Pan Am Games: BMX begins time trials Friday
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Jul 09, 2015  |  Vote 0    0

Pan Am Games: BMX begins time trials Friday

A daily look at an event that’s not a traditional mainstream sport in a multi-sports Games


Centennial Park, Etobicoke

11:30 a.m. Friday

Helmets and facemasks are required equipment in this cycling event that holds its time trials Friday afternoon.

The solo races are against the clock to determine seeding for Saturday quarter-finals, semifinals and finals.

The course, which includes jumps, bumps and turns, varies from 300- to 400-metres long and each heat takes about 40 seconds.

After Friday’s individual runs, the fun really starts. The quarter-finals, semis and finals are eight-person races, often shoulder-to-shoulder, and the likelihood of crashes and spills is high.

With 32 men’s competitors and 24 women, the men will have quarter-final races after the time trial and the women will go right to semifinals. Each of the elimination heats comprise three races with points awarded on each finish and the top four riders moving on.

Mariana Pajon of Colombia, known as the Queen of BMX and the current Pan Am, Olympic and world champion is the heavy women’s gold medal favourite and one of the top global competitors in any sport competing at the Pan Ams.

Toronto Star

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