ELC15_Zolder1&2

European Races

 

Within Europe, there are two international series events that riders can participate in.

The European League Series is open to all European riders, and is goverened by the European Cycling Commission (UEC), and run under the UEC rules and are UCI catagory C1 points events.

 

A seperate European Championship event is held as the Continental Championships, by the UEC, under the guidlines set out by the UCI and is a catagory CC points event.

 

The 3Nations Cup is a seperate series run between the federations of Holland, Germany and Belgium. These races are also UCI catagory C1 Points events

European League Cup, Rounds 1 & 2, Zolder, Belgium

 

On a cold and rainy Easter weekend, the first two rounds of the 2015 European League Cup were held in Zolder, Belgium, the hosts for the 2015 UCI BMX World Championships. over 3800 riders from 34 nations across the world, including USA, Columbia, Japan and Zimbabwe were present, all to get a taste of the track in preparation for the worlds in July.

The new 2015 format saw the Championship classes racing on Friday and Saturday nights, making the challenging track even more difficult under the flood lights. The challenge class rounds were held as usual on the Saturday and Sunday.

Liam had a good warmup on Friday afternoon, and was looking strong, and only with small mistakes in motos 1 & 2, he still crossed the line 2nd before winning moto 3. It was then time for 1/8 finals and a good start saw him leading into the first corner before the rider in second washed out, and slid into Liam, who then crashed out.

On Saturday night, Liam was looking even faster and won all his motos. After a good snap he unclipped going down the hill, putting him last, and making him fight back, but he only crossed the line 6th, thereby not transfering. All in all a good positive weekend for Liam, even if the results were not there to show it.

 

As the rain slowed on Saturday, Axel took to the track to open his 2015 European campaign. With 238 riders in his class, only 2 qualifying motos were run, which he managed to win. Into the 1/16's and 1/8 finals more wins, before crashing out in the 1/4 finals while fighting for the win.

A cold but dryer Sunday started off with 2 moto wins, and a win in the 1/16 finals. Two seconds in the 1/8 and 1/4 finals saw Axel with 3rd lane choice in the semi's, from which he managed to pull out from and lead into the forst corner and across the line for the semi win and 2 lane choice for the finals.

From gate 2 in the finals, Axel got the start and nosed ahead into the first turn and held the lead into the last straight. A mistake on the last jump saw him falter a little, allowing the 2nd placed Dutch rider to close in on him, but he held on for the win!

 

A positive finish to the week end and a good start to the 2015 season campaign.