Chengdu, China – November 11, 2017 – Monster Energy congratulates Alex Coleborn on taking second in the first ever UCI Urban Cycling World Championships, along with Monster Army’s Colton Walker who rounded out the podium in third. Battling a knee injury and the world’s best riders, Coleborn was able to secure the silver medal finish, while ever consistent Walker qualified in third and landed securely in the bronze medal spot at the end of the weekend.
For the first time ever, over 100 athletes from 25 countries including Australia, Venezuela, Japan and across Europe, came together to compete in the UCI Urban Cycling World Championships in Chengdu, China. Monster Energy athletes Pat Casey, Alex Coleborn and Kyle Baldock were joined by Monster Army riders Colton Walker, Justin Dowell and Bryce Tryon to compete for the World title.
After two days of qualifying and semi-finals, the top 12 riders competed for the first ever World title. The UK’s Alex Coleborn advanced smoothly through both rounds, while Monster Army riders Colton Walker and Justin Dowell also advanced to the final.
Dowell also had the opportunity to compete for for the Junior World Title. Being the youngest Monster Army athlete to advance to the final, he said, “So happy to be able to make it into the finals and coming away with 8this insane. I tried my hardest but unfortunately had a crash in my first run. I’ll be back, can’t wait for next year.”
The 17-year-old rider finished 8thin the overall contest, but finished 2nd among all of the youth riders, looking forward to the young talent taking more wins in the future.
While other riders were launching huge tricks over the box jump and flair double whips on the quarters, it was Coleborn’s technical riding that had him standing out among the competition.
“The contest was insane, the level of riding was so high. I had a head on crash with Jack Clark in practice and hurt my knee, so to get second in the overall contest of the BMX Worlds, I couldn’t be more happy with the results. I can’t wait until next year,” Coleborn had to say about the experience.
This year marks the first year BMX Freestyle joins the UCI World Championships event series. The Urban Cycling World Championship wraps up the 2017 competition season for most of the park riders, leaving athletes hungry for the 2018 season. Lookout for our athletes coming back for the title next year!