July 23/14 12:55 pm - Team Canada Arrives at BMX Worlds
Posted by Editoress on 07/23/14
The Canadian BMX team is in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, for the 2014 UCI BMX World Championships, which take place between July 23rd and 27th.
Canada will be led by Tory Nyhaug of Coquitlam, BC, who has had a consistent season among the best BMXers in the World Cup Supercross races. Nyhaug, who has won six consecutive Canadian Championships titles, including four in the Elite category, was the sole BMX rider to represent Canada at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Last season, Nyhaug finished in fifth place of the World Championships, his first Finals berth since joining the Elite rank in 2010. Back in 2009, Nyhaug had narrowly missed the podium of the Junior main event, taking fourth place.
Nyhaug will be joined in Elite men by Jimmy Brown of Airdrie, AB, James Palmer of North Vancouver, BC, and Brandon Reid of Victoria, BC. All three riders have shown excellent readiness in training camps to prepare for this event
Canada qualified three spots for the Elite Men in addition to Nyhaug's automatic selection. Canada is currently ranked eighth in the Elite Men UCI Nations Rankings.
The reigning Canadian Elite Women's Champion, Amelia Walsh of Ayr, ON, will be representing Canada in the Elite Women category, while Tanner Vandenhoven of Didsbury, AB, and Daina Tuchscherer of Airdrie, AB, will be racing in the Junior races.
Ken Cools, Head Coach of the Canadian BMX team, is pleased with the group of athletes who will race for Canada. "The World Championships is the one event of the year where athletes have the opportunity to show what they are made of and earn a rainbow jersey. This is what all athletes will be striving for, to become the best in what they do."
Cools added: "With Rio just over two years away, the qualification system has begun, and the World Championships is an event that will offer the most amount of points in 2014. We aim at maximizing the points we earn as a country as we work towards getting as many athletes qualified for the Olympics as possible."
Also traveling with the Canadian Team is Alex Tougas of Pitt Meadows, BC, who will be competing in the 16-year-old men Challenge Class. Tougas is a targeted development rider with the BMX National Team and was the World Champion in his category last year during the UCI BMX World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand.
Amelia Walsh (Ayr, ON)
Tory Nyhaug (Coquitlam, BC)
James (Jim) Brown (Airdrie, AB/Surrey, BC)
James Palmer (North Vancouver, BC)
Brandon Reid (Victoria, BC)
Tanner Vandenhoven (Didsbury, AB)
Daina Tuchscherer (Airdrie, AB)
July 23: UCI BMX World Challenge 17+/UCI BMX World Championships Masters
July 24: UCI BMX World Challenge 5-16 year
July 25: UCI BMX World Challenge Cruisers
July 26: UCI BMX World Championships Time Trial Qualifications and Super Finals
July 27: UCI BMX World Championships Race Motos and Finals
Courtesy Cycling Canada