMX News

The one-year sponsorship will debut its first jersey at the Jr. Development camp that starts the day after next week’s Mega-race weekend in Chula Vista (camp dates: April 2-7). The first to wear the “J&R Captain’s Jersey” will be Sean Gaian and Shaelen Reno, based on points earned at the first six races of this Jr. Devo “series” (Last year’s Chula Vista, Disney Cup, and President’s Cup/Race Of Champions…and Reno, Guthrie and Oldsmar in 2012). There will be three more camps in calendar 2012 (see link below for the specifics).

J&R owner, Kirk Morrison said, in the official release: “It’s important to give back to the sport…We like being involved in all levels of BMX racing. From the local program, to the state level, to national and international. It is also fun to be a part of the next step for these aspiring Supercross riders!”

BMX News will be in Chula Vista, starting on Thursday, and will do our best to get you the first-photos of Sean and Shaelen in their slick new USA jerseys.


USA Cycling BMX Jr. Development Page

J&R Bicycles

Podcast: Chase BMX and Tioga BMX Sponsor Jr. Devo.

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Megawatt GT Factory Team Emerges

January 8, 2012 by · Comments Off 

Felicia Stancil among four joining GT Factory

Nothing official from the company yet, but over the weekend, the ABA posted the coming roster for GT’s 2012 Factory Team on their Facebook Page. Here’s how it breaks down:

(Ages at the 2012 Grands)

Jack Kelly – 9X
Sophia Foresta – 13G
Sean Gaian – 16X
Felicia Stancil – 17G
Jordan Miranda – 18X
Jonas Harmon – 31X
Steve Spencer – 45X
Eric Rupe – 47X
Mike Day – Elite Men
Corben Sharrah – Elite Men

Quite a roster for the first USA BMX season. Watch for early photos of the new Am crew from the USA BMX Silver Dollar Nationals next weekend!