Papendal, Netherlands, May 8, 2018 – Canada’s top BMX riders competed at Rounds 3 and 4 of the UCI BMX World Cup in Papendal, Netherlands, on May 5-6. A total of eight Canadian riders – six men and two women – raced.
Drew Mechielsen of Langley, BC, was Canada’s top rider for the weekend, making the women’s semi-final in Round 3 on Saturday, and finishing tenth overall. On Sunday, she made it through to the quarter-final round.
Two other riders made the semi-final rounds over the weekend, with Daina Tuchscherer of Chestermere, Alberta, finishing 13th overall in the women on Sunday, and Tory Nyhaug of Coquitlam, BC, finishing 15th in the men’s event on Sunday. Alex Tougas of Pitt Meadows, BC, made it to the quarter-finals of Saturday’s competition.
“It’s awesome being back on the World Cup stage,” said Tuchscherer, “and it definitely was a roller coaster of weekend, but I’m stoked to end with a semi-final.”
National BMX coach Adam Muys, said, “We have a really solid group of athletes, and our speed and technical ability is there; we just needed to ride a little more aggressively in the corners. We made some tactical changes for Sunday and had some better results. Onward to World Cups 5 and 6 in Zolder [Belgium] next weekend.”