25 Jul 2011

Big contingent chase success at BMX World Championships

7:09 am on 25 July 2011

The Bike New Zealand team arrive in Copenhagen tonight with their biggest contingent of elite BMX riders for this week's UCI World Championships.

An 11-strong high performance squad have been training for the last 10 days at the UCI headquarters in Aigle, Switzerland, at the base of the Swiss Alps.

Coach Ken Cools says the squad are in good shape for the championships where they will join another 33 BMX New Zealand riders who will compete in the age group Challenge classes.

Cools says the championships will prove a real benchmarking process for the squad that includes five elites and six juniors, led by 2009 world champion Sarah Walker and current world number one ranked Marc Willers.

With the London Olympics 12 months away, the New Zealanders are aware that the racing will be fierce across the board this week.

Racing begins for the 14 years and under age group on Wednesday, with 15 and over on Thursday morning ahead of the first elite practice in the afternoon.

The official elite time trials are on Friday afternoon to determine qualifying, with the world championship for elites and juniors on Saturday and the World Cruiser titles for age groups on Sunday.