Treimanis and Buchanan set fastest times on radical Supercross track at Mellowpark

Qualifying and Time Trials day finished up; World Cup #3 Final racing today

#127 Edzus Treimanis  (LAT) and #1 Caroline Buchanan (AUS) are the Men's and Women's winners of the time trial at the 2014 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Berlin, Germany.

#127 Edzus Treimanis (LAT) & #1 Caroline Buchanan (AUS) are the Men’s and Women’s winners of the Time Trials in Berlin, Germany.

14 June 2014. Berlin, Germany. The amazing Mellowpark in Berlin, Germany is the location of the third round of the 2014 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup series. Friday, 120 men and 35 women raced for a qualifying spot for Saturday’s main program while the top 16 qualified men and top 8 qualified women raced the Supercross Time Trials finals.

Under changing weather conditions the day got underway with the qualifying motos. Looking good in the Men’s category were two times Olympic Champion Maris Strombergs (LAT), Bodi Turner (AUS) and Nic Long (USA) who each won all three of their qualifying rounds. Looking hot in the Women’s qualifying rounds were Lauren Reynolds, who had spent some weeks on the road in Europe with the Australian team, Merle van Benthem (NED) and Melinda McLeod (AUS), who qualified with ease on a track that has a wooden first straight, many hips, an over-under section and the biggest BMX supercross starting hill on earth.

At the end of the day, the Time Trials Superfinals took place with the pre-qualified racers who took on the challenge to set the fastest lap on the track at the Mellowpark. At this point the sun had come out for some exciting BMX racing.

Edzus Treimanis was happy he had his transponder on his bike as he set the fastest time of the day. “The track is really fun. I was motivated

#127 Edzus Treimanis (LAT) wowing the crowds during the Time Trial races in the third round of the UCI BMX SX World Cup

#127 Edzus Treimanis (LAT) wowing the crowds during the Time Trial races in the third round of the UCI BMX SX World Cup

to prove that I can set the fastest time and I did it,” the rider from Latvia said with a smile. Edzus continued, “I can’t wait to race the track tomorrow. I think it will be different with more riders onthe track. The first straight is wide and long. Being in front in the first turn and not making any mistakes afterwards will be important.”

Australian Caroline Buchanan proved she’s the girl to beat, winning her second Time Trial event in a row. “When I was younger I used to hang out at the skate park a lot which helped me today racing this track. Also Barry Nobles helps me a lot getting better on the bike and pushed me to learn backflips in the foam. This track is about bike control.” 

#1 Caroline Buchanan smiles for the camera after a winning performance in Mellowpark for the Women's Time Trials

#1 Caroline Buchanan (AUS) smiles for the camera after a winning performance in Mellowpark for the Women’s Time Trial

The Australian has been on a trip through Europe for a few weeks riding different tracks and feels a bit tired. “I’m exhausted but moments like these make you stronger. I don’t want to sit on that plane back home for 32 hours thinking I did not do my best.” 

The UCI BMX Supercross World Cup continues Saturday, June 14th with full gates lining up on that 10 meter high starting hill in Berlin.

Watch it live on www.BMX-Live.tv

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