| Copenhagen - Denmark 27-31 July 2011
Above: Ria Goodman on the podium after winning the 25-29 Cruiser class
Day 5: UCI BMX World Championships - Cruiser and Team Challenge Sunday July 31
The final day of the 2011 World BMX Championships saw the action centering on the Cruiser Challenge categories and there were two golds for British riders.
Alan Hill flew the flag for the with a great win in the 35-39 Men's Cruiser category, with Keith Bryceland coming close to a medal with fourth. Ria Goodman matched Hill, winning the 25-29 Women's Cruiser class in great style, her second title of a personally very successful week.
Of the other Brits in the medals, Kim Bent was second in the 30-24 Women Cruiser final whilst there was a bronze medal for Tony Fleming in the 40-44 Men Cruiser class, with Clive Hawkins fifth. Abi Hill registered a narrow miss when she took fourth in the 40 and over Women's Cruiser class.
Link: Day 5 Results
Day 4: UCI BMX World Championships - Elite & Junior World Championships Saturday July 30
Abi Taylor, left, took silver for GB in the Junior Women's race
After three days of challenge and elite time trial competitions, day 4 at the BMX World Championships in Copenhagen saw the Elite Men, Elite Women, Junior Men and Junior Women compete for their respective titles. And whilst Shanaze Reade missed out on a medal after gate problems, Abi Taylor continued her good form with a silver medal in the Junior Women's category.
In the elite men, Joris Daudet from France continued his excellent season by winning a close and exciting race in the mens' final where he beat both the defending world champion and reigning Olympic champion, Maris Strombergs from Latvia, and New Zealander Marc Willers.
"I've had a really good season and my only tactics for today was to get a good start," Daudet said after the race.
Earlier this year Daudet won the European championship after being best in 12 out of 12 races in the series. In the final, on the second corner, Daudet made a good move and went up the inside of the leader, Willers, and held the lead all the way to the finish line.
In the womens' elite final Sarah Walker from New Zealand and Mariana Pajon from Columbia were favorites after Britain's Shanaze Reade, missed her gate in her semi-final and didn't make it to the final.
Mariana Pajon won all her heats on the way to the finals. In the final itself, the little Columbian flew down the start ramp and took the lead. Although Sarah Walker pushed from behind, Pajon increased her lead and won her first elite world championship in great style.. "This year it was my time, it's just great", Pajon said after her win.
In the junior women, the title went to Melinda McLeod from Australia, who also won the time trials title. McLeod's double world championship came despite being hit by a moped just before the time trial. "I focused on doing my best in the competition, and I'm proud I was able to leave the accident behind", McLeod stated after her double World Championship victory. Britain's Abi Taylor just took the silver from Brook Crain in a very tight finish. Earlier Abi had secured her place in the final with a fine win in the third and final qualifying heat.
Alfredo Campo from Ecuador won gold in the junior men's competition after winning all his heats.
Link: Day 4 Results
Day 3: UCI BMX World Championships - Time Trials Super Finals, Friday July 29
Shanaze Reade qualified fastest and went on to win the final in the Elite Women's Time Trial, on day 3 of the World BMX Championships in Copenhagen. Over such a short course, time gaps are always going to be small, but Reade's winning run of 37.440s was still comfortably clear of runner up, Aussie Caroline Buchanan, who recorded 37.627s. Mariana Pajon of Columbia was third in 38.15s.
After the event, Shanaze tweeted "All I can say is WOW! What a day winning World-championships Time trial! Thank you for all the messages :) #FeelingOnTopOfTheWorld"
The Elite men's title went to Andre Fossa Aguiluz of Norway, whilst the Junior Men's Event went to GOODWIN Darryn Goodwin of Australia, with GB's Grant Hill 13th.
In the junior women, the title went to Melinda McLeod from Australia, who also won the time trials title. McLeod's double world championship came despite being hit by a moped just before the time trial. "I focused on doing my best in the competition, and I'm proud I was able to leave the accident behind", McLeod stated after her double World Championship victory. There was a near miss for Abbie Taylor who finished just a tenth of a second away from a medal.
Link: Time Trial Results
Number one on the board - number one on the day! Shanaze Reade
Abbie Taylor on her way to fourth in the Junior Women Time Trial
Day 2: UCI BMX World Championships, challenge classes 15 and over, Thursday July 28
There was tension in the air on day 2 of the UCI BMX World Championships 2011 in Copenhagen where boys, girls, men and women competed on one of Europe's best BMX tracks. The crowds got a great show from the riders in the classes 15 years and up who competed to win gold medals in nine different challenge classes. The USA was the day's most successful nation, with four gold medals in nine challenge classes. Two countries took all three medals in two classes. France dominated the finals in the class for Boys 16 years and Netherlands took all three medals in the class Men 25-29.
Ria Goodman produced an outstanding performance to win the 17 and over women's title, whilst Marco Dell'Isola was fifth in the Masters category and Keith Bryceland seventh in the 30 and over men.
Link: Day 2 Results
Day 1: UCI BMX World Championships, challenge classes 14 and under, Wednesday July 27
After some cloudy and rainy days, Copenhagen showed its sunny side to the thousands of international riders and audience who crowded into the venue for the UCI BMX World Championships 2011 Copenhagen today. Young BMX riders from 5 to 14 years competed to win gold medals in 17 different challenge classes. USA were day's big winners, with seven gold medals in 17 challenge classes.
Highlights for the British riders included a win in the 5 & 6 Boys for Jacob Mitchell, a bronze for Kim Baptista in the 11 girls, and a narrow miss for Ross Cullen, who finished fourth in the 10 boys.
Link: Day 1 Results