UCI World Cup Rock Hill

Last weekend marked the final stop on the UCI Supercross Tour in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Both Anthony Dean and Dani George were ranked in the top 10 in points and with a good showing could have moved into the top 5 in both the Elite Men and Woman’s classes. Anthony could have made it into the 3rd overall with a podium finish. The weather was troublesome, as it was raining continuously through practice, Time Trials and into Saturday night’s main show under the lights of Rock Hill at this fantastic new facility that will also hold the 2017 UCI World Championships.

Dani George was starting to feel good again after last month’s injury and once again put herself in the Elite Women’s final and heading into turn one in podium contention. Unfortunately, leader Alise Post, went down resulting in Dani getting caught up and out of the running. Still a good consistent SX season where Dani finishes 7th for the year and continues to build going into 2016.

Anthony Dean was riding all weekend with a knee injury he picked up in training but didn’t let this slow him down one bit putting himself in the final and lining up against all the big names in the sport. Not the greatest gate for Anthony, as he had to fight all the way around but still finished up with a solid 5th for the night, which also gave him enough points to finish 5th for the year in SX rankings.

Both Dani and Anthony along with Bryce will now change their focus to finish off the USA BMX season with races in Chula Vista, Tampa, Florida and the Grand Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma over Thanksgiving weekend.

Photo credit: Derek Betcher.

UCI World Cup Argentina

This past weekend was round 4 of the UCI World Cup in Santiago Del Estero, Argentina in South America. Both Dani George and Anthony Dean made the trip down with their respective National Teams, USA and Australia, looking to put in a good showing. Dani was still recovering from a crash a few weeks ago in Colorado but gave it her all during the race. Unfortunately, she didn’t progress beyond the semi final, which put her out of the main event. Despite a less than perfect performance, she still goes into the final round in Rock Hill sitting in the top 10 and with some much-needed rest, there’s little doubt she’ll finish the World Cup 2015 Season off strong.

Since the World Championships, Anthony, has been struggling a bit with mid-season burn out given all of the travel and racing, which is not unusual for this time of year. It goes without saying, Anthony had to dig deep for this one to get back on a plane for a long haul down to Argentina. Still once again, he proved how strong he is not only physically but also mentally – as he remained positive all week. Anthony rode solid all day and put himself in another World Cup final. A good gate and strong first straight, Anthony crossed the finish in 2nd place behind World Cup leader, Liam Phillips, with World Champion, Niek Kimmann in 3rd. Anthony not only hit the podium once again but also racked up more points towards Olympic qualification in 2016.

Next up, both Dani and Anthony head back to San Diego to rest up and get ready for the final World Cup of the year in Rock Hill, South Carolina before finishing up the final part of the USA BMX National series for 2016 season.

Photo credit Craig Dutton.