Victoria’s Jamie Truran has claimed a world no.5 plate during the fourth day of the 2019 UCI BMX World Championships in Heusden-Zolder.
The day was in stark contrast to the last three, as temperatures were cooler and a significantly smaller contingent of riders were in action ahead of practice for the championship classes later in the afternoon.
Australia had a 16-man team on show but Truran (pictured) was the only rider to make it into the finals.
Competing in the 35 & over men’s 20inch, the Wyndham Warrior had been performing consistently well in the lead up to the deciding race, placing either first or second in all of his laps.
Producing a powerful gate start in the final, the Aussie looked like he would slot into a strong position at the end of the first straight but was stopped in his tracks when a rival came down in front of him, effectively eliminating his chances of finishing in the top three.
Truran said following his usual race day strategy and keeping on top of his mental game was key to his success.
“It was key to keep my fluids up today, which is not too different to back home,” Truran said.
“There wasn’t a whole lot of rest in between races, so I tried to get as much down time as I could.
“Mentally preparing myself was key today. I had a lot of conversations with various people back home who have been helping me get here with training and all that sort of stuff.
“They gave me good advice like making sure everything is smooth, ride the lap rather than the riders. Those words really helped me in the semi’s today where I came second.
“I guess it made me remember not to celebrate too soon when you’re out and still going around the track.”
Coming close to making it into the men’s masters category was fellow Victorian Jacob Sverns from Knox.
Picking up two third places and a fourth in his moto’s, Sverns was on the brink of making it into his final when he lost balance in the semi-final’s last straight, taking him off course and ending his day.
For a full list of Australia’s results – CLICK HERE
With the conclusion of the world championship challenge classes, all eyes now look to the fifth and final day of the sport’s spectacle, which takes place from 9pm AEST on Saturday July 27. The finals are scheduled to begin at 1am AEST.
Australia will have 13 of the best riders in the country taking on the rest of the world as tension reaches an almighty climax.
For more information on the Australian Cycling Team – CLICK HERE
Keep an eye on BMXA’s social media platforms with links to the live stream.
Good luck Aussies!