Round two of the UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup was held in Columbus, GA (USA). The city of Columbus – known for its longest urban whitewater in the world – warmly welcomed the urban racing scene. Start and finish area was set on Broadway in Downtown Columbus.
It all started on a sunny morning in Broadway street, where the mountain bikers were seeking spots to cool down. Clouds were gathering quickly. The activity goes on at high, humid temperatures. Current leader of the UCI MTB XCE World Cup, Lorenzo Serres, as well as runner-up, Alberto Mingorance were both present in Columbus.
Frenchman Simon Rogier was the fastest on Broadway. He sets the best with an average of 22.53 km/h, 1.7 seconds faster than Lorenzo Serres.
The crowd couldn’t wait to see the locals take on the course. Many came out to see the action at high-temperatures.
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Vice champion at the Pan-American Games, Daniel Noyola from Mexico came up just short in the semi-finals. He has to settle for sixth. It was Gegenheimer, reigning champion of Germany who came away with the victory in the small finals. Representing USA, Matt Clemens and Hunter Resek respectively finished 7th and 8th.
The start didn’t go smoothly for World Cup leader, Lorenzo Serres. Coming out of the starting blocks, his chain got stuck and he was forced to chase.
With top lap times in practice, Simon Rogier (FRA) started the qualifying heat with a lot of self-confidence. He grabbed the lead and was followed by Alberto Mingorance Fernández (ESP). Mingorance was riding strong in the qualifying heat. After Volterra, he now proved himself on the streets of Columbus, Georgia.
Entering the final lap, the two were having a neck-and-neck race. It was Rogier who was the strongest. Seth Kemp crossed the line as third and become the first American mountain biker to finish on a City Mountainbike podium.
Lorenzo Serres is still in the lead with 5 points ahead of Mingorance. He is seeking more success at the World Cup in Waregem (BEL) in three weeks time, where he will defend the Santini’s UCI MTB Eliminator World Cup leaders jersey.
2017 UCI MTB Eliminator World Cup calendar
May 5-6: Volterra, Italy
June 3-4: Columbus, USA
June 24-25: Waregem, Belgium
July 29-30: Bangkok, Thailand*
August 26-27: Winterberg, Germany
September 3: Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
September 23-24: Antwerp, Belgium
October 13-14: Beirut, Lebanon
* Pending confirmation
Photos by @joycejason