The 2013 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup series came to an end in Chula Vista, California. This year’s last stop delivered a thrilling finale with great races in excellent conditions. Marianna Pajon (COL) took the double. The Olympic Champion won the main event and with that she also took home the overall price for the 2013 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup. Sam Willoughby (AUS) was blistering fast and won the last BMX Supercross World Cup of the season. Connor Fields (USA) finished third and with that result the Vegas kid was awarded the 2013 overall price.
Season’s finale – two titles
Up for grabs was the last UCI BMX Supercross World Cup title and maybe even more important the overall World Cup Title for the 2013 season. After earlier stops in Manchester, England, Santiago del Estero, Argentina and Papendal, The Netherlands the winner of the season’s overall standings was going to decided at the US Olympic Training Centre in California
Stancil unlucky in main event
Junior rider, Felicia Stancil (USA) proved that age was no factor when she won the Time Trials Super Final on Friday. With that result she put herself out there as the one to beat. In the main event Stancil unfortunately got the start gate wrong and ruled herself out of contention.
Pajon’s experience paid off to take double
Olympic Champion 2012, Mariana Pajon (COL) went on to win the final race but only after passing Alise Post (USA) on the final straight. Pajon won her second World Cup title of the year and with that result the Olympic Champion also won the overall UCI BMX Supercross World Cup title for 2013.
Arielle Martin’s final race
Arielle Martin (USA) raced the final race of her very impressive BMX career. Martin went into the last turn along side Laura Smulders (NED) and Thailand’s Amanda Carr. Carr finished in 3rd place and got her first ever podium in the World Cup Series. Martin finished in sixth place. That result allowed Martin to end her career in style with a second place in the 2013 overall standings.
Willoughby blistering fast
In the men’s main event, Sam Willoughby (AUS) exploded out of the start gate to take the hole shot. Local favorite Connor Fields (USA) and Tory Nyhaug (CAN) chased Willoughby down to the end of the first straight. Nyhaug managed to work himself into second place. During the challenging and exciting second straight it was Willoughby who showed blistering speed. He shook of the competition and never looked back to take his first and only World Cup win of this year.
Fields wins 2013 overall standings
Fields had to settle for third place. Fields his consistent performance during the season got him awarded with the overall UCI BMX Supercross World Cup title for 2013.
UCI BMX Supercross World Cup 2013: Overall Standings
1. Mariana Pajon (COL)
2. Arielle Martin (USA)
3. Laura Smulders (NED)
1. Connor Fields (USA)
2. Jelle van Gorkom (NED)
3. Liam Phillips (GBR)
18.04.2014 – 19.04.2014 – UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, Manchester, England
10.05.2014 – 11.05.2014 – UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, Papendal, Netherlands
13.06.2014 – 14.06.2014 – UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, Berlin, Germany
23.07.2014 – 27.07.2014 – UCI BMX World Championships, Rotterdam, Netherlands
06.09.2014 – 07.09.2014 – UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, Santiago Del Estero, Argentina
26.09.2014 – 27.09.2014 – UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, Chula Vista, CA, USA
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