Fields and Stancil top time trial podiums at BMX Worlds


Auckland, New Zealand (July 27, 2013) – After a rest day on Friday, the 2013 UCI BMX World Championships resumed Saturday at the Vector Area in Auckland, New Zealand.

Connor Fields qualified with the top time among elite men
Connor Fields defended his world championship with an exceptional performance in the time trial. (Photo by Jerry Landrum)

The Americans capitalized on the training day and rode away with four medals, including a pair of world championships. Connor Fields (Henderson, Nev./Chase BMX) and Felicia Stancil (Lake Villa, Ill./Factory GT) topped their respective podiums as they did in 2012. Sean Gaian (Santee, Calif./Factory GT) and Alise Post (Saint Cloud, Minn./Redline) earned silver medals in their respective categories.

"We knew the preparation coming into the world championships was good," USA Cycling Director of Sprint Jamie Staff said. "But to get a few medals under our belt on the first day of elite racing just reassures us that are headed in the right direction."

Fields, who was the only rider to complete a lap in less than 23 seconds during the qualifying round, was forced to improve his performance in the superfinal. Fields answered the challenge, completing the course in 22.598, .103 faster than the silver medalist, Joris Daudet (FRA). Sylvain Andre (FRA) posted a time of 23.015 to edge Corben Sharrah (Tucson, Ariz./Haro Bicycles), who placed fourth with a time of 23.062. Nic Long (Lakeside, Calif./Haro Bikes) and Barry Nobles (Wetumpka, Ala./DK Bicycles) finished 14th and 16th, respectively, in the superfinal.

“I'm really excited to have won the superfinal tonight," Fields said. "I owe so much to USA Cycling and my coaches Jamie Staff and James Herrera for their hard work and belief in me. I'm looking now to get ready for tomorrow's race and hopefully have another good day at the track."

Jared Garcia (Victorville, Calif./Speedline-Supercross) finished in 20th place of the elite men’s field, finishing his lap in 23.586 while Justin Posey (Winston Salem, N.C./Dan’s Competition) was 37th, stopping the clock in 23.881. David Herman (Wheat Ridge, Colo./Free Agent-Rockstar) placed 52nd with a time of 24.151.

Stancil topped the juniors women’s field to repeat as that age group’s time trial world champion. After qualifying with the third-best time of 26.430, Stancil shaved one-third of a second off her qualifying time to earn the rainbow jersey. Rachel Jones (AUS) earned the silver medal with a time of 26.133 while Sarah Sailer (GER) finished with a time of 26.179 to earn the bronze medal.

Felicia Stancil defended her juniors women's time trial world championship
Felicia Stancil defended her juniors women's time trial world championship. (Photo by Jerry Landrum)

"To think not too long ago I was in a hospital bed after my crash in Manchester, and now to be standing atop the podium at the world championships, it's been quite an amazing journey," Stancil said.

Shay Glynn (Norco, Calif./Profile-Monster) missed advancing to the juniors women’s time trial superfinal by only .136. Glynn qualified in ninth place, finishing her lap in 27.520 while Viviana Van Hees (NED) placed eighth with a time of 27.384. Shaelen Reno (Plano, Texas/Hyper Bicycles) stopped the clock at 27.877 to finish in 11th place.

Post, who qualified with the fourth-best time of 25.909, dropped a half-second off that time in the elite women’s time trial superfinal to earn the silver medal. Brooke Crain (Visalia, Calif./Haro Bikes) stopped the clock at 25.945 to place seventh while Arielle Martin (Spanaway, Wash./Intense BMX) was 16th with a time of 26.807. Olympic champion Mariana Pajon (COL) earned the gold medal after posting a time of 25.153. Carolina Buchanan (AUS) rode away with the bronze medal with a time of 25.621.

Gaian collected the silver medal in the juniors men’s contest, posting a time of 23.529 in the time trial superfinal. Hunter Pelham (Conroe, Texas/Haro-Promax) finished fourth, about three-tenths of a second behind bronze medalist, Niek Kimmann (NED). Romain Mahieu (FRA), who topped the juniors’ men’s field at the 2012 UCI BMX World Championships, defended his title in 2013 with a time of 23.367.

Bryce Betts (Brentwood, Calif.) turned his lap in 24.228 to place 12th among the juniors men’s field while Maliek Byndloss (Cape Coral, Fla./Factory Ssquared) placed 15th with a time of 24.387. Cole Tesar (Huntersville, N.C./Factory Felt-SC ActionSP) finished in 24.431 to place 18th. Alden Volle (Penryn, Calif./Dan's Comp) finished 26th with a time of 24.733.

The 2013 UCI BMX World Championships close on Sunday from the Vector Area in Auckland, New Zealand. Watch Saturday’s action live at The UCI BMX World Championships will also be aired on the Universal Sports Network on July 28, at 11 a.m. E.T.

2013 UCI BMX World Championships
July 23-28, 2013
Vector Arena
Auckland, New Zealand


Elite Men Time Trial Superfinal
1. Connor Fields (Henderson, Nev./Chase BMX) 22.598
2. Joris Daudet (FRA) 22.701
3. Sylvain Andre (FRA) 23.015
4. Corben Sharrah (Tucson, Ariz./Haro Bicycles) 23.062
14. Nic Long (Lakeside, Calif./Haro Bikes) 23.538
16. Barry Nobles (Wetumpka, Ala./DK Bicycles) 23.648

20. Jared Garcia (Victorville, Calif./Speedline-Supercross) 23.586
37. Justin Posey (Winston Salem, N.C./Dan’s Competition) 23.881
52. David Herman (Wheat Ridge, Colo./Free Agent-Rockstar) 24.151

Elite Women Time Trial Superfinal
1. Mariana Pajon (COL) 25.153
2. Alise Post (Saint Cloud, Minn./Redline) 25.495
3. Caroline Buchanan (AUS) 25.621
7. Brooke Crain (Visalia, Calif./Haro Bikes) 25.945
16. Arielle Martin (Spanaway, Wash./Intense BMX) 26.807

Juniors Men Time Trial Superfinal
1. Romain Mahieu (FRA) 23.367
2. Sean Gaian (Santee, Calif./Factory GT) 23.529
3. Niek Kimmann (NED) 23.627
4. Hunter Pelham (Conroe, Texas/Haro-Promax) 23.978

12. Bryce Betts (Brentwood, Calif.) 24.228
15. Maliek Byndloss (Cape Coral, Fla./Factory Ssquared) 24.387
18. Cole Tesar (Huntersville, N.C./Factory Felt-SC ActionSP) 24.431
26. Alden Volle (Penryn, Calif./Dan's Comp) 24.733

Juniors Women Time Trial Superfinal
1. Felicia Stancil (Lake Villa, Ill./Factory GT) 26.133
2. Rachel Jones (AUS) 26.151
3. Sarah Sailer (GER) 26.179

9. Shayona Glynn (Norco, Calif./Profile-Monster) 27.520
11. Shaelen Reno (Plano, Texas/Hyper Bicycles) 27.877

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