Baku, Azerbaijan, June 11, 2018 – Avriana Hebert was Canada’s top performer at the UCI BMX World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan in the Junior women’s competition, finishing eighth overall after crashing while in the lead of the medal race. In the amateur Challenge competition, Canadian rider Cole Zufelt finished third in the Boys Cruiser 15-16 category.

High winds on Friday forced organizers to schedule both the preliminary rounds and the medal finals on Saturday for Junior and Elite categories.

Hebert, from Edmonton, Alberta, missed the two months of competition leading up to the world championships, but battled back to make it to the Final. After the first turn she moved into first place, but was then taken down in a crash on the last turn.

“I’m super happy to make it into the Final at World Champs,” said Hebert, “and a big thanks to my medical team for getting me here.”

In other competition, Daina Tuchscherer (Calgary, AB) made it through the qualifying motos for Elite women, but was knocked out in the quarter-finals. In the Elite men, Tory Nyhaug (Coquitlam, BC) and James Palmer (North Vancouver, BC) were knocked out in the eighth-finals.

“We had a solid group of athletes here,” said Adam Muys, BMX National Coach. “We had some really strong races, but also some crashes that kept a few of our top riders out of the Finals. I’m extremely happy with Avriana’s performance; coming back from injury earlier in the year and leading the Junior women’s Final coming into the last corner.  She is going to be really good in the future.”


Baku, Azerbaijan, May 24, 2018 – Cycling Canada is pleased to announce the team of athletes who have been selected to represent Canada at the 2018 BMX World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, on June 1-9. Twelve riders will represent Canada in the Elite and Junior classes and six riders have been selected to compete in the Challenge classes as part of the NextGen program. The team will be joined by a number of additional Challenge class athletes.

Adam Muys, National BMX Coach, said “We have a very strong team heading into the 2018 Championships, with a group of riders in the Elite class that can achieve a Finals appearance. The team is led by Tory Nyhaug and Drew Michielsen, but Alex Tougas, James Palmer and Daina Tuschsherer have shown over the past 12 months that they are capable of making the Semi-finals at the World Cup level, so anything can happen once that gate drops.”

Brendan Arnold, National NextGen coach, said “The selected Challenge team currently boasts two riders that are top three in the world, and two others that have achieved Semi-final success at the 2017 World Championships. This trip will be a valuable development opportunity for the riders, since five of the six will be moving up to the Junior category in 2019.”

2018 World Championships BMX Team – Elite and Junior

Elite Men
Tory Nyhaug – Coquitlam, BC
James Palmer – North Vancouver, BC
Alex Tougas – Pitt Meadows, BC
Gaby Malenfant – Drummondville, QC
Josh Samells – Milton, ON
Ben Leslie – Nanaimo, BC

Elite Women
Drew Mechielsen – Langley, BC
Daina Tuchscherer – Calgary, AB

Junior Women
Avriana Hebert -Edmonton, AB

Junior Men
Aidan Webber – Comox, BC
Felix Maltais – Drummondville, QC
James Hedgcock – Ancaster, ON

NextGen Challenge Team Selections

Ryan Tougas – Pitt Meadows, BC
Nick Berarducci – Airdrie, AB
Molly Simpson – Red Deer, AB
Curtis Krey – Etobicoke, ON
Britney Hovencamp – Amherstview, ON
Cole Zufelt – Trenton, ON

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