Abbotsford gets world-class BMX

Number 55

Number 55

Adrian MACNAIR

Abbotsford News

The BMX BC Cup was held in Abbotsford June 5, featuring a new world-class track.

The Olympic-sized Supercross track was funded in part by the not-for-profit athletes charity B2ten ($110,000) and the City of Abbotsford.

It is one of three in North America, and the only one in Canada now similar in size and structure to the track used during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Last weekend’s event included the Men’s Elite Union Cycliste Internationale Class 4 and 5 events.

In the Class 5 category, 19-year-old Tory Nyhaug of Coquitlam came in first place.

Nyhaug has established a name for himself in BMX racing,  finishing fourth in the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in the Netherlands on May 28.

He now sits sixth in UCI world rankings.

“He’s our local star, we’re really proud of him,” said Steve Baxter, president of Abbotsford BMX.

James Brown, 22, from Alberta, finished fourth, while Ryan Wright, 20, from Ontario, rounded out the Canadians in the top six.

There was also a full amateur field for the BMX BC Cup Series, which continues July 16 and 17 in Ridge Meadows. Full results will be posted on cyclingbc.net.