At the Glasgow BMX Centre, the scene of bicicros in the Scottish metropolis, the Colombians Samuel Marulanda, Guadalupe Palacios and Nicole Foronda, were crowned world champions of their respective divisions, in the challenger category.

Marulanda, in the male branch of the division for 15-year-old runners; Palacios, in the women’s division dedicated to 14-year-old riders, and Foronda, in the sub-16, were the Colombian athletes who have won, for the moment, the only three world titles for Colombia in BMX racing at the Super World Cup. Glasgow Cycling Championship 2023.

On the one hand, Samuel revalidated what was done in the 2021 UCI BMX Racing World Championship, a contest held in Nantes, France, and in which the Colombian also took the world title, this time, as an under-14 rider.

Marulanda was the first rider to complete the bike-cross circuit in the final heat, beating Dutchman Jens Lauwers and Frenchman Robert Lucas, who completed the podium in the 15-year-old men’s division.

Likewise, Guadalupe did the same in her respective branch, but the 14-year-old division, and crossed the finish line of the final round in first position, being faster than the Australian Stephanie Alexander, who was second, and the French Léonie Burgel, who completed the podium.

Kamila Buitrago and Valentina Jiménez, Colombian representatives who also qualified for the final of the division, concluded their world championship in fourth and fifth place, respectively.

Finally, in the division for 16-year-old bicycle riders, Forronda won the third world challenger title for Colombia. The woman from Antioquia, who had just won the ninth valid in the Championship category of the GW Shimano BMX National Cup, was escorted to the podium by the American Alexis Alden and the New Zealander Lily Greenough.

It is important to point out that with the three gold medals in the BMX racing challenger category, by Samuel, Guadalupe and Nicole, and the gold and silver medals awarded by Kevin Quintero and Martha Bayona in the World Cup keirin, Colombia adds five metals in the overall medal table of the UCI Cycling World Championships Glasgow 2023.

Source: Revista Mundo Ciclístico