The kickoff to the 2014 UCI BMX season was this past weekend at the National Cycling Center in Manchester, England. An incredible venue with a purpose built arena for the BMX Supercross style track, riders from all over the world headed to the season opener with dreams of taking home the opening round victory.
The Chase BMX Factory team riders Connor Fields, Joris Daudet, and Romain Mahieu all made way to Manchester to kick off the SX season.
The top 16 from last years overall championship would have a direct bye to the SuperFinal Time Trials on Friday night, so Romain would be the only one who needed to race his way into the main day of racing. Romain rode strong going 1st, 2nd, 1st in his 3 motos of racing, having him qualify 5th overall from the top 48 that would move on and out of 144 Elite Men that were signed up to race.
Connor and Joris would go onto race the SuperFinal on Friday night, a one lap time trial with the top 16 men. Joris would finish 11th overall for the night, and Connor just missed out with the win as he came across the line 2nd.
Racing stared for race day on Saturday night, and the top 64 Elite men and top 32 Elite Women would all go down the 8 meter ramp, 8 riders at a time for 3 rounds of motos, then onto single elimination quarter and semi final rounds. Things started off bad for Romain, as a crash in his first round put a damper on the night program and would end his night early after the 3rd round. Connor and Joris both raced their way to the front of each and every race they were in, making their way into the nights main event, after a ultra competitive semi event.
For the main event, Connor and Joris lined up on the outside in lane 6 & 7 and it would be a tough task to the early lead. Connor had a great start and was up near the front, going into turn one, but being on the outside put him in an vulnerable position and he was shoved high, keeping him out of the led pack. Connor and Joris would finish up 6th and 7th for the day, respectively. Still impressive results from Connor and Joris and a great way to start off the SX season.
Big congratulations go out to Chase Bicycles supported riders Anthony Dean, Stefany Hernandez, and Melinda McLeod for all making the main event as well and podium positions for Anthony and Stefany!
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Men Results UCI World Cup race Saturday 19 April 2014
1- Liam Phillips – GBR
2- Anthony Dean – AUS – Chase Bicycles/Stay Strong
3- Tory Nyhaug – CAN
4- Edzus Treimanis – LAT
5- Kyle Evans – GBR
6- Connor Fields – USA – Chase Bicycles
7- Joris Daudet – FRA – Chase Bicycles
8- Marc Willers – NZL
Women Results UCI World Cup race Saturday 19 April 2014
1- Caroline BUCHANAN – AUS
2- Brooke Crain – USA
3- Stefany Hernandez – VEN – Chase Bicycles Support
4- Charlotte Green – GBR
5- Sarah Walker – NZL
6- Pauline Corlobe – FRA
7- Laura Smulders – NED
8- Melinda McLeod – AUS – Chase Bicycles Support
The next event on the schedule for the Chase Factory team will be in Atlanta, GA this weekend, for Connor Fields and Joris Daudet and Romain Mahieu will be racing at the 2nd stop of the Euro Series in France. Then all 3 will head over to Papendal, Netherlands on May9-11 for Round #2 of the UCI BMX SX series. Don’t forget to watch it live on www.BMXlive.tv
The Chase BMX Factory Team is proudly sponsored by Shimano, Tioga, Fly Racing, ODI, Kicker Audio, KMC, Elevn, Excess, Insight, Kingstar, Stealth, and G-Form.