Roberts, Benegas and Marino transferred to BMX Freestyle Finals

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November 10, 2022

Defending world champion Hannah Roberts is fighting for her fourth world title by taking first place in qualifying.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – BMX Freestyle Park Elite Women’s Qualifiers have kicked off 2022 UCI Urban Cycling World Championships.

Twenty-five women were on the starting list, six representing the United States. The women’s roster of the U.S. team included: Hannah Roberts (Buchanan, Michigan; Hyper BMX), Perris Benegas (Reno, Nevada; Haro BMX), Angie Marin (Buffalo, NY; Cult Crew), Chelsea Wolfe (Lake Park, Florida; GT Bicycles), Bethany Hedrick (Ft. Mitchell, Ky.; GT Bicycles), and Cory Coffey (Ojai, California).

In qualifying, each rider took two points, with their two points averaged for a final score, and then the top 12 advance to the final. The women remained relatively conservative in their qualifying races, hoping to go through clean and qualify for the next round. That said, they still threw some amazing runs, and the finale will be quite the battle for the Rainbow Stripes.

Three-time world champion Robert earned the two highest scores with an average of 86.10, which puts her first in qualifying. Former world champion Benegas arrived late in Abu Dhabi and couldn’t spend much time on the course, but she still showed her classic big air. Her average score was 82.20, placing her third, just 0.40 behind Olympic gold medalist Charlotte Worthington (GBR). by sailor tuck no-handers and a 360 on the spine earned her an average score of 71.10, placing her in eighth place.

Wolf had a solid first run until it crashed, going over the spine. Her score placed her 19e, unfortunately missing the mark in the final. Of all the world championships in which she participated, it was the first final that she did not play.

As one of the top USA BMX Freestyle series enthusiasts, Hedrick had his first experience of international competition during these world championships. She found her rhythm around the course on the biggest ramps and ran the spine 360 ​​degrees to a score of 40.60. But, at 17, there’s more to come Hedrick.

The progression of women’s BMX has grown so much over the years and since the sport’s Olympic debut in 2021. Robert said: “The level of the riders and what we stand for is increasing, and that definitely adds outside pressure, but overall we just like to have fun. I like to see the progression of women, and I like to see them surpass themselves. I love going to events and having no idea what these other women are up to, and I’m blown away. It helps me improve my game in competitions and at home in training.

Elite Women qualifying results:

1. Hannah Roberts (US) – 86.10

2. Charlotte Worthington (GBR) – 82.60

3. Perris Benegas (United States) – 82.20

8. Angie Marin (US) – 71.10

19. Chelsea Wolfe (US) – 50.20

21. Bethany Hedrick (US) – 40.60

24. Cory Coffey (US) – 33.00

Next

The women have a break tomorrow while the men prepare for their qualifying races. With 63 starters, the top 24 will advance to the semi-finals on Saturday. Then, the men’s and women’s finals will take place on Sunday. Watch the final live on FloBikes.

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