Fierce Trials and BMX Flatland competition at UCI Urban Cycling World Championships

Day two of the Urban Cycling World Championships in Chengdu, China, saw action in the trials and BMX Freestyle Flatland disciplines.

Deciding who would compete in Day three’s trials finals was the first order of the day, with three semi-finals in this discipline over the highly technical stages set in Xinhua Park. The competitors battled it out over three rounds, with the top six placed riders making the cut for the finals. First up was the Trials Men Junior 26” category with ten riders from eight different nations taking part.

Germany’s Oliver Widmann put in a highly confident performance and led the field throughout with commanding scores over his rivals after every round. Similarly, Vito Gonzalez of Spain was in second place after every round, with countryman Daniel Barón finishing in third.

Trials Men Junior 26” semi-final results

1st Oliver Widmann (GER) – 770 points

2nd Vito Gonzalez (ESP) – 540 points

3rd Daniel Barón (ESP) – 430 points

4th Jonas Jensen (DEN) – 370 points

5th Charles Chibaudel (FRA) –320 points

6th Marek Pochtiol (CZE) – 290 points

Competition in the morning’s Trials Men Junior 20” semi-finals was fierce with 15 riders from ten different nations vying for the six places in Day three’s finals. British rider Charlie Rolls was way out in front throughout and made himself the clear favourite for the UCI World title, amassing a hugely impressive total of 850 out of a possible 900 points.

The rest of the field found themselves in a more closely fought battle, but the consistent scoring of Spain’s Toni Guillén was enough to finish second, seeing off the challenge of compatriot Antonio Fraile who took third.

Trials Men Junior 20” semi-final results

1st Charlie Rolls (GBR) – 850 points

2nd Toni Guillén (ESP) – 580 points

3rd Antonio Fraile (ESP) – 550 points

4th Romain Leonard (BEL) – 520 points

5th Adam Morewood (GBR) – 420 points

6th Simone Titli (ITA) – 410 points

Sixteen riders from 11 countries competed in the Women’s semi-finals, but it was defending World Champion Nina Reichenbach of Germany who once again set the standard. Reichenbach led through every round of the semis, increasing her round scores as she went and staking a solid claim to take the title yet again.

Second place in the semis was contested between the youngest and oldest competing riders. But it was the Spanish teenager, Vera Barón, who got the upper hand over Australian Janine Jungfels, a rider more than twice her age.

Trials Women Elite semi-final results

1st Nina Reichenbach (GER) – 680 points

2nd Vera Barón (ESP) – 550 points

3rd Janine Jungfels (AUS) – 500 points

4th Manon Basseville (FRA) – 490 points

5th Nadine Kåmark (SWE) – 460 points

6th Alzbeta Pecinkova (CZE) – 410 points

Day two’s BMX Flatland competition began with the Women’s semi-finals. With six riders competing for just four places tomorrow, competition was intense. Germany’s Julia Preuss just pipped Misaki Katagiri of Japan to the top spot by half a point. Austrian Irina Sadovnik took third position with Eri Funatsu of Japan picking up fourth.

BMX Flatland Women Elite semi-final results

1st Julia Preuss (GER) – 74.50 points

2nd Misaki Katagiri (JAP) – 74.00 points

3rd Irina Sadovnik (AUT) – 70.25 points

4th Eri Funatsu (JAP) – 68.25 points

The Men’s Flatland semi-finals, saw the eight finals places contested by 16 riders from eight countries. The winning margins were insanely tight with less than two points separating the top five competing riders.

It was Frenchman Matthias Dandois who took the top spot, just beating Dominik Nekolny of the Czech Republic – now back on form after being reunited with his missing bike – with France’s 41-year-old Alex Jumelin finishing in third.

BMX Flatland Men Elite semi-final results

1st Matthias Dandois (FRA) – 87.63 points

2nd Dominik Nekolny (CZE) – 87.22 points

3rd Alexandre Jumelin (FRA) – 86.70 points

4th Moto Sasaki (JAP) – 86.13 points

5th Jean Prévost (CAN) – 86.08 points

6th Alberto Moya (ESP) – 84.25 points

7th Terry Adams (USA) – 81.00 points

8th Matthieu Bonnecuelle (FRA) – 78.88 points

See the full results of all Day 2’s competition here.

Day three’s action begins with the Trials Men’s semi-finals, followed by qualification in Men’s BMX Freestyle Park and ends with the BMX Men and Women finals.