Olympians Anthony Dean and Lauren Reynolds have finished fourth in the respective men and women’s events in the third round of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Zolder, Belgium overnight. The duo highlighted the…
Olympians Anthony Dean and Lauren Reynolds have finished fourth in the respective men and women’s events in the third round of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Zolder, Belgium overnight.
The duo highlighted the day for the 12-strong Aussie team, both lining up against world-class competitors that men’s victor, and reigning Olympic champion Connor Fields, described as the “pinnacle of BMX.”
Six days after claiming a sensational third place in the second round of the world cup in Papendal, Netherlands, dual Olympian Reynolds produced another strong ride to claim fourth. The only riders ahead of the West Australian were Olympic and world champion Mariana Pajon of Columbia, Simone Tetsche Christensen of Denmark and former world champ Stefany Hernandez of Venezuela.
Although her performance in the final was admirable, it was the path Reynolds had to take to qualify for the main event that showed her true mettle.
After racing the opening rounds, 1/8th finals and quarterfinals, Reynolds then found herself in a sudden death semi against Pajon, Hernandez and Dutch rider Laura Smulders – the world cup series leader. All three of Reynolds’ toughest opponents had an Olympic medal to their name.
Holding her nerve, Reynolds was fourth in the semi – just as she was in the final. Courtesy of those results, the Aussie now finds herself sitting fourth in the world cup standings after three rounds.
Meanwhile in the men’s final Rio debutant Dean produced a fast start, but soon found himself in the bar to bar jostle come the first turn. Forced to fight for his position in the top five, the South Australian powered towards the line, beating home four-time world cup round winner Corben Sharrah of the USA in the process.
Further afield Australian elite men’s champion Kai Sakakibara (19th) came within centimetres of making it through to the semi finals, losing that position in a photo finish with Niels Bensink of the Netherlands. Meanwhile Rio Olympian Bodi Turner’s day also ended in the quarterfinals.
Other Aussie men’s results saw Victorian’s Joshua McLean and Brandon Te Hiko finish 48th and 55th, while South Australia’s Shane Rosa was 63rd. NSW rider Andrew Hughes was 65th, while Queensland trio Tristyn Kronk, Jye Hombsch and Corey Frieswyk finished 81st, 96th and 116th.
Australia’s only other female competitor was former national champion Leanna Curtis, who ended the day 29th.
The UCI BMX Supercross World Cup continues tomorrow as part of the new for 2017 double-header format. Riders will again tackle the tricky Zolder track, with racing to commence at 8.30pm AEST.
You can view racing from round three of the world cup HERE.
A LIVE STREAM of the fourth round can be viewed HERE.