For the first time the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup presented by Swatch will head “Down Under” to the southern hemisphere when the second round gets underway in Adelaide, South Australia on the 12-13 April. As BMX racing nears its debut at the Beijing 2008 Olympics all countries the race to qualify riders is heating up.
(Photo: Jerry Landrum) With country ranking nearing the cut-off at the end of May all nations will try to qualify in the top rankings at the Adelaide round.and aim to take a maximum number of riders to Beijing.
The Adelaide Showground treats spectators to a ring-side seat as riders start from a steep 7.2 metre ramp coupled with large jumps and tight turns. The competition in South Australia is the first international BMX event for the ‘Cycling State’ which hosts the Tour Down Under, a part of the UCI Pro Tour calendar. In 2009 the UCI BMX World Championships will also be held in Adelaide.
Round one winner Arturs Matisons (LAT) currently leads the series with current world ranked number one, Marc Willers (NZL), hot on his heals. World Champion, Kyle Bennett (USA) will be one of many strong American riders along with the fastest time trial qualifier from the Madrid Supercross, Mike Day (USA). Last year’s overall winner of the Supercross Series, Robert “Afro-Bob” De Wilde (NED) bowed out in the semi-final in Madrid. as did Australia's Luke Madill after qualifying third fastest in Madrid. Queensland's Jared Graves and Kamakazi will look to improve their chances on home soil. A return to the World Cup Supercross by Perth’s Khalen Young is anticipated after Young won the first Supercross World Cup in Madrid last season.
This round is the first Supercross event for women the season with a strong contingent from France expected. Last year's World Cup series winner, Laetitia le Corguille (FRA), will be tested by current world number one Sarah Walker (NZL). Two former mountain champions, Anne-Caroline Chausson (FRA) and Jill Kintner (USA) are displaying good form while Australia’s own Nicole Callisto is expected to better her fifth place in the World Cup series last year. Australia’s National Champion, Tanya Bailey will aim to make another final alongside up and coming Australian riders Krystal Cranfield, Melissa Mankowski and Ziggy Callan.
Before the Beijing 2008 Olympics there is only one remaining UCI BMX Supercross World Cup for men and women in Copenhagen and the final Olympic qualification will end with the 2008 UCI BMX World Championships in Taiyuan, China from 29 May – 1 June.
Following the Olympics there are only two remaining UCI BMX Supercross World Cups in Salt Lake City (USA) 10-12 September and Fréjus (France) 10-11 October.