The 2013 UCI World Cup tour headed to Chula Vista, CA on September 26, 2013 after the season long zig zag of BMX racing around the world. A new overall Champion was to be crowned, and Connor Fields was looking for some redemption from the 2012 season, where he just missed out on the overall title, finishing 2nd.
Things started off on Friday with the time trial and Connor has become the King of Time trials, with not only being the back to back TT World Champion, but also usually being the fastest rider at each World Cup at the end of the day. Coming into the race, Connor sat 14 points out of the overall World Cup lead, after a disaster of a race at stop #3 in Holland, where he did not make the main event. Connor started off with a great run in his time trial, finishing 2nd overall, behind his team USA teammate Corbin Sharrah. The top 16 riders then moved onto the SuperFinal and in his lap, he had the fastest lap of the day, taking the win, and more importantly taking back the overall seasons points lead!
When racing kicked off on Saturday. Connor looked to be the one to beat, as he was out front of each and every lap he raced in the earlier qualifiers. Making his way through the 3 rounds of motos, the race turns into single elimination laps, and once again, the skill and speed of Connor shined through, as he was victorious each and every lap once again.
As the riders finished up the semi finals, Connor knew what he had to do to win the season long overall title – Not finish last. For him this was a huge amount of pressure lifted off of him, but if you know Connor, he wanted to do nothing more than win this event not only in front of his friends and family, but he wanted to put a stamp on his season and take the only North American stop of the World Cup tour. As the gate dropped for the main event, Connor again had a strong start, but Sam Willoughby did as well and as the two were ready to dive into turn number one, neither wanted to back off. Connor then did ever so slightly, as he knew a 2nd would secure him the title, but the race doesnt end in turn 1 and he could have a shot at the win elsewhere. Someone else with the same mindset was Tory Nyhaug, as he dove on Connor, just getting under him, relegating Connor to 3rd. Going down the 2nd straightaway, Connor looked like he was going to be able to get back past Tory, but the wide bodies Nyhaug did his best to prevent that. Connor was settle into the 3rd spot for the rest of the lap, know he would be crowned the new champion as they crossed the line. It was one of the best main events of the 2013 season and a great way for Connor to cap of his championship season, standing on the podium once again!
Winning his first overall title of his young Pro Career was quite satisfying for Connor ” Last season I had the power and skills to win, but I was mentally as strong as I needed to be to do so. Working with the USA Cycling staff for this past season has been the main difference for me to overcome any situation out on the track and taking home this title has really shown me I have made all the right choice.”
All of us at the BMX Racing Group want to congratulate Connor on his first of many titles and we now shift over to the USA BMX tour for the last few remaining events, where Connor currently sits 2nd overall in the Elite mens series.